Nancy Mann Jackson

Career and Finance

Freelance journalist Nancy Mann Jackson writes regularly about personal finance, small business, healthcare and education. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, Bankrate, Working Mother and many other publications. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their three boys.

A Glossary of Basic Mortgage Terms: From Escrow to Title

It can feel like mortgage lenders and real estate agents speak a secret language. If you’re planning to buy your first home — or your first in a while — you’re bound to hear unfamiliar terms during the mortgage process. Here’s a cheat sheet to...

10 Flexible Side Gigs to Bring in Extra Income

Making extra money is always a bonus. No contest. Even better? When you can do it in your pajamas or while binge-watching Broad City. Whether it’s because you can’t currently expect to make more at your day job or need an extra few thousand to...

Home Buying 101: How to Get a Mortgage

For many people, buying a home is the biggest financial move they’ll ever make. Most homes are bought with mortgage loans, which let you buy property and come with tax-deductible interest. If you’re in the market for a new home, especially if...

Your Credit Card’s Best-Kept Secrets

Sure, credit cards can be problematic if you carry big balances and don’t pay them off. But when managed properly, credit cards can actually save you money through valuable benefits. But many cardholders don’t use — or even know about — the...

A Glossary of Basic Finance Terms: From ETF to Mutual Fund

You don’t have to be a finance whiz to manage your money well. But to truly have a handle on your finances and meet your goals, you need to amass some basic financial knowledge. The more you understand, the more successful you’ll be — even if...

4 Women’s Real Tax Nightmares — and How They Solved Them

Do you ever wonder if you’re really filing your tax return correctly? Do you worry about a possible audit by the IRS? If so, you’re not alone. Sometimes tax returns do end in difficulties. Maybe you checked the wrong box, or didn’t realize what...

11 Basic Tax Terms You Should Know

The U.S. tax code didn’t get to be 74,000 pages long without getting a little confusing. But don’t throw up your hands just yet; there are plenty of books, software programs, and professionals to help you sort out and file your tax return. But...

How to File Your Taxes: DIY or Professional

Tax time is here again. Will you owe money to the IRS, or will they owe you a refund? With the U.S. tax code spanning 74,000 pages and new changes made every year, it can be difficult to find the answer, not to mention file your return on time....

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