Financial planning

How I Stopped Worrying About Money and Learned to Love My Budget

I remember the first time I was introduced to budgeting. It was similar to the first time I met my husband: significant in hindsight but hardly memorable. I was having a conversation with my best friend’s husband. He was a rare person in my life...

Get the Most From Your Tax Refund

So you’re getting a refund. And you’re imagining how you’ll celebrate: Fund your next vacation, maybe? Or buy a new spring wardrobe? While it’s certainly okay to treat yourself, it’s a good idea to make the most of your tax refund — after all, it...

5 Common Money Myths — Debunked

Yes, debt is a four-letter word, but that doesn't mean paying it off is always the right thing to do. Likewise, saving money and paying with cash are often lauded as good things. Except that's not always true either. Money is complicated, and...

7 Questions to Ask Your Financial Advisor

Relationships with financial advisors require trust, of course. If we're taking someone's advice, we're relying on him or her to know more — and better — than we do. But sometimes that faith is based on little more than a warm smile and a nice...

9 Money Experts on Their Biggest Financial Fails

Admitting to failure is not easy. Especially when you’re a well-respected entrepreneur or money expert. But those difficult experiences can bring real moments of clarity. That’s why asking about failure is one of my favorite questions on the...

What To Do If You Can’t Pay Your Tax Bill

We’re closing in on Tax Day, which means some of us are handing over a sizable sum to our best friend, the IRS. But what happens if you simply don’t have the money to pay your tax bill? First and foremost, file anyway. Your bill won’t even come...

7 Tips for Financial Spring Cleaning

With spring rapidly approaching, it’s not only a great time to spruce up your home and organize your closets, but it’s also an ideal time to clean up your finances. Here are some ideas from some top consumer finance advisers: 1. Sweep Away Winter...

7 Warning Signs You’re In Financial Trouble

I vividly remember being in my kitchen a couple years ago and having to decide between two bills to pay: our mortgage or day care. My husband has recently gotten laid off for the second time in four years, and in the meantime, we had doubled our...

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