Sluggish performance, increased errors, and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death are all indicators that your laptop is nearing its end of life, but how do you know when it is time to pull the plug and invest in something new? A new laptop can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to well over … [Read more...] about When is the right time to upgrade your laptop?
From the time I got my first job at sixteen years old, I used my family's accountant to do my taxes. I would send him all of my 1099s, W-2s, and any other tax forms, and he would send me a tax return to sign and a bill. As my taxes became more complex over time, so did the bill. But four years ago … [Read more...] about Save money on tax prep by doing your own taxes. It’s easier than you think.
Your first day at a new job is a whirlwind experience. Between meeting new colleagues, learning your way around, and the unavoidable lengthy training from HR, you have a lot to keep you busy. But somewhere buried in that big packet of benefits is information on your new 401(k) plan. Making the right … [Read more...] about Choosing the best 401(k) investments
It doesn’t seem like long ago that spending thousands of dollars on a DVDs and CD collection made a lot of sense. But with today’s options for online streaming and on-demand content, the need for physical media has gone by the wayside as easier and cheaper versions of watching your favorite movies … [Read more...] about How to profit from your old CD and DVD collections
IFTTT is a web and smartphone app that is all about automating small tasks to save you time in your day-to-day life. IFTTT stands for “If This Then That,” and works just like it sounds. By creating a trigger and a follow-up action with one of the 367 supported services, you can automate everything … [Read more...] about Automate your digital life with IFTTT
When was the last time you looked at your cable or satellite TV bill? When I looked at my bill a few years back, I was disgusted to be paying $70 each month to sit on the couch and zone out. I cut the cord in January 2011, nearly five years ago, and have since saved well over $4,000 that would … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money by Cutting Cable
Budgeting used to involve a paper, pen, and hours of work hunched over receipts and bank statements, but those days are long gone. Thanks to modern spreadsheet programs, you can make a do-it-yourself budget in just a few minutes. Whether you are new to personal finance management or a long-time … [Read more...] about Building your first budget: using a spreadsheet to conquer your spending
This season’s hottest tech buys are coming into clear focus. This year is all about home automation. With the ability to talk to your home and turn on music, lighting, or even the TV, this year offers some of the most exciting advances in home technology we’ve seen in years. Amazon Echo Last … [Read more...] about Hottest holiday tech gifts of 2016
If you have a tech lover in your family, or you want to get the latest technology deals yourself, you’re in luck. This year’s holiday shopping season is already underway, and there are deals galore to be found. Apple Watch If you want to pair your iPhone with a sleek new Apple Watch, head to Best … [Read more...] about Best tech bargains for the 2016 holiday season
Football season is in full swing. The Rams are back in action, but now in their new home in Los Angeles. The Broncos are on their way to another Super Bowl win, or maybe not. But most important, games are available to watch on nearly any device you own. The trick is knowing how and where to … [Read more...] about Watching pro sports without cable TV
Smartphones are both a curse a blessing. While they may act as an electronic leash hooking us to our employer wherever we go, they can also turn downtime into productive time. I strongly believe that you should never kill time or waste time. Every minute is precious. If you are constantly on the … [Read more...] about 9 best apps to stay productive on the go
Which smartphone family plan is best and most affordable for your family? Smartphones are an expensive necessity these days, and kids are getting them younger and younger. To keep up with their friends, kids want the latest and greatest handsets, and photo and video intensive apps like Facebook, … [Read more...] about Which smartphone family plan is best — and cheapest?