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
Cutting the cord is all the rage these days, with people of all ages ditching their expensive cable TV service for online options. If you have favorite shows that you are worried about missing if you get rid of cable, look to these alternatives to fill in the gap, and save a few bucks along the … [Read more...] about Getting TV shows you love without cable
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.
College football season is one of the most exciting in all of American sports. With top teams going head-to-head on the gridiron, we have an exciting season ahead! Whether you want to see the current top ranked team claim the national championship or are cheering for an underdog, follow this updated … [Read more...] about 7 ways to watch college football without cable
With a regular torrent of severe weather events, ranging from hurricanes to fires, regularly hitting all parts of the United States, you may be interested in the best ways to prepare to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Disaster recently struck in my neck of the woods with the largest wildfire … [Read more...] about Hurricane Supplies and Technology
February 9 is the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Putting all politics aside, this is shaping up to be an exciting addition to the biannual Olympic tradition. From the ski slopes to the ice rink, you can catch all of the action without an expensive cable TV … [Read more...] about How to watch the Olympics without cable TV
Movie buffs used to have limited options to see a movie, but the movie going experience used to cost a heck of a lot less. It seems like not long ago I paid $5 for any movie I wanted, but general admission now runs $11 per person and even more for 3D showings. Taking a special someone to the movies … [Read more...] about Movies on the cheap: How to save money on movies
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced that its massive database of consumer credit data was breached. If you had never heard of Equifax before, you may be in for a surprise. Equifax is one of three companies that keeps a copy of your credit history, which includes your name, address, social … [Read more...] about What happened at Equifax and how can you protect yourself
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
Many consumers have a mixed relationship with credit cards. On one hand, they can lead to cash back, travel rewards, and an ability to buy something now and pay later. But when used irresponsibly, credit cards can lead to massive debt and expensive interest payments. If you typically use cash or … [Read more...] about Credit cards: everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Buying a car is often a stressful and confusing process, with salesman pressuring for the sale while you try to juggle sticker prices and discounts and upgrades in your head. Smartphones helped alleviate some of the stress of a visit to the car lot, as you can now quickly search and compare … [Read more...] about Is it time to buy a car online?
If you are lucky enough to work at home full time, or just get an opportunity to work from home occasionally, do not underestimate the value of a great home office. A well-planned home office can lead to endless productivity and success. A poor work environment, on the other hand, can lead to … [Read more...] about Setting up your perfect home office: what you need