Money Saving Articles

Terrific tips for tax season

The end of January means W-2s are getting mailed out and you can start preparing your taxes. Here are some tips to ensure your yearly tax return goes smoothly. The normal deadline for tax returns is April 15, but this year you get a 3 day extension. Emancipation Day, a holiday in the District of Columbia, falls on the 15th this year. However, if you

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How long should I keep financial records?

If you’ve never had to deal with a tax audit, you may not know the importance of keeping financial records. Even if you keep receipts and statements unorganized in a giant box, it’s better than getting rid of them. An organized system would work best, but not everyone has the discipline or desire to organize their financial records. Tax Related Documents – 7 years Returns,

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How small cutbacks lead to great savings

If you’re still sitting on the fence about whether to implement any money saving techniques in your life, this may be what knocks you off that fence. Quicken’s personal finance blog has a huge visual showing how small cutbacks lead large savings. Thinking about the individual effort and savings may not seem like it’s worth your time, but if you look at the big picture,

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Questions to answer before signing an apartment lease

What else is out there and how does it compare? Before doing anything and everything, always shop around. You’re going to be living in this place so compare most than just rent when shopping around. You want to actually enjoy the lease term you’re agreeing to. What are the special offers? Before signing a lease, be sure to ask about any special offers for new

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Track your spending

The first and most important step to a debt free lifestyle is tracking your money. Where it comes from and where it goes. If you know where and how every penny is spent, then you can begin the journey toward financial responsibility. You can use any kind of method you want from a checkbook register to Excel, Quicken, your cell phone or even a notebook.

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Free Download: The Basic Budget

Because financial situations vary, it can be tricky navigating the world of budgets and money management software. The more variables in your household means a more complicated budget, so many people with simple needs can feel overwhelmed. I’ve created a basic budget that is a great starting point for those who are new to budgeting or are looking for a simple solution that works. The

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Create a basic budget

Saving money is more than just lowering your bills and clipping coupons – it’s about spending less than you make. The best way to ensure that you are in fact spending less than you make is to create a budget and stick to it. Many people don’t know where to begin, but is here to save the day. Part One: Fixed Essentials – This

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Credit Cards 101

Depending on how you use them, credit cards can either be a great financial tool or they can be a burden of improper spending and lead to a mountain of high interest debt. No matter what kind of credit card user you are, you should always read the fine print so you know all of your rights and those of the credit card company. Make

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Tips for saving on your grocery bill

Make a list and stick to it. The biggest way to go over budget when grocery shopping is deviating from your shopping list. Setting a budget will help you stay on track and ensure you’re not overspending. Don’t always buy the generic unless it is actually cheaper. Depending on the store, generic items aren’t always cheaper. When comparing unit prices, make sure the brand and

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Tips for lowering home insurance costs

Saving money on your homeowners insurance is easier than you think and you do have the option of shopping around. Follow these tips to lower your home insurance costs. Before buying a house, make sure to lookup the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) report. The CLUE report tracks insurance claims for properties and if your house has a bad claims history, your insurance premiums will

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