Estimate Your Tax Refund With TurboTax TaxCaster Calculator

A Tax Refund Estimate Calculator Are you wondering if you’re going to get a tax refund or maybe owe Uncle Sam this year? Well, instead of waiting until you completely go through your tax return you can plug in some numbers and get a rough estimate today. This can be especially helpful if you end up with a surprise showing you may owe money. […]

Citi® Platinum Select® Card Review

Just like all small business owners, concerned with creating a product or service to solidify the company’s brand, Citibank continues to market their most popular product. Although Citibank has been around for almost two hundred years, they continue branding to ensure their products are reaching as many customers as possible. […]

Free Money Finance March Money Madness, Round 1, Posts 29-32

Here we go with the first round of Free Money Finance March Money Madness (to follow all the action click on my March Money Madness category link and scroll down to read all the posts involved in this subject.) I've listed each "game" (one post versus another) in segments along with the wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. […]

Money-Saving Tricks I Learned Planning an Elopement

I used to love weddings. Then I started planning my own, and all of a sudden, I wanted to cry. A few months ago, my fiancé and I decided to tie the knot. We thought we'd somehow manage to have a wedding in Seattle, followed by a Seattle-area reception and then another reception in India, where his parents currently reside. […]

Top Ten Web-Based Money Management Tools

This is a guest post from Tom Becker, a personal finance writer who specializes in detailed reviews of business bank accounts at Money Choices. It seems that each decade brings new and innovative ways to manage your money. In the 1990s, you could use simple PC-based software to track basic income and expenses. These later evolved into reporting and analyzing powerhouses. […]

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Midwest Blizzard Edition

The Midwest got absolutely hammered with snow the last few days. The job of moving this snow would seem almost insurmountable if it weren’t for our snowblower. Thank goodness for our Troy-Bilt. Efficient-Market Hypothesis – Are You a Believer? The efficient market hypothesis essentially says that “markets and participants are at all times on a level playing field with respect to information. […]

3 Snow-Day Recipes to Help You Weather the Storm

Batten down the hatches — this week’s requisite blizzard is under way. If you believe the hype, many of us are in for a strange sort of storm — complete with ice, snow, and tornadoes, oh my! — that some meteorologists are suggesting could be one for the records. (Isn’t that always the case lately? […]

Savings Goals Listed By Priority

One of my main goals is to live the rest of my life without having to borrow any more money. At present, my wife and I are consumer-debt free and we are working hard to pay off our mortgage. In order to remain debt free, it is important that we think both short-term and long-term about our savings goals. I have created a list of our goals and ranked them by priority. […]

Spring into Cleaning Now

I'll admit that I'm not Mrs. Clean Genie. I'll keep the bathrooms respectfully clean, I'll vacuum every couple of weeks, and I'll break out the feather duster to keep cat hair at bay. But every few months, I tackle a room and give it a good, deep cleaning instead of waiting once a year to give my entire place a thorough spring cleaning. […]

5 Ways to Know That Investment Scam Stinks

I have to be honest. At my home, we’re fans of the Yankees, since that’s the team my husband grew up rooting for during is childhood in New York. But I still feel bad for the New York Mets. Or at least,  I feel bad for Fred Wilpon, who is on the verge of losing the New York Mets as his finances spiral downward fast. […]

The Vet or the Net? How to Save on Your Pet’s Health

Taking your pets to the veterinarian is both crucial and costly. Here's how to save some cash without risking your pet's life. […]

Fight Rising Prices by Building Your Own Food Bank

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality and intentional living at Surviving And Thriving. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food prices are expected to rise as much as 5.5% in 2011. Those prices aren’t likely to go back down. […]

Help a Reader: Educating a Friend

Here's an email I recently received from a reader: What do you suggest: A coworker tells me that his financial planner made him over 12 percent on his money last year.  I didn't have the heart to say that it wasn't anything to brag about considering the S&P 500 did 15.06.  Between my two accounts my return was 21.9 percent.  It made it clear that he trusts this guy and doesn't really want anyt […]

Spending Too Much Money? 10 Warning Signs To Watch Out For

How are your personal financial habits? Wouldn’t it be great if you never spent a dime out of place? Most people think of this as a distant dream. But it can be closer to reality. Terrible spending habits permeate every part of our lives. […]

Personal Balance Sheet, January 2011 ($578,043, +7.0%)

January 2011, the first full month of life without a salary, was my first opportunity to take a look at what I can do while working for only myself. […]

Six Money Issues that Can Kill Your Marriage

MSN Money says that couples fight a lot about money (FYI, they fight about money twice as much as they fight about sex) and lists six marriage-killing money issues as follows: 1. Debt 2. Personality conflicts 3. Power plays 4. Sorting out mine, yours and ours 5. Having children 6. Dealing with the in-laws Here are some thoughts on these: 1. Yes, debt is a killer in many ways. […]

Experiences Trump Things: The Evolution of a Hobby

In a corner in my office on a single shelving unit rests a collection that I’ve been building for fifteen years, my board and card game collection. The collection has been built from a lot of sources: gifts, trades, thrift store finds, ding-and-dent sales, and contest winnings make up a significant portion of what you see, as do more than a few of my own purchases. […]

Review: The 10 Commandments of Money by Liz Weston

The 10 Commandments of Money by Liz Weston is a personal finance book that looks at ten money principles and how they’ve changed in our post-bubble economy. At the start of each chapter, Weston shares the “old-school” mantra, follow by the “bubble economy” mantra, and shares with us the new rules. […]

Seven Tax Dodgers Who Prove It Pays to Pay

The following is a guest post from All Over Tech. Unless you enjoy running from the law, there’s not much point in evading payment of your fair share of taxes. […]