April 17, 2012

TurboTax E-File IRS Rejected, PIN or AGI Error? (When IRS PIN Website is Unable to Give Your Info Online)

So its April 17th and you’re doing your taxes the very last minute. Good news, you just got an email or text from Intuit saying your e-file was REJECTED. Fudge? I just experienced this problem over the weekend and the annoying part was that neither TurboTax nor IRS has very clear instruction on this particular situation. I used the AGI method to verify my e-file identity. […]

Can You File Your Taxes Late if You Don’t Owe?

I’ve received a couple of last minute questions from readers about whether or not you need to file your taxes on time if you don’t owe anything. Interestingly, the answer is “no” — here’s why… All relevant penalties (for both underpayment and failure to file) are based on the amount owed. […]

Trim Your Magazine Subscriptions (107/365)

I enjoy reading magazines. A well-written magazine article is a perfect way to learn something new about the world in a relatively quick fashion. […]

How to Find the Best Rental Property Manager

If you need to move but don’t want to sell your home, you have other options. The rental market has been heating up, and rents have been keeping up with (if not outpacing) inflation, rising almost 3% annually around the country. Renting your home instead of selling it may be a great way to make extra money and avoid selling at a loss. […]

What is a Mutual Fund?

At work, a bunch of us have been talking about investing some of our money. The problem is that most of us represent the average American family making about $50,000 per year with a spouse and child or two. […]

Happy Birthday Freebies – Where to Get Free Stuff On Your Birthday

One of the best birthday presents is getting free stuff. And there are a number of retailers and restaurants that are willing to give you stuff, or at least a discount, on your birthday. As long as you don’t mind a little loss of privacy as you sign up, you can get some great freebies around your birthday. You can start by signing up at BirthdayFreebies.com. […]

Reader Profile: KG

The following is the latest post in my "Reader Profiles" series. Each post in this series details the financial situation and challenges of an FMF reader. […]

The AT&T/Verizon Duopoly (Infographic)

My name is Nicole and I’m a new guest contributor to The Simple Dollar. I’m excited to begin providing an additional resource for the blog’s readers with a fun and informative weekly consumer-related infographic. […]

Little Whispers: Making Yourself Do It

Most mornings, I go on an hour-long walk/jog for exercise purposes. The goal is to get me breathing heavy for an extended period of time, which I can usually achieve with periods of jogging/running mixed with periods of walking. The biggest challenge for me isn’t the hour spent outside running around. […]

The Costs and Benefits of the Family Dog

This is a guest post by Justin Reames, who blogs at The Family Finances. Growing up, I remember watching shows like “Lassie” and movies like “Old Yeller” and “Where the Red Fern Grows”. […]

FDIC Limits

Remember when IndyMac failed? There were all those pictures of people lining up to withdraw their money? Back then, the FDIC limits were $100,000 and most of those people had much less than $100,000 in deposit accounts at IndyMac. […]

Ask the Readers: How Do You Save at the Pump?

Filling up your car with gas is getting more and more paiful as gas prices continue to climb. Many people continue to bite the bullet and pay an arm and a leg at the pump while others are choosing to find ways to cut back on how much they spend on gas. How do you save on at the pump? Do you carpool? Make sure to keep your vehicle maintained well? […]

8 More Smart Things to Do With Your Tax Refund

According to the IRS, the average tax refund for the 2012 filing season is $2,899. Although that amount is nearly $100 less than we received in 2011, it’s still nothing to shake a stick at. Who couldn’t use $3,000, right? […]

How to Do Less — and Why You Should

What are you doing right now? Yeah, like right now. What are actually doing? If you’re at work or running on the treadmill or doing laundry, you probably feel pretty smug about how busy and productive you are, don’t you? But what about if you’re just, well, layin’ around? Checking out the texture of the ceiling; settling into the couch. Does that question make you feel defensive? […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on Your Wedding

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on saving money on your wedding, managing a toxic boss, and saving on your favorite indulgences. Top 5 Articles Save Money On Your Wedding: Control Your Wedding Costs & Budget — When budgeting for your wedding, remember to work off a wedding checklist. […]

8 Ways to Reuse a Comforter Bag

If you recently bought a new comforter for your bed or have the plastic casing bed-wear usually comes in, don’t throw it out. Comforter bags are great because they typically have zipper access and are made of durable plastic. Some even come with convenient handles. Here are eight ways to get the most out of a recycled comforter bag. (See also: Waste Not, Want Not: Turning Waste Into Savings) 1. […]

The Two Ways To Track Financial Success

How do you know if you're reaching your financial goals or if you're making financial progress? And what can you do to get to where you want to be at a faster rate? These questions get to the heart of one simple matter: you need to keep track of your finances by calculating two simple measures on a regular basis. These two measures are net worth and cash flow. […]