January 28, 2014

Best Tax Software for 2014: TaxACT vs TurboTax vs H&R Block

Updated February 3, 2014 All the best tax preparation software companies have released their 2014 versions. After reviewing 15 online tax software programs and using the top products, I chose three products worth recommending this year. The three best tax software products for 2014 are: 1. TurboTax 2. H&R Block 3. TaxACT In a previous post, I wrote about why you should file your taxes online. […]

Barclaycard Review: Arrival™ World MasterCard® Annual Fee vs. No Annual Fee

The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® is hands-down one of the best credit cards around, but there’s a lot of curiosity and confusion around which is the more valuable of the two: the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® – Earn 2x on All Purchases (with an $89 Annual Fee) vs. […]

3 Reasons You Should Do Your Taxes as Soon as Possible

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. People like to wait until the last minute to file their taxes. The reason is obvious: filing taxes can be pretty dull. It’s not a task that anyone relishes and, because of that, people often put it off for as long as they can. Of course, putting it off as long as you can creates its own problems. […]

The Single Biggest Benefit of Turning Our Finances Around

Of all of the benefits that have come into our lives due to our commitment to financial responsibility, one has had more of an impact than any other. In fact, I’d argue that it overshadows all of the other ones. What’s that benefit? From what I can tell, Sarah and I have not had a single money argument in more than five years. We don’t argue about debts. […]

SteveDH, December 2013 Net Worth

In Naked With Cash, seven anonymous Consumerism Commentary readers publicly track and analyze their finances on a monthly basis. For almost a decade, I tracked my own finances on Consumerism Commentary; now I’m sharing the benefits of public accountability with the participants. I’ve partnered with financial planners who will offer some guidance along the way. […]

Ask the Readers: What Was Your Best Customer Service Experience?

Most people dread the need to call customer service. We hear countless horror stories about telephone runarounds or, on the other side of things, customers with unreasonable demands. But of course, there are customer service stories that do end well. (Right?) What was your best customer service experience? […]

11 Things You Can Do on Your Lunch Break to Change Your Life

Depending on where you work and what your role actually is, the time you have to eat lunch could vary. The standard break is an hour, but these days people are so busy they take 30 minutes or even less. Let's say that you have around 30 minutes to spare, after you've eaten. Depending on what your life is lacking, here are a few ways to make positive changes in very small, simple ways. 1. […]

Material stuff can make you happy

This article is by staff writer April Dykman. Experiences make us happier than “Stuff.” That’s the current line of thinking, which quite a few studies support. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money on a Super Bowl Party

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving money on your Super Bowl party, times it's easy to ask for a discount, and car repairs you can do yourself. Top 5 Articles 5 ways to save money on a Super Bowl party — To save money on your Super Bowl party, visit the dollar store and order pizza. […]

How to Spend Less on Everything in 2014

Did you make a resolution to spend less money and save more in 2014? You're not alone. According to research conducted at the University of Scranton and published in Journal of Clinical Psychology, this is the third most common New Year's resolution made by Americans. (The number one resolution is to lose weight followed by the resolution to get organized.) We live in a "buy, buy, buy" culture. […]

10 Healthy, Easy Breakfasts for People on the Go

Eating a good breakfast can be a burden on weekday mornings. You're already racing against time to shake off the sleep, shower, brush, dress, primp, and get out the door before you're late for yet another meeting. A lot of the time we skip "the most important meal of the day" altogether — at least I do, anyway — or grab something cold and processed from the cabinet or a nearby convenience store. […]

Top Money Resolutions for 2014

Money Magazine recently shared the top five money resolutions people have for 2014 as follows: 1. Simplify my finances 2. Save more for retirement 3. Pay down debt 4. Donate more to charity 5. […]

How to complain effectively and get results

As soon as we signed the contract to buy our first home, I started dreaming about furnishing it. After years of drooling over pretty furniture catalogs, I finally had a place to decorate. I have also been saving money specifically to furnish our house and, as a part of that fund, I have been collecting furniture store gift cards. […]