March 14, 2014

Five Quick Questions About Stocks and Taxes

The idea of investing in stocks (outside of retirement accounts) can be rather stressful if you’ve never done it. Just figuring out what to invest in can be really confusing. Am I doing the right thing? Is this worth the risk? When you add taxes to the equation, it can get really, really confusing – and troubling. […]

The Gap Is More Important Than Anything (At First)

Quite a few of the letters in the reader mailbag boil down to figuring out which of two or three options is the highest priority. […]

10 of America's Awesomest Cheap Cities

We all know that the land of the free isn't really "free" at all. While opportunity may abound in America, bills tend to do the same, as we all need to put food on the table and keep personal finances well-attended to. At the same time, some places are cheaper to live in than others, and certain cities that lend themselves well to frugal lifestyles and the agenda of the penny pincher. […]

Ask the Readers: What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 1)

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Part 2 is What do you do if you can’t make ends meet? (Part 2) There are times when it doesn’t work. You lost your job or you can’t get a job. Your ex-wife takes you to court. Your partner absconds with the money in your business account. Your business fails. Your car dies. Your health takes an unexpected turn for the worse. […]

Best Money Tips: Save Money at the Gas Pump

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some awesome articles on saving money at the pump, plugging your financial leaks, and conversation starters that make mingling fun. Top 5 Articles 10 Ways to Save Money at the Gas Pump — Using your brakes as little as possible and avoiding traffic can help you save at the gas pump. […]

9 Techniques That Can Help You Conquer Any Fear

John Wayne, an American icon of fearlessness, famously said, "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." We're all afraid of something. What defines us is not that fear, but how we rise above it. Below are effective methods I've used to conquer my many fears and live a rich, fulfilling life in the process. (See also: How to Do Things That Scare You) 1. […]

Job Hunting Tips for the Recently Fired (and Some for the Rest of Us, Too)

Job hunting after you've been fired can be an intimidating task, especially in a tight job market. It may not be a cakewalk, but there are ways to make getting your first post-termination job a bit easier. And once you've cleared that hurdle, the impact a firing has on future job searches decreases. […]

This Is How Donald Trump Builds Wealth (and You Can Too)

For most people the name Donald Trump conjures up many images — the hair, the pout, the Tower, the casinos. And, of course, "The Apprentice." He is certainly one of our culture's most recognizable personalities, and since the 1970s he has accumulated enormous wealth. But has that wealth made him financially independent? Not necessarily, at least not until recently. […]

Why I Use a CPA to Do My Taxes

Well, I just finished my 2013 taxes. And when I say "finished", I mean I finished my part of the taxes -- the roughly 10-15 hours or so it takes me to collect, organize, and summarize my financial transactions for last year. […]

Documents you need to bring to your tax appointment

This post comes from Victoria Araj from the Quicken Loans Zing! blog. It’s tax season, and that means it’s time to sort through your shoebox of receipts, those envelopes of stock statements and that drawer of paperwork that hasn’t been touched in 12 months. […]