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Tax Prep Checklist

Make sure you gather the right documents before diving into your taxes. Photo: C X 2 Even the most knowledgeable tax professional can’t complete your income tax return correctly and quickly without all the information they need. […]

Seven Volunteer Vacations for an Alternative Spring Break

Want a more fulfilling experience than binge drinking on the beach can offer? Try a volunteer vacation over spring break. Photo: Texas A&M If the idea of drinking and dancing on the beach all day for a solid week isn’t quite your ideal spring break, there are plenty of other options out there. […]

Seven Volunteer Vacations for an Alternative Spring Break

Want a more fulfilling experience than binge drinking on the beach can offer? Try a volunteer vacation over spring break. Photo: Texas A&M If the idea of drinking and dancing on the beach all day for a solid week isn’t quite your ideal spring break, there are plenty of other options out there. […]

Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford

A bigger house may mean a bigger mortgage, but it doesn’t end there. More space to heat and cool will mean higher utility bills. When it comes to real estate, the more you spend, the more money everyone makes. And it happens on every level of your home purchase. The costs start adding up once you find the perfect place. […]

Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford

A bigger house may mean a bigger mortgage, but it doesn’t end there. More space to heat and cool will mean higher utility bills. When it comes to real estate, the more you spend, the more money everyone makes. And it happens on every level of your home purchase. The costs start adding up once you find the perfect place. […]

60 Simple Rules of Personal Finance

The most important rule of personal finance? Spend less than you earn. A while back, I was asked to give an hourlong presentation where I talked about my key principles of personal finance. I chose to give a presentation where each slide was available for about a minute with one simple rule on each slide, giving me a minute to discuss that rule. […]

Sixty Simple Rules of Personal Finance

A while back, I was asked to give an hourlong presentation where I talked about my key principles of personal finance. I chose to give a presentation where each slide was available for about a minute with one simple rule on each slide, giving me a minute to discuss that rule. […]

Thrifty Thursday: Frugality Foils Anniversary Plans

Do you see asparagus and filet mignon? Or next week’s groceries? Photo: Zhang Wenjie Welcome to our new reader-inspired series, Thrifty Thursdays. […]

Going Pro: How to Choose a Tax Preparer

Even if you pay someone to prepare your taxes, you’re still responsible for any mistakes and potential penalties. Photo: H&R Block More than 50% of taxpayers hire a professional to prepare their taxes. But you’re legally responsible for what is on your tax return even if you paid someone else to prepare it for you. […]

Going Pro: How to Choose a Tax Preparer

Even if you pay someone to prepare your taxes, you’re still responsible for any mistakes and potential penalties. Photo: H&R Block More than 50% of taxpayers hire a professional to prepare their taxes. But you’re legally responsible for what is on your tax return even if you paid someone else to prepare it for you. […]