Personal Finance Articles

  1. Cash In On Cash For Appliances

    After "Cash For Clunkers" your appliances were feeling left out. But no more!
  2. Tax Technology That Works

    These software programs and applications can help you prepare and get through tax season. Find out what they have to offer. ...
  3. 6 Unusual Ways To Make A Living

    Bounty hunters, repo men, body guards - many of these strange jobs are on the rise, so find out more about job requirements ...
  4. The March Madness Effect

    Colleges experience an uptick in giving when their teams compete well, and increased ticket, apparel and memorabilia sales ...
  5. This Week In Financial History: Birthdays, Theory and Scandal

    In the world of finance, March marks the anniversary of a number of important beginnings (and some ends) that have left an ...
  6. 7 Women Inventors And Their Indispensable Designs

    About 10% of patents are awarded to women every year. Learn about some of the most familiar items invented by women, and ...
  7. The Best Time To Buy An iPad

    We take a look at Apple's product history and find that if you want to buy an iPad, it's best to wait.
  8. Investing Books It Pays To Read

    We provide some classic and lesser-known titles to add to your collection.
  9. How Your Credit Card Is Changing

    The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 has brought about new rules to help protect you. ...
  10. Olympic Athletes: Back To Reality

    For this year's Olympians, the return to everyday life is much more glamorous for some than others.
  11. Should You File Taxes For Free?

    If you qualify, you can file your taxes for free online. Find out how to do it, and whether it's worth the effort.
  12. The History Of Taxes In The U.S.

    The number of taxes that we now consider a given did not always exist. Find out how they arose.
  13. Taxpayer Alert: 1099 Traps Multiply This Year

    Bank consolidations, stock options, and 1099-R changes could create problems. Here's how to stay out of the IRS' crosshairs. ...
  14. Cut Your Tax Bill With Permanent Life Insurance

    Learn how to lower your income tax and avoid estate tax - all while building wealth.
  15. Budget Like The Government

    Wouldn't it be great to run up charges everywhere and then leave the bill for someone else to pay? That's exactly what happens ...
  16. 6 Alternatives To Health Insurance

    Not having health insurance doesn't mean that you have no alternatives. Here's what you can do to reduce your healthcare ...
  17. 6 Reasons Why Products Fail

    There are a number of reasons outside of marketing and the actual product that can lead to unmitigated failure.
  18. Marriage Vs. Common Law: What It Means Financially

    The number of unmarried couples is on the rise, but your relationship may or may not be given the same benefits as married ...
  19. Debt Collection: Know Your Rights

    Learn about the debt collection process so you know how to handle it if it happens to you.
  20. Tweet Your Way To A Sweet Job

    Social networks have become popular job-seeking resources. Find out how to use them to your advantage.
  21. A Map To Grocery Store Savings

    By taking a little time to analyze a supermarket's layout, you can target the most budget-friendly areas and keep more money ...
  22. No Job And $50,000 In Student Debt. Now What?

    I had a plan to pay off my career-changing graduate school debt. Now all I can do is defer payments. Or win the lottery. ...
  23. Planning For The Estate Tax's Return

    The 2010 estate tax lapse could be costly to your family if it keeps you from planning.
  24. The Most Economical Sports For Kids

    Interested in getting your child involved in youth sports? See how much you might expect to pay to play.
  25. When To Tip? And How Much?

    Good service can be rewarded through tipping. Find out which services commonly require a tip, and how much you should give. ...
  26. Forget Your Bank Account - Use Your Credit Card

    What if you used your credit card as a bank account? Believe it or not, this strange strategy could actually work.
  27. Tax Avoidance Or Illegal Evasion?

    Find out how to avoid the most common tax filing mistakes and audit triggers, so you can deduct with a clear conscience. ...
  28. 5 Surprise Costs That May Affect Your Tax Bracket

    Surprise! You may owe more than you think.
  29. Taking The Lead In The Interview Dance

    Learn the steps that will help lead you to a new career.
  30. 5 Bizarre Insurance Policies

    If you can dream up a risk, you can probably insure it. From interesting to bizarre, here are five of the weirdest insurance ...
  31. What To Bring To The Tax Man

    Forgetting these forms can cost you your refund.
  32. A Soaring Housing Market: College Apartments

    How to play the boom in upscale student housing.
  33. The "Next Big Thing" In Pro Sports

    New sports continue to enter the market, but will they push out the traditional stalwarts?
  34. Tax Withholding: Good For Government, Bad For Taxpayers

    It's important to understand where that money coming out of your paycheck goes and why - after all, you earned it.
  35. Is The U.S. Still The Center Of The Economic World?

    A weakening currency and huge debts question the U.S.'s position as the world's dominant economic powerhouse.
  36. 10 Tax Protester Claims To Avoid

    The IRS calls them "frivolous" arguments. Make one and you could get hit with big civil penalties and even criminal charges. ...
  37. The Cost Of An Auto Recall

    The impact of an auto recall on a company isn't simply financial.
  38. How Criminals Changed The Tax Code

    Thanks to tax crooks and "creative accountants", tax codes have been designed to eliminate loopholes and catch those who ...
  39. Financial Elder Abuse Rampant In Economic Downturn

    Lawmakers slow to act against Wall Street wrongdoing.
  40. Trade Properties To Keep The Taxman At Bay

    Like-kind exchanges can mean a much lower tax bill on real estate for savvy investors.
  41. Bank Overdraft Changes: What You Need To Know

    New laws to protect consumers should be in place by the summer. Find out what will change and how it could affect you.
  42. 6 Things You Didn't Know About The U.S. Budget Deficit

    The country appears to be spiralling into more debt all the time, but is it really as bad as it looks?
  43. Cost-Benefit Analysis: The Key To Your Financial Life

    Using cost-benefit analysis can leave you with a lot more money in your wallet without a decline in your standard of living. ...
  44. Creative Accounting: When It's Too Good To Be True

    Accounting practices have matured, but there are still plenty of ways that companies can disguise their financial results. ...
  45. Earn Tax-Free Income

    Tax rates are going up, so it pays to find sources of income that the tax collector can't touch. Here are 20 of them.
  46. Hype It Like Steve Jobs

    Since Steve Jobs is the king of hype, it's no wonder Apple earns billions of dollars every year. Read on to learn about some ...
  47. 4 New Job-Search Trends

    Job boards and traditional resumes just aren't cutting it these days. Find out the new ways that are available for jobseekers. ...
  48. Olympic Economics: Boom Or Doom?

    Cities often tout the economic benefits of hosting the Olympics but the wide range of estimates make the actual impact hard ...
  49. You CAN Retire Now

    Even if your portfolio has taken a hit, these tips can get you back on track.
  50. 3 Common Tax Questions Answered

    We clarify some rules that often puzzle taxpayers.
  51. How Much Tax Do You Really Pay?

    When you add direct and indirect taxes together, your real tax rate is much more than you expected.
  52. This Week In Finance: Carl Icahn and Ben Bernanke

    During this week in financial history, an iconic corporate raider was born, and a new economist took the helm of the Federal ...
  53. Technology Your Kids (Or Grandkids) Will Laugh At

    The time will come when you'll be the one explaining these obsolete technologies.
  54. Expensive Celebrity Valentines Gifts: Did They Work?

    These celebrities treated their sweethearts to notoriously lavish gifts - but did these grand gestures keep the couples together? ...
  55. Can You Live A Debt-Free Life?

    Avoiding loans goes against the norm but it can be possible - and enjoyable.
  56. Watch Out For "Junk" Mortgage Fees

    So many fees are tacked on to a mortgage, that it's easy to pay more than you have to.
  57. Avoiding Tax Scams

    These schemes can lead to fines - and even jail time - for both the scammer and his victims.
  58. 10 Resume Red Flags

    You may think you have a strong resume, but if you are including these surprising red-flag items, you may not even make it ...
  59. Sports Bets That Would Have Made You Rich In 2009

    If you had placed these wagers, you would be very rich in 2010.
  60. Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  61. Filing Your First Tax Return

    Tax time can be intimidating - but knowing these tips can ease the process and get you a hefty return.
  62. The 7 Most Universal Job Skills

    As the unemployment rate hovers around 10%, learn what skills you need to avoid becoming part of the statistic.
  63. The 10 Most Common Tax-Filing Mistakes

    Be sure to double check your federal income tax return for these common mistakes that could cost you time and money.
  64. Marrying Your Finances: File Jointly And Save!

    Read these tips to find financial (and wedded) bliss, and put some cash in your pockets.
  65. 6 Ways To Steal Her Heart - Without Breaking The Bank

    There's nothing like a romantic proposal to sweep a girl off her feet. Here are six ways to make a major impression on a ...
  66. Careers in Crisis: Three Industries Hit Hardest By Job Losses

    The entire nation is suffering from unemployment headaches, but some industries are hurting worse than others.
  67. 5 Extreme Budget Makeovers

    Think you're frugal? These people went to unbelievable lengths to cut back on their living expenses.
  68. Cash And Student Loan Forgiveness: The Perfect First Job

    Pesky student loans can make your first few years (even decades) of employment difficult. These organizations can make all ...
  69. The "New" Valentine's Day

    Consumer spending habits around this holiday are changing. Find out where romantic-minded shoppers are putting their money ...
  70. 7 States With No Income Tax

    These states impose no income tax on residents, but will putting down new roots really save you money?
  71. Free Online Content: Can It Last?

    With media organizations facing increased financial challenges, paid content is becoming an increasingly attractive option. ...
  72. Tap Into Your Secret Job Market

    With persistence, creativity and a little luck, you can tap the hidden job market and unearth exciting job opportunities ...
  73. Stretch Your Savings By Working Into Your 70s

    Staying employed a little longer may allow for a more comfortable retirement.
  74. 6 Famous Prenup Screw-Ups

    If you make big money, a prenuptial agreement is serious business. Unfortunately for these big-wigs, they didn't take it ...
  75. 4 Ways To Make The Most Of Low Interest Rates

    Just because the interest rates are low is no reason to abandon the market completely - there are still plenty of opportunities ...
  76. Be Mine, Frugal Valentine

    If your budget for Valentine's Day is restricted, don't worry. These companies are offering festive and frugal deals.
  77. This Week In Finance - Nasdaq Turns 40

    As the exchange enters its 40th year, it's a good time to examine how the Nasdaq's become one of the world's largest stock ...
  78. Keep Your Pending Home Sale From Collapsing

    You've done your research and found your dream home - find out what could go wrong and ruin your sale!
  79. 5 Areas Where House Prices Are Increasing

    The National Association of Realtors' January data was better than last year, but some cities are rebounding much faster ...
  80. "Temporary" Taxes That Stuck

    Taxpayers should be wary when a new "temporary tax" is introduced. Sometimes these temporary taxes are anything but.
  81. APR and APY: Why Your Bank Hopes You Can't Tell The Difference

    Banks use these rates to entice borrowers and investors. Find out what you're really getting.
  82. Top Tips For Cheaper, Better Car Insurance

    Accident, theft, vandalism - make sure your coverage will protect you when you need it most.
  83. 11 Tax Deductions You Can't Actually Write Off

    These are some of the most common tax write-offs that you can't really claim.
  84. Dial Into Cell Phone Profits

    Everyone seems to have a cell phone or smartphone these days. Learn how to invest in this explosive market.
  85. The 8 Best Bank Perks

    Many banks are now offering free perks to entice new customers.
  86. 6 Ways To Find Your Dream Job

    Find out what job you really want to do and tips for getting there.
  87. Millionaires With The Most Bankruptcies

    These celebrities made a lot and lost a lot - sometimes several times over. Find out who they are.
  88. What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Money?

    Your approach to your finances could determine your children's financial success.
  89. Avoid An Audit: 6 "Red Flags" You Should Know

    Don't make yourself a target - steer clear of these attention-grabbing tax-filing practices.
  90. Give To Charity; Slash Your Tax Payment

    Being generous has never been more (financially) rewarding!
  91. When A Homeowner's Best Move Is Turning Over The Keys

    Moving out of your own home is sometimes the smartest financial move.
  92. Red Carpet Looks For Less

    Here are five tips for getting the Hollywood glam, without the hefty price tag.
  93. Doggie Business

    These companies thrive on spoiling man's best friend. But is this industry for the dogs?
  94. 5 Signs You Shouldn't Switch Careers

    While switching careers can work wonders for your sanity and your bank account, you should always look before you leap.
  95. Are You Getting What You Paid For?

    Carefully checking your purchases can help protect your budget.
  96. Mass Layoffs: The Hardest-Hit States

    The mass layoff data for December has been released, and while the numbers are far from good, they have been a lot worse. ...
  97. Cosmetic Change: Dollars And Sense

    Before joining the celebrity-driven cosmetic surgery revolution, learn the costs and the risks.
  98. The Amateur Investor's Guide To Analyzing Corporate Efficiency

    Find out how the amateur investor can measure the success of management.
  99. The Not-So-$uper Bowl

    You may think it goes without saying that Super Bowl host cities benefit from the event, but as it turns out officials have ...
  100. 5 Strange New Ways To Invest

    These new investment vehicles could be for you if you are feeling burned by the recession.
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