4 Ways to Save Money on Dry Cleaning from Robyn Moreno

4 Ways to Save Money on Dry Cleaning from Robyn Moreno-MainPhoto

You are what you wear. And if you don’t think so, you may as well go naked… But since most of us live in societies where clothing is mandatory, and often a fun and expressive part of life, take care of what you wear. As winter dwindles down and our wardrobes kick into a new [...]

Tips for Filing Your Tax Return Last Minute

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If you haven’t yet filed your 2012 federal income tax return, you are probably starting to feel the pressure; perhaps you’re even starting to panic a little. After all, the filing deadline of April 15 is only days away. Hopefully, we can help alleviate some of your anxiety with these step-by-step directions to get you [...]

Tips For Single Moms on a Budget in Collaboration with Cricket

Tips For Single Moms on a Budget in Collaboration with Cricket-NFO

I know what it’s like to be a single mom on a budget! I was once a single mom on food stamps and even though those tough times are behind me, I’m still budget-conscious. I’m also passionate about telling other single moms how I made the best of dire circumstances and what I still do [...]

Retirement Plans for Freelancers & the Self-Employed

Retirement Plans for Freelancers & the Self-Employed-NFO

If you’re a freelancer, an independent contractor, a sole proprietor, an independent consultant, or self-employed in any other way, saving for retirement plans can be a challenge. Since you don’t have an employer to motivate you, or match any personal contributions you make to a company-sponsored retirement savings plan, you’ll need to step up to [...]

Tax Breaks for Parents

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Diapers, clothes, food, toys, braces, college…raising a child can cost a small fortune. So it’s important to take advantage of every opportunity to save money come tax time. Here’s a list of tax breaks every parent should know about. Dependency Exemption For each child you list as a dependent on your 2012 return, you’ll reduce [...]

Smart Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

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Many of us are about to receive, if we haven’t already, a big fat refund from the IRS. Perhaps you’ve even spent it. If not, here are some ways to put your newfound money to good use.  Pay off debt. Focus first on loans that charge the highest interest rates, such as credit cards and [...]

Affordable Family Fun

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Finding it hard to find affordable family fun? For many financially struggling families, spending quality time together seems more and more difficult, especially as the kids get older. So it’s important not only to do so whenever you can, but to use that time to interact and have fun with one another. Sharing stories, asking [...]

Apps to Help You Kick Bad Habits & Shape Up

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No matter what your New Year’s resolutions were, there are plenty of apps out there to help you stick to them. And if you’ve fallen off the wagon, don’t despair. It’s never too late to start over and kick your bad habit once and for all, lose weight or shape up. Following are our favorite [...]

Pimp My Party: Tips for Big Fun on A Small Budget

Pimp My Party: Tips for Big Fun on A Small Budget

AN MTV PARTY ON A PUBLIC-ACCESS BUDGET Recently I was watching one of those “Sweet Sixteen Mega-Extravanganza” shows on TV. I guess I must have been shaking my head and rolling my eyes a lot because my husband walked in and said, “You know, if you don’t stop watching these shows, your face is going [...]

7 Tips for Managing Money & Relationships

7 Tips on Managing Money & Relationships

Carmen Wong Ulrich is President and Co-Founder of ALTA Wealth Management, an independent financial planning firm that advises clients on financial issues and growing wealth. She is nationally recognized for her frank advice on money matters and can be seen as a regular on ABC’s The View, MSNBC and CNN. She is also the author [...]