Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2021 Tax Year
tax law

Tax Changes and Key Amounts for the 2021 Tax Year

Americans are facing a long list of tax changes for the 2021 tax year. Smart taxpayers will start planning for them now.
September 23, 2021
Complain and Get Results
Smart Buying

Complain and Get Results

Use these tried-and-true strategies to get companies to listen to you.
August 26, 2021
Tackle Your Debt Before Retirement
debt management

Tackle Your Debt Before Retirement

You should aim to leave the workforce with as little debt as possible. Otherwise, money that could be spent enjoying your golden years could end up go…
August 11, 2021
Plan to Start Repaying Student Loans
Paying for College

Plan to Start Repaying Student Loans

The pandemic-era pause on student loan repayments is scheduled to end September 30. If you can’t afford payments, you have options.
July 29, 2021
Know Your Rights in Debt Collection
debt management

Know Your Rights in Debt Collection

A wave of post-pandemic debt collection is coming. Here's how to dispute a debt and protect your assets.
July 23, 2021

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Rates on Student Loans Will Go Up
Paying for College

Rates on Student Loans Will Go Up

You could refinance with a private student loan, but consider waiting until the pause on federal loan payments expires.
June 22, 2021
8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund
Tax Breaks

8 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

Since this year's tax deadline was pushed back to May 17, many people just recently filed their tax return. That means there are a lot of tax refunds …
May 21, 2021
Managing Your Debt in Retirement
debt management

Managing Your Debt in Retirement

If your debt is anywhere near the $50,000 “red line,” you could have a problem on your hands. The key is to tackle debt systematically – starting befo…
May 19, 2021
37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021
business

37 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in 2021

We flag a wide variety of cool side hustles to earn bonus bucks to cover expenses expected and unexpected as we begin to emerge from the pandemic lock…
April 8, 2021
The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later
Smart Buying

The Hazards of Buy Now, Pay Later

Breaking up payments can make a big purchase seem cheaper, which can tempt you to overspend.
March 31, 2021
This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz
Becoming a Homeowner

This Hot Housing Market with Daniel Bortz

Home sales and prices have been on a tear and are forecast to continue to rise in 2021. Whether you're hoping to sell, buy or refi, contributing write…
March 31, 2021
PPP Loan Basics for Small Business Owners
Coronavirus and Your Money

PPP Loan Basics for Small Business Owners

Although uncertainty and confusion have surrounded the Paycheck Protection Program since its launch, that shouldn't stop small business owners from pa…
March 30, 2021
6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Biden Stimulus Benefits That Pack the Biggest Punch

From stimulus checks to enhanced unemployment benefits, these perks from the American Rescue Plan will provide significant financial relief to million…
March 26, 2021
Tap Home Equity for Extra Income
Financial Planning

Tap Home Equity for Extra Income

Home is where the heart is, but it’s also a source of regular income for many retirees.
March 25, 2021
Behind on Debts? Know Your Rights
Coronavirus and Your Money

Behind on Debts? Know Your Rights

There are limits on what debt collectors can do to recoup what you owe. If you have medical debts, you have even more rights.
March 20, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your third stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
March 20, 2021
The IRS Can Take Your Recovery Rebate Credit for Child Support or Other Debts Owed
Coronavirus and Your Money

The IRS Can Take Your Recovery Rebate Credit for Child Support or Other Debts Owed

Most restrictions put in place to protect your stimulus check from garnishment don't apply to Recovery Rebate tax credits.
March 17, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement
retirement

10 Things You'll Spend More on in Retirement

From reading materials to debt, the demands on your savings during your golden years might surprise you.
February 25, 2021
10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement
retirement

10 Things You'll Spend Less on in Retirement

We spend a lot of time worrying about running out of cash in retirement. But you might be surprised to see some of the things you'll find yourself spe…
February 25, 2021
Student Loans: Pay Down or Hold Pat?
Paying for College

Student Loans: Pay Down or Hold Pat?

Before you tell your lender you want to resume payments, consider whether there are better uses for your money.
February 22, 2021
Biden Steers PPP Loans to Smallest Businesses
Coronavirus and Your Money

Biden Steers PPP Loans to Smallest Businesses

For two weeks, mom-and-pop businesses will move to the front of the line for Paycheck Protection Program loans.
February 22, 2021
Biden Extends Student Loan Relief, Is Loan Forgiveness Next?
Coronavirus and Your Money

Biden Extends Student Loan Relief, Is Loan Forgiveness Next?

On his first day as president, Joe Biden continued the suspension of student loan payments until October.
January 22, 2021
When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?
Coronavirus and Your Money

When Is Bankruptcy the Right Move?

Seeking protection from creditors can provide a lifeline, but there are plenty of trade-offs.
January 21, 2021
Is a Fix Coming Soon for Social Security?
Smart Buying

Is a Fix Coming Soon for Social Security?

Social Security has funding problems that the COVID-19 pandemic has made worse. What are the prospects for the next Congress and administration doing …
January 12, 2021
The Best Way to Pay Off $250,000 in Student Loans
student debt

The Best Way to Pay Off $250,000 in Student Loans

There are many ways to pay off your student loans, but the “best” way for you may not be the cheapest at first glance. Three doctors’ stories show how…
January 8, 2021