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17 Ways to Save at Lowe’s

17 Ways to Save at Lowe’s

17 Ways to Save at Lowe’s

Whether you’re finishing your basement, fixing a leaky bathroom faucet or trying your hand at built-in bookshelves for your family room, Lowe’s is your one-stop-shop for all things home improvement related. While it can be super-easy to spend a ton of cash there, it’s also just as easy to save. Here’s how. 1. Wait for... Read More

50 Things to Know If You Haven’t Done Your Taxes Yet

50 Things to Know If You Haven’t Done Your Taxes Yet

50 Things to Know If You Haven’t Done Your Taxes Yet

You’re motivated by a deadline, you’re busy, you’re still getting organized — whatever the reason, you haven’t filed your taxes yet. That’s not a huge deal (there’s a deadline for a reason), but still, waiting until the last minute to file your taxes means you might be rushed. And that means there’s a higher likelihood of... Read More

8 Hotels Worth Visiting Just for the Food

8 Hotels Worth Visiting Just for the Food

8 Hotels Worth Visiting Just for the Food

Most people think of hotel food as something to endure, not enjoy. At some places, it’s as bad as you’d find at a hospital. But when it comes to knockout ambience, killer cuisine and a world-class experience, some luxury hotels bring their A game. Here, we’ve rounded up eight worth visiting just for a meal, based on cursory research and... Read More

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

The cost of powering your home and all your assorted appliances and devices can be significant. The price of everything, from running your air conditioner on hot days to charging your phone as you sleep, can add up. Getting a handle on your electric bill is important. While utility companies don’t typically report payments to... Read More

Can I Still Contribute to an IRA & Get a Tax Break for 2016?

Can I Still Contribute to an IRA & Get a Tax Break for 2016?

Can I Still Contribute to an IRA & Get a Tax Break for 2016?

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are an excellent means to save for retirement. You have until the tax-filing deadline (generally April 15) to make a contribution to your IRA for the previous tax year. There are two types of IRAs: Traditional IRA and Roth IRA. The maximum contribution is the lesser of $5,500 ($6,500 for those... Read More

6 Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Could Affect Your Bottom Line

6 Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Could Affect Your Bottom Line

6 Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Could Affect Your Bottom Line

Do you commute to work, have a family member who’s out of work or know anyone who’s ever lived in a flood zone? If so, you should be paying close attention to that most Washington of annual rituals — the making of the federal budget. President Donald Trump’s dramatic budget has one clear winner (defense) and... Read More

How to Create a Financial Emergency Plan

How to Create a Financial Emergency Plan

How to Create a Financial Emergency Plan

My son recently brought home a homework assignment. He was supposed to write down a plan for what to do if there was a fire in our house. He’s not even 6. That same week, our daughter told us about a fire drill in her daycare. She’s only 3. Even at that age, it’s important... Read More

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

15 Ways to Save at Crate & Barrel

Whether you’ve just scored a new abode or you’ve been living in your place for a while and it could use a little updating, Crate & Barrel is a long-standing go-to when it comes to home furnishings. The store sells quality goods, so prices for some items can be on the higher end. Luckily there... Read More

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