Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 3/1

One down, two to go. I filed my son’s tax return this morning, which was accepted by the IRS within minutes. Next up, I’ll do my daughters (which will take minutes), and start gathering the data for my own. Hoping to mark taxes completely off the todo list this weekend. Fist pump for putting another tax season in the rear view mirror, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump 10 Ways to Simplify Your Finances to Save a Ton of Time and Money from Couple Money 6 Ways We’re Saving Money After Buying a […] Read more »

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Buy H&R Block Tax Software Online

I’ve used H&R Block tax preparation software for years. It’s available in physical form from retailers, as well as downloadable online directly from the H&R Block website. While downloading the software may be convenient, there are a few reasons you might make a special trip to buy a physical copy instead. Buying a physical copy of H&R Block tax preparation software could save you money, and be more convenient to access your returns if needed in the future. Physical Copy Is Cheaper Buying a physical copy is cheaper than buying the digital version online. Below is a cost comparison of […] Read more »

4 Under-the-Radar Expenses that Contribute to Debt

Contrary to popular belief, most people living in the United States carry some form of debt. Indeed, only about a quarter of the population is currently debt-free, and many Americans will spend most of their adult life in debt. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Simply making a few small, but meaningful, lifestyle changes can put you back on the path toward financial stability. Today we’re going to analyze four under-the-radar expenses that often contribute to debt and explain how you can avoid, manage, and reduce them in your own life: Home-Improvement Projects In the practical sense, owning […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 2/22/19

This is the snowiest February on record here in Minnesota, and we’re not done yet.  Another major snow storm is forecasted this weekend, and potentially more next week before the end of the month. We’ve had snow day after snow day from school, and the white stuff is piling up everywhere.  On the positive side, it’s easy on the budget since it’s hard to spend money when you’re stuck at home! Fist pump for snowstorms (I think?) and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Where’s My Tax Refund? How to Check Your Status from […] Read more »

How to Deal with Personal Debt and get Your Finances in Order

Debt is something that can cause many sleepless nights, if it gets out of hand. Ideally, you should learn how to manage your finances, by checking out the best personal finance blogs, and seeking professional advice if necessary. This can help you to keep your finances in order and avoid having issues with debt. However, many Americans struggle with financial literacy and find themselves in situations that they cannot handle. In fact, debt is a common factor in the lives of many people in the US. The average American has around $38,000 of personal debt. This is aside from any […] Read more »

Smaller Tax Refund? 4 Simple Steps To Calculate If You Really Got A Tax Cut In 2018

Americans expected a lower tax bill in 2018 because of the highly touted Tax Cut and Jobs Act signed into law in December of 2017. Yet as people do their tax returns we hear stories of smaller than usual tax refunds, and accusations the government lied to them. A smaller or larger tax return is not an accurate way to determine if you truly got a tax cut, however. To determine if the amount of taxes you paid increased or decreased you have to dig a little deeper. Before Starting Before we get started, a few things to keep in […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 2/15/19

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.  Some people go way over the top to buy stuffed animals, flowers, jewelry, and other things for their significant other. If that’s what you want to do, and you have the money for it, more power to you. I bought my wife a $3 jumbo card (poster sized!) and a $5 bag of Lindor Chocolate Truffles (she loves them). We did go out to eat, but we used discount cards I bought at Costco, AND the money to buy them came out of last weekend’s discretionary funds. So, my total Valentine’s Day budget was $8.  My […] Read more »

Save Your Grocery Budget by Shopping At Home First

It was Saturday morning, and I was going through my usual meal prep process for the coming week, making a grocery list in parallel. I was just about to head to the grocery store when I realized I had forgotten something. I had forgotten to shop at home first. Shop At Home First I had seemingly done everything right in my process. I had planned meals for the entire upcoming week, and then made a list of everything I needed to make those meals. What I should have done first was go through my cupboards and refrigerator to see what […] Read more »

The Benefits Of National Legal Staffing Support

When most people think of ‘outsourcing’, they think of call centres in exotic locations. With the rising need for legal services, many law firms are realizing how valuable legal process outsourcing can be. Through National Legal Staffing Support, your practice can grow while you focus 100-percent on your clients without your overhead growing due to the increase in demand. National Legal Staffing Support, LLC. offers a number of valuable legal services that free up a lot of time for busy attorneys. About National Legal Staffing Support As a trailblazer of legal process outsourcing, also known as LPO, National Legal Staffing […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 2/8/19

I was reminded recently just how much I love my carpet cleaner. My two cats seem to enjoy throwing up anywhere they please, the stains difficult to get out. I pulled out my carpet cleaner and cleaned the carpet in our main living room while watching television last weekend. Replacing the carpet in just that one room would cost over $1000, having it professionally cleaned around $100, but with my own carpet cleaner I paid only for a $5 bottle of detergent. Fist pump for carpet cleaners and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump […] Read more »

Five Second Fruit Smoothies for $1

Fruit smoothies are cool creamy treats enjoyed by many, including myself. But with a price tag of five to eight dollars depending on the food vendor, I don’t indulge often. That changed when I recently acquired a personal sized bullet style food blender. I received a NutriBullet blender for free as part of my employer’s healthy living incentive program. The blender came with a sizable book of recipes to make vegetable and fruit smoothies. Unfortunately all the recipes had at least half a dozen ingredients. I knew I would never use any of them. I wanted something simple and convenient, […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 2/01/2019

I’ve barely left the house in a week. Thanks Polar Vortex. A few days ago the high temperature was -28 degrees. Things are finally starting to warm up a little and my wife wanted get out and do something.  We decided to go to dinner at our favorite restaurant – but not before we stopped at Costco to by a discounted gift card! Fist pump for warmer weather (relatively), and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Haggling or No Haggling When Buying a Car? from Beating Broke The Top Ten Other Words to Describe […] Read more »

5 Tips to Improve Your Odds of Getting Approved for a Mortgage While Self-Employed

Are you self-employed and looking to purchase a home? There is the added stress of wondering if you’ll be approved for a mortgage due to you being self-employed. Those who have their own business and are their own boss have many perks, but also many struggles. It can be hard to guarantee you’ll have an income. However, it also is a very proud moment when you see your business succeed. Don’t let being self-employed stop you from getting approved for a mortgage. With the following five tips, you can help improve your odds of getting accepted for when you need […] Read more »

6 Tips for Cutting Costs as A Homeowner

Homeownership is a dream that many renters have, but be sure you’re aware of all the associated costs. Ask any homeowner you know about unexpected expenses, and you’ll get a laundry list of tips to think about before buying. Homeownership can be an enjoyable but expensive experience. If you’re looking to save money as a homeowner, consider these tips as measures to cut costs. Tax Breaks Whether you’re a new homeowner or considering your first home purchase, you should always understand your tax obligation. Property taxes are owed each year, but the government offers incentives and tax breaks for specific […] Read more »