How do you determine how much you can deduct on your taxes for items you donated to charity? Here are three resources. http://www.bargainbabe.com
I am fortunate enough that my employer offers me a 401k retirement savings plan. Last week, I was informed that my company is now offering a Roth option to our 401k retirement plan. I had no idea what that meant. So I called up my financial planner and we talked about my options. What is the difference between a 401k and a Roth 401k?
As tax day draws near, if you are like most people, you’re looking for any possible way to lower your bill and keep more money in your pocket. Because the tax code is so complex — literally thousands of pages full of thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures —many individuals just throw up their hands in frustration and take the standard deductions on the easiest
Are you contributing to your 401k at work? If not, you are throwing away money – and I mean money that your employer WANTS to give you. Think of it as a yearly bonus on top of your salary that is just waiting for you. This bonus could be as much as $1,080. That’s a lot of free money! I call it your 401k bonus and
As first time homeowners who purchased a recently flipped house, I knew that our property tax would go up someday. But I didn’t expect that less than a year into our home we’d get a postcard stating our assessed value for 2015 was going up 75%! The most confusing part is that the county valued our home nearly $55,000 higher than the price we had just paid for it (and
The only certain things in life may be death and taxes, but at least your taxes have some silver linings! Being able to write off (or deduct) things you had to spend money on anyway on in the previous year? Score! Most people already use the “big” deductions, like mortgage interest and direct contributions to charity. But here are a few more ideas of things you
There are many periods in my life where I have been self-employed. While that may sound carefree and glamorous to some, there are disadvantages, including being responsible for your own health care premiums. Buying health insurance if you’re self-employed can seem complicated and expensive, but not to worry – Bargain Babe’s got you covered. Here are 6 ways to find health insurance if you are
When your kids leave the nest, will you have taught them important money lessons, like how to make sound financial decisions and keep their credit score clean? Whether or not you’ve taught your middle schooler basic money lessons, high schoolers can handle increasingly complex financial ideas and practice making more substantial financial decisions for themselves. So before they move out, here are 8 money lessons