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Tax Refund Information

Now that your taxes are done (they ARE done, right?), you may be one of the 83% of federal filers who are expecting a tax refund from the IRS, or one of the tens of thousands of filers waiting on a one from the state of Wisconsin. If so, we have some answers to some questions that we suppose you might have about your eagerly-anticipated check(s). Read More...


Tax Deadlines

We have some good news and bad news regarding the deadline for getting your income tax returns in on time. The bad news is that if you missed the supposed April 15th deadline (last Friday), fear not: the good news is that the actual due date for filing your 2015 income tax returns is midnight on Monday, April 18th. Here’s what you should do if you can’t file by the 18th, or (gulp), you don’t have the money to pay what you owe. Read More...


Looming Financial Deadlines

With the tax-filing deadline just a few days away, we thought we better give you a brief rundown of the financial moves you should be considering over the next week, if you haven’t already. Read More...



Credit Scores

We’re more than halfway through March, which means we’re more than halfway through our “Millennial Money Month”, devoting the entire month to financial topics that are (hopefully) of interest to young adults (feel free to read along even if you’re a little older than “young”). Read More...


Smart School Choices

As you no doubt remember, we’ve designated March as “Millennial Money Month”, and we’re going to spend these weeks discussing life and financial issues faced by young adults, ages 18 or so to 35 or so. Read More...



Withdrawals

For the past few weeks we’ve been discussing saving for college, and how to prioritize this financial goal. A quick review: save for retirement first, especially using a Roth IRA. After those options are covered, consider using a 529 college savings plan.

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Start Saving for College

Last week we suggested that parents who were prioritizing “saving for college” should put their own retirement, savings, debt, and estate planning needs first.

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Before Saving For College

According to the most recent College Savings Indicator study from Fidelity Investments, younger parents named “saving for college” their top financial priority.

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Safe Places for Savings

With the stock market and the economy on unstable ground, many investors are more interested in the return of their money, rather than the return on their money.

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Tips on Tipping

‘Tis the season for lots of things, including tipping the many people who make your life easier. But it can be a challenge to figure out whom to tip, and how much.

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Money Gifts For Kids

Whether it’s the upcoming holidays or for a kid’s birthday, often it’s easier and smarter to give money or gift cards to children and young adults, rather than try to guess which toy or gadget they will appreciate now, and cherish for longer than it takes to throw away the present’s packaging.

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Balancing Needs and Wants

We received a recent request from a parent with young children, and she asked for some help -in balancing her family’s near-term spending with the need to save for long-term goals.

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More Fraud Prevention Methods

We’re finishing up our series on the many ways that fraudsters may use to try to obtain your information and money, and the methods you can use to protect yourself.

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Frightening Types of Identity Theft

The end of October means that Halloween has come and gone, and it also marks the closing of “National Cybersecurity Awareness” Month. But there are still a few scary financial frights you should be aware of and try to avoid at all costs.

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Protecting Wifi and Smartphones

It’s still October, so it’s still “National Cybersecurity Awareness Month”, and so we’re still offering up tips to protect all of your electronic activity and information.

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Freeze Credit Reports

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2014 about 1 in 14 Americans over the age of 16 were the victims of identity theft.

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College Savings Month

September is “National College Savings Month”, a campaign ostensibly designed to send worried parents scurrying off to set aside some money for their children. But before you moms and dads divert your dollars towards this specific purpose, there are a few financial goals that should be given priority.

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