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IRS Scams 2016

Scammer Phishing for CashEvery year, the Detroit Auto Show brings in visitors from around the world to see the newest models from major car manufacturers. The Consumer Electronics Expo gives us a chance to see all the new gadgets that will be on our wish lists come holiday time. Penny Arcade Expo unveils the year’s new video games that our teenagers will be using to ignore their homework.

Is 2016 the Year for Cord Cutting?

Scissors Cutting Cable CordWhy is the cable/satellite bill so frustrating? Is it because the bill seems to go up every so often (and 2016 will be no exception) for reasons that are, at best, baffling? Is it the customer service which is, at best, infuriating? Or is it that feeling you get when you’re flipping past channel after channel that you never watch, making you realize you’re paying for something you don’t want or need? That feeling is, at best, unsatisfying.

The Importance of Role Models

Soccer Coach with PlayersWe all learn by example. And there are many shining examples your kids can follow to get started on the path to success.

Their most important role model will probably be you, especially at first. It’s natural for children to look up to parents and absorb their values and experience. And that is all well and good, but it doesn’t hurt to bring in some outside reinforcements for additional inspiration.

Charitable Giving

People making a donationIt’s that time of the year again: a combination of New Year’s resolutions and the start of tax time has many of us looking for a place to donate money. It can be difficult to figure out which charity is most deserving of your money and how to make your charitable donations work best for your financial situation.

New Year's Resolutions

Beginning of Resolution ListBy the end of January, many of us will have forgotten all about our New Year’s resolutions. It can be difficult to change our lives, even when it’s for the better. Knowing this, we want you to know that, in your financial life, there are changes you can make today that will last the entire year. Here are three resolutions you can set today and some follow-up goals for the rest of the year.

Rogue Access Points

Coffee next to a laptopWe’ve all been there. It’s been a long day of shopping at the mall, or waiting in an airport, or driving across the country, and we finally get a chance to pull out our phones or laptops and look for WiFi. Good news: You’ve found one that doesn’t require a password! Free WiFi saves the day. You click accept and head to your favorite place to watch videos of kittens, or whatever people normally do on the Internet … we mostly watch kittens.

Three Questions, Then Three Questions

Chalkboard with Question MarksAs 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to figure out if you’re in your best possible financial shape. While performing a self-audit can seem like a daunting task, we’ve created a simple way to get started. Below, we ask three questions about where you are now compared to where you were a year ago. Your answers should help you understand if you made the right choices in 2015. After that, we’ve got three more questions to help guide your 2016.

Good Debt, Bad Debt

Cash, Calendar, CalculatorToday’s students pay a premium to go to college. It’s more expensive than ever to pay tuition, textbooks are borderline extortion, and after inflation the minimum wage is about 30% less than it was a few decades ago. So working all summer to pay for school has turned into working as many hours as you can to support yourself while taking out a staggering amount of loans. We all know it; the headlines are everywhere.

Holiday Budgets - Involving Your Kids

Parents and Child Shopping OnlineOnce your child is old enough to know that Santa is a fantasy, and it’s actually mom and dad who sponsor those wonderful holiday gifts (it was fun to believe it, though, wasn’t it?), she is old enough to discuss, in an age-appropriate way, budgeting for those gift-filled holidays. While you don’t want to spoil the fun with lectures, here’s how you can take advantage of the teachable moments to impart important lessons without your child feeling like she’s learning:

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