Looking For a Way To Save Money and Go Green? Switch to Solar Power

Looking For a Way To Save Money and Go Green? Switch to Solar Power

This is a guest post from my sister, Rachel, whose husband sells solar power systems through Vivant. They’ve been trying a solar system on their own home, and this is her story. Another interesting take on solar power can be found at Lazy Man and Money, where my buddy Brian shares his experience with a

Investing in Gold: You’re Killing Me Smalls!

Investing in Gold: You’re Killing Me Smalls!

I’ve been lax on my Grow Your Dough updates this year because I’ve been falling in the rankings since almost the beginning. A big reason? I’m investing in gold. We’ve been running Grow Your Dough 2.0 this year, and I’m doing awful. At this time last year, I was in the top five. By the

Rebates for Simple Tasks: My Swag Bucks Review

Rebates for Simple Tasks: My Swag Bucks Review

I’ve crossed to the dark side and am now using Swag Bucks. Here is my Swag Bucks review. Late last year, I let someone I know talk me into joining Swag Bucks. Since penny-pinching isn’t my thing — I’m more of a “do the big things for more money” kind of gal — Swag Bucks never

How to Pay for a Major Medical Expense

How to Pay for a Major Medical Expense

You never know when a major medical expense will cause you grief and threaten your finances.  Health care costs continue to rise, and you never know when a major medical expense will strain your personal finances. While none of us like to think of the possibility of falling prey to a major medical expense, the

5 Ways to Reduce Your Financial Stress

5 Ways to Reduce Your Financial Stress

April is Stress Awareness Month, as well as Financial Literacy Month. If you are looking for ways to reduce your financial stress, here are some “back to the basics” ways to improve your money situation. We all feel the pinch in our pocketbooks at some point. That financial stress can start to wear on your

How to Make Retirement Work for You

How to Make Retirement Work for You

Now is the time to start thinking about retirement — especially if you want to figure out how to make retirement work for you. Today, we talk a lot about doing things on our own terms. As I reflect on what I want now, as well as what I want out of life later, I

Should You Refinance Your Home?

Should You Refinance Your Home?

If you haven’t revisited your mortgage situation recently, now might be the time to refinance your home. A couple of years ago, I finally revisited the terms of my loan. I knew, in the back of my mind, that I could do much better by refinancing. However, I was too lazy to get around to it.

7 Tips for Creating a Startup in College

7 Tips for Creating a Startup in College

Frederick W. Smith, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg serve as good examples of how a simple idea or startup by a college student can end becoming the worlds’ most sought after product/business. Thus, if you’re thinking of following the same path, you need to be mentally, emotionally and financially prepared. In essence, the key tips

Financial Learning App: Regions Scholar Athlete Game

Financial Learning App: Regions Scholar Athlete Game

In honor of the fact that April is Financial Education Month, it makes sense to consider ways to get your children interested in smart money practices. One way to encourage financial learning is through game apps, like this one from Regions Bank. Teaching kids about money can be difficult. I know that sometimes it’s a

Want to #BeatTheDeadline? Organize Your Taxes Throughout the Year

Want to #BeatTheDeadline? Organize Your Taxes Throughout the Year

This post is part of the TaxACT #BeatTheDeadline blog tour which shares tips on how to make tax time a smooth and easy process before the April 15 deadline. TaxACT provides the tools and guidance to help you confidently file taxes easy and fast. Do your own taxes today at TaxACT. You got this. This