Official 2011 Income Tax Brackets

With 2011 about to come to a close, my mind always turns to taxes. For the 2011 tax year, tax returns will be due April 17, 2012 (April 15, 2012 falls on a Sunday and April 16, 2012 is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia). So I thought it would be helpful to pull […]


The Best Credit Cards of 2016

With 2016 in full swing, it seems like a good time to review some of the best credit card offers available. Carrying the right credit card(s) for your spending habits is not only the responsible thing to do, but also the smart thing to do.  Credit cards get a bad rap sometimes, especially when you […]


3-Step Financial Checkup

So where do you stand financially? Are you on track to meet your goals? Given your age and income, have you saved and invested as much as you should have? How much house can you afford? These were some of the questions I began asking myself several years ago. The problem is, it was difficult […]


6 Websites Offering Odd Jobs to Earn Extra Cash

When unemployment meets frugal spending you get internet sites offering a happy median for both. If you need to make extra money and the traditional job hunt isn’t working, then consider one of these 6 websites that offer more of a non-traditional approach to making money. I must warn you, some of the sites require […]


Banks vs. Credit Unions–Where to Find the Best Interest Rates

Photo: shehan365 Where do you go to find the best interest rates? With the Occupy Wall Street and Bank Transfer Day movements in the news, I lot of folks have moved from big banks to credit unions. And that raises an important question–do banks or credit unions have the best interest rates? Now in some […]


OptionsHouse Current Deals and Promotions

It’s become routine for online discount brokers to woo customers by providing a few free trades or a little up-front cash. But OptionsHouse has taken the idea to another level.  Currently, OptionsHouse is offering five different promotions, each awarding a little something different for potential traders. I use OptionsHouse for both casual investing and to […]