Could Airbnb Pay Your Mortgage?

As I write this article, a stranger lounges in my guest bedroom. Don’t worry — he’s supposed to be there. In fact, he’s paying me for the privilege of sleeping in our guest bed. This guy, a college student traveling through town, is our fourth Airbnb renter. My husband and I decided to give Airbnb […]

Does Your Credit Improve When You Buy a Home?

Homeownership has long been considered part of the American Dream. Even with homeownership rates falling in the U.S., many still look toward the goal of owning a home one day. When you’re preparing to buy your first home, you’re likely focused on saving money and increasing your credit score. After all, a small credit score […]

Does Paying Rent Improve Your Credit Score?

Not too long ago, paying rent didn’t have much to do with your credit score. Of course, not paying rent could always (and still can) wreck your credit score. If you were behind enough to have your account sent to a collections agency or go through a judgment process, that information would likely appear on […]

Which Is Cheaper: Amazon or Warehouse Stores?

I’ve always been a bit of an Amazon junkie. On any given day, you’re likely to see at least one cardboard box with blue Amazon Prime tape gracing my front steps. We use it to order just about everything, from winterizing plastic for the windows to vitamins for the baby. Since said baby was born, […]

A Look At H&R Block’s Tax Preparation Services For 2017

H&R Block has long been a trusted name in affordable tax preparation. (And their commercials have been pretty on-point for the past few years, too!) Now, they offer their DIY tax filing option online. What’s new this year, and what level of H&R Block’s online software might work best for your needs? Get the details […]

What to Do If You Get Audited

Do you know one of my least favorite return addresses to find in the mailbox? Internal Revenue Service. As a freelancer who often owes on her taxes at the end of the year, it’s not all that unusual for me to get notices from the IRS. But still, my stomach sinks every time it happens. […]