Abby HayesAbby Hayes is a freelance copywriter and blogger who writes on everything from personal finance to health and wellness. She spends her spare time bargain hunting and meal planning for her family of three.

How to Pick the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan

Just starting to pay back your student loans, or have you been making payments on them for years? Either way, it pays to understand federal student loan repayment plans. Even if your loan servicer has already set your monthly payments, you can choose to switch to a new repayment plan. This is especially helpful if […]

Published or Updated: February 9, 2016

HSA vs. FSA: Which is Best for You?

Consumer-driven healthcare plans are becoming more common, even with large employers who pay for some or most of their employees’ healthcare costs. These health plans are the kind that allow consumers to make more of their medical spending decisions. They also place more of the onus of paying for those decisions on the consumer. While these […]

Published or Updated: January 27, 2016

Comparing The 5 Best Tax Software Programs

More than 27 million taxpayers used computer software to e-file their taxes from home in 2014. Being that was two years ago, I’d venture a guess that the number has gone up since then. So, why the huge jump in e-filing taxpayers? The federal “Free File” program may be one answer. Free File is an alliance between the […]

Published or Updated: February 6, 2016

H&R Block 2015 Tax Software Review

H&R Block has long been a trusted name in affordable tax preparation. (And they’ve had some pretty slick Hulu commercials that 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 […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2016

TurboTax 2015 Review

TurboTax is the software I use to file my own taxes each year. Even as a freelancer, with more complicated taxes than most, it works well for me. This year, the Intuit software adds some great new features. As always, it’s available in multiple versions at several price points, and it’s a functional, step-by-step software just […]

Published or Updated: January 11, 2016

British Airways Visa Signature Card Review

If you’re looking for a travel rewards credit card specifically for European travel, the British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card could be right up your alley. With this card, your spending is rewarded with Avios, which can then be redeemed for travel with several airline partners. This card is a particularly good option for big […]

Published or Updated: January 4, 2016

The Definitive Guide to Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) are also known as Flexible Spending Arrangements. These are limited-use accounts set up through an employer which allow you to save pre-tax dollars for specific types of expenses. In this guide we’ll cover everything you need to know about setting up and using a Flexible Spending Account.   Unlike Health Savings […]

Published or Updated: December 28, 2015

Which Hilton HHonors Card is Best for You?

The Hilton HHonors line of credit cards offers a huge amount of variety, from relatively low-rewards cards with no annual fee to cards with a high annual fee and excellent rewards. All this variety exists for a reason: To give customers the most flexibility possible. So, while you might be asking, “Which Hilton HHonors card is best?,” the […]

Published or Updated: December 21, 2015

What If You Over-Contribute to a 401(k) or IRA?

We recently got this interesting question from a reader named Jeff: I know the IRS limit for 401k contributions is currently $17.5k / yr. What I want to know is what actually happens if I contribute more than that, say $20k? Do I get a stiff penalty?  Do I go to 401k jail?  Is this […]

Published or Updated: December 15, 2015

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