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.

6 Credit Cards with 0% Balance Transfer and Valuable Rewards

Some of the best 0% balance transfer cards offer no rewards. Some of the best rewards cards offer no 0% introductory rate. The Chase Slate is a good example of the first, offer 0% on balance transfers for 15 months with no transfer fee. The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express is a good example of […]

Published or Updated: March 17, 2016

Review of YNAB 5 from You Need a Budget

We look at YNAB 5, the new budget software, and evaluate both the good and bad changes to this excellent money management tool. We also talk about the 2015 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and how you can get an estimate of your future social security retirement benefits.

Published or Updated: March 16, 2016

Review of the New Fidelity Visa Credit Card

Recently, Fidelity announced the release of its new Fidelity Rewards Visa Signature Card. It replaces the Fidelity American Express card that had become very popular. Th new cash-back credit card option may be the flexible rewards card you’ve been looking for. The Basics This easy-to-use cash back card offers unlimited 2% cash back on every […]

Published or Updated: February 26, 2016

TaxAct Review: An Affordable DIY Tax Option

If you’ve been looking for a cheaper way to get your taxes done, TaxAct could be the online software for you. It’s more affordable than many other software options out there, and it could prove especially helpful if you’re preparing your own taxes for the first time. Getting Started To start with TaxAct, you’ll have […]

Published or Updated: February 26, 2016

How to Pick the Best Student Loan Repayment Plan

In this podcast we look at repayment plan options for those with federal student loans. Picking the best plan can lower your payments, and potentially save you a bundle.

Published or Updated: February 28, 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

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