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 2017

The top credit cards offer cash back, free travel, and low interest rates. We’ve researched the current offers and listed the best credit cards of 2017 by category. With 2017 upon us, it seems like a good time to review some of the best credit card offers available. Carrying the right credit card(s) for your […]


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 […]


2011 Holiday Tipping Guide

Photo: Muy Yum ‘Tis the season to tip! It’s a wonderful time of the year and it’s also pretty darn confusing. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out when a tip is even appropriate, let alone how much you should give. That times are tough and you might not be able to be as generous as […]


Comparison of Layway Plans from 5 Major Retailers

Photo: Irargerch Is layaway smart? According to Senator Charles Schumer (NY) layaway programs are deceptive and misleading. Senator Schumer is prepared to take on layaway programs with the same force that he used to take on the credit card companies. Schumer is the one who put the legislation in place that now requires credit card […]