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Use this checklist if you’re doing your taxes yourself

<b>If you’re planning to file your own tax returns this year, you’re in good company. Approximately 33% of Americans file their own taxes each year.</b><p>As …

How Some Investors Miss Out on $1,336 of Free Money in Their 401(k)s

This is one case where being average can cost you a lot of money in the long run.<p>The 401(k) is one of the greatest gifts to retirement savers, but …

Yahoo Finance launches ‘Tanda,’ an app to help you save money more wisely with others

Article Contents<p>1 How it works<br>• 2 Trust factor<br>• 3 Social factor<br>• 4 Who is this for?<p>Download an app on your phone, link it to your bank account, contribute …

7 lessons I learned from tracking my net worth for 14 years

I've been tracking our net worth like a weirdo since I started working in 2003.<p>That's over 14 years of data. Sweet sweet data.<p>That first row is so simple. 2 bank accounts, 1 brokerage account, and what I considered an impressive net worth of $8,745.69.<p>Except I didn't do it right. I only recorded by …

Roth IRA

Here’s How Much the Average American Collects in Social Security at Age 62, 66, and 70

Retirement planning is hard if you don't know how much you'll get in Social Security benefits.<p>Are you financially prepared for retirement? Probably …

Freemasonry: Compatible with Christianity? | A love of The Truth

A worldwide “fraternal organization” with millions of male members that has existed for centuries, Freemasonry is a religious way (that claims to be …

Religious Opposition to Freemasonry: A Christian Mason’s Perspective

<i>by Midnight Freemason Guest Contributor</i><p><b>Jason Richards</b><p>Several weeks ago, I received a long-awaited present to myself: Rob Morris’ <i>The Poetry of</i> …

Build a portable computer on a USB stick

It's a PC that you can carry anywhere.<p>Linux, the free and open-source operating system, has fewer desktop users than Windows and macOS. But it's also far more flexible. In fact, you can install many of its versions (Linux comes in several different flavors, called distributions or distros) on a USB …

Raspberry Pi

Spending: How do you stack up?

Life is pricey, no doubt. We all have expenses we face month in and month out: mortgage or rent, cable and internet service, the day care bill. So …

The 13-step digital declutter

1. Use free tools to clear out bloat<p>If your laptop is running low on storage, Windows’s built-in Disk Cleanup tool can find and wipe unneeded files – just search for it in the Start menu. Mac OS Sierra has a similar feature, but it’s well hidden: to find it, open the System Information tool, then …

Apps

I put $600 into a roboadviser invented by a 25-year old Stanford grad and I'm beating the market — so far

The financial markets are complicated and so most people prefer to give their money to someone else to manage.<p>When Brian Barnes graduated from Stanford in 2012, he had a hard time finding a tool with which he could invest in the stock market on his own. This prompted him to start his own online …

Investing

Your 401(k): 10 things to find out

Starting a new full-time job? If your company offers you a 401(k) plan, you may have decisions to make. If you don’t know the answers to these 10 key …

Should the Average American Take Social Security at 62?

More Americans file for Social Security at 62 than at any other age. But are they making a huge mistake?<p>There's a reason 62 is currently the most …

Do-It-Yourself Pole-Barn Building - DIY

If you need to add shelter to your homestead easily and economically, pole barns are right for you. They’re the fastest, most cost-effective way to …

Here's What You'd Be Paid in Lifetime Social Security Benefits by Claiming at Full Retirement Age

You'll be surprised by how much extra you can net in lifetime benefits by waiting just four to five years.<p>Each month, more than 61 million people …

Warren Buffett says index funds make the best retirement sense 'practically all the time'

If you're looking for a simple plan to build your retirement savings, one of the world's most successful stock market investors has some clear advice.<p>…

Investing

7 things exceptional bosses make sure they do every day

(Of course, I've also had some not-so-great bosses. You probably have too.)<p>There are certain things almost anyone can adopt to become a better boss. It all starts with a series of daily habits — none of which is especially difficult to practice, if you put your mind to it.<p>Here are 27 simple but …

Leadership

Which should you take first: Social Security or your 401(k)?

Social Security provides an enormous return for those who are patient.<p>Consider its retirement benefits. You can take them as early as 62 or as late …

Muscle up your potting mix

Here's How Much Mortgage You Can Actually Afford

Buying a new home is a big decision. Many people focus on the number of bedrooms or the quality of the kitchen appliances, but new homebuyers …

Personal Finance

Establishing A Revocable Living Trust

Do you ever worry about how your beneficiaries will manage their portion of their inheritance when you pass away? We all love our children, but …

Retirement

3 Things That Affect When You Should Apply for Social Security

Money is in there, but it's actually not at the top of the list.<p>You can choose to take Social Security as early as age 62 and as late as age 70. When …

How the 50/20/30 Rule Can Help You Budget

A monthly budget is one of those financial necessities that no one wants to think about, but everyone should. But figuring out how to allocate your …

11 ways to reduce next year’s tax bill

If you claimed the right number of dependents and standard deductions on your 2016 federal income tax return and you still ended up owing the IRS, you’re probably looking to avoid a repeat performance next year. Luckily, there are several ways to increase your chance for a refund (or at least …

Personal Finance

11 ways to organize your finances today that will save you time and money later

Got spring fever? How about applying some of that energy to cleaning your financial house?<p>Whether you just need to reorganize your records or do a thorough cleansing, this to-do list will help you make sure you're finances are on track for the rest of the year.<p><b>1. Clear out your paperwork</b><p>Don't be a …

Personal Finance

How to make your investments pay a monthly 'salary'

It is the goal of many investors: getting a regular income from a portfolio without having to lift a finger.<p>In the past, receiving a monthly income from a portfolio could be problematic, as dividend payments were sporadic.<p>Now there are a range of options for those who want their portfolio to pay …

Investing

Financial Spring Cleaning: Which Documents To Save And Which Papers To Toss

If you’re engaging in a little financial spring cleaning this year, consider scanning your records and storing them electronically. Specific rules may vary depending on the asset, transaction or expense but generally, you want to make sure that your electronic records are as accurate (and legible) …

Personal Finance

The 28/36 Rule: How It Affects Your Mortgage Approval

Here's how the 28/36 rule affects your ability to get a mortgage to buy a home, plus some tricks for getting the biggest mortgage you can afford.<p>Want …

5 personal money numbers everyone should know to check their financial health

You might know your weight and your (pre-tax) income. But how much do you really know about your full financial situation? Your salary and monthly …

Near Age 65? Time to Learn What Medicare Part B Covers.

What Does Medicare Part B Cover?<p>Medicare Part B Is Not Free, and Doesn't Cover Everything<p>Updated May 08, 2018<p>Medicare forms the foundation of health …

Health Care