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NOW IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR TAX SEASON

Wise taxpayers may want to take advantage of winter months indoors to prepare for tax filing season this spring. Whether you are a small business owner, a retiree, or a new parent, here are some Social Security tax tips that may help you.

Tips to Save Money at the Pump

(Family Features) As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles.

How the Affordable Care Act may affect your tax refund

(BPT) - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) brings a lot of changes to this year's tax code. Do you know if and how it will affect your tax refund?

Five tips to protect yourself from cybercrime this shopping season

(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts.

Saving money on your holiday shopping list

(BPT) - The holidays can get expensive, especially if you have a large list of family and friends to shop for, or if you are planning to host a party or two.

5 simple strategies to shop smarter online this holiday season

(BPT) - ‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, and the top trend for 2014 is to skip the crowds and long lines and purchase holiday gifts online instead.

Have you gone mobile with your money? Survey says most Americans have

(BPT) - Smartphones have become an essential part of everyday life; from texting and email to social media, Americans rely heavily on their mobile devices. If your mobile phone was taken away, how long could you survive without it?

How to recognize the signs of elder financial abuse

Financial abuse of the elderly is on the rise and not only is it getting worse, but for every reported case of elder financial exploitation, 43 others go unrecognized.

How to maximize your tax benefits from charitable gifts

You know your gifts of cash, time and household items may be tax deductible, but what do you need to do to verify that and maximize your deduction?

5 ways for borrowers to keep their cool in a warming mortgage market

Both the weather and the slump of the previous years’ housing markets are starting to thaw. It’s an exciting time of recovery and change. Whether you’re hitting the open houses, fixing up your home for sale, or just renovating, being fully prepared is key to a low-stress experience.

Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance

Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100.

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What to know before he goes: Preparing for widowhood

Most women will end up single at the end of their lives. In fact, women are four times more likely than men to be widowed, and widows typically survive their husbands by 14 years.

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Estate planning pays off in taxes and peace of mind

Taxes aren’t the only reason for estate planning. Read on to find out more.

Escape the Toy Trap

The toy trap: we all have friends who’ve fallen in. I received a wave of emails after publishing Debt: The Last Social Taboo?, all sharing similar sad stories.

Debt: The Last Social Taboo?

Social taboos have dropped left and right since I was a young man raising a family, but one is unlikely to disappear any time soon: holding too much personal debt. But debt need not be a personal tragedy nor a badge of shame. For some, it is simply a practical problem with practical solutions. For others, however, it isn't even the real problem.