Planning

5 Home Upgrades That Could Help You Save During Tax Season

Home upgrades are expensive, but you could earn back some of that cash when tax season rolls around. Whether you made upgrades last year or are planning some for 2016, keep these expert suggestions in mind (and talk to your tax advisor for personalized advice).

How to Pick the Best Tax Preparer

Follow this guide to find tax help you can trust.

3 Tax Breaks Every Parent Needs to Know About

You can save yourself real money come tax time.

Here's What People Would Really Do If They Won the Lottery

Spoiler: It involves paying off debt and buying lots of puppies. 

3 Money Resolutions Everyone Should Make in 2016

Set yourself up for a financially successful new year. 

5 Ways to Make the Most of Credit-Card Rewards

With this season’s flurry of purchasing—and the pileup of points on your cards—knowing how to work those rewards programs can make a difference. But who has the time to wade through the details? Real Simple asked Matt Schulz, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, a marketplace and resource center, to short-list the best strategies.

How to Refinance Everything in Your Life

When you hear “refi,” you probably think “mortgage.” But you can also benefit from refinancing car loans, student loans, and credit-card debt. When is it worth the bother? Here’s guidance (plus shortcuts) from the pros.

How to Create a Budget You'll Actually Stick To

If you've never made a money plan, this step-by-step guide will help you get started.

5 Surprising Strategies for Securing Your Financial Future

Save more, spend less, invest wisely—you know the broad strokes of building a nest egg. But the how-to can be elusive. Financial adviser Manisha Thakor offers fresh strategies you can take to the bank.

7 Simple Rules for Functional Files

Save more, spend less, invest wisely—you know the broad strokes of building a nest egg. But the how-to can be elusive. Financial adviser Manisha Thakor offers fresh strategies you can take to the bank.

How to Make Charitable Donations Really Count

If you're not a Rockefeller, a Gates, or a Zuckerberg, what can you do to maximize the impact of your charitable contributions? Follow these expert strategies for giving the most bang with each buck.

How to Spring-Clean Your Finances

Weed out and straighten up your financial clutter with these six simple tips.