Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life

Money Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life

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Quick and Dirty Tips for A Richer Life


638 - Should I Use a High-Yield CD for My Savings?
May 26 • 17 min
Laura answers a listener question about using CDs to stash her cash. Find out what a CD or certificate of deposit is, where to find high-yield CDs, and how to use them wisely when they're right for you. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and…
560 - 8 Best Budgeting and Personal Finance Tools
May 20 • 18 min
Laura reviews eight of the best personal finance tools to make sense of your money, stay organized, and achieve your financial goals. Read the transcript at Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for…
637 - Which Debts Should You Prepay First? A 6-Step Plan
May 12 • 19 min
Hooray, you have some extra money each month to pay down debt! This 6-step process will help you decide how to use that money wisely to reach your financial goals. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the…
636 - How to Qualify for the Coronavirus Economic Relief Package
May 5 • 29 min
Not sure what coronavirus economic relief you qualify for or how to get it? Laura interviews Gerri Detweiler, Education Director for Nav and cuts through the confusion. You'll get solid advice whether you have a large business, are a solopreneur, or are…
635 - Best Advice on Buying or Selling a Home During the Coronavirus
Apr 28 • 22 min
The economic downturn affects both home buyers and sellers. Find out how to make wise real estate decisions and stay safe during the pandemic. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter for regular…
634 - 10 Things Student Loan Borrowers Should Know About Coronavirus Relief
Apr 21 • 15 min
The CARES Act includes broad relief for hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including significant benefits for those paying off student loans. Laura answers a couple of questions and reviews what the relief is, who can use it, and how it impacts…
633 - How to Manage Unemployment and Lost Business Income
Apr 14 • 38 min
Laura interviews Colleen McCreary, Chief People Officer at Credit Karma, for tips on how to navigate unemployment the best way possible. Find out how to get all the benefits you're eligible for after losing a job or business income due to the coronavirus…
632 - How the COVID-19 CARES Act Affects Your Retirement
Apr 7 • 20 min
Life during the time of coronavirus is moving quickly and new legislation called the CARES Act affects your retirement account. Money Girl answers questions about making contributions and withdrawals and gives tips for managing your money wisely during…
631 - 10 Ways Coronavirus Tax Relief Affects Your Personal Finances
Mar 31 • 15 min
In addition to postponing taxes, the new coronavirus tax relief law affects other parts of your financial life. Money Girl reviews 10 things you should know about the benefits of tax relief for your personal finances. Read the transcript. Check out all…
630 - 5 Strategies to Manage Finances During Coronavirus Uncertainty
Mar 24 • 18 min
Feeling uncertain about how to handle your money or investments during the coronavirus pandemic? Money Girl covers five ways to make your financial health as resilient as possible and answers common listener questions. Read the transcript. Check out all…
531 - 8 Investing Rules to Follow Even When the Stock Market Drops
Mar 17 • 33 min
No matter what happens in the stock market, these eight rules will help you invest wisely. Learn where to put your money to create financial security even when the stock market drops. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows.…
629 - 6 Ways a Fed Interest Rate Cut Affects Your Finances
Mar 11 • 15 min
What does a Federal Reserve interest rate cut mean for you and your finances? Money Girl explains how making some smart money moves now can work in your favor. Read the transcript. Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows. Subscribe to the newsletter…
628 - What is Credit Card APR and Why Should You Care?
Mar 3 • 14 min
Knowing your credit card APR is crucial for your overall financial health. Money Girl is here to help you understand APR and how it gets calculated on your account.
627 - Should You Pay Down PMI or High-Interest Debt First?
Feb 25 • 22 min
Should homeowners eliminate their Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) payment or focus on high-interest balances? Getting it right is essential to a healthy financial bottom line. TRANSCRIPT:…
626 - 5 Effective Ways to Get a Loan with Bad Credit
Feb 18 • 20 min
Getting a loan with bad credit isn't impossible. These five simple lending alternatives can help you put money in your pocket. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/credit/5-ways-get-loan-bad-credit | Check out all the Quick and Dirty…
625 - How to Insure Jewelry and Expensive Valentine’s Day Gifts
Feb 11 • 18 min
If you assume that you already have coverage for a lavish Valentine's Day gift or don't need it, you could be making a huge mistake. Check out these seven tips for insuring valuables before buying them. TRANSCRIPT:…
624 - 8 Best Tools to Manage Every Aspect of Your Money in 2020
Feb 4 • 18 min
Get in the habit of using free or low-cost digital tools to make better financial decisions and achieve your goals. Money Girl covers eight of her favorite apps, programs, and websites that can take your money management skills to the next level.…
623 - 8 Things You Must Give Up for More Financial Success
Jan 28 • 17 min
To create more success, sometimes you simply have to give up what's holding you back. Money Girl covers eight ways to achieve your financial goals more easily. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/8-things-financial-success | Check out…
622 - Your Guide to Claiming a Legit Home Office Tax Deduction
Jan 21 • 18 min
Does your side gig, freelance work, or small business qualify you to claim the money-saving home office tax deduction? Find out how to save money this tax season. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/taxes/home-office-deduction-guide |…
621 - 3 Ways to Earn Higher Interest on Personal and Business Savings
Jan 14 • 28 min
Tired of earning a pittance on your personal or business savings? Use these tips to find a bank that will help you earn more and easily make the switch. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/saving-spending/earn-higher-interest | Check…
620 - 7 Ways the SECURE Act Changes Your Retirement and Savings
Jan 7 • 19 min
The SECURE Act is the most significant overhaul of retirement and other saving rules in more than a decade. How will it affect your retirement and savings? TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/retirement/secure-act-retirement-savings |…
574 - 10 Horrible Habits That Keep You from Growing Rich
Dec 31, 2019 • 19 min
Are these 10 counterproductive behaviors sabotaging your financial future? To do more with your money, you have to acknowledge (and lose) your bad habits. TRANSCRIPT:…
619 - How to Create a Personal Finance System for Money Success
Dec 24, 2019 • 26 min
Discouraged by your financial life? This four-part system will help you simplify your personal finances and do more with your money. TRANSCRIPT: https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/personal-finance-system | Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips…
618 - 10 Facts About Solo 401(k) Retirement Accounts You Should Know
Dec 17, 2019 • 22 min
A solo 401(k) is a great retirement savings option for the self-employed. These critical facts can help you use the account wisely and saving much more. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS: Read the transcript:…
617 - A 7-Point Money Checklist for Year-End Success
Dec 10, 2019 • 20 min
Before the New Year arrives, don't miss last-minute opportunities to save money. Use this 7-point checklist to manage your money wisely before the December 31 deadline. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS: Read the transcript:…
569 - 8 Ways to Make the Holidays Less Expensive and More Memorable
Dec 3, 2019 • 18 min
Don't let financial pitfalls of the holidays sneak up on you. Laura covers wise tips to make the season brighter, less expensive, and more memorable! TRANSCRIPT:…
616 - 3 Affordable Financial Safeguards to Protect Your Health and Income
Nov 26, 2019 • 26 min
Financial peace of mind may be easier and less expensive that you think. These three surprisingly affordable safeguards should be pillars of your financial plan. TRANSCRIPT: Read the transcript:…
615 - 6 Retirement Account Changes for 2020 You Should Know
Nov 19, 2019 • 23 min
2020 will bring a variety of beneficial tax changes to retirement accounts. Find out six ways to take advantage of them and start making plans to save more for retirement. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS Read the transcript:…
614 - How to Create Foolproof Financial Safety Nets
Nov 12, 2019 • 22 min
Unexpected hardships can create big money problems. These ten financial safety nets will help you survive life's challenges so you can be prepared, not scared. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS Read the transcript:…
613 - 10 Best Identity Theft Protection Tips
Nov 5, 2019 • 23 min
Once a thief has your confidential data, they can use it to wreak havoc on your financial life. These tips will help you prevent, detect, and fight against identity theft. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS Read the transcript:…
612 - How to Break Through and Overcome Financial Hardships
Oct 29, 2019 • 31 min
Do you need simple, real world tools to help you bounce back from financial challenges? Money Girl and AJ Gibson talk about his new book and how to live the life you were meant to live. TRANSCRIPT & LINKS Read the transcript:…
611 - 8 Steps to Buying a Home You Can Afford
Oct 22, 2019 • 22 min
When you're buying a home, mistakes can be costly. This step-by-step guide will help you check yourself before you wreck yourself. Read the transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/real-estate/8-steps-buying-home Check out all the Quick…
564 - 13 Warning Signs That You Have a Debt Problem
Oct 15, 2019 • 21 min
If you're not sure if you have a debt problem, Laura breaks down 13 warning signs you should know. You’ll learn red flags to watch out for that could prevent you from building wealth and solutions to turn around your financial life. Read the transcript at…
610 - 8 Essential Recordkeeping Rules for the Self-Employed
Oct 8, 2019 • 23 min
Recordkeeping is crucial when you're self-employed. These eight rules will help you to stay compliant with the IRS and better understand your business now and in the future. Read the transcript at…
609 - 5 Ways to Keep Your Day Job While You Start a Business
Oct 1, 2019 • 21 min
Starting your own business is a giant leap of faith. Here's how to face your career fears and prepare for the future by slowly adding entrepreneurship to your resume. Read the transcript at…
608 - 5 Ways to Cut Household Expenses and Save Money
Sep 24, 2019 • 30 min
Stop leaving money on the table and save on items you're already buying. Here are five clever ways to spend less without making big sacrifices. This episode includes a clip from Money Girl's guest appearance on the first episode of The Save Space podcast…
607 - Should You Stop Saving for Retirement to Get Out of Debt?
Sep 17, 2019 • 23 min
Knowing whether to pay off debt or save for retirement is a common dilemma. Money Girl answers a listener question and provides a five-step guide to follow when you’re not sure how to manage your money. You’ll come away with a clear path to prioritize…
606 - 7 Ways Having a Small Business Saves Big Money
Sep 10, 2019 • 31 min
If you already have a business or you're thinking about becoming self-employed, don't miss legitimate ways to reduce expenses, cut taxes, and save more. Money Girl reviews seven ways that having a small business saves you money. Read the transcript at…
605 - 5 Tips Every Renter and Homeowner Should Know About Insurance
Sep 3, 2019 • 25 min
There's alot that renters and homeowners need to know about insurance. Money Girl covers five essential insurance tips about the protections you get from basic renters and home policies, mistakes to avoid when buying a policy, and ways to save money on…
538 - 7 Micro Habits That Create Financial Success
Aug 27, 2019 • 18 min
Find out what a micro habit is and how to use them to improve your financial life. They require minimal time, effort, and motivation, but can build up to huge, significant results when you make them part of your routine. Read the transcript at…
604 401(k) vs. IRA - Should You Pick One or Have Both Retirement Accounts?
Aug 20, 2019 • 24 min
Not sure if you should use a 401(k) or an IRA? Money Girl tells you how to prioritize retirement accounts and what pitfalls to avoid when you contribute to multiple types in the same year. Read the transcript at…
603 - 10 Pros and Cons of 401(k) Loans You Should Know
Aug 13, 2019 • 28 min
Thinking about tapping your retirement account? Money Girl covers everything you need to know 401(k) loans, including how they work, potential problems to avoid, and 10 pros and cons to consider before taking one. Read the transcript at…
602 - 6 Steps to Budget with Variable, Irregular, or Unpredictable Income
Aug 6, 2019 • 28 min
No matter why you can't count on a regular paycheck, it's possible to create a money system that works. Money Girl has 6 strategies to keep you on track. Read the transcript at…
601 - Does Equifax Owe You? How to Claim Your Settlement Money
Jul 30, 2019 • 24 min
If your personal data was stolen in the 2017 Equifax data breach, you're entitled to make a settlement claim. Money Girl explains what happened, who's eligible for an Equifax payout, and how to file your claim before the deadline. Read the transcript at…
600 - Don’t Get Tricked by These Tax and Social Security Scams
Jul 23, 2019 • 21 min
Fraudsters seem to get more creative in their attempts to trick you into giving up your personal information so they can wreak havoc on your financial life. Money Girl reviews the primary ways criminals try to dupe you and how to stay safe. Read the…
599 - 8 Reasons Your Credit Score Dropped and What to Do
Jul 16, 2019 • 28 min
Did your credit scores drop for no apparent reason? Use these wise tips to boost your scores quickly, so an unexpected credit score dip doesn’t hurt your finances. Read the transcript at…
486 - The Ultimate Guide to Using a Balance Transfer Credit Card
Jul 9, 2019 • 20 min
Ever wonder if using a balance transfer offer could improve your personal finances? Laura explains in plain English how a balance transfer credit card works, how it affects your credit, and when it makes sense to use one. You’ll learn smart tips to cut…
598 - How to Choose the Best Investments - 6 Dos and Don’ts to Follow
Jul 2, 2019 • 26 min
Find out how to choose the best investments that create financial security without taking too much risk. Money Girl cuts through the confusion with six dos and don’ts that make it easy to invest successfully and with confidence.
597 - The Right Way to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Their Money
Jun 25, 2019 • 30 min
Making sure you're up-to-speed on your parent's personal finances is more important than you might think. Money Girl and Cameron Huddleston talk about her new book and the right way to have essential conversations with your parents about their money. Read…
596 - How to Manage Health Benefits When You Leave a Job
Jun 18, 2019 • 23 min
Money Girl reviews what happens with common health-related benefits once you’re no longer employed. Read the transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/health-benefits-between-jobs Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:…
595 - Can Minors and Seniors Have a Roth IRA?
Jun 11, 2019 • 24 min
A Roth IRA is one of the most flexible types of retirement accounts … if you understand the rules. Here's what seniors and the parents of minors need to know. Read the transcript at https://quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/minors-seniors-roth-ira Check…
594 - How to Raise Your FICO Credit Score Instantly (and for Free)
Jun 4, 2019 • 30 min
Building and maintaining great credit is a cornerstone of a successful financial life. Money Girl and Rod Griffin from Experian discuss how you can manage credit wisely and raise scores instantly for free! Read the transcript at…
593 - 7 Facts You Should Know About Student Loan Forgiveness Programs
May 28, 2019 • 24 min
It may be easier to get rid of your student loans than you ever thought possible! Money Girl answers a listener question and reviews seven facts you should know about wiping out education debt with different types of loan forgiveness programs. Read the…
592 - FICA Alternative Retirement Plan—What Is It and Who Qualifies to Have One?
May 21, 2019 • 18 min
Which type of retirement account is right for you? Money Girl answers a voicemail question about using a FICA Alternative Plan, choosing the right retirement plan, and reaching your financial goals. Plus, you'll get an explainer about all those payroll…
591 - 5 Key Roth Retirement Rules You Should Know
May 14, 2019 • 21 min
Got questions about the ins and outs of using a Roth retirement account? Let's clear the confusion about the Roth five-year rule, who qualifies for a Roth, and more. Read the transcript at…
590- 6 Tips for College Grads to Manage Money Like a Grownup
May 7, 2019 • 21 min
There's no reason the end of college life has to mean the beginning of money stress. Here are six fundamental tips you can apply now to set yourself up for a lifetime of financial success.
494 MG 4 Penalty-Free Ways to Use a Roth IRA Before Retirement
Apr 30, 2019 • 20 min
You probably know that using a Roth IRA to save for retirement is a smart move that also cuts your taxes. But what you may not know is that unlike other types of retirement accounts, you can spend it before retirement. Laura explains the unique…
589 - How to Invest Money Like A Pro (Even If You Haven’t Started)
Apr 23, 2019 • 40 min
Money Girl and Chris Hill from The Motley Fool discuss common investing barriers and the best investment to own for long-term financial success.
588 - Behavioral Finance: Tips for Success With Money, Work, and Life
Apr 16, 2019 • 25 min
We all have emotions and biases that strongly influence how we handle our finances. Money Girl interviews Sheri Fitts, an author with expertise in financial services, marketing, and psychology. Find out the driving forces behind behaviors that are…
587 - Selling Your Home? Avoid These Costly Mistakes and Pay Less Tax
Apr 9, 2019 • 28 min
Selling a home or investment property is a transaction that's loaded with tax consequences. Money Girl interviews Collier Swecker, a real estate professional who's also an attorney and tax law specialist, and breaks down what you need to know.
586 - Big Money-Saving Benefits of Travel Insurance
Apr 2, 2019 • 29 min
Before you leave home, don't forget about travel insurance. This often-overlooked coverage is a bargain for the big benefits you get. Find out the many protections you can choose, how it fills gaps in your medical coverage, the typical cost, and how to…
585 - Buying Your First House? 7 Tips for Millennials and Other Generations
Mar 26, 2019 • 26 min
Getting ready to buy your first house? Money Girl helps you make one of the biggest purchases of your life with 7 tips to get prepared, save money, and become a happy homeowner, no matter your age. Read the transcript at…
584 - Are Financial Advisors Worth It? Insider Tips You Should Know
Mar 19, 2019 • 29 min
Are you wondering if a financial advisor can help you achieve your goals? Find out the different types of advisors, typical fees charged, and how to do background checks. Money Girl has insider tips about who can help, who to avoid, and where to find the…
583 - Your Guide to Building Credit by Using Credit Cards Responsibly
Mar 12, 2019 • 26 min
Credit cards are powerful tools that can help you build excellent credit—but they can also sink your finances. Money Girl answers a listener question about healthy ways to use credit cards. You'll learn how the credit system works, tips to manage cards,…
582 - 7 Tricks to Save Money on Auto Insurance
Mar 6, 2019 • 22 min
Auto insurance can be expensive and confusing…unless you know some insider tricks! Money Girl, Laura Adams, has 7 tips to stay compliant and safe, while also cutting your auto insurance costs. Read the transcript at…
581 - What Should Your Net Worth Be?
Feb 26, 2019 • 28 min
Your net worth indicates how comfortable your financial future may be. Find out how to calculate your net worth and track it over time. How you compare by age as an individual or as a couple will help you make better financial decisions. Read the…
BONUS: Introducing One Plus One
Feb 21, 2019 • 10 min
Every great collaboration is a love story. It’s intense. Passionate. Along the way, there are flashes of love, hate, pride, ego, ambition, and brilliance. This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate…
580 - 7 Answers to Frequently Asked Income Tax Questions
Feb 19, 2019 • 35 min
Taxes are one of the most confusing aspects of personal finances. Money Girl answers to 7 common questions about paying income tax that will help you comply with the law, minimize what you owe, understand tax deductions and credits, pay household workers…
528 - 14 Tips to Kill Impulse Buying and Save Money
Feb 12, 2019 • 22 min
Instead of caving to impulse shopping, use these 14 tips and tricks to resist bad spending habits so you can save more money. Read the transcript at…
579 - 5 Steps to Declutter Your Finances and Tax Records
Feb 5, 2019 • 23 min
Confused about what tax records and financial paperwork you need to keep? Money Girl, Laura Adams, helps you declutter your financial life, manage your tax records, and stay organized in 5 easy steps. Find out how long to keep important records and what…
578 - Tips to Cut Taxes When You Work from a Home Office
Jan 29, 2019 • 25 min
Working from home comes with many benefits, including the home office tax deduction. Money Girl explains what this new tax break is, how to find out if you’re eligible, how to figure your deduction, and how much money you could save. Read the transcript…
577 - How to Set Better Personal Finance Goals for 2019
Jan 18, 2019 • 25 min
Find out how to create financial goals you can stick with and achieve. Money Girl Laura Adams offers essential tips plus her 7 personal finance resolutions in 2019. Read the transcript at…
576 - Pay Off Debt or Save? Your Step-by-Step Guide for Making Smart Money Decisions
Jan 15, 2019 • 26 min
Not sure whether to save, pay off debt, or invest for retirement? Use this 5-step guide to make smart money decisions. It will help you leverage your financial resources, reduce stress, and build wealth as quickly as possible. Read the transcript at…
575 - 4 Ways to Start a Retirement Account as a Self-Employed Freelancer
Jan 8, 2019 • 25 min
Self-employed people have just as many ways to save for retirement as those working a 9-5 job. Laura covers the rules, pros, and cons of four easy retirement account options that any freelancer or entrepreneur can use to create a comfortable, happy…
573 - Prevent ID Theft: 8 Tips on Credit Freezes, Locks, and Alerts
Dec 18, 2018 • 19 min
Identity theft is a growing problem, but there are ways to fight back. Laura covers eight tips for using a credit freeze, credit lock, or a fraud alert to block fraudsters from wreaking havoc in your financial life—plus, warning signs to watch for. Read…
572 - 7 Ways to Manage Money Better Before Year-End
Dec 11, 2018 • 15 min
The New Year is when most people resolve to get their health and wealth back on track. But there are some great ways to improve your personal finances that can only be accomplished before the year ends. Laura covers seven tips to manage money better and…
571 - 5 Tips on Nondeductible IRAs and Taxable Accounts
Dec 4, 2018 • 21 min
Laura covers five tips for choosing the best types of retirement accounts for you and your family. Having more than one account is awesome, but the rules to qualify can be a little tricky. You'll find out what to do when faced with the choice of a…
570 - 6 Ways the New Tax Rules Affect Your Retirement
Nov 27, 2018 • 16 min
The IRS recently announced that next year you can save more in different types of tax-advantaged retirement plans. Find out six ways the new tax rules affect your retirement. Read the transcript at Check out all the Quick and Dirty Tips shows:…
568 - A 6-Step Guide to Managing Your Student Loans
Nov 13, 2018 • 15 min
In this excerpt from Laura's new book, "Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love," you'll get solid tips to manage student loans wisely and use lesser-known strategies to make education debt much more affordable.…
567 - Money Anxiety? 5 Numbers That Reveal Your Financial Health
Nov 6, 2018 • 18 min
Financial ratios and formulas are useful tools to gauge your financial health. By watching these five ratios over time you can easily see if your finances are moving in the right direction or need help. Read the transcript at…
516 - 5 Steps to Grow Rich Without a Budget
Oct 30, 2018 • 25 min
Have you been putting off creating a budget or tried it with no success? Breathe a sigh of relief because you can still achieve your financial goals without one. Laura gives you 5 steps to grow rich even if budgeting isn’t your thing. Get the Money Girl…
566 - Starting a Family? 5 Money Mistakes New Parents Make
Oct 22, 2018 • 26 min
Becoming a parent is exciting, but it can be a huge stress on your finances if you're not prepared. Find out smart tips to save money and avoid common money mistakes that many new parents make. Read the transcript at…
565 - Got Old Retirement Accounts? 5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid
Oct 16, 2018 • 20 min
Having retirement accounts with previous employers can leave you unsure about what to do with them. Laura reviews your options five costly mistakes to avoid when dealing with your old retirement plans. Read the transcript at…
563 - How to Save Money Using a Balance Transfer Credit Card
Oct 2, 2018 • 18 min
Not sure if a balance transfer credit card offer is right for you? Laura explains what a transfer card is, the pros and cons, and when it can help you save money. You’ll learn smart tips to cut your interest expense and get out of debt faster. Read the…
562 - 10 Best Perks of an Amazon Prime Membership
Sep 25, 2018 • 16 min
Laura reviews 10 of the best money-saving benefits of being an Amazon Prime member. Find out if a membership is right for you and how to take full advantage of everything Prime has to offer. Read the transcript at…
561 - 6 Tips and Investing Strategies to Retire Early (and Without Penalty)
Sep 18, 2018 • 25 min
Ready to quit work or begin a financially independent lifestyle? Laura covers six tips and strategies to help you amass enough money to retire early and on your terms. Read the transcript at…
559 - 5 Ways Mindfulness Makes You a Better Money Manager
Sep 4, 2018 • 14 min
Find out how the secular practice of mindfulness helps you live more fully in the present moment and is a powerful way to take control of your finances. Read the transcript at…
558 - Your Guide to Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
Aug 28, 2018 • 21 min
If you're a homeowner you might wonder if it's a good idea to dip into your equity using a HELOC. What's a HELOC? How do you get one? And should you use one to pay off a primary mortgage faster? A list of pros and cons to consider. Read the transcript at…
557 - How to Know If Your Health Plan Qualifies for an HSA
Aug 21, 2018 • 19 min
Not sure if your health insurance qualifies you for a health savings account or HSA? Laura answers a listener question and covers the facts about what an HSA is and the rules to qualify for one. If your health plan qualifies, using an HSA is one of the…
556 - 6 Rules Every Investor Should Know About Retirement RMDs
Aug 14, 2018 • 25 min
While it might be a while before you begin taking distributions from a retirement account, there are important rules you should factor into your planning, no matter your age. Find out what retirement RMDs are, how they affect different types of retirement…
555 - How to Retire With Enough Money and Income
Aug 7, 2018 • 23 min
Saving for retirement is the granddaddy of all financial goals—but how much do you really need? Find out where retirement income comes from and easy ways to figure the amount of savings and income you'll need to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Read the…
554 - 3 Excuses Keeping You from Saving (and How to Kill Them)
Jul 31, 2018 • 22 min
If you're behind on saving, don't let common excuses keep you poor. Laura covers 3 reasons why you may not be saving for retirement and how to overcome them, no matter how much or little money you have. Read the transcript at…
503 MG What Insurance College Kids Need and Tips to Save
Jul 24, 2018 • 23 min
Make sure you don’t skimp on insurance needs for your college student. Laura answers a listener question about how to handle vehicles for students and shop for insurance. Plus, you’ll learn other important considerations to protect your belongings and…
553 - Just Married? 3 Ways to Manage Money as a New Couple
Jul 17, 2018 • 15 min
Creating a streamlined financial life as a couple can be challenging. Laura answers a question from a struggling newlywed and reviews three approaches to managing money based on your relationship and financial goals. Read the transcript at…
552 - Buy or Rent a Home: Which Option Makes You Richer?
Jul 10, 2018 • 17 min
Buying a home can be a great financial move, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll always come out ahead. Renting can also be a smart way to build wealth, if you follow a few guidelines. Laura covers the pros and cons for owning and renting so you know…
551 - 7 Financial Accounts You Need for a Richer Life
Jul 3, 2018 • 23 min
A key to growing rich is having the right financial accounts in place. Get the scoop on seven accounts that most individuals and families should have for more financial success. Read the transcript at…
550 - 8 Tactics to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Jun 26, 2018 • 15 min
While escaping the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck isn’t easy, it’s possible to get ahead by changing your mindset, examining your lifestyle, and creating new habits. Once you free up even a small amount of discretionary income each month, it’s…
549 - A 5-Point Checklist for How to Invest Money Wisely
Jun 19, 2018 • 20 min
Tempted to roll the dice with a windfall to make a quick profit? Use this five-point checklist to know if your financial foundation is strong enough to make a risky investment and why investing for the long-term is the best strategy. Read the transcript…
548 - Should You Spend or Invest Your HSA Funds?
Jun 12, 2018 • 16 min
Understand the many benefits of using a health savings account (HSA) and whether it’s better to spend your balance on medical costs or keep it invested for the long term. Read the transcript at…
547 - Starting a Business? Tips to Make Money on the Side
Jun 5, 2018 • 26 min
If you've ever wanted to start a business or make extra money on the side, there are some key considerations and tasks that increase your chances of success. Get wise tips about managing risk, incorporating, business banking, starting no-money ventures,…
546 - When to Cancel a Credit Card? 10 Dos and Don’ts to Follow
May 29, 2018 • 18 min
If you've been thinking about cancelling a credit card, it’s critical to understand how it will affect your entire financial life. Laura covers 10 dos and don’ts for when to cancel a credit card that will help you minimize credit damage and improve your…
545 - 9 Credit Rights You Should Know—A Quick Guide to Consumer Protections
May 22, 2018 • 14 min
Understanding your consumer credit rights can help you build credit, qualify for the best financial offers, and save money for decades to come. Laura gives a quick guide to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by reviewing 9 credit rights you should know.…
544 - 6 Ways to Save and Invest Money for Kids
May 15, 2018 • 22 min
Want to give kids a financial head start? There are many good financial vehicles parents can use to save and invest money for a child’s future. Laura reviews the pros and cons of six of the best savings options so you know which one is right for your…
543 - 5 Ways to Know When You Should Start Investing
May 8, 2018 • 19 min
Hesitant about becoming an investor? Learn five ways to know for sure when you’re ready to invest. Read on for a clear plan to prepare your finances and mindset to start investing, no matter how much or little money you have. Read the transcript at…
542 - Using an HSA? These 10 Allowable Expenses May Surprise You
May 1, 2018 • 19 min
If you're eligible for an HSA (health savings account) it's a wise way to cut taxes and save for the future. But navigating the rules for funding and spending the account can be tricky. Laura covers what you need to know including 10 often-surprising, but…
541 - Choose the Right Retirement Accounts in 3 Simple Steps
Apr 24, 2018 • 27 min
If you’re confused by all the tax-advantaged retirement account options you can choose from, it’s time to get clarity and use them to build more wealth for the future. Laura walks you through 3 simple steps to choose the right retirement accounts for your…
540 - Tricks to Travel More With Less Money and Time
Apr 17, 2018 • 29 min
If you love the idea of traveling, but don't think you have enough money or time to get away, it’s time to reframe your mindset about chasing adventure. Whether you can only get away for long weekends or take extended tours, find out the tricks…
539 - 9 Negative Items That Stay on Your Credit Reports
Apr 10, 2018 • 19 min
Positive information about your finances stays on your credit history for a long time—but the bad news is that negative information stays there too! Laura covers nine negative items that can appear in your credit history and for how long. Read the…
537 - 10 Retirement Rollover FAQs That Will Make You Richer
Mar 27, 2018 • 20 min
Even though “doing a rollover” sounds like a cute dog trick, don’t underestimate its ability to save you some serious money. Laura answers 10 common questions about how to use a retirement rollover correctly so you avoid penalties, get more investment…
BONUS: Introducing Safe for Work: A New Podcast from Wondery
Mar 22, 2018 • 11 min
Part of loving the journey along the way to financial success is finding fulfillment in our day-to-day work. I know you’ll love this special bonus clip I have for you today, which comes from a new podcast from Wondery called Safe For Work, hosted by Liz…
536 - Work from Home? Tax Reform Changes to the Home Office Deduction
Mar 20, 2018 • 17 min
Working from home, either as a remote employee or for your own business, has become common—but tax reform significantly changes who can claim a deduction for it. Laura explains the new rules for taking a home office deduction and how to use it to save…
535 - 10 Strategies to Reduce Money Stress and Improve Your Finances
Mar 13, 2018 • 20 min
You can can have money stress and feel anxious about your financial situation, no matter how much you make. Find out the root causes of money stress and 10 strategies to reduce it so you can have a more peaceful life. Read the transcript at…
534 - 12 Credit Myths and Truths You Should Know
Mar 6, 2018 • 15 min
Building and maintaining great credit is an important part of your financial life. But there are loads of myths and misunderstandings about credit that can hurt your wallet. Laura covers 12 credit myths and truths you should know to save money and improve…
533 - 5 Steps to Create Your Own Self-Employed Benefits Package
Feb 27, 2018 • 29 min
Think you have to sacrifice benefits when you leave a traditional job? Laura explains how to create your own benefits package when you're self-employed and answers several related questions from Money Girl readers and podcast listeners. Read the…
532 - 6 Tips to Simplify Your Finances and Keep Good Records
Feb 20, 2018 • 21 min
Feel like your personal finances are too complicated? It's time to streamline and declutter. Laura gives tips to simplify your financial life, stay organized, and know which financial records to keep and for how long. Read the transcript at…
530 - 7 Simple Reasons to Invest in a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k)
Feb 6, 2018 • 21 min
Roth accounts are a vastly underutilized and misunderstood way to save for retirement. Get the scoop on 7 ways you receive huge tax benefits, access to funds, and flexibility with a Roth IRA or a Roth retirement plan at work. Laura also answers a podcast…
BONUS: Introducing Business Wars
Feb 5, 2018 • 11 min
Today I’m excited to tell you about a new podcast called Business Wars. The way we live and the things we buy are always influenced by big businesses and the entrepreneurs behind them. Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives…
529 - 6 Steps to Build or Repair Your Credit Before Buying a Home
Jan 30, 2018 • 26 min
Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner or a first-timer, your credit score is a primary factor that mortgage lenders consider when evaluating your application. Follow these 6 steps to build or repair your credit before house hunting so you get approved for a…
527 - Tax Reform Law: 7 Ways It Affects Your Personal Finances
Jan 16, 2018 • 24 min
Reforms in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act begin in 2018 and affect virtually every U.S. taxpayer. Find out which changes shake up your personal finances the most so you can prepare, avoid potential pitfalls, and keep your tax liability as low as possible. Read…
526 - Should You Refinance or Consolidate Your Student Loans?
Jan 9, 2018 • 16 min
If you're frustrated by student loans it's time to get familiar with your options. Find out the difference between a student loan refinance and a consolidation, who can use them, and how to make your education debt more manageable and affordable. Read the…
525 - 5 Steps to Create a Foolproof Money Strategy in 2018
Jan 2, 2018 • 18 min
It's time to kick-off the New Year with a solid money strategy for success! Follow these 5 action steps to create a plan that allows you to have more control, peace, and a better financial future. Get the Money Girl book at http://www.MoneyGirlBook.com.…
489 MG 7 Simple Principles to Invest Money Wisely No Matter Your Age
Dec 26, 2017 • 27 min
You can achieve your financial goals by using simple, but tried and true, investing principles. Laura covers 7 key concepts to grow your net worth over time no matter if you’re an investing newbie or have been at it for decades—even if you don’t have much…
524 - 10 Best Ways to Lower Your Bills Now
Dec 19, 2017 • 17 min
Whether you need quick ways to cut expenses ahead of the holidays or just want to save more for retirement (or other financial goals), there are plenty of ways to put money back in your bank account. Laura covers 10 of the best ways to cut your bills and…
523 - Tax Reform Tips: 5 Best Moves to Save Money Now
Dec 12, 2017 • 12 min
The end of the year is always a busy time with holiday preparations and celebrations—but it's also a critical deadline for your personal finances and last-minute opportunities to save money. Due to pending tax reform, making smart tax moves may be even…
522 - 4 Financial Mistakes Couples Make When Moving In Together
Dec 5, 2017 • 12 min
Living with a romantic partner is a big step emotionally, legally, and financially. Find out how to set important expectations and avoid 4 common financial mistakes that could trip up your relationship. Read the transcript at…
467 MG 5 Lesser-Known Reasons Why Your Credit Score Drops
Nov 28, 2017 • 19 min
Are you frustrated because your credit score dropped suddenly for no apparent reason? Laura answers a listener question and covers 5 lesser-known reasons why credit scores can drop unexpectedly. These tips will help you raise your credit score as quickly…
521 - Changing Careers? 5 Ways to Be Financially Prepared
Nov 21, 2017 • 37 min
Ready for a life change like quitting your job to pursue a new career, starting your own business, or going back to school? Making a jump is both exciting and risky. Find out what financial steps you should take before leaving a comfortable work situation…
520 - Car Loan or Lease? 6 Tips to Know Which Option Is Best
Nov 14, 2017 • 20 min
A simple explanation on the differences between buying and leasing a car, and 6 Money Girl tips to know which option is best for you. Read the transcript at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/money-finance/loans/buying-vs-leasing-a-car Check out all the…
BONUS: Introducing “When to Jump”
Nov 10, 2017 • 30 min
Check out this bonus episode from our new podcast, When to Jump! Learn more at www.whentojump.com/podcast
519 - Over-Contribute to an HSA, IRA or 401k? Here’s What to Do
Nov 7, 2017 • 23 min
If you use an HSA, IRA, or 401k, it's critical to never contribute too much. Laura reviews the allowable contribution limits and explains how to fix an excess and avoid costly penalties. You'll also learn whether the most recent tax proposal from House…
455 MG Buying a Home? Best Ways to Save Your Down Payment
Oct 31, 2017 • 16 min
If you’re ready to buy a home you’ll need enough down payment money to qualify for a mortgage. Find out how much you need, 6 tips to save faster, and the best places to stash cash for your new home. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/29Lbovm
518 - How to Negotiate for More Money (Even When You Hear No)
Oct 24, 2017 • 25 min
Want a raise or promotion, but don't know where to start? Learn how to negotiate and get what you want, even if the answer is no! Find out how to make requests part of your work mindset, properly prepare for reviews, and use 5 steps to negotiate…
517 - 5 Places to Invest After You Max Out a Retirement Account
Oct 17, 2017 • 24 min
Don't get confused about where to invest your extra cash. Laura answers a listener question and gives tips for the different types of accounts you can use to put away additional money when you’re a good saver, get a raise, or receive an unexpected cash…
515 - 4 Ways to Invest in Stocks with Little Money or Experience
Oct 3, 2017 • 22 min
Laura reviews 4 easy ways to invest in stocks with little money or experience and answers a podcast listener's question. You'll learn a simple strategy to invest confidently and wisely so you build plenty of wealth for the future. Get the Money Girl book…
477 MG How to Stay Disciplined and Do More with Your Money
Sep 26, 2017 • 16 min
Have you ever felt frustrated, overwhelmed, or confused about a big financial decision? Most of us waffle about whether we should or shouldn’t spend money or make key financial moves. In this post, Laura gives a simple framework to stay disciplined and…
514 - 8 Warning Signs of Identity Theft (and How to Fight Back)
Sep 19, 2017 • 23 min
Data hacks can leave you vulnerable to cybercriminals. Laura covers 8 warning signs to watch out for and how to fight back if you become a victim. Plus, she answers a variety of questions from readers and podcast listeners about topics including…
513 - Equifax Data Breach: 5 Steps to Protect Your Personal Finances
Sep 12, 2017 • 20 min
Cybercriminals hacked Equifax and took the personal information of 143 million Americans, about half of the U.S. adult population. If you have a credit report, there’s a good chance your personal information was exposed. Laura explains what happened and 5…
512 MG Natural Disaster Survival: How to Save Yourself and Your Finances
Sep 5, 2017 • 25 min
Natural disasters happen no matter where you live. Laura explains how to be properly insured, get a fair claim settlement, apply for federal assistance, work with contractors, and avoid scams. You'll learn how prepare for and deal with any type of natural…
511 MG Tax Q&A: Tips for Remote Workers, Freelancers, and Expats
Aug 29, 2017 • 19 min
Taxes probably aren't your favorite topic, but the more you understand about them, the more money you can save by legally cutting your tax bill. Laura answers seven tax-related questions about working remotely, living abroad as an expat, and doing…
510 MG Is Owning Gold a Smart Investment?
Aug 22, 2017 • 15 min
If you've ever wondered if you should invest in precious metals, it's time to get more information. Laura answers a listener question about owning gold in light of the political climate. She'll explain why investors choose gold, how to buy it, and what…
509 MG Work from a Home Office? Claim a Tax Deduction and Save Money
Aug 15, 2017 • 19 min
Claiming the home office deduction is a smart way to make certain expenses fully or partially deductible. But there are strict rules to qualify. Find out who can claim the often-overlooked home office deduction, which expenses are deductible, and how to…
508 MG Social Security—Secrets to Max Out Your Future Benefits
Aug 8, 2017 • 25 min
Laura interviews a Social Security expert about how the program works and what you need to know even if you're nowhere near retirement age. They discuss who's eligible for benefits, pros and cons of taking early retirement, how to avoid expensive Social…
507 MG How to Open an IRA—Understand Eligibility, Rollovers, and Early Retirement
Aug 1, 2017 • 25 min
Retirement accounts can be the best way to secure your future—but the rules can be confusing. Laura answers four IRA questions about who's eligible, the rules for doing rollovers, and tips to retire early. Get the Money Girl book at…
506 MG Should You Pay Off Debt Before Investing?
Jul 25, 2017 • 28 min
Not sure whether to pay off a debt or to invest money instead? Laura covers the main pros and cons and shares a simple method to prioritize your precious resources so you accomplish key financial goals and build wealth as quickly as possible.
505 MG Credit Q&A: Build Credit, Dispute Errors, and Prioritize Debt
Jul 18, 2017 • 23 min
Laura answers questions about how to build credit, manage credit utilization, correct credit errors, handle past due accounts, and prioritize debt the best way possible. Read or listen to the audio podcast for key tips to maintain good credit for life.
504 MG Should You Use a 529 Plan to Pay for College?
Jul 11, 2017 • 30 min
Money Girl interviews a 529 college savings plan expert on how to fund higher education for yourself, a child, or grandchild without going broke. Learn how to choose the right 529 plan and use it wisely, how much to save, what the funds can be used for,…
402 MG Finding the Right Partner for Life and Financial Success
Jul 4, 2017 • 15 min
Five important traits to look for when choosing a life partner (plus many to avoid) so you’re more likely to have a happy and successful financial life together. Read the full podcast here: http://bit.ly/1F40uGs
502 MG Retirement Q&A: How to Choose Accounts, Manage Risk, and Cut Fees
Jun 20, 2017 • 19 min
Do you have concerns or unanswered questions about investing for retirement that have kept you from getting started? It's time to get more clarity so you can move your finances forward with confidence instead of staying stuck and never building wealth.…
501 MG How to Create a Profitable Side Business (and Keep Your Day Job)
Jun 13, 2017 • 29 min
Want to become an entrepreneur while avoiding all the potential pitfalls? Laura interviews Patrick McGinnis, author of The 10% Entrepreneur about why you don't have to choose between your current career and starting a profitable side business. Find out…
500 MG 500th Episode Special: The Story Behind Money Girl
Jun 6, 2017 • 16 min
Woohoo, it's the 500th episode of Money Girl! Let's celebrate by going behind the scenes. Laura shares the Money Girl story, how she got started as a personal finance expert and author, how the podcast began, its major influence on her career, and how the…
448 MG 6 Options to Get a Loan with Bad Credit
May 30, 2017 • 15 min
While having bad credit can be a roadblock when applying for a loan from a traditional lender, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a loan. Laura covers 6 lending alternatives to get a loan even if your credit is less than perfect. Read the full transcript…
499 MG Debt Q&A: Manage Student Loans, Credit Cards, and HELOCs Wisely
May 23, 2017 • 16 min
Handling debt wisely is one of the most important parts of your financial life. Laura answers 6 questions she recently received about student loans, HELOCs, and credit card debt. You'll learn tips to protect your credit, use existing home equity, manage…
498 MG How to Find Scholarships and Pay for College Without Loans
May 16, 2017 • 21 min
Laura interviews Jocelyn Paonita Pearson, a scholarship expert and founder of The Scholarship System. They talk about how to pay for college without loans by using scholarship funds. After years of trial and error, Jocelyn cracked the code on how to get a…
497 MG 5 Tips to Afford a Pet—What Owning a Dog or Cat Really Costs
May 9, 2017 • 14 min
We love our pets, but they can be expensive! Laura discusses what it really costs to own a pet and 5 tips to cut expenses for a current or new furry friend. This post is dedicated to her sweet yellow Lab, Dixie, who's resting in peace after 17 years of…
496 MG Expert Advice on Getting a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
May 2, 2017 • 36 min
Laura interviews Mike Kinane, a HELOC expert and Senior Vice President for Consumer Lending at TD Bank. They discuss just about everything current or future homeowners need to know about getting a home equity line of credit. You'll learn how you can spend…
495 MG Investing FAQs: How to Get Higher Returns, Retire Early, Do Rollovers, and Manage Multiple Accounts
Apr 25, 2017 • 27 min
It's time to get clarity on your investing questions. Laura answer 7 questions from the Money Girl community about a variety of investing and retirement topics. You’ll learn how to get higher investment returns, retire early, prioritize accounts, do…
493 MG How to Make Kids Rich by Investing in an IRA
Apr 11, 2017 • 18 min
Ever wanted to make sure your kid would end up rich? The secret to having a secure future or paying for college could be setting him or her up with an IRA—an underutilized vehicle that many people miss. Laura explains the benefits of starting an IRA for…
492 MG Can You Contribute to a 401k and an IRA in the Same Year?
Apr 4, 2017 • 18 min
Taking advantage of a retirement plan at work and an IRA is a smart way to cut taxes and save more money for the future. But having multiple accounts can change the rules. Laura answers a listener question and explains how to avoid pitfalls so you…
491 MG 8 Ways to Legally Pay Less Tax and Save Money
Mar 28, 2017 • 18 min
There are many ways to legally shelter your income from tax so you save money. Laura explains 8 ways to reduce your taxable income so you pay less tax. You can take advantage of some or all of them, no matter how much or little money you make, to keep…
490 MG How to Fill Out a W-4—Plus, 7 Reasons to Adjust Your Tax Withholding
Mar 21, 2017 • 19 min
Confused about how to fill out a W-4 at work? Laura explains what it is and how to complete it correctly. Plus, you'll learn 7 reasons when you should adjust your withholding so your employer doesn’t take out too much or too little income tax from your…
488 MG What Is a 1099 Form? 8 Things to Know About Taxable Income (in Plain English)
Mar 7, 2017 • 15 min
Taxes my not be your favorite financial topic but it's important to understand the basics. Laura explains what you need to know about 1099 tax forms. You'll learn what a form is, who issues and receives them, rules to comply with the law, and 8 key things…
487 MG Zombie Debt—Facts You Should Know About Old Accounts in Collections
Feb 28, 2017 • 17 min
No matter if you want to clean up your credit report or have an old zombie account coming back from the dead to haunt you, it’s important to understand your rights. Laura answers a question about old debt, explains the statute of limitations, gives advice…
485 MG Healthcare Q&A: Reform, Rules, and the Role of HSAs
Feb 14, 2017 • 19 min
Health savings accounts (HSAs) are one of Laura's favorite ways to save money. She explains how they work, answers questions from podcast listeners about these tax-favored accounts, and describes the important role HSAs may play in healthcare reform under…
484 MG Got a Pay Raise? 6 Strategies to Manage Extra Money Wisely
Feb 7, 2017 • 23 min
Congratulations on your pay raise or bonus! Now it's time to get serious about how to use it to improve your finances. Laura covers 6 wise strategies to create more financial security, so you don't fritter away an exceptional opportunity to build wealth…
483 MG The Simple Truth Behind Growing Rich
Jan 31, 2017 • 32 min
Laura interviews Jay Papasan, bestselling co-author of The ONE Thing about how to set priorities and finally stick to them so you get extraordinary results. They cover productivity killers to eliminate, how to easily have more willpower, and a realistic…
482 MG Late Payments and Your Credit: Tips to Minimize the Damage
Jan 24, 2017 • 17 min
Laura explains what happens when you make a late payment, how your credit is affected, and gives tips to minimize the potential damage. Plus, she answers a question from a long-time Money Girl Podcast listener who’s wondering what to do about an account…
481 MG Investing Q&A: Smart Tips to Make More Money
Jan 17, 2017 • 19 min
Knowing where and how to invest money can be confusing and a little scary. Laura answers 3 questions from Money Girl Podcast listeners that will give you smart tips for setting financial priorities, leveraging retirement accounts, and knowing when it’s a…
480 MG 5 Steps to Get Out of Holiday Debt Faster
Jan 10, 2017 • 19 min
If you started the New Year with some extra credit card debt, you might be feeling anxious if you can't pay it off in full. Instead of getting stressed, follow Laura's 5 steps to get out of post-holiday debt faster so you take control of your finances and…
479 MG Money-Saving Hacks to Beat the System
Jan 3, 2017 • 21 min
Laura interviews David Pogue, author of the new book, Pogue’s Basics: Money – Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) About Beating the System. You'll take away easy ways to outsmart retailers, leverage savings programs, and keep…
433 MG 7 Financial Resolutions That Will Save You Thousands
Dec 27, 2016 • 17 min
Laura covers 7 financial resolutions that could save you thousands and turbocharge your success. Even if you adopt just a few of them this year, they’ll help you get in the best financial shape of your life this year. Read the full transcript here:…
478 MG The 8 Cheapest Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans
Dec 20, 2016 • 26 min
Laura gives 7 tips to pay off your student loans the cheapest ways possible. She also interviews a couple who graduated with $600,000 of student loan debt after graduating from dental and law school. Find out their experiences, missteps, and tips for…
476 MG What Is a Mortgage Refinance? 5 Ways to Know If It’s a Good Idea
Dec 6, 2016 • 16 min
If you’re a homeowner, your mortgage payment is probably your largest monthly expense. So it’s wise to stay alert for opportunities to refinance to a lower rate and cut your payment. Laura covers what a mortgage refinance is, common reasons for doing one…
475 MG What Is a Trust and Who Needs One? Expert Attorney Gives Advice
Nov 29, 2016 • 34 min
Not sure what a trust is or who really needs one? (By the way, they're not just for wealthy people!) Laura interviews Jules Haas, an attorney with more than 30 years of experience. They break down a heavy topic with simple language and examples. Find out…
450 MG How to Prepare Your Credit for a Mortgage Approval
Nov 22, 2016 • 18 min
If you’re eager to move into your dream home, preparing your credit for a mortgage approvall should definitely be on your agenda. Laura gives 6 tips for building credit before you apply for a mortgage, so you get a loan that costs as little as possible.…
474 MG 6 Ways a Trump Presidency Could Affect Your Personal Finances
Nov 15, 2016 • 18 min
No matter if you’re celebrating or protesting Donald Trump's victory for the White House, in this post I’ll cover 6 key areas where the President-elect could change your personal finances. You'll get solid advice to manage your money no matter what’s…
473 MG 10 Facts You Should Know About Homeowners Insurance
Nov 8, 2016 • 21 min
Homeowners insurance takes a bite out of your budget when you own a home. Laura covers 10 facts you should know about home insurance so you get the most out of it, fully understand the coverage, and pay less. Get the Money Girl book at…
472 MG Can You Have Multiple Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)?
Nov 1, 2016 • 18 min
Managing one or more Health Savings Accounts can seem complicated. Laura answers a listener question about what do to when you end up with more than one HSA. Find out how these special accounts save money, the rules for using them, who can have one, and…
471 MG The Truth About Finding and Working With a Financial Advisor
Oct 25, 2016 • 22 min
Laura interviews Tom Meyer to discuss really needs a financial advisor. Find out when it's the right time to hire a financial professional, how much money you should have, where to find one, how they're paid, and how to know you've found someone who's the…
470 MG Guide to Managing Retirement Accounts When You Leave a Job
Oct 18, 2016 • 19 min
Ever wondered what to do with an old retirement account from a previous job? Laura answers a listener question and explains the options when you leave a job for any reason. Find out the best move to make and manage your retirement money for success. Read…
469 MG Identity Theft and Social Media: 7 Tips to Protect Your Finances
Oct 11, 2016 • 14 min
In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October, Laura gives you 7 tips to stay connected with family and friends on social media as safely as possible so ordinary details you share won't be used by cyber thieves to hurt your personal…
468 MG 6 Tips to Find Affordable Health Insurance When You Become Self-Employed
Oct 4, 2016 • 18 min
Many people dream of becoming self-employed, but aren't sure how they'll find affordable health insurance on their own. Laura covers six tips to find the best health coverage when you work for yourself or lose job-based insurance for any reason. Read the…
466 MG Best Ways to Cut the Cable TV Cord and Save Money
Sep 20, 2016 • 20 min
Tired of dealing with your cable company and paying sky high bills? Then it’s time to finally cut the cable TV cord and save money. In this expert interview we cover details like how much you can save, pros and cons, setup costs, watching sports, best…
465 MG What Is an Inherited IRA? 5 Rules You Should Know
Sep 13, 2016 • 19 min
Laura answers a listener question and explains what happens when a friend, family member, or spouse leaves you an IRA. There are 5 important rules you should know to avoid costly mistakes that could trigger huge tax penalties with an inherited IRA. Read…
464 MG 3 Simple Actions to Improve Your Personal Finances
Sep 6, 2016 • 10 min
No matter your current stage in life, there are easy ways to improve your personal finances. Laura covers 3 simple actions to take today to create more financial security, increase your options, have more peace of mind, and get closer to accomplishing…
420 MG Are You Making Investing Too Complicated?
Aug 31, 2016 • 16 min
Stop making investing so complicated! All you need are these fundamentals to build a huge amount of wealth. Laura gives you the truth about how to start investing and which investments to choose. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1L5cYRZ
463 MG How to Spend Less on Clothes (and Build a Better Wardrobe)
Aug 23, 2016 • 16 min
Want a great wardrobe but don't want to spend a fortune building it? Laura gives men and women 8 smart tips to spend less on clothes and build a better wardrobe at the same time. You’ll learn how to create a wardrobe strategy, know what’s a good deal,…
462 MG 6 Tips to Manage Money as a New Couple
Aug 16, 2016 • 17 min
Not really sure how to manage money as a new couple? It can be tricky, but Laura gives solid advice for how to know what's right for your situation. Use these 6 tips to avoid potential disagreements and create a great financial life together. Read the…
461 MG Getting Divorced? Here’s How to Protect Your Money
Aug 9, 2016 • 25 min
Laura interviews Stan Corey, a divorce expert and author of a new book,The Divorce Dance. They talk about different types of divorce proceedings, financial mistakes to avoid, how to divide up assets the right way, how to get divorced when you don't have…
460 MG Should You Invest in a 401k with No Matching?
Aug 2, 2016 • 18 min
Laura explains how 401k employer matching works and answers a listener question about what to do when your company doesn't match your retirement contributions. Find out if it still makes sense to invest in a 401k with no matching funds to boost your…
459 MG What Is the Bonus Tax Rate?
Jul 26, 2016 • 12 min
It’s great to have bonus income, but the net amount can be surprisingly less than you expect. Laura explains the bonus tax rate and different types of income that get singled out for special tax withholding. Plus find out how getting a bonus also affects…
458 MG Credit Q&A: Best Ways to Monitor, Repair, and Build Credit
Jul 19, 2016 • 15 min
Not only is having good credit a requirement for getting loans and credit cards, especially at competitive interest rates, but it affects other parts of your financial life—even if you never take out a loan. Laura answers 4 questions from readers and…
457 MG Canceling Credit Cards—5 Questions to Ask Before Closing Accounts
Jul 12, 2016 • 18 min
Not sure if you should cancel a credit card? Laura answers a listener question and gives you 5 questions to ask that will help you know whether closing a credit card will barely affect your credit scores or end up hurting your finances. Read the full…
456 MG How to Pay Off Debt By Making More Money
Jul 5, 2016 • 24 min
Laura interviews David Carlson, author of the new book Hustle Away Debt. If you're ready to tackle debt or just have more security, starting a side hustle can be a financial lifeline. Find out the main types to consider, even if your 9 to 5 job leaves you…
454 MG What Tax Do You Pay When Selling a Home?
Jun 21, 2016 • 16 min
Laura answers a listener question about how to cut taxes when selling a home. Find out what the capital gains tax is, how it's figured, and 6 tips to legally sell your home tax free. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/28NRkVZ
453 Cool Tips to Save Money on Utility Bills
Jun 14, 2016 • 14 min
Laura interviews Bruce Lubin, co-author of the best-selling WHO KNEW? series of household hints books—and a new QDT podcast by the same name. We talk about clever ways to reduce energy usage and save money. Find out how Bruce gets his entire family on…
452 MG 3 Facts About Usage-Based Car Insurance That Can Save Money
Jun 7, 2016 • 12 min
Laura covers what usage-based car insurance is and 3 facts to know that can save you money. Learn the major pros and cons and how making a change in could drive down your car insurance rate. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/28QFAq0
451 MG IRA or 529 Plan—Which Is Better for College Savings?
May 31, 2016 • 15 min
No matter if you’re saving money to pay for college for yourself or a child, it’s important to use the right type of account so you get as many benefits as possible. Laura answers a listener question about whether he should use an IRA or a 529 plan for…
403 MG 6 Risky Situations When You Should Avoid Using a Debit Card
May 17, 2016 • 17 min
Understand risky situations when you should never use a debit card—plus, your liability and consumer rights for both debit and credit cards. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1N0qhWd
449 MG Use Business Principles to Grow Your Personal Wealth
May 10, 2016 • 23 min
Laura interviews Doug McCormick, author of the new book Family Inc. No matter your stage in life, you'll learn how to use business and corporate finance concepts to maximize your personal finances, make the most of your opportunities, and build wealth.…
447 MG How to Grow Rich While Raising a Family
Apr 26, 2016 • 17 min
Laura interviews Kim Palmer, author of the new book Smart Mom, Rich Mom. Both men and women will take away smart tips to prepare for parenthood, adopt healthy habits, and make difficult choices that pay off in abundance during the financially challenging…
446 MG 10 Financial Products to Make Money and Create Security
Apr 19, 2016 • 20 min
Laura covers 10 products that everyone needs in order to create financial security, make more money, and manage your money the best way possible. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1TEey3y
445 MG The Best Strategies to Invest Your Money Wisely
Apr 12, 2016 • 18 min
Laura answers a podcast listener's question about how to invest money for higher returns. Find out how much and where to put your money so you create financial security without taking too much risk. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1qSZEgA
444 MG Tax Tips from IRS Insiders You’d Be Crazy to Ignore
Apr 5, 2016 • 19 min
Laura interviews tax pros Garrett and Deborah Gregory, a married team who worked for the IRS before founding Gregory Law Group, PLLC in Dallas, Texas. You'll learn what you don’t know about the IRS, but should; tips for the self-employed; how to stay…
414 MG A Blueprint to Prioritize Your Personal Finances
Mar 29, 2016 • 18 min
Follow this step-by-step blueprint so you know exactly how to prioritize your personal finances. Use these 5 financial priorities to help set goals, leverage your resources, and build wealth as quickly as possible. Read the full transcript here:…
443 MG 8 Ways to Pay Off a Mortgage Early
Mar 22, 2016 • 18 min
Ready to pay off your mortgage? Laura explains who should pay off their mortgage ahead of schedule and who shouldn't. Learn 8 ways to get rid of your home loan as quickly as possible—if it’s a smart financial move for you. Read the full transcript here:…
442 MG 5 Questions to Help You Get Rich
Mar 15, 2016 • 11 min
Laura covers 5 strategic questions that you must answer in order to get a grasp on your current situation and take your personal finances to the next level. How you answer the questions will identify what’s missing in your financial life, where you want…
441 MG 401k or IRA: Which One Should You Invest in First?
Mar 8, 2016 • 16 min
Confused about whether to invest in a traditional or a Roth retirement account? Laura answers a listener question that will help you understand the rules and prioritize contributions among different types of retirement accounts. Read the full transcript…
439 MG How COBRA Health Insurance Works
Feb 23, 2016 • 11 min
Laura explains what COBRA continuation coverage is, who’s eligible for it, and how to apply and shop for health insurance at the lowest possible price after you leave a job. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1UeQNBC
438 MG Avoid 7 Spending Mistakes and Save More Money
Feb 16, 2016 • 20 min
It's time to face your bad habits and take control of your spending. Laura interviews money-saving expert, Andrea Woroch, for savvy shopping tips to protect your finances and save more money. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1PXjXkB
437 MG How to Build Credit with a Secured Credit Card
Feb 9, 2016 • 15 min
Ready to improve your credit scores? Laura answers credit questions from podcast listeners and readers. She explains what a secured credit card is, where to find one, and how to use the account to build or repair your credit no matter your situation. Read…
436 MG How to Avoid Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) on Your Home Loan
Feb 2, 2016 • 13 min
Laura explains what private mortgage insurance (PMI) is and how to avoid paying it in the first place. If you’re already paying PMI, you’ll learn your rights for getting rid of it as quickly as possible so you can lower your mortgage payment and save more…
440 MG Credit Bureau Expert Gives Insider Advice on Building Credit
Feb 1, 2016 • 28 min
Laura interviews Rod Griffin, Experian's director of public education, about a variety of important topics that will help you build and maintain excellent credit, no matter your financial situation. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1M6sseF
435 MG Pros and Cons of a Getting a Reverse Mortgage
Jan 26, 2016 • 16 min
Get the scoop on what a reverse mortgage is, the different types, who can have one, and how much you can borrow. Plus, Laura outlines the main pros and cons to consider before getting one. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1K70a37
434 MG Financial Q&A: Tips to Pay Less Tax or Get a Bigger Refund
Jan 19, 2016 • 20 min
Laura answers tax questions from readers, listeners, followers, and group members that will help you understand how to pay less tax, defer it, or to boost your tax refund and save more money every year. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1PRgHV2
432 MG 6 Essential Habits of Financially Healthy People
Jan 5, 2016 • 14 min
Ever wish you were more successful with your personal finances? Laura reviews 6 key habits of financially healthy people that can add up to transform your life and give you a more secure, happy future. Read the full transcript here: bit.ly/22LMkJi
431 MG Should You Get or Pay Off a Home Mortgage?
Dec 29, 2015 • 15 min
Laura covers 5 main advantages of having a mortgage, plus when it pays to wait for one. You'll find out whether you should pay off a mortgage early and how much debt you should have to maintain a healthy financial life. Read the full transcript here:…
430 MG Investing Tips for College Students and Baby Boomers (Plus Everyone in Between)
Dec 15, 2015 • 14 min
Laura answers common investing questions from a young college student and a baby boomer. No matter if you're just starting out, getting close to retirement, or are somewhere in between, you'll get tips to make sure you have plenty of money for a…
429 MG How Leasing a Car (and Getting Out Early) Works
Dec 8, 2015 • 14 min
Laura answers a listener question about how to get out of a car lease early. Find out how car leasing works, what to do if you need to exit one before it expires, and how it compares to buying a vehicle. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1RpxFPU
428 MG Do Lost or Stolen Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?
Dec 1, 2015 • 12 min
Laura answers questions about how replacements for lost or stolen credit cards affect your credit. Find out how to protect your credit and the best places to get your reports and credit scores for free. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1MhUJIv
427 MG What Is a myRA Retirement Account?
Nov 24, 2015 • 16 min
Laura explains a brand new type of retirement account called the myRA. Find out the pros and cons, who's eligible to have one, and how to set one up. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1JcPz0y
390 MG 4 Radically Simple Places to Invest
Nov 17, 2015 • 12 min
Find out Money Girl’s favorite radically simple and innovative places to invest money right now - no matter how much cash you have to spare. Read the transcipt: http://bit.ly/1BrQElw
426 MG 7 Credit Score Traps You Should Avoid
Nov 10, 2015 • 16 min
Don't let common credit pitfalls hurt your financial life! Laura answer reader questions and covers 7 credit traps that could upset your personal finances if you’re not looking out for them. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1WV1whw
425 MG The Truth About Debt and Death
Nov 3, 2015 • 12 min
Ever worried about having to pay a deceased family member’s debts or wondered who will pay yours? Laura Adams gives you the facts (and peace of mind, hopefully) about debt and death. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Mmcf2U
424 MG 3 FAQs About 401k Retirement Plans
Oct 27, 2015 • 12 min
Laura answers reader questions about 401ks and 403bs, including what happens to your account if you get divorced, how to handle a retirement provider that doesn't seem reputable, and how to pay taxes due when you convert a traditional plan into a Roth…
423 MG How to Go Paperless (Securely) with Your Finances
Oct 20, 2015 • 16 min
Follow 5 steps to manage your finances with no (or much less) paper. Learn the pros and cons, a few paper exceptions to consider, and how to make a transition to digital record keeping as easy and comfortable as possible. Read the full transcript here:…
422 MG 5 Retirement Options When You’re Self-Employed
Oct 13, 2015 • 17 min
Even if you don't work for a big company, you can still use a retirement account to cut taxes and save more for the future. Laura answers a reader question and covers 5 of the best retirement accounts to use when you're a freelancer, work part time, are…
421 MG Got Cash? What to Do with Extra Money
Oct 6, 2015 • 12 min
Laura answers a reader question about what to do with extra cash in her bank account by recommending an easy action plan called PIP. Find out what it is and how to use it to solve just about any financial dilemma. Want updates from Laura? Text the phrase…
419 MG Credit Card Authorized Users—How to Avoid Getting Burned
Sep 22, 2015 • 12 min
Considering adding a partner, spouse, family member, or friend as an authorized user to your credit card? Or maybe you want to be added to someone else's card. First, understand the potential risks. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1MsUTA6
418 MG When to Monitor, Freeze, or Put an Alert on Your Credit
Sep 15, 2015 • 14 min
Find out what to do when you find out that your personal data has been compromised. Understand the differences between a security fraud alert and a credit freeze, how they affect your credit, and the pros and cons of using a credit monitoring service.…
417 MG 8 Financial Truths That Can Change Your Life
Sep 8, 2015 • 13 min
Laura covers eight truths that have the power to transform your financial life. Use them to make better decisions, set the right priorities, and build more wealth. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1iNi2TU
416 MG Financial Q&A: Tips to Hack Money Management
Sep 1, 2015 • 14 min
It's time to hack money management so you earn more, save time, stay organized, keep on track with your financial goals. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1Kemlke
415 MG The Truth About Credit and Insurance Rates
Aug 25, 2015 • 13 min
There's a surprising relationship between your credit and what you pay for insurance. Find out which states allow credit to be used in setting rates, which types of policies are affected, and exactly how much you'll pay for not having excellent credit.…
413 MG 7 Ways to Save on Healthcare and Fitness
Aug 11, 2015 • 17 min
Are you taking advantage of money-saving fitness and health tax breaks? Laura covers 7 tips to take charge of your health and your wealth so you can feel good, look good, and live the lifestyle you want. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1LjEMH4
412 MG Financial Q&A: Money Management Tips for Families
Aug 4, 2015 • 14 min
Answers to family finance questions including how to save for college, whether couples should combine accounts, and co-signing loans. Plus a bonus Q&A about using credit cards with the newest technology. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1hjU7dY
411 MG Why You Need a No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Card
Jul 28, 2015 • 17 min
Even if you're not a world traveler, you might get stuck paying foreign transaction fees on credit card purchases. Matt Schulz from CreditCards.com joins Money Girl to explain foreign fees, which types of cards you should carry when traveling, and the…
410 MG What You Need to Know About EMV Chip Credit Cards
Jul 21, 2015 • 8 min
Find out how technology is changing credit cards, what it means for shoppers, and whether it will really keep us safe from fraud. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1ON3Kgk
409 MG How to Take Penalty-Free Early Withdrawals from Retirement Accounts
Jul 14, 2015 • 10 min
Understand the rules for taking distributions from retirement accounts and how to avoid paying a steep early withdrawal penalty. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1I708Xi
408 MG How Many Credit Cards Should You Have for Good Credit?
Jul 7, 2015 • 11 min
Find out how many credit cards you should have in order to build credit and manage your financial life. Plus, why a credit card company could unexpectedly close your account and how it affects your credit. Get the Money Girl book at…
407 MG 3 Real Estate FAQs for Buyers, Sellers, and Investors
Jun 30, 2015 • 18 min
Money Girl answers 3 FAQs about real estate to help you succeed whether you're a buyer, seller, or investor—or even if you just plan to become one someday. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1K9QnoP
406 MG Advice for New Entrepreneurs Starting a Business
Jun 23, 2015 • 14 min
Money Girl answers a podcast listener's question about what entrepreneurs should consider when starting a business. Here are five tips to protect your liability, cut taxes, stay organized, and find professional help. Read the full transcript here:…
405 MG 8 Pros and Cons of Using Personal Loans to Consolidate Credit Card Debt
Jun 17, 2015 • 13 min
Money Girl explains the pros and cons of using personal loans to consolidate or pay off credit card debt. You’ll find out the best places to apply for a personal loan and how consolidating affects your credit. Read the full transcript here:…
404 MG 5 FAQs About Roth Retirement Accounts
Jun 10, 2015 • 16 min
Money Girl answers six Roth FAQs from readers and podcast listeners to help you understand how to use them to invest for retirement. Plus, she explains the best places to open up your Roth retirement account. Read the full transcript here:…
373 MG 5 Decisions Millennials Must Make to Grow Rich
May 27, 2015 • 12 min
Discover how to overcome common financial challenges and grow rich by making 5 important decisions. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/ZWPqhY
401 MG Should You Invest Emergency Funds or Keep Cash?
May 13, 2015 • 11 min
Find out how much emergency money you need, the best places to put it, and whether investing some amount of it is a smart financial move. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1KsSPJB
400 MG 8 Credit Card FAQs and Tips to Build Credit
May 6, 2015 • 15 min
Money Girl answers 8 frequently asked questions about credit cards and gives tips to maintain and build credit. Read the full transcript here: http://bit.ly/1HEdUgl
399 MG How to Invest Money in Your IRA or 401k Retirement Account
Apr 29, 2015 • 13 min
Money Girl answers listener questions and explains how to invest money in your retirement account so you take the right amount of risk and reach your financial goals.
398 MG What Is the Statute of Limitations on Old Debt?
Apr 22, 2015 • 10 min
Money Girl explains what the statue of limitations is on old debt, and details 4 options to help you handle your unpaid debts. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Ht3PoU
397 MG 6 Tips for Finding a Financial Advisor
Apr 15, 2015 • 10 min
Money Girl details 6 ways to choose the best financial advisor for your situation and budget. Plus, get access to an assessment tool that makes it easy to rate and compare advisors, so you know which one fits your needs. Read the transcript here:…
396 MG Top Online Banks and Safe Banking Tips
Apr 8, 2015 • 13 min
Money Girl reviews the best online bank accounts, so you can see how yours stacks up! Plus, she offers 8 tips for staying safe when you’re banking online. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1CxOT0G
395 MG When to Use a Balance Transfer Credit Card
Apr 1, 2015 • 8 min
Money Girl explains the right way to use a balance transfer credit card to save on interest fees, and pay off your debt faster. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Cb5C9V
394 MG Creating a Backdoor Roth IRA
Mar 25, 2015 • 11 min
If you make too much to be eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA, Money Girl explains how to create a backdoor Roth IRA - and whether this is a smart move for your situation and financial needs. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1CbobOB
393 MG Roth or Traditional Retirement Account?
Mar 18, 2015 • 12 min
Money Girl explains what you need to know before choosing a Roth or traditional retirement account - no matter if you invest using an IRA, a workplace account, or both. Plus, download the free Retirement Account Comparison Chart to fully understand all…
392 MG 3 Common IRA Mistakes
Mar 11, 2015 • 11 min
Are misunderstandings about IRA accounts keeping you from financial security? Money Girl details 3 of the most common mistakes that may be preventing you from using IRAs to build wealth. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1AkXSBz
292 MG Bank or Credit Union-Which Is Better?
Mar 3, 2015 • 7 min
Compare the benefits of using a credit union vs. a bank. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1M86q7l
391 MG How to Save Money on Healthcare with an HSA
Feb 25, 2015 • 13 min
Money Girl explains who’s eligible to have an Health Savings Account (HSA), the rules for using one, and how they help you keep more money in your pocket now, and in the future. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1LEMJC1
389 MG 5 Best Investing Tips to Make More Money
Feb 11, 2015 • 10 min
No matter if you’re a newbie investor or have been at it for decades, it’s important to understand the fundamentals. In this episode, Money Girl reviews the 5 best investing tips to make more money, so you can achieve your long-term financial goals. Visit…
388 MG What Is a Reverse Rollover for Your 401k?
Feb 4, 2015 • 12 min
Money Girl answers a listener question by explaining what a reverse rollover is, who should consider one, and the 10 main pros and cons to keep in mind before pulling the trigger. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1KkA7Bc
387 MG 6 Steps to Take After a Parking Lot Car Accident
Jan 28, 2015 • 8 min
Money Girl explains how to handle a parking lot car accident so you stay safe, don't break the law, and protect your finances. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1BAIg0k
386 MG 5 Surprising Homeowners Insurance Facts
Jan 21, 2015 • 12 min
Money Girl explains 5 surprising facts about what affects homeowner insurance quotes, plus how to save money, and how to prevent your premium from ballooning over time. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1Ey79ur
385 MG 7 Pros and Cons of Investing in a 401k at Work
Jan 14, 2015 • 14 min
Money Girl explains 7 major pros and cons of having a 401k through your job, and gives tips on how to save quickly - so you have plenty of money when you’re ready to kick back and enjoy retirement. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1AJlUXB
384 MG 3 Steps for Organizing Your Financial Records
Jan 7, 2015 • 14 min
Money Girl reveals a simple, 3-step system for managing financial and tax records, and staying organized. Plus, learn how to determine what financial records to keep - and for how long. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1tPpOkJ
276 MG 10 Ways to Save Money on Your Electricity Bill
Dec 30, 2014 • 8 min
As the heat rises use these tips to lower your utility bill. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1xLPH39
383 MG How to Do an Annual Finance Review
Dec 24, 2014 • 11 min
Money Girl explains why you should do an annual personal finance review, and reveals what important money lessons she learned in 2014. She also recommends terrific books to help you dive deeper into each lesson and set goals for accomplishing more next…
382 MG How to Make Money (Legitimately) from Home
Dec 17, 2014 • 11 min
Money Girl explains why you should create multiple sources of income, the best ways and places to get started, and important tax considerations, plus tools and tips to make sure you make money from home the right way. Read the transcript:…
381 MG 5 Best Ways for Making Loans to Family and Friends
Dec 10, 2014 • 13 min
Money Girl explains what you show know about giving, lending, or borrowing when it involves family or friends, so you can protect both your finances and long-term relationships. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1DQ0PSj
280 MG How to Invest in the Perfect Portfolio
Dec 2, 2014 • 8 min
Cut through the confusion and build a winning investment portfolio. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1vRkQRV
380 MG The Science of Gratitude and Financial Success
Nov 26, 2014 • 9 min
Discover the science of being grateful and how it affects your financial success. Plus, Money Girl reveals 5 tips to easily cultivate more gratitude in your daily life.
379 MG Buying or Leasing a Car: Which Costs Less?
Nov 19, 2014 • 11 min
Money Girl explains the costs of buying and leasing a car, the main pros and cons of each, and how to get the best return on your investment depending on your lifestyle, budget, and financial goals. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/11CMV4a
378 MG 5 Student Loan Repayment Options
Nov 12, 2014 • 9 min
Money Girl offers tips on how to manage education debt, and explains 5 student loan repayment options that can help you ease your financial burden, and save money. Visit the website: http://bit.ly/1v4OhC4
377 MG What Is the Obamacare Health Insurance Penalty?
Nov 5, 2014 • 10 min
In this episode I’ll cover what you should know about the tax penalty for being uninsured. You’ll learn how to calculate the Obamacare penalty, what the increases will be in future years, and who gets a break from having to pay it. Get the Money Girl Book…
376 MG How to Make More Money
Oct 29, 2014 • 8 min
Money Girl reveals ways to make more money that doesn’t involve getting a second or third job—or even going back to school for an advanced degree. Listen on for 5 tips and plenty of useful info. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/102YeBO
375 MG How to Save Money During the Holiday Season
Oct 22, 2014 • 7 min
Money Girl reveals 5 tips to enjoy the holidays without getting a financial hangover you''ll regret in the New Year. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1shnFGr
374 MG 5 Tools to Mange Money and Fix Your Finances
Oct 15, 2014 • 9 min
Discover the best financial and productivity tools to take your money management skills to the next level with less time and hassle. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1yK6cyW
223 MG Should You Pay Down Debt Early?
Sep 30, 2014 • 8 min
Find out what you should do with your extra money. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1BNIj6K
372 MG Self-Employed? When and Why to Incorporate Your Small Business
Sep 24, 2014 • 10 min
If you're a freelancer, contractor, or own a small business, you may have wondered if you should incorporate your venture. Money Girl breaks down the pros and cons.
371 MG What Happens to Credit Card Debt When You Die?
Sep 17, 2014 • 6 min
Find out the answer to common questions about may be responsible for credit card debt when you die.
370 MG Pros and Cons of Using an Annuity for Retirement Income
Sep 10, 2014 • 12 min
Worried you won’t have enough retirement income? Find out what an annuity is, and the pros and cons of using one for retirement income.
369 MG 4 Major Disasters Homeowners and Renters Insurance Won’t Cover
Sep 3, 2014 • 9 min
Money Girl breaks down what is and isn’t covered by home and renters insurance—so you'll know before its too late!
368 MG 6 Tips to Sell a House Fast in Any Market
Aug 27, 2014 • 10 min
Use these 6 Money Girl tips to speed up the sale of your home without sacrificing profit, in any real estate market. Visit the website to read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1C2CSnv
367 MG Survive a Financial Crisis (and Still Get a Home Loan with Bad Credit)
Aug 20, 2014 • 10 min
Money Girl explains how to get a mortgage with bad credit, and offers tips for surviving a financial crisis and rebuilding your credit as quickly as possible.
366 MG Tips for Saving Money on Travel and Cruise Vacations
Aug 13, 2014 • 12 min
Money Girl shows you how to take a debt-free vacation and save serious money on a cruise vacation. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1r9JY7c
365 MG 7 Investment Rules to Make Money
Aug 6, 2014 • 9 min
Money Girl reveals 7 critical investing rules to make your money grow safely, and have a happy financial future.
364 MG When Not To Pay Off a Mortgage Early
Jul 30, 2014 • 8 min
Money Girl answers a listener question about paying off a mortgage early and explains when to do it—and 3 situations when it’s a bad idea. Visit the website to read the full transcript: http://bit.ly/1s4K0ds
363 MG Improve Your Finances with a Personal Money Day Checklist
Jul 22, 2014 • 11 min
Money Girl's tips for making a simple checklist and taking a Personal Money Day will help get your finances back on track. Read the transcript here: http://bit.ly/1pbG5HP
291 MG Identity Theft and Your Wallet - 7 Items to Purge Now
Jul 15, 2014 • 8 min
Find out what should never be in your wallet or purse.
362 MG Where to Rollover Your 401(k) Retirement Money
Jul 9, 2014 • 8 min
Money Girl helps you find the best place to move your 401(k) to avoid tax and keep your retirement nest egg growing. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1qknmvH
361 MG 10 Tips to Save Money Shopping at Farmers’ Markets
Jul 2, 2014 • 6 min
Clever tips to shop farmers' markets the right way and spend less. Get the Money Girl Book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com. Read the transcript: http://bit.ly/1ox3ILZ
288 MG How to Make Decisions About Personal Finances
Jun 24, 2014 • 8 min
Follow these 5 priorities to manage your money successfully.
360 MG How Retirement Accounts Save Money on Taxes
Jun 18, 2014 • 7 min
Understand the ways retirement accounts help you save taxes and build more wealth for retirement. Plus, whether moving to a different state in retirement could affect the tax you have to pay. Get the Money Girl Book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
359 MG How to Get a Student Loan to Pay for College (Part 2)
Jun 11, 2014 • 7 min
Understand all the ways you can get financial aid to pay for college, plus tips for managing student loan debt. Get the Money Girl Book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
358 MG How to Get a Student Loan to Pay for College (Part 1)
Jun 4, 2014 • 9 min
Fund out what student loans and other aid available to students and parents to pay for college. Get the Money Girl Book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
134 MG Retirement Rollovers Can Be Tricky
May 27, 2014 • 6 min
Avoid paying steep taxes and penalties when moving your retirement money.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
357 MG How to Make Money Investing in Stocks
May 21, 2014 • 8 min
Find out a smart stock investing strategy and the best ways to own them. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
356 MG What Are the Roth IRA Rules for Married Couples?
May 14, 2014 • 7 min
Find out what to do if getting hitched causes a separation between you and your Roth IRA. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
355 MG 8 Smart Ways to Spend Less Money and Save More (Part 2)
May 7, 2014 • 8 min
In addition to paying less, the way you purchase items plays a huge role in your net cost. Learn 4 more strategies to spend less and save more. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
354 MG 8 Smart Ways to Spend Less Money and Save More (Part 1)
Apr 30, 2014 • 7 min
Smart ways to keep more of your hard-earned money without having to sacrifice a thing. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
353 MG Should You Buy Pet Insurance?
Apr 23, 2014 • 7 min
Find out what pet insurance covers, the best places to buy it, and 5 tips to know if you should get it. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
352 MG A Parent’s Dilemma: Save for College or Retirement?
Apr 16, 2014 • 6 min
Whether you should save for college or retirement is a tough choice—find out how to prioritize your finances. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
351 MG Should I Use a Credit Repair Company?
Apr 9, 2014 • 8 min
Find out if credit repair companies can really help you erase bad credit and get out of debt. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
200 MG Strategies to Build Wealth on a Budget
Apr 1, 2014 • 8 min
Learn how to become rich by slowly growing your wealth over time. Get four strategies to build your personal fortune and create financial security even if you’re on a budget.
350 MG Who Must Pay the Self-Employment Tax?
Mar 26, 2014 • 6 min
Working for yourself means you have to follow special self-employment tax rules. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
349 MG 10 Costly Retirement Account Mistakes (Part 2)
Mar 18, 2014 • 9 min
How to steer clear of 5 costly 401(k) mistakes that could hurt your finances.Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
348 MG 10 Costly Retirement Account Mistakes to Avoid (Part 1)
Mar 11, 2014 • 8 min
Avoid mistakes with retirement accounts that could end up hurting your finances. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
250 MG Credit Scores and Your Frequently Asked Questions
Mar 4, 2014 • 7 min
5 FAQs about credit reports and building a good credit score.
347 MG How to Pay Less in Taxes (Part 2)
Feb 25, 2014 • 8 min
Get the scoop on claiming tax deductions, plus 4 strategies to reduce your taxes and save money.Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
346 MG How to Pay Less in Taxes (Part 1)
Feb 18, 2014 • 8 min
How 5 common tax credits can reduce your tax bill this year. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
345 MG How to Get a Car Loan With Bad Credit
Feb 11, 2014 • 7 min
How to get a car loan when you have bad credit—plus, tips and resources to build and maintain excellent credit.Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
344 MG What Is the Marriage Tax Penalty?
Feb 4, 2014 • 8 min
Find out why married couples may be penalized, benefits of getting hitched, and how to reduce your taxes. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
343 MG 5 Ways to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill
Jan 28, 2014 • 8 min
Easy ways to cut the cost of your smartphone and save more money. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
342 MG Financial Decisions You Should Make Every Year
Jan 21, 2014 • 9 min
Improve your finances by making a few decisions on a regular basis. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
341 MG 5 Ways to Save Money on Home Insurance
Jan 14, 2014 • 8 min
Find out how to get the best rate on home insurance, discounts you may be eligible for, and 5 tips to save money. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
340 MG Using No-Interest Credit Cards to Pay Off Student Loans
Jan 7, 2014 • 7 min
Understand special considerations for transferring student loans to no-interest credit cards. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
339 MG 5 Best Bank Accounts for 2014
Dec 31, 2013 • 6 min
Find out the best bank accounts that pay high interest, have no fees, giver better service, and offer cutting-edge technology. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
158 MG How Much Insurance Do You Need?
Dec 24, 2013 • 10 min
Protect yourself by having enough of the right kinds of insurance.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
338 MG Obamacare: News, Rules, and Updates
Dec 17, 2013 • 6 min
Understand Obamacare regulations and recent changes for Americans. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
337 MG Rules for Your Health Savings Account (HSA)
Dec 10, 2013 • 6 min
Find out what a health savings account (HSA) is, who can have one, and how to use it the right way.
336 MG 7 Best Free Personal Finance Tools
Dec 3, 2013 • 8 min
Get organized, stay on budget, raise your credit, get competitive insurance rates, and much more, using free tools. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
257 MG 5 Clever Ways to Save More Money
Nov 26, 2013 • 9 min
Tips to keep more money so you can use it wisely
335 MG Do I Qualify for an FHA Home Mortgage Loan?
Nov 19, 2013 • 9 min
Find out what an FHA loan is, who qualifies for one, and the pros and cons of 3 different kinds of FHA loans. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
334 MG How Your CLUE Report Affects Insurance Quotes
Nov 12, 2013 • 5 min
Are you clueless about your CLUE report? Find out how insurers use it to set your rates. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
333 MG What Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Know
Nov 5, 2013 • 7 min
Find out how to begin the home-buying process, what you can afford, special programs for first-timers, and more. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
256 MG 3 Things to Know Before You Cancel a Credit Card
Oct 29, 2013 • 8 min
Be strategic with credit accounts so you build excellent credit scores.
332 MG Can Pay-As-You-Drive Insurance Save You Money?
Oct 22, 2013 • 7 min
Find out how pay-as-you-drive insurance works, which companies offer it, and if enrolling could be a smart move for your finances. Get the Money Girl book: http://MoneyGirlBook.com
331 MG What You Should Know About Credit-Based Insurance Scores
Oct 15, 2013 • 7 min
Understand why credit-based insurance scores are used and how to improve them. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
330 MG Which Charitable Contributions Are Tax-Deductible?
Oct 8, 2013 • 8 min
Understand what kinds of donations and purchases are tax-deductible and how to claim them. Get the Money Girl book! http://MoneyGirlBook.com
329 MG 3 Fitness Tax Breaks to Save You Money
Oct 1, 2013 • 9 min
Find out how to save money while getting fit. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
328 MG Is There Insurance Against Losing Investments?
Sep 24, 2013 • 7 min
When you lose investment money, find out how the SIPC helps you get it back. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
238 MG How to Stop Procrastinating Money Management
Sep 18, 2013 • 9 min
4 financial roadblocks and how to break through them to jumpstart your success now
327 MG How Borrowers Should Handle Rising Interest Rates
Sep 11, 2013 • 8 min
As the economy heats up and interest rates rise, find out how to save money.Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
326 MG Do College Students Need Renters Insurance?
Sep 4, 2013 • 7 min
Find out when it does and doesn’t make sense for college students to buy renters insurance. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
325 MG What Is Obamacare? 8 Facts Everyone Should Know
Aug 28, 2013 • 9 min
Understand 8 important facts about Obamacare and health care reform. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
324 MG Don’t Miss Hidden Car Insurance Discounts
Aug 21, 2013 • 7 min
Don’t miss 10 money-saving car insurance discounts that help you keep more of your hard-earned money. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
323 MG Does Applying for Credit Hurt Credit Scores?
Aug 14, 2013 • 8 min
Find out what happens to credit scores when you apply for new credit or have an existing credit limit changed. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
322 MG How to Use a 529 Plan to Pay for College
Aug 6, 2013 • 9 min
To stretch your college savings, find out how to use a tax-advantaged account. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
297 MG Yard Sale Tips to Earn More Money
Jul 30, 2013 • 7 min
Your checklist to prepare for a money-making garage sale.
321 MG 5 Worst Money Mistakes Couples Make
Jul 24, 2013 • 9 min
Find out the 5 worst financial mistakes that couples make—and how to avoid them for a happy future. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
320 MG How Do You Find a Financial Advisor? (Part 2)
Jul 12, 2013 • 10 min
Using a financial advisor can be the key to improving your personal finances. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
319 MG How Do You Find a Financial Advisor? (Part 1)
Jul 9, 2013 • 6 min
Working with the right advisor can be the key to achieving your financial dreams. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com.
271 MG Financial Advice That Will Make You Rich
Jul 2, 2013 • 9 min
5 principles of building wealth and achieving financial success.
318 MG How Can I Get Credit With Bad Credit?
Jun 25, 2013 • 8 min
Smart ways to build credit when you’re recovering from a financial hardship.
273 MG Your Guide to the Roth IRA, Part 2
Jun 18, 2013 • 8 min
Fast track your retirement savings with this tax-advantaged account.
317 MG What Are Employee Stock Options and RSUs?
Jun 11, 2013 • 8 min
Types of stock benefits employees may receive and how they’re taxed.
316 MG How to Increase Your Cash Flow (Part 2)
Jun 4, 2013 • 9 min
Turbo-charge your cash flow by owning the right assets.
315 MG How to Increase Your Cash Flow (Part 1)
May 28, 2013 • 8 min
Find out how to crush negative cash flow that’s hurting your finances.
314 MG The Law About Debt Collections Harassment
May 21, 2013 • 7 min
Know how to put a debt collections company in its place.
266 MG PayPal or Credit Card-Which is Safer?
May 14, 2013 • 8 min
Get 7 tips to stay safe when you're shopping online.
313 MG Tips to Buy Permanent Life Insurance (Part 2)
May 7, 2013 • 7 min
Money Girl explains universal and variable life insurance and gives 5 tips for buying insurance.
312 MG Tips to Buy Permanent Life Insurance (Part 1)
Apr 30, 2013 • 8 min
Money Girl helps you understand what kind of life insurance is right for your situation.
311 MG 6 Retirement Accounts You Should Know About (Part 2)
Apr 23, 2013 • 9 min
The best retirement plans to grow a nest egg for the future.
310 MG 6 Retirement Accounts You Should Know About, Part 1
Apr 16, 2013 • 9 min
Find out which retirement accounts you can use to grow a nest egg.
309 MG What Is a Backdoor Roth IRA?
Apr 2, 2013 • 7 min
A tricky tax strategy that makes anyone eligible for a Roth IRA.
308 MG 5 Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance
Mar 26, 2013 • 9 min
5 tips to pay less for car insurance without sacrificing your safety.
307 MG Money and Kids: Tips for Teaching Children About Finances
Mar 19, 2013 • 9 min
Fun, easy ways to make your child a financial genius.
306 MG How to Buy a Home With Someone Else (Part 2)
Mar 12, 2013 • 8 min
Tips to avoid misunderstandings with a property ownership agreement.
305 MG How to Buy a Home With Someone Else, Part One
Mar 5, 2013 • 7 min
How to protect your finances when you cobuy real estate.
304 MG What Is an IRA CD?
Feb 26, 2013 • 8 min
Tips for buying CDs and whether you should own one in an IRA.
303 MG 3 Action Steps to Improve Your Credit Score
Feb 19, 2013 • 8 min
Why credit matters and simple steps to boost your scores quickly.
302 MG Should You Contribute to a Non-Deductible IRA?
Feb 12, 2013 • 10 min
Rules for contributing to multiple retirement accounts.
301 MG Ways to Use Retirement Savings to Buy a Home
Feb 5, 2013 • 8 min
How to tap retirement savings for down payment money.
300 MG How to Save a Down Payment to Buy a Home, Part 2
Jan 29, 2013 • 7 min
Ways to save for a home down payment and where to keep it.
299 MG How to Save a Down Payment to Buy a Home, Part 1
Jan 22, 2013 • 6 min
Tips to save for a down payment and the best places to keep it safe.
298 MG How to Save Money (and Stress) When Moving
Jan 15, 2013 • 7 min
Cut the expense and hassle of your next local or long-distance move.
249 MG 7 Days to Healthier Personal Finances
Jan 1, 2013 • 9 min
Take the 7-day challenge to improve your finances and future security.
296 MG How to Make a Balance Transfer Pay Off
Dec 18, 2012 • 6 min
Get rid of debt faster by using a balance transfer credit card.
295 MG How Much Debt Is Too Much?
Dec 11, 2012 • 8 min
Give yourself a debt checkup-plus 7 warning signs you're in trouble.
294 MG Your Guide to Renters Insurance
Dec 4, 2012 • 7 min
Who really needs renters insurance and how to choose the best policy.
293 MG 7 Essential Rules to Build Credit Fast
Nov 27, 2012 • 8 min
Follow these rules to become creditworthy as quickly as possible.
290 MG Avoid Financial Problems in Your Relationship (Part 2)
Nov 6, 2012 • 13 min
Is your partner a financial match? Find out in this 2-part guest series.
289 MG Avoid Financial Problems in Your Relationship (Part 1)
Oct 30, 2012 • 10 min
Is your partner a financial match? Find out in this 2-part guest series.
287 MG Should You Use a 401(k) to Pay Off Credit Cards?
Oct 9, 2012 • 8 min
Is it better to have a retirement nest egg and debt-or neither?
286 MG Settle Debt or Pay in Full-What’s Better for Your Credit?
Oct 2, 2012 • 7 min
Tactics to handle old debt and preserve your credit scores.
285 MG Who Needs Life Insurance? You Do!
Sep 25, 2012 • 7 min
Learn how much life insurance you need and where to get it.
284 MG Does it Pay to Go Back to School?
Sep 18, 2012 • 7 min
5 tips to decide when getting more education pays off.
283 MG 7 Things to Know About Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARMs)
Sep 11, 2012 • 9 min
Go under the hood of ARMs and see how they really work.
282 MG Family Financials: What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Sep 4, 2012 • 7 min
7 things to consider before a new family member arrives.
281 MG Tips to Tackle Student Loans and Get Out of Debt
Aug 28, 2012 • 9 min
5 ways to pay less and stay on top of student loan debt.
279 MG Get Out of Credit Card Debt or Save-Which is Better?
Aug 14, 2012 • 7 min
Get an action plan to make the most of your money.
278 MG How to Buy a Home in 10 Steps, Part 2
Aug 7, 2012 • 8 min
Save money and time by hacking the home buying process.
277 MG How to Buy a Home in 10 Steps, Part 1
Jul 31, 2012 • 9 min
A step-by-step summary to hack the home buying process.
275 MG How to Invest a Windfall
Jul 10, 2012 • 7 min
A Checklist for smart ways to use unexpected cash.
274 MG How to Turn a Hobby Into a Business
Jul 3, 2012 • 7 min
Ways to fund a business start up and the tax rules to follow.
272 MG Your Guide to the Roth IRA, Part 1
Jun 19, 2012 • 8 min
Start using a Roth IRA to grow your retirement nest egg.
270 MG Credit Utilization-What It Means for Your Credit Score
Jun 5, 2012 • 8 min
Understand credit utilization and use it to boost your credit score.
269 MG Get Credit with No or Bad Credit
May 29, 2012 • 7 min
Get 3 facts about building credit when you have no or bad credit.
268 MG Should I Sell My Home or Rent It Out?
May 22, 2012 • 7 min
6 tips for getting a new mortgage when you already have one.
267 MG How to Save Money by Getting Fit
May 8, 2012 • 7 min
Fit people earn more money and pay less for medical expenses and insurance. Here's what you can do.
265 MG Tips to Make Extra Money at Home
Apr 24, 2012 • 6 min
Learn which home business can help you earn more.
264 MG Tips to Save Money on Groceries
Apr 17, 2012 • 7 min
Get 4 strategies to shop wisely and save a bundle on your food bill.
263 MG 9 Things That Can’t Hurt Your Credit Scores
Apr 10, 2012 • 7 min
Learn what factors are never used to determine your credit.
262 MG Deduction Dangers, Part 3: Medical and Dental Expenses
Apr 2, 2012 • 7 min
Don't miss little-known medical tax breaks that can save you money.
261 MG Deduction Dangers, Part 2: Job Expenses
Mar 29, 2012 • 7 min
Find out which job-related expenses can help lower your taxes.
260 MG Deduction Dangers, Part 1: Mortgage Interest
Mar 26, 2012 • 7 min
Avoid common mistakes when claiming this tax break for homeowners.
258 MG How to Stay Safe from Debit and Credit Card Fraud
Mar 13, 2012 • 7 min
Get these important tips to protect yourself
255 MG How to Get Out of Debt Faster, Part 2
Feb 21, 2012 • 8 min
Tactics to reduce your debt balances ahead of schedule.
254 MG How to Get Out of Debt Faster, Part 1
Feb 14, 2012 • 8 min
Tactics to reduce your debt so you can pay it off faster
253 MG Do the Rich Pay Less Income Tax?
Feb 7, 2012 • 9 min
Find out how income is really taxed and who pays the most.
208 MG Eight Investment Tips if You’re Afraid of the Stock Market
Jan 31, 2012 • 10 min
Taking too much investment risk can be dangerous for your portfolio, but keeping money in the bank can be risky, too. Get 8 investment tips to build wealth even if you hate taking risk.
252 MG Top 5 Financial Benefits of Owning a Home
Jan 24, 2012 • 8 min
Find out how buying a home can improve your personal finances
251 MG What is an IRA Rollover?
Jan 17, 2012 • 7 min
Find out how to move money between retirement accounts tax free.
248 MG How Do Credit Cards Really Work?
Dec 27, 2011 • 9 min
Understand credit card fees so you can avoid paying them
247 MG 5 Year-End Tips to Save Money on Taxes
Dec 20, 2011 • 8 min
Follow these 5 simple strategies now to cut your tax bill.
246 MG 7 Money-Saving Holiday Shopping Tips
Dec 13, 2011 • 9 min
Great ideas to make your holiday more memorable and less expensive.
245 MG Safety Nets for Your Personal Finances
Dec 6, 2011 • 9 min
Learn 4 ways to keep your finances safe in case the unexpected happens
244 MG Should You File Bankruptcy?
Nov 29, 2011 • 9 min
Find out if bankruptcy is the right move-plus, 5 myths to ignore.
243 MG Should You Raid Your IRA or 401(k) Retirement Plan to Pay Off Debt?
Nov 15, 2011 • 9 min
Learn the options for making early withdrawals from your retirement accounts.
242 MG How to Save Money Using High Deductible Health Insurance
Nov 8, 2011 • 10 min
Choosing the right health insurance can keep you and your finances healthy.
241 MG 5 How To Switch to a Free Bank Account in 5 Simple Steps
Nov 2, 2011 • 8 min
How to make a smooth transition to a better, no-fee bank
240 MG 5 Best Web Tools for Money Management
Oct 26, 2011 • 9 min
Master your money with cutting-edge personal finance technology.
239 MG How to Make Money with Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)
Oct 19, 2011 • 9 min
Learn to build a perfect portfolio by investing in ETFs.
237 MG Three Personal Finance Rules for New Graduates
Oct 5, 2011 • 9 min
Set yourself up for financial success with these 3 easy money rules.
236 MG Ask Yourself 5 Money-Making Questions
Sep 28, 2011 • 9 min
Take your finances to the next level by answering 5 questions.
235 MG Five Lessons to Grow Rich
Sep 21, 2011 • 8 min
Take lessons from millionaires to build wealth quickly.
234 MG How to Use a SIMPLE IRA or 401(k) Retirement Plan
Sep 14, 2011 • 8 min
If you have business income you can boost your retirement nest egg.
233 MG Should Students or Parents Pay for College?
Sep 7, 2011 • 10 min
Get 6 tips on the best ways to pay for college.
124 MG Student Loans Unite!
Aug 30, 2011 • 6 min
Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
232 MG 5 Smart Money Tips for Couples
Aug 24, 2011 • 8 min
How to end money conflicts in your relationship for good.
231 MG 5 Money Management Strategies for Uncertain Times
Aug 17, 2011 • 10 min
Learn money moves you should make now.
230 MG How to Get a Roth IRA?
Aug 10, 2011 • 10 min
Find out if you’re eligible for a Roth IRA.
229 MG Use Online Bill Pay to Save Money
Aug 3, 2011 • 8 min
Find out how to spend less money and time paying bills.
228 MG 7 Tips to Choose the Right Life Insurance
Jul 27, 2011 • 9 min
Figure out if you need life insurance and which type is best.
227 MG Getting Married: How Does It Affect Your Finances?
Jul 19, 2011 • 8 min
Get the scoop on marriage and money before you tie the knot.
226 MG How to Make More Money Using LinkedIn
Jul 12, 2011 • 8 min
Get a better job or more customers by unleashing the power of LinkedIn!
225 MG IRA Contribution Rules When You Have No Income
Jul 5, 2011 • 7 min
If you have no income, you may still be eligible to contribute to a spousal IRA. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
224 MG Three Money Rules You Should Never Break
Jun 21, 2011 • 6 min
Achieve your financial goals by following these 3 money rules. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
222 MG 8 Strategies to Get More Student Financial Aid
Jun 7, 2011 • 9 min
Find out the best ways to save for college and shelter your money so you maximize your eligibility for student financial aid. Get the Money Girl book at http://MoneyGirlBook.com
178 MG Financial Tips to Make New Graduates Richer
May 31, 2011 • 8 min
Graduation from college is exciting and stressful at the same time. Find out how to start off on the right financial foot by earning the highest interest rates on your bank accounts and paying the least amount of interest on your student loans.
221 MG How Being a Lazy Investor Can Pay Off
May 24, 2011 • 8 min
Learn about two broad investing philosophies and which one researchers say will put more money in your pocket in the long run.
220 MG Your Money Mindset: Is It Hurting Your Finances?
May 17, 2011 • 8 min
Fixing your finances starts with your money mindset.
219 MG 10 Rules About 401(k) Plans You Should Know
May 10, 2011 • 12 min
Find out how a 401(k) retirement plan really works.
218 MG How to Find a Second Source of Income
May 3, 2011 • 8 min
Learn 6 ways to pick up multiple paychecks.
183 MG How Much Do You Need to Retire?
Apr 26, 2011 • 7 min
Get tips on figuring out how much money you need to retire. Learn the factors to consider and how to use online retirement calculators to calculate how much money you need to retire.
217 MG SEP-IRA: Should You Have One?
Apr 19, 2011 • 10 min
Find out how a SEP-IRA can help you save for retirement.
216 MG When Is It Bad to Contribute to an IRA?
Apr 12, 2011 • 10 min
When you contribute to a traditional IRA you don’t always get a tax benefit. Find out when you should contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA and when you shouldn’t. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
215 MG Take Control of Your Finances with a Personal Money Day
Apr 5, 2011 • 8 min
Find out how to prepare for and use a Personal Money Day to take control of your finances. Get six suggested tasks that can make the time you spend on your finances pay big dividends for decades. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
214 MG Tax Boot Camp: Session 3
Mar 29, 2011 • 10 min
If you haven’t filed your tax return yet, don’t sweat it! Get 7 last-minute tips to file your income tax return and meet the deadline so you stay out of trouble with the IRS. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
213 MG Tax Boot Camp: Session 2
Mar 22, 2011 • 9 min
Do you know how to avoid an IRS tax audit? Find out how the IRS selects tax returns to audit, how you can avoid being chosen for a tax audit, and what to do if you are chosen for a tax audit. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
212 MG Tax Boot Camp: Session 1
Mar 15, 2011 • 10 min
Find out how tax deductions and tax credits save you money. Learn which deductions and tax credits you’re eligible for and how to use them to pay less tax. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
211 MG How to Deal with Money Stress
Mar 8, 2011 • 9 min
Find out four key causes of financial stress and how to handle them. Get 10 tips to dealing with money stress that will help you improve your relationships, health, and sense of well-being. http://j.mp/MoneyBooks
147 MG Does Canceling a Credit Card Hurt Your Credit Score?
Mar 1, 2011 • 5 min
Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
082 MG What’s In Your Wallet?
Feb 22, 2011 • 7 min
Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
210 MG What Is the Best Type of Mortgage?
Feb 15, 2011 • 9 min
Want to choose the best mortgage? Find out how to decide whether you should choose a fixed-rate mortgage or an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) so you can pick the best mortgage option.
209 MG Tips for First-Time CD Buyers
Feb 8, 2011 • 10 min
CDs offer a guaranteed return on your money that’s completely safe. Get an overview of the different types of CDs, learn where to find high-yield CDs, and find out how to use “laddering” to maximize your CD income.
207 MG Invest Like a Pro on Any Income
Jan 25, 2011 • 8 min
You can build a nest egg for your future no matter how much or how little you earn. Find the best places to invest your money like a pro, even if you just have a small amount to put aside.
206 MG Six Types of Financial Advisors
Jan 18, 2011 • 10 min
Find out how to use different types of financial advisors to achieve your goals. Whether you want to build wealth, get answers to complex questions, save money on taxes, protect your assets, plan for retirement, or get the motivation to make changes,…
205 MG Fifteen Retirement Account Rules You May Not Know
Jan 11, 2011 • 9 min
Don’t let confusion about retirement accounts keep you from using them to grow your nest egg. Find out how traditional and Roth IRAs work and benefit from their tax advantages.
203 MG Six Ways to Revolutionize Your Money Management
Dec 28, 2010 • 10 min
Learn 6 ways to improve your money management so you get more done in less time. Free online tools can help you stick to a budget, pay bills on time, and automate investing so nothing falls through the cracks.
204 MG Smart Moves for Guaranteed Financial Success
Dec 28, 2010 • 8 min
Find out how you can accomplish the 6 smart moves for financial success.
202 MG Five Steps to Get More from Your Charitable Giving
Dec 21, 2010 • 7 min
Being rewarded with money-saving tax deductions for your charitable giving makes it even better! Find out how to make the most of your charitable donations in 5 simple steps.
201 MG How to Make More Money in 2011
Dec 14, 2010 • 8 min
Everyone wants to make more money. Learn 3 simple strategies to increase your income and manage your money so you have more financial security-and more money in your bank account.
137 MG Avoid Financial Black Holes
Nov 30, 2010 • 7 min
How to create a spending strategy that really works-a free audiobook excerpt!Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
199 MG Eight Smart Tips for Identity Theft Protection
Nov 23, 2010 • 9 min
Get the top eight tips for identity theft protection. Learn how to stay safe from identity fraud whether you’re at home, working on your computer, or connecting with friends on Facebook.
198 MG Five Common Myths About Income Tax
Nov 16, 2010 • 8 min
Find out 5 common myths about income tax. Learn the truth about income tax so you don’t make a costly mistake. Get tips to pay less income tax and save more money.
197 MG Advice About Reverse Mortgages
Nov 9, 2010 • 7 min
Find out what a reverse mortgage is and who’s eligible to get one. Learn how you can use your home equity to get a reverse mortgage for more income during retirement.
196 MG Who Pays Your Debt When You Die?
Nov 2, 2010 • 7 min
Find out what happens to debt when you die and learn how to protect your heirs from the hassle and expense of probate so they’re taken care of.
195 MG Do You Have the Right Emergency Documents?
Oct 26, 2010 • 9 min
It’s important to have the right emergency documents so you’ll be prepared an emergency that could leave you incapacitated. Find out what emergency documents you should have.
194 MG Don’t Miss These Five Legal Tax Shelters
Oct 19, 2010 • 7 min
Find out how to use legal tax shelters to reduce your taxes and save money, no matter how much or how little money you make.
193 MG Forgiven Debt and Taxes
Oct 12, 2010 • 8 min
Learn what you need to know about forgiven debt and taxes and find out which types of forgiven debt are taxable and how the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act provides tax relief.
192 MG Should You Rent or Buy a Home?
Oct 5, 2010 • 10 min
Whether you should rent or buy a home comes down to more than finances. Find out the advantages of owning and renting a home and what’s best for you.
191 MG Should You Take a 401(k) Loan?
Sep 28, 2010 • 8 min
Whether you should take a 401(k) loan depends on your situation. Learn the rules for borrowing from a 401(k) as well as the dangers so you can decide whether to take a 401(k) loan.
190 MG Taking a 401(k) Withdrawal
Sep 21, 2010 • 10 min
Understand when you can take a 401(k) or 403(b) withdrawal and how much it’ll cost you.
189 MG How to Get COBRA Health Insurance Coverage
Sep 14, 2010 • 7 min
Find out who qualifies for COBRA health insurance coverage, how to get it, and what premium subsidies may be available to make health insurance affordable.
188 MG Should You Have a Joint Credit Card or an Authorized User?
Sep 7, 2010 • 8 min
Whether you should have a joint credit card or an authorized user is an important decision. Find out how each option affect your credit and liability.
187 MG How to Evaluate a Job Offer
Aug 31, 2010 • 9 min
Find out how to evaluate a job offer and what’s important to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer or to make a career change.
186 MG What Is an Annuity and How Does It Work?
Aug 24, 2010 • 8 min
Find out what an annuity is, how an annuity invests money, and the pros and cons of buying an annuity.
145 MG The Smart Way to Pay Off Credit Card Debt (reissue 10-13-2009)
Aug 17, 2010 • 7 min
Tips on the best strategy for paying down your credit card debt.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
184 MG Should Couples Combine Their Personal Finances?
Aug 3, 2010 • 7 min
Whether couples should combine their personal finances is an important decision. Find out the different ways you can handle your finances as a couple and the pros and cons of each option.
182 MG How to Qualify for a Mortgage or Refinance
Jul 20, 2010 • 9 min
Find out how to qualify for a mortgage or a refinance and whether it’s possible to get a mortgage with bad credit. Follow a suggested checklist to make sure that you’re in good financial shape before you apply for a mortgage.
181 MG The Best Apps for Personal Finances
Jul 13, 2010 • 8 min
Find out which mobile apps can help you improve your personal finances. The best apps for personal finances let you monitor your online accounts, keep your budget on track, and save money while you’re on the go.
180 How to Save for Retirement Without a 401(k)
Jul 6, 2010 • 8 min
You can save for retirement without a 401(k). Whether you’re self-employed, are a stay-at-home-spouse, or work for a small business that doesn’t offer a benefits package, you have alternative options to save for retirement without a 401(k).
179 MG The Best Rewards Credit Cards
Jun 22, 2010 • 8 min
Learn what the best rewards credit cards are and get tips on how best to use your rewards credit cards to make sure you get the most cash or other rewards from your credit cards.
177 MG Three Cheap Ways to Save for Retirement
Jun 8, 2010 • 7 min
Even though retirement may be a long way off, if you start using simple financial tactics now, rather than later, you’ll be able to retire when you want and do what you want.
176 MG How to Cancel Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)
Jun 1, 2010 • 7 min
If you have a mortgage with Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) it’s important to know when you can stop making premium payments and your rights for having it canceled.
175 MG Whether to Invest in a Traditional or Roth 401(k)
May 25, 2010 • 7 min
Many employers have added the Roth option to 401(k) and 403(b) workplace plans. Find out if you should invest in a Roth at work and how it’s different from a Roth IRA.
174 MG Advice About Traditional and Roth IRAs, Part 2
May 18, 2010 • 7 min
You know you need to be socking away as much for retirement as you can. But are you putting it in the right type of account to maximize your investments? In part two of this episode you’ll learn which type you should have and the right kinds of…
173 MG Advice About Traditional and Roth IRAs, Part I
May 11, 2010 • 8 min
You know you need to be socking away as much for retirement as you can. But are you putting it in the right type of account to maximize your investments? In part one of this episode you’ll learn the differences between traditional and Roth IRAs and who…
172 MG Should You Buy Rental Property?
May 4, 2010 • 6 min
Being a real estate investor has huge upside-if you have money to invest and know what you’re doing. Consider all the pros and cons and get 8 tips on how to buy a profitable rental property.
171 Healthcare Reform and Health Savings Accounts
Apr 27, 2010 • 7 min
If you have an HSA or are considering the benefits of having one, find out what health care reform has in store for them and when the changes will go into effect.
170 MG Dealing With Debt Collectors
Apr 20, 2010 • 7 min
Just because you owe money doesn’t mean a debt collector can walk all over you. You have rights regarding what they can do and say. Find out how to dispute a debt and get them to stop calling you.
169 MG The Best Ways to Build Credit
Apr 13, 2010 • 7 min
Now more than ever, it's challenging for young people to build a solid credit history. Find out what options are available for young adults of all ages-even those under 21.
168 MG Who’s Eligible for Family and Medical Leave from Work?
Apr 6, 2010 • 7 min
When you need to leave work to care for a new child, a sick family member, or for yourself, certain employees are covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Find out if you’re eligible and what rights you have for taking leave in the workplace.
167 MG How Long to Keep Financial Records
Mar 30, 2010 • 8 min
Are you drowning in paper but afraid that you’ll throw away something you might need? Find out which records to keep and for how long.
166 What To Do With a Tax Refund
Mar 23, 2010 • 7 min
If you’re like the majority of U.S. taxpayers, you’ve got a tax refund coming. Find out how to get help with your taxes, get your refund as quickly as possible, and what you should do with it. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes.…
105 MG Tips for Choosing a Tax Pro
Mar 16, 2010 • 6 min
Which type of tax professional is best for you? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
165 MG Reasons to Love a Health Savings Account
Mar 9, 2010 • 7 min
Health Savings Accounts have so many advantages. You’ll find out who qualifies for an HSA, what tax benefits you receive, how to fund one using an IRA, and how it turns into a great vehicle to pay for expenses during retirement. Like what you hear? Help…
164 Eight Fast Ways to Increase Your Credit Score
Mar 2, 2010 • 8 min
Planning on buying something big, like a home or a car, or getting a rewards credit card? First, find out the fastest ways to boost your credit score so you'll qualify for the best deals and save thousands on interest. Like what you hear? Help us out by…
163 What Are the New Credit Card Rules?
Feb 24, 2010 • 7 min
Find out what to expect from the CARD Act’s newest and most extensive credit card regulations. They deal with important issues for consumers such as interet rate hikes and fees. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go…
162 MG Selling Your Home Sweet Home
Feb 16, 2010 • 7 min
Find out who’s eligible for the home-sale tax break. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
161 MG Are You Entitled to Overtime Pay?
Feb 9, 2010 • 7 min
Find out whether you should be paid for your overtime work.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
160 MG Six Tax Tips for Job Seekers
Feb 2, 2010 • 8 min
Job hunting tax breaks for the unemployed and employed.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
159 MG Five Best Ways to Save Money on Taxes
Jan 26, 2010 • 6 min
Discover legal ways to save money on your taxes in 2010.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
157 MG Where to Invest in 2010
Jan 12, 2010 • 8 min
How to prioritize and choose the best investments.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
156 MG You Can Learn to Save Money
Jan 5, 2010 • 7 min
Discover how to build real wealth and financial security.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
155 MG New Year’s Money Resolutions to Keep
Dec 29, 2009 • 7 min
Three action steps for setting financial goals in the New Year!Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
154 MG The New 2010 Roth IRA Rules
Dec 15, 2009 • 9 min
Can you benefit from converting to a Roth IRA? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
153 MG Lower Your Taxes with Energy-Efficient Improvements
Dec 8, 2009 • 6 min
The rules and tax incentives for going green in your home.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
152 MG What to Consider Before Doing a Refinance
Dec 1, 2009 • 8 min
Find out if doing a refinance is best for your situation.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
151 MG New Tax Tip for All Home Buyers
Nov 24, 2009 • 5 min
Save money whether you’re a first-time home buyer or not. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
150 MG How to Make More Money on Your Savings
Nov 17, 2009 • 6 min
Tips to find the highest interest rates for your savings.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
149 MG Whether to Invest or Pay Down Debt, Part II
Nov 10, 2009 • 9 min
Get both sides of the hotly debated financial issue of investing or not.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
148 MG Whether to Invest or Pay Down Debt, Part I
Nov 3, 2009 • 8 min
How to figure out the best use for your extra money.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
146 MG Should You Use a Balance Transfer Credit Card?
Oct 20, 2009 • 8 min
Find out how to use transfer cards wisely and where to get the best ones.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
144 MG Use a 72(t) Plan to Avoid the Early Withdrawal Penalty
Oct 6, 2009 • 7 min
Find out about a little-known retirement account tax rule.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
143 MG The New Vehicle Sales Tax Deduction
Sep 29, 2009 • 5 min
Get both sides of this hotly debated vehicle sales tax deduction.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
142 MG Newlywed or Newly-Divorced?
Sep 22, 2009 • 6 min
Important tips to save on taxes when your marital status changes.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
141 MG Confused About the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?
Sep 15, 2009 • 6 min
Who’s eligible to claim the mortgage interest deduction and for how much.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
140 MG Ten Tips to Find the Best Credit Card
Sep 8, 2009 • 7 min
Learn about the new credit card laws and how to get the best credit card deals.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
139 MG Spot Scams When Job Hunting
Sep 1, 2009 • 7 min
Avoid being a victim of fraud when searching for a job.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
138 MG Eight Ways to Make Tuition Less Taxing
Aug 25, 2009 • 9 min
Tips on how to save money when paying for education.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
136 MG Reduce Your Long-Term Debt
Aug 11, 2009 • 7 min
Save money on long-term loans-a free audiobook excerpt!Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
135 MG Five Ways to Raise Your Credit Score
Aug 4, 2009 • 7 min
Actively manage your credit rating-a free audiobook excerpt!Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
133 MG Job Changes and Your 401(k)
Jul 21, 2009 • 7 min
Four options for your 401(k) when you leave work.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
132 MG Save Money by Trading a Car Lease
Jul 14, 2009 • 5 min
Lease swaps are win-win deals for car shoppers and leased car drivers!Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
131 MG Five Pointers About Long-Term Care Insurance
Jul 7, 2009 • 7 min
Coverage considerations and the optimal age to buy it.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
130 MG Owning Real Estate in an IRA
Jun 30, 2009 • 7 min
How to invest in real estate using a self-directed retirement account.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
129 MG From Employee to Self-Employed
Jun 23, 2009 • 7 min
Resources to help freelancers and sole proprietors stay in compliance and out of trouble.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
128 MG Want More Ethical Investing?
Jun 16, 2009 • 7 min
Tips and resources to put your money in ethical investments.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
127 MG Making Work Pay Confusion Could Cost You
Jun 9, 2009 • 8 min
What if too little taxes are being withheld from your paycheck?Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
126 MG Take Charge of Your Credit Cards
Jun 2, 2009 • 6 min
Ten wise ways to make credit cards work for you, plus the new legislation.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
125 MG Five Tips for New Graduates
May 26, 2009 • 8 min
Get started on the right financial path with these real-world tips.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
123 MG Real Deal Money-Saving Tips
May 12, 2009 • 8 min
How to save money like the pros and really plump up your wallet.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
122 MG Case of the Missing Identity, Part 2
May 5, 2009 • 8 min
More tips and tools to prevent identity theft and stay safe from cyber crime.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
121 MG The Case of the Missing Identity, Part 1
Apr 28, 2009 • 6 min
Tips and tools to avoid identity theft and stay safe from cyber crime.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
120 MG Save Time, Save the Planet, Bank Online
Apr 21, 2009 • 7 min
The pros, cons, and safety of banking and paying bills online.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
119 MG Delight in Dividend-Paying Stocks
Apr 14, 2009 • 6 min
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118 MG Time To Jump Back in the Market?
Apr 7, 2009 • 7 min
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117 MG IRA Contribution Overload
Mar 31, 2009 • 5 min
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116 MG “Making Work Pay” Tax Credit
Mar 24, 2009 • 6 min
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115 MG Where to Stash Your Cash
Mar 17, 2009 • 5 min
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114 MG Emergency Money for a New Economy
Mar 10, 2009 • 6 min
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113 MG New New Homebuyer Tax Break
Mar 3, 2009 • 5 min
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112 MG Fonzie was no Ponzi
Feb 24, 2009 • 5 min
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111 MG IRA Rules and Living Abroad
Feb 17, 2009 • 6 min
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110 MG Homebuyer Tax Credit … or Loan?
Feb 10, 2009 • 6 min
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109 MG Tell Tell, What’s a Coverdell?
Feb 3, 2009 • 7 min
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108 MG 529 Plans Save You Money
Jan 27, 2009 • 7 min
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107 MG Taking Home Office Deductions
Jan 20, 2009 • 6 min
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106 MG More Tax Prep Tips & Programs
Jan 13, 2009 • 6 min
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104 MG ETFs-A Better Way to Invest?
Dec 30, 2008 • 6 min
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103 MG Strategies for Investment Success
Dec 23, 2008 • 7 min
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102 MG Turn Panic into Tax Profits!
Dec 16, 2008 • 6 min
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101 MG Smart Real Estate Moves
Dec 9, 2008 • 8 min
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100 MG Check Your Withholding
Dec 2, 2008 • 7 min
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099 MG Can You Lose When You Gain?
Nov 25, 2008 • 7 min
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098 MG Go Coupon Crazy
Nov 18, 2008 • 6 min
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097 MG Gimme Some Tax Credit
Nov 11, 2008 • 7 min
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096 MG Can Your Mother-In-Law be a Tax Exemption?
Nov 4, 2008 • 7 min
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095 MG Foreclosure or Bankruptcy, What’s Worse?
Oct 28, 2008 • 8 min
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094 MG Debt Management Tips
Oct 21, 2008 • 7 min
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093 MG Panic-Proof Your Investments
Oct 14, 2008 • 7 min
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092 MG Extra! Extra! The New FDIC Scoop
Oct 10, 2008 • 7 min
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091 MG Securities Investor Protection Corporation
Oct 7, 2008 • 6 min
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090 MG Your Next Car—Buy or Lease? (Part 2)
Sep 30, 2008 • 7 min
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088 MG Ten Ways to Shrink Your Bills
Sep 16, 2008 • 7 min
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087 MG Inflation Nation
Sep 9, 2008 • 7 min
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086 MG It’s the FDIC, I See
Sep 2, 2008 • 8 min
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085 MG Keep Your Money Safe from Bank Failures
Aug 26, 2008 • 8 min
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084 MG Get to Know Health Savings Accounts
Aug 19, 2008 • 8 min
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083 MG Still Haven’t Paid Your Income Taxes?
Aug 12, 2008 • 7 min
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081 MG Tips for Finding Great Money Resources
Jul 29, 2008 • 6 min
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080 MG How to Find an Investment Advisor - Part 2
Jul 22, 2008 • 7 min
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079 MG How to Find an Investment Advisor - Part 1
Jul 15, 2008 • 8 min
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078 MG Long Term Caring by Near Term Planning
Jul 8, 2008 • 6 min
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077 MG Investing Internationally…A Primer
Jul 1, 2008 • 5 min
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076 MG Saving For College with a 529
Jun 24, 2008 • 6 min
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075 MG Save on Mutual Fund Fees
Jun 18, 2008 • 6 min
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074 MG Quantitative Screening Tools
Jun 11, 2008 • 8 min
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073 MG Investment Scams
Jun 3, 2008 • 6 min
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072 MG Mortgage Short Sales
May 27, 2008 • 4 min
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071 MG The Preferred Way to Make Money
May 21, 2008 • 6 min
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070 MG Common Investing Mistakes
May 14, 2008 • 8 min
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069 MG Asset Allocation
May 7, 2008 • 6 min
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068 MG What is a Recession?
Apr 29, 2008 • 5 min
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067 MG Shorting Stock (My Final Episode)
Apr 22, 2008 • 6 min
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066 MG A Taxing Sale
Apr 16, 2008 • 5 min
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005 MG Tips for Protecting Your Credit Score
Apr 2, 2008 • 5 min
A bad credit score can mean credit death! Find out how to learn your score, improve it, and protect it. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
065 MG Good Debt Versus Bad Debt (Originally Posted 12/19/06)
Mar 19, 2008 • 3 min
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064 MG The Magic of Compound Interest
Mar 12, 2008 • 7 min
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063 MG Retire Abroad
Mar 5, 2008 • 5 min
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062 MG Marriage and Taxes
Feb 26, 2008 • 8 min
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061 MG What Investment Expenses Can You Deduct?
Feb 19, 2008 • 5 min
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060 MG What to Keep, What to Toss?
Feb 13, 2008 • 5 min
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059 MG Get Organized for Tax Time
Feb 6, 2008 • 5 min
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058 MG A Golden Nest Egg
Jan 29, 2008 • 5 min
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057 MG Your Tax Questions, Answered
Jan 22, 2008 • 4 min
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056 MG More on How to Sell Your House Tax Free
Jan 16, 2008 • 5 min
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055 MG Protect Your Money from Lawsuits
Jan 8, 2008 • 4 min
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054 MG Achieve Your Financial Goals
Jan 2, 2008 • 4 min
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053 MG Your Net Worth and Cash Flow
Dec 19, 2007 • 6 min
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052 MG Insuring Your Biggest Asset
Dec 12, 2007 • 6 min
Disability Insurance. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
051 MG Diversifying into Other Currencies
Dec 5, 2007 • 4 min
How to hedge against a falling dollar. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
050 MG Year-End Tax Tips
Nov 27, 2007 • 4 min
Act now to save on taxes this year. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
049 MG Your IRA Questions Answered
Nov 20, 2007 • 7 min
IRA strategies. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
048 MG 401(k) Blues
Nov 13, 2007 • 5 min
What should you do if your employer doesn’t offer a retirement plan? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
047 MG An Emergency Fund
Nov 7, 2007 • 5 min
Do you need one? How much? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
046 MG How to Invest in Gold
Oct 31, 2007 • 5 min
What are some ways to invest in gold? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
045 MG The Gold Standard
Oct 24, 2007 • 6 min
A brief history of the gold standard. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
044 MG Dollars and Anti-Dollars
Oct 17, 2007 • 4 min
Why is the price of gold so high? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
043 MG How Banks Make Money
Oct 10, 2007 • 5 min
Fractional reserve banking. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
042 MG The World’s Reserve Currency
Oct 3, 2007 • 6 min
Dollars, euros, and Greenspan. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
041 MG Flex Your Spending Muscle
Sep 25, 2007 • 4 min
How to make the most of your flex spending account. Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
040 MG Mortgage Meltdown
Sep 19, 2007 • 4 min
What Happens If My Lender Goes Bust? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
039 MG Where Should You Open an IRA?
Sep 11, 2007 • 5 min
Here’s how to decide. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
038 MG Sit, Stand, Roll Over
Sep 4, 2007 • 6 min
Tips on rolling over your 401(k) when you leave your job. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
037 MG Roth or Regular?
Aug 28, 2007 • 7 min
Is a deductible IRA or a Roth IRA better?Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
036 MG What the Heck is the Discount Rate?
Aug 22, 2007 • 6 min
What it is and why it matters.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
035 MG Protecting Your Deposits
Aug 14, 2007 • 6 min
How to exceed FDIC-insurance limits. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
034 MG Are Your Deposits Insured?
Aug 8, 2007 • 6 min
FDIC: What’s covered, what’s not. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
033 MG The Score on Scores
Aug 1, 2007 • 5 min
FICO changes may lower credit scores. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
032 The Second Evil Twin
Jul 25, 2007 • 5 min
Taxes. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
031 MG The First Evil Twin
Jul 17, 2007 • 6 min
Inflation. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
030 MG Wedding Bells, Credit Smells
Jul 10, 2007 • 5 min
Will marrying someone with a lower credit score hurt your credit? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
029 MG How to Get Rid of PMI
Jul 3, 2007 • 5 min
Cancel PMI and save money each month.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
028 MG Tax-Free Retirement Income
Jun 26, 2007 • 5 min
Anyone can convert to a Roth IRA in 2010.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
027 MG Gimme More Tax Shelter
Jun 19, 2007 • 6 min
What it takes to qualify as a real estate professional.Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
026 MG The Rule of 72
Jun 12, 2007 • 4 min
How long will it take for your money to double? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
025 MG Gimme Tax Shelter
Jun 5, 2007 • 7 min
How to shelter your income from taxes with real estate. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
024 MG Can You Sell a Rental Property Tax Free?
May 29, 2007 • 5 min
Strategies for taking advantage of the tax-free gain on sale exclusion. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
023 MG How to Sell Your House Tax-Free
May 22, 2007 • 6 min
A terrific tax exclusion for homeowners. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
022 MG A Nifty New Tax Deduction for Homebuyers
May 15, 2007 • 7 min
If you’re buying a home, this tip is for you! Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
021 MG Wealth Secret #1 for Beginning Investors
May 8, 2007 • 5 min
Who gets to take the mortgage interest deduction? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
020 MG The Mortgage Interest Deduction
May 2, 2007 • 6 min
Who gets to take the mortgage interest deduction? Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
019 MG 15-Year Versus 30-Year Mortgages
Apr 23, 2007 • 4 min
15 or 30 Year MOrtgages. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
018 MG Paying Points
Apr 17, 2007 • 5 min
To pay or not to pay: that is the question. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
017 MG Filing for a Tax Extension
Apr 8, 2007 • 6 min
Special joint episode with Legal Lad. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Also, check out Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life. Thank you!
016 MG Fixed Versus Adjustable
Apr 3, 2007 • 6 min
Please “Take 5” and take the listener survey in the right-hand sidebar at http://moneygirl.quickanddirtytips.com.
015 MG Creating Wealth with Real Estate
Mar 27, 2007 • 4 min
Please “Take 5” and take the listener survey in the right-hand sidebar at http://moneygirl.quickanddirtytips.com.
014 MG Roths to the Max!
Mar 19, 2007 • 3 min
Please “Take 5” and take the listener survey in the right-hand sidebar at http://moneygirl.quickanddirtytips.com.
013 MG A Super Retirement Plan: The Solo 401(k)
Mar 13, 2007 • 5 min
Sole proprietors, sock away more for retirement. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
012 MG A Supercharged Roth IRA
Mar 6, 2007 • 3 min
The Roth 401(k). Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
011 MG Get Ready for Tax Time: Should You Prepare Your Returns Yourself?
Feb 27, 2007 • 4 min
Pros and cons; plus, a helpful checklist. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
010 MG Give Me a Tax Break!
Feb 20, 2007 • 3 min
Get an easy $30 to $60 from the IRS this year. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
006 MG Leverage Your Way to Wealth
Feb 13, 2007 • 6 min
A little money goes a long way when you use leverage to your advantage. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!
009 MG Get The Max From Your 401(k)
Feb 13, 2007 • 4 min
Employer contributions to 401(k)s and more on self-directed IRAs. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com.
007 MG Take Your IRA Beyond Stocks and Bonds
Feb 13, 2007 • 4 min
Pros and cons; plus, a helpful checklist. Like what you hear? Help us out by writing a review at iTunes. Questions go to money@qdnow.com. Thank you!