Tax Returns: One Valuable Tip That No One Is Talking About

You’ve either just completed your tax returns, or maybe you’re still working on them. Somehow, it seems like we’re always in one of those two camps during tax season (and perhaps afterward if we need to file an extension). As a value investor, I’m frequently on the prowl searching to identify favorable stock valuations, but I’d like to take this opportunity to point out an overlooked personal finance tip, where

Best Home Improvement Projects for Your Money

Often times when thinking about the best home improvement projects that will increase resale value, images of top of the line kitchens, spa-like bathrooms, and decked out home theatres come to mind. However, according to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report published by REALTOR magazine, it’s actually the more practical and less exciting updates that will recoup the most of your investment. Let’s look at the best home improvement projects

Hukkster: Save Money Shopping Online

By Kelly Hodges      How would you like to shop on line for products you love, but not purchase them until they go on sale? What if you were notified when those products went on sale, so you didn’t have to spend your time searching for sales on those products? Online shoppers can now do just that, with the browser add-on from Hukkster. The process is simple, create an account with

6 Steps to Take Advantage of a Financial Windfall

Who hasn’t dreamed of winning the lottery, hitting the jackpot, or receiving a huge inheritance from some long-lost uncle? It’s fun to imagine what you would do with a big pile of unexpected money that magically falls into your lap. While most of us won’t be winning the Powerball anytime soon, it is likely that we’ll be blessed with smaller financial windfalls now and again throughout our lives. It’s easy

Key Ring Mobile App Review: A Loyalty Card Consolidator

By Kelly Hodges With mobile technology and advertising advancing by the day, it’s no wonder that there are apps for just about all the things we purchase and want to do. That said, in the short blog, I’d like to take a few minutes to focus on loyalty cards and review the Key Ring mobile app. Key Ring Mobile App Review Store loyalty cards are a great way to obtain extra

The Best Way to Reduce Financial Stress

By Kelly Hodges There is a common perception that people in high power positions are under a lot of stress. The pressure of leading a Fortune 500 company, a covert military operation, or an entire nation must be overwhelming. I would anticipate the anxiety levels among these leaders to be quite high, including the financial stress levels of high ranking business executives. That’s why I was fascinated when I came across

Setting SMART Goals for 2013

By Kelly Hodges I’ve written about goal setting before on SeeItMarket, and I do so again today because I feel so strongly about its importance. The start of the year is the perfect time to think about your short and long term goals for your family, career, health, relationships, faith, finances, or other areas of value in your life. What do you want your finances to look like by December? What

Moving? Time to Find Your Cost of Living Calculator

By Kelly Hodges It’s not a secret that some areas of the country have a higher cost of living than others. A resident of zip code 90210 will be shelling out far more for housing, groceries, transportation, taxes, and pretty much everything else than their counterpart in 50210. For anyone considering a move, cost of living is an important factor to take into account. If the move is precipitated by an

Entrepreneurship: The Best Business Education Around

By Joshua Schroeder Why do people start businesses? Where does the motivation and drive to overcome never ending obstacles to achieve an ongoing number of milestones come from? Many people may answer that it is the search for wealth, recognition or the self-satisfaction that comes with being “right” or solving a problem. In my case, all of these reasons definitely influenced my decision to become an entrepreneur, but none of them

Is Your State’s 529 College Plan Making the Grade?

By Kelly Hodges Earlier this month Morningstar released the results of its annual review of state 529 college savings plans.  The review classified plans into one of five categories:  Gold, Silver, Bronze, Neutral, and Negative based on how they were predicted to serve college savers over the long term. Plans from Alaska, Maryland, Nevada, and Utah earned highest honors with a Gold classification.  There were also 4 Silver and 19 Bronze