Here are step-by-step instructions on how to write a check. 1. Date the check, and ensure it is dated for the day you intend the recipient to cash it.
Getting ready to file your taxes? Good, but you're not sure how much you're going to be expecting in a refund? Need to calculate your deductions still? No worries. In this video you will learn how to use the IRS tax deduction calculator to figure out how many deductions you qualify for and what your refund will end up being.
Are you under a backbreaking amount of debt? In this economy, we don't blame you. If credit card bills, mortgages, and bank loans are making you want to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your face, then check out this video to learn how to consolidate debt.
Bad credit? No credit? A good way to improve your personal credit score is by getting and maintaining a credit card. Get your first credit card and learn the basics of credit finance.
If you like to shop online then it is extremely helpful to have a PayPal account to safely make your online purchases. Help reduce your risk of identity theft by using protected methods like PayPal when your credit card information is involved.
This video teaches you how to use APT (Arbitrage Pricing Theory) models and formulas. This video shows two specific parts of the APT models the first being the after the fact version and the before the fact version. The before the fact version is focused on as being the most important which is used to calculate expected returns to calculate risk. It is discussed how flexible this model is and how different factors can be moved in and out of the formula and how each different factor is used. T...
Usually those "dry clean only" tags mean one thing: dry cleaning bills. Why sacrifice wearing silk, suede, or other fine fabrics when knowing just a few clothes care tips can save you tons of money on dry cleaning.
Cell phone contracts might seem iron-clad, but loopholes may let you get out of your plan without paying a dime.
American economy is based on credit in the form of credit cards, loans and debt management. Learn about credit and credit cards from a credit counselor in this free personal finance video series.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to deal with a traffic ticket. When you pay for a ticket, don't just ignore it because there is always a hidden cost to a speeding ticket. Speeding tickets may cause insurance rates to go up. To avoid the insurance penalty, users should either go to court or traffic school. Going to traffic school to take the ticket off of your driving record. Another method is to cut a deal with the prosecutor. The key is to keep the points off your record and not al...
When it comes to your cell phone, do you feel like you’re paying more and more for less and less? Get the upper hand with these tips. You will need:
Looking for fast cash with no questions asked? There are legitimate ways to get it, if you're willing to pay the consequences. You will need a credit card with unused credit, a tax refund, a car, a small loan company, a signature loan company, or a payday loan. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to get money quickly by finding a loan shark.
The world of taxes and filling out the 1040 form itself is pretty confusing, especially if you're unsure about the terms, "deductions" and "credits". In this video you will get a full walkthrough of how tax deductions work and how to fill out the Schedule A portion of the 1040 form for your federal income taxes.
In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to negotiate with a credit card company. There are 3 main items that users can negotiate. The first item is the date of payment. Users are able arrange a more convenient date for payment. The second item is the annual fee. Users are able to work out a way to not have to pay an annual fee for using a credit card, which will help save money. The third item is the interest rate. Users can negotiate and try to lower the interest rate that they must pay. T...
Your first bank account can be exciting and confusing at the same time. Check out this video and learn how to manage your money and accounts so you don't wind up in the red. You don't have to earn an MBA to make good financial decisions; this video offers plenty of suggestions to keep your accounts on track.
Looking to cut your monthly expenses down? Brown-bagging is one of the easiest ways to save money, especially if you stock several key items. In this video, ways to pack a lunch for a dollar a day are gone over.
Weird gifts from friends and family aren't the only things you can score on your birthday. With a little advance planning, you can get lots of freebies.
The key to repairing bad credit is to write a properly formatted letter of dispute to one or all of the credit bureaus and send them out via registered mail. Here's a step-by-step guide to writing a letter of dispute to get rid of those black marks off your credit report for good. Remember, it's your right to file a dispute.
Think you know every trick to improving your gas mileage? Here are fuel-saving strategies that aren't common knowledge. Watch this video to learn how to achieve better gas mileage and save money on gas.
Ever since high school, I've been preparing my own taxes. Each year it gets more and more complicated, which results in me filing later and later, avoiding it until I have the time or just can't wait any longer. I even resorted to using TurboTax online to help do some of the grunt work for me these past couple years, but that hasn't stopped me from being lazy about it. I have yet to file my 2010 taxes, but I will very soon. Tomorrow, in fact—before TurboTax raises their prices.
If you've set up a way with the IRS to pay off your taxes, you may want to consider signing up for the new Online Payment Agreement. This simple method lets you pay from your home computer and you can even set up direct debit for even more convenience.
If you think you may have goofed on your tax return, you're going to want to file a 1040-X, which is an amended tax return. This quick video by the IRS shows how to do it, for this, or any of the previous 3 years.
If you're looking to start a retirement plan for your employees, this how to from the IRS is a great, informative video. Everyone knows that keeping great employees is essential to staying competitive and growing in today's business world. Find out how to start a retirement plan to keep those great workers right there where they are.
If you haven't filed a tax return in the past few years, you can go to the IRS to help you with filing past taxes and get you back on track. Find out in this video how you can get all caught up with your taxes.
Every year, many people fall victim to scammers trying to dupe taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. The IRS compiles an annual list of the twelve most popular tax scams perpetrated on the public. Check out this video to learn out about the top tax scams to avoid.
If you've made any donations to charity this year, there are several important rules about deducting charitable contributions on your tax return. Most importantly, the correct paperwork is needed to document the transaction for the deduction. Find out in this informative video from IRS.gov.
It's mid-January and some of you happy tax-paying citizens have already started receiving your W-4s and 1099s in the mail. But before you start filling out your 2010 Federal Tax Return, make sure you're hip to all the tax tricks in 2011. You could end up saving some money!
In this tutorial, we learn how to apply for California food stamps. First, to go the website: California Food Stamps. After you are on this site, you will see a pop up where you can enter in your name and e-mail, as well as more information about food stamps in California. After you enter in your information, you will receive an e-mail with two links on it. One will be for the application and the other will be to find an office near you. Print out the application and fill it out entirely, fol...
In this video, we learn how to apply for Arizona food stamps. First, you will need to go online and print out the application to receive food stamps from the state. You will also need to print out the information that you will need to bring with you as well as look for an office that is closest to your location. Fill out all of the sections of the application until it's complete. Make sure to use the correct colored pen and don't leave out any information. If you do leave something out, this ...
If you have children who are still your dependents and have been living in your household for at least half of the year, and have their own social security number, you can actually get a major tax credit with a simple worksheet. In this video you will learn the requirements for the tax credit and also how to fill out the worksheet and calculate your credit.
If you're driving a commercial vehicle or doing a lot of driving for a company, there are ways to claim deductions on your tax return for actual vehicle expenses. In this video you will learn how to calculate your standard mileage rates to determine how much you will be getting on your tax refund if your employer is not reimbursing you for gas or if you're running a small business.
In this tutorial, we learn how to understand a securitization. This is a type of structured finance that has three key elements. the first is that there is a pooling of credit sensitive assets. In pooling the assets, you introduce diversification. The second element is to transfer credit risk to the third party and make rules around whether there has been a true transfer of credit risk. The third element in this is trenching of liabilities. This means when cash flows are transferred to a spec...
In this tutorial, we learn how to improve your FICO credit score. Everyone will want to use your credit score to decide what kind of person you are. The FICO is the most commonly used credit score used today. To improve your credit score you will want to make all payments on time. Catch up on past due accounts and utilize 50% and less of your credit limit. Your balance should be under half of what your limit is. Don't close your account, because this can drop your credit score as well. Revolv...
Has you rent check bounced again for no apparent reason? It happens to everyone, but if you're roommate needs the money fast, you need to fix it fast, and wire transfers are the fastest way to give money to someone else. Executing a wire transfer is as easy as making one phone call.
In this video, we learn how to get credit when you don't have any. Most credit agencies are now gathering information about younger people to figure out if they are allowed to get credit cards, which will help them build a credit score. There is a website, PRBC, where you can start a file and enter your information, and it can verify all the information you report. This information will be given to credit reporting agencies, and give you more of a chance to get credit. Next, you can get depar...
This penny pincher's guide offers advice on how to take advantage of CVS coupon match ups to score free and near-free goods from CVS. While such savings require a little bit of legwork, the underyling process is simple enough that this tutorial can present an overview of it in just over six and a half minutes.
In this clip, Kitty the Coupon Diva will show you how to maximize your coupons and extra care bucks so that you can walk out of CVS with a cart full of groceries for free! Kitty will show you how to use circular flyers, bag tags, extra care bucks, coupons and rebates to walk in and out of the drug store without spending any money. Try these tricks the next time you shop and save a ton of money.
In this clip, Kitty the Coupon Divas will teach you how to better understand common abbreviations and acronyms that pop up on coupons. Make sure you know what you're using when you shop in order to maximize your savings and get tons of free goodies.
In this clip from Kitty the Coupon Diva, learn how to find and use rebates in any store: supermarkets, drug stores.. anywhere! Get tons of freebies from product companies simply by shopping smarter. Kitty will also show you how to find these offers online after you have made your purchases for increased savings.
In this clip, learn how to get amazing amounts of goodies in the mail for free! Kitty, the coupon diva, will show you how to request things like free samples and manufacturer coupons from companies so you can stock pile them and save. Get extra freebies every time you open up your mailbox with these awesome tips.