Hot Budgets & Tax Preparation How-Tos

How To: Fill out the child tax credit worksheet

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.

How To: Conduct a wire transfer

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.

How To: Use the Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT)

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...

How To: Derive the annual compound interest formula

In this video tutorial the instructor shows how to derive the formula to compute interest compounded annually. He starts with explaining the basic concepts like principle which is the amount you borrow and the rate of interest or annual percentage rate (APR), which is the rate at which you pay the interest up on the borrowed principle. He shows that the amount after the end of one year is amount A = P(1+APR),and he goes on and generalizes how to compute it for n years. This video shows how to...

How To: Find a legal loan shark

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.

How To: Whip up tasty meals out of dollar store food

Don't give us that look. It is possible to make delicious, nutritious meals out of (mostly) dollar-store items, if you know a few tricks. With the bad economy, everyone can afford to save a few dollars here and there, without sacrificing taste. Watch this video cooking and budgeting tutorial and learn how to make delicious dishes out of dollar store food.

How To: File a Last-Minute 2010 Income Tax Return: Save Money, Get Free Tax Help & More!

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.

How To: Get credit when you have no credit

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...

How To: Complete checkout and accept payments on eBay

New to eBay? Don't worry, setting up an account and buying and selling doesn't take that much effort at all. Everyone who has an Internet connection has at one point come across eBay, to find the perfect gift for their loved ones, to find the cheapest deals on plasma televisions and computers, or to get rid of their dusty, old record album collection in their web store.

How To: Save money on food with coupons

Learn from those crazed coupon clippers who've figured out how to buy $500 worth of groceries for 50 cents. You will need Sunday newspapers, coupon websites, accordion folders to store the coupons in, and the store specific circular fliers. Watch this video budgeting tutorial and learn how to save money on food with coupons.

How To: Use the IRS tax deduction calculator

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.

How To: Effectively negotiate with your credit card company

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...

How To: Improve your credit score, even in a recession

Now more than ever, people everywhere are suffering from bad credit. Credit is important. You need it to take out loans, buy a house, rent an apartment, get a car, almost anything! Check out this two part video, presented by Daniel Medina from United Credit Education Services, and listen along as he offers you tips on how to improve your credit - even in a recession. This helpful and informative video can start you on the right track to financial stability, no matter what the circumstances.

How To: Save more money in your daily life

This is video is a tutorial on how to save more money in your daily life. The video says that budget professional suggest that we need to set a goal. Decide why you're saving your money. Save your money to where if there were an emergency you could comfortably use your savings. The video suggests taking advantage of your employer's retirement fund. Last but certainly not least, we are told that saving sooner is better than saving later.

How To: Understand compound & continuous interest

In this video the instructor talks about compound and continuous interest formula calculations. You need to understand the concepts of simple and compound interest. Only then you can understand what the bank is doing to your money which are in your bank account. Simple interest is a method where when returning a borrowed sum to some one you pay additional price for using the money all this time. Compound interest is a similar concept where you pay interest on the original sum borrowed, and al...

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