Articles by Jason Alderman

  • Cut your holiday expenses

    The closer the holidays loom, the less time harried families have to buy gifts, plan seasonal events and make travel arrangements READ MORE

  • Advice to help you avoid Valentine's Day scams

    On Valentine's Day, people's emotions run all over the map – some are head-over-heels and want to shower their loved one with gifts, while others are despondent because currently they have no one special in their life. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Should you buy pet insurance?

    One topic I’ve learned to avoid with new acquaintances until I know them better (along with politics and religion) is where they stand on the treatment of pets. Some people, when their dog gets sick or badly injured, say, “It’s an animal – that’s just part of the circle of life.” Others consider Rover a close family member and would take out a second mortgage to save his life. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Rule changes tighten reverse mortgage eligibility

    Reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular in recent years, as cash-strapped seniors seek ways to keep pace with rising expenses – not to mention cope with the pummeling their retirement savings took during the Great Recession. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Money-saving tips for seniors

    We all love a good bargain, no matter what our age. But if you're a senior citizen on a fixed income, finding discounted goods and services can mean the difference between making ends meet and going without. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Don't forfeit past tax refunds

    Does this sound familiar? A few years back your yearly earnings were pretty low so you figured you wouldn't owe any income tax. Thus, when April 15 rolled around the following year you didn't bother filing a tax return, knowing you wouldn't be penalized. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Avoid tapping retirement plans early

    I have yet to meet anyone who thinks they're saving too much money for retirement. On the contrary, most people admit they're probably setting aside too little. Retirement accounts must compete with daily expenses, saving up for a home, college and unexpected emergencies for every precious dollar. READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Spend your tax refund wisely

    Last year the IRS doled out over 110 million income tax refunds averaging $2,803. Another way to look at it is that collectively, Americans overpaid their taxes by nearly $310 billion in 2012. READ MORE

  • Help your mom get organized for Mother's Day

    Mother's Day is May 11. If you're wracking your brain for ways to show your mom appreciation for all the sacrifices she made while raising you, here's a thought: Why not offer to spend some time helping to sort through her financial, legal and medical paperwork to make sure everything is in order? READ MORE

  • PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS: Financial advice for new fathers

    Each year when Father's Day rolls around, I'm reminded that I wouldn't trade the experience of raising my two kids for the world. But when I think back to how naïve my wife and I once were about the costs of raising children, I can't help wishing we'd been better prepared. READ MORE

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