Before you shed your sweater and head outside to plant your garden, don t forget to deal with the thornier side of spring season taxes. They re unavoidably unpleasant, but with the right information and some professional help, you can avoid common pitfalls and take the sting out of tax time.


If you ve planned financially for retirement, you probably have considered housing expenses, food and utility costs, transportation expenses, and maybe you ve even set aside some cash for leisure activities and travel.


From on-line phishing scams to Ponzi schemes, it s not hard to fall prey to a financial scam these days.


It s the season of giving, and if you re in the fortunate position to be able to help others, your charitable donation is needed more than it has been in decades, as many nonprofits struggle to stay afloat in the down economy. [caption id="attachment_6471" align="alignright" width="280" caption="(File photo)"]


With all of the negative news about the economy these days, it s easy to get bogged down in the recession blues. But the news isn t all bad. First of all, if you retired a few years ago, you successfully escaped one of the worst labor markets in history.

Maybe you ve mastered e-mail and use the Internet to do some research and shopping. But did you know that you can put the Web to work for you by using it to manage your finances? Budgeting and money management Most major banks offer free online bill payment.

It seems just about everyone is thinking about ways to live on less money. Maybe your investments have taken a hit, or you re in the mood to spend more conservatively. Either way, you can enjoy your retirement without breaking the bank.


Between layoffs and the troubled markets, many people are experiencing financial hardship. When people fall on hard times, they often turn to family members for help. If you re the head of your family, you may be grappling with how to best help your struggling adult children or grandchildren. Lending money is always an option if you can afford it.