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Tara Finnegan Coates is part of AARP Media's Content Creation Team. She blogs regularly on a variety of financial topics.

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What’s Your Sign, Valentine?

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | Money | Comments

Money & Savings | RelationshipsStumped for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie? Maybe the answer is in the stars. A recent survey by the website Ebates.com suggests that a person’s astrological sign might give some guidance for what gift might make your honey swoon. For example, if you are buying for a Capricorn, Taurus or Virgo, consider the classic Valentine’s Day gifts like flowers and jewelry. If you are shopping for an Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, you could be a hit with …

Save Money When You Adopt a Cat

Posted on 06/5/2013 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsJune is Adopt-a-Cat Month so if you are considering becoming a cat owner, adopting a cat or kitten from an animal rescue shelter is the most humane and economical approach to cat ownership. In this episode of  The Cheap Life, Ultimate Cheapskate Jeff Yeager speaks with Kirsten Theisen from the Humane Society of the United States about kitty care and adoption. Tell us YOUR cat adoption story in the comments section on the Cheap Life Channel page for a chance to …

What Do I Do With an IRS Letter?

Posted on 03/27/2013 by | Money | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post by Jim Young. If you are one of those folks who just hate bad news, why take a chance by opening a letter from the Internal Revenue Service? You won’t be receiving a notice that you won the lottery. More likely you will be informed that you owe additional tax or get equally distressing news – it’s audit time. Most initial letters from the IRS ask for additional information regarding a tax return you …

Unemployment Compensation Is Taxable

Posted on 03/7/2013 by | Money | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Alan Kalman. If you or your spouse collected unemployment benefits in 2012, be sure you count that money as gross income when you file your tax return. It may come as a surprise to some workers, but unemployment compensation from your state is taxable. In fact, there’s a specific line on the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ forms for you to add the amount to gross income. Find tax forms online. In January of …

Women Are Working Longer

Posted on 02/13/2013 by | Money | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Sara Rix, senior strategic policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without another headline highlighting the growing number of Americans who, for a variety of reasons, are pushing back their date of retirement. What gets less attention is that women comprise a sharply growing proportion of the older workforce. See also: 5 Jobs in Demand  At one time, the large majority of older workers were …