Online Executive Producer

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

Save Money – It’s Sales-Tax Holiday Time

If you’re in the market for a new computer or even just some clothes, you may be able to purchase these items free of local and state sales taxes. Fourteen states are participating in sales-tax holidays between Aug. 1 and the end of September. Depending on your state’s guidelines (some set a maximum dollar amount on how much you can buy), you can purchase clothing, shoes, school supplies and even computers without paying any sales tax. >> Get discounts on electronics with …

Boomers: Save ‘Til It Hurts

Own Your Tomorrow. OK, so even though that’s the tagline for Charles Schwab’s new advertising campaign, the message also rings true for the millions of Americans age 50 and older who need to keep their saving for retirement on track and take their financial future into their own hands. As part of an Opinion Leader speaker series at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AARP, incoming CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and Charles Schwab Foundation President Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz discussed the roles that employers, schools and …

AARP to Host Free Virtual Career Fair June 3

AARP is holding a free virtual career fair on June 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET that can help put you in touch with companies that are hiring. Job search advice will also be available. The AARP Real Possibilities Virtual Career Fair will feature employers that have signed the Life Reimagined for Work pledge, which says they value experienced workers. Companies scheduled to participate include Abt Associates, AlliedBarton, American Red Cross, AT&T, BB&T Bank, Blue Buffalo Ltd., Coconino County (Ariz.), Elite Senior Home …

What’s Your Sign, Valentine?

Stumped 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

June 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?

The 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 …