Monthly Archives: February 2014

3 Cool Toys for Techies


Have I ever mentioned how much I love to karaoke? Sadly, copyright issues prevented us from letting you hear me warble in this video on techie toys from the Toy Fair (for the record, I’m singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”), but I do get to attempt a Chipmunks impression in the voice-over.

FAFSA tricks for free college cash

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Think of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as your gateway to college aid. Without it, college-bound students aren’t eligible for a variety of need-based grants and loans. Applying can make a big difference. Average financial aid awarded during the 2012-13 school year totaled $13,640 per full-time student, according to The College Board. That […]

7 Tech tools to shave tax-prep time


Have you started your taxes yet? My desk has two big “tax prep” folders on it right now. One contains the W-2s, 1099s and other tax forms I’ve received in the mail over the past few weeks. The other, sad to say, is stuffed full of credit card statements, receipts and other documentation for deductible […]

Eying a puppy? 3 Unexpected pet costs


With the Westminster Kennel Club dog show coming up, it can be tempting to add a puppy to the family. Before you head to the shelter or start looking at breeders, it pays to consider the full cost to own a pet. Estimates from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals put […]