Trends

Are Paper Books Still a Good Buy?

Are Paper Books Still a Good Buy? :: Mint.com/blog

Recently, news broke that a company known as G Asset Management wants to buy 51% of Barnes and Noble, in an attempt to save the one-mighty bookstore from going the way of the dodo. On the surface, this seems like a huge waste of money, like investing in phonographs or 8-tracks. As electronic books become...  Read more

How To

6 Tips to Avoiding DIY Dinner Disasters

How to Avoid DIY Dinner Disasters :: Mint.com/blog

For a creative foodie, inspiration sites like Pinterest, StumbleUpon, and I Wanna Nom! crowd-source plenty of fodder: Cheap ideas for tonight’s dinner. Creative DIY food projects like bacon bowls and homemade chai ice cream. Fancy homemade cakes and cupcakes with the wow-factor of a professional baker’s endeavors, for a fraction of the price. OK, but...  Read more

Housing

Real Estate Q&A: How Large Should an Earnest Money Deposit Be and What Should I Do With a Bad Property Investment?

What to Do With a Bad Real Estate Investment :: Mint.com/blog

Zillow real estate investment writer and long-term investor Leonard Baron, MBA, is answering questions from MintLife readers. If you have a question about investment properties, cash flows, insurance, mortgage financing, homeowners associations, renting versus owning, foreclosures and more, drop Leonard an email. Earnest Money Deposits Mike of Oakland, CA asks: I’m trying to buy a property...  Read more

Planning

Tax Tips for Schedule C Filers

Tax Tips for Schedule C Filers :: Mint.com/blog

Last year, I fulfilled a lifelong dream: getting paid to tell jokes. Every week, I cohost a comedy podcast about food (I’m not going to plug it, but it’s not hard to find). The show is free, but we ask listeners to voluntarily subscribe and send us a few bucks a month, NPR-style. Enough people...  Read more

Credit

What to Do If You Have Duplicate Credit Reports

What to Do If You Have Duplicate Credit Reports :: Mint.com/blog

“John, I was at a car dealership last weekend looking for a new car.  The dealer said he might be able to get me a zero percent financing deal if I had high enough credit scores.  I gave him permission to pull my credit report and check my score. When he did he came back...  Read more

Consumer IQ

Personalize Your Life With These 7 Free Apps

Personalize Your Life With These 7 Free Apps :: Mint.com/blog

We don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but you’re one-of-a-kind! And that means you have unique wants and needs. There are a lot of mobile apps out there focusing on personalization, and some do a better job than others. We pulled together seven of our favorites – each one will help you customize...  Read more

Planning

When to Expect Your Tax Refund (and how to spend it!)

When To Expect Your Tax Refund (and how to spend it!) :: Mint.com/blog

It’s that time of year again…tax season! By April, most Americans have filed, and those expecting a refund are probably wondering when it will arrive. The following infographic helps give you a better idea of when you can expect your tax refund, as well as provides some guidance on what you should (or shouldn’t) do...  Read more

Credit

10 Signs You are Addicted to Credit Cards

10 Signs You are Addicted to Credit Cards :: Mint.com/blog

For some, a credit card is just another wallet-burning mechanism, similar to cash, that must be used to satisfy some personal need or desire. But what happens when the magic plastic is no longer available? Can you move on with everyday life without any interruptions? Or does your world suddenly come crashing down right before...  Read more

Saving

3 Ways to Budget for a One-Time Expense

How to Budget for a One-Time Expense :: Mint.com/blog

Even if you’re an old hand at budgeting, you probably get tripped up by the occasional “unexpected” expense. One-off expenses like car registration fees, annual HVAC maintenance appointments, and even routine medical expenses can throw even the most detailed budget for a loop. If you’re ready to be better prepared – instead of being surprised...  Read more

Housing

Real Estate Q&A: Rental Property Improvements and Condo Hotels As An Investment

Real Estate Q&A: Rental Property Improvements and Condo Hotels As An Investment :: Mint.com/blog

Zillow real estate investment writer and long-term investor Leonard Baron, MBA, is answering questions from MintLife readers. If you have a question about investment properties, cash flows, insurance, mortgage financing, homeowners associations, renting versus owning, foreclosures and more, drop Leonard an email. Rental Property Home Improvements Marsha of Atlanta, GA asks: “I just closed escrow on...  Read more