I've Filed My Taxes. What Happens Now?

The sooner you file your taxes, the sooner you’ll know how much you’re getting back—or how much you owe the IRS. And since extensions only delay the inevitable, just go ahead and file.

That way, you have more time to plan how you’re going to spend your cash, or how you’re going to save up to pay what you owe.

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The Surprising Thing That Can Make or Break Your Budget

You’ve checked your numbers, got your budget set, and you’re pumped up because you are ready for the new month. There’s just one more thing to do, and it’s the key to making or breaking your budget—tracking your expenses.

Expense tracking compares the purchases you make against the amounts you planned to spend. It lets you know if your spending is on pace for the month, and if you have the money left in your budget to do things like go out to eat with friends or shop your favorite store’s sale.

Tracking can be done quickly and easily. Here’s how.

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This 5-Step Guide to Meal Planning Will Save You Money

We’ve all been there—getting a quick lunch at the drive-thru or picking up a pizza on the way home because it’s just easier that way. You don’t have time to cook, much less make a shopping list! At least that’s what it can feel like.

While it may seem easier to grab food while you’re out, spending a little here and there can really cut into your budget by month’s end. We have a better way to control your cash and still enjoy your life. And it all starts with a plan.

With some easy prep work before the month begins, you can make a huge impact on your food budget. Here are five steps to becoming a money-saving, meal-planning pro:

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How to Determine Budget Percentages

If this is your first time making a budget, you may ask what percentage of your paycheck should go toward categories like groceries, entertainment or transportation. It’s a great question, because figuring out the right budget percentages will help you and your family achieve your big financial goals.

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25 Apps That You Will Save You Mad Cash

Apps are glorious little buttons that make life easier—or at least more fun. You can listen to podcasts while running, keep all your rewards cards in one place, and score instant coupons with a single click!

The only thing better than a great app is a great free app. That’s why we compiled this list of free money-saving apps you need in your arsenal.

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