Cash The Checks Personal Finance Blog


When it comes to taxes, there are some things everyone knows they can write off in order to get more money back, like like exemptions for kids, mortgage interest and business expenses for example. However, there are a great deal of other expenses that can be written off to lower your tax liability too. While most have some rules involved, the majority of write-offs are pretty easy to remember and take advantage of.

Here are 7 not-so-well-known tax deductions.


No matter what industry you work in or what your title is, there’s always room to improve yourself and move up the ladder. The easiest thing you can do is to become an invaluable asset for the company so they’ll want to keep you around and develop your personal brand through training, promotions and extra education.

Mar 01 2015 Spending No comments


Traveling is meant to be fun, but planning the vacation and then staying within budget while you’re away from home can take the fun right out of your trip. Fortunately, there are many apps that are available to help you plan your vacation and save money while you’re out.

Read on to discover 7 of the best free apps to help you save money on your next vacation.

Feb 22 2015 Spending No comments


Clipping coupons is a pain, but if you have a smartphone there are plenty of apps that can make your life much easier. There are tons of money-saving apps available that let you view, save and use coupons right from your phone. You’ll never have to clip a coupon and you’ll still enjoy the savings at the register.


Shopping for car insurance can be stressful and confusing. How much insurance do you really need? While many drivers choose to reduce rates by opting for lower coverages or raising deductibles, smart drivers can lower rates by being aware of factors that affect car insurance rates and changing things that are within their control.

Here are 7 factors that can affect your car insurance rates.


Whether your pregnancy was planned or not, seeing those 2 lines on the test strip will change you entire life. Thinking about your future and the financial responsibilities you’ll soon face can trigger anxiety and stress in the most frugal of people.

Once parenthood is impending, it’s important for mom and dad to start thinking about finances and to get their priorities in order. Read on for 6 financial tips for new parents.

Dec 15 2014 Real Estate 1 comment


If you’re planning to buy a home in 2015, you may be surprised to find out that a lot of things have changed since the housing bubble burst. There are upsets happening with home prices, mortgage rules and financing options that are making buying a home in todays world different than when your parents bought their homes.

Read on for 5 tips for buying a home in 2015 so you know what to expect.

Nov 22 2014 Spending No comments

8 Tips For Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday has always been a holiday that bargain hunters have eagerly awaited. The day after Thanksgiving officially kicks off the Christmas season and some savvy shoppers flock to the stores hoping to get great deals on the latest gadgets, clothing trends and more.