Month: November 2014

Is rent-to-own is a bad idea?

One day, while wheeling down the avenue, you spot a brightly-colored banner at the local rent-to-own store: “We can help you own it! No credit needed! You are pre-approved for up to $2,500!” Sound like a good deal? Ready to…

Tips for reducing rent and storage costs

For many small businesses, office rent and inventory storage costs are perceived as fixed — unalterable, locked up tight, grudgingly tolerated. But are such expenses truly inflexible? Or can they be altered with a little effort and ingenuity? Because rent…

Some older health care tax breaks are still available

Now that 2015 open enrollment for health insurance is right around the corner, you may be thinking about what plan to select. While you’re making comparisons, don’t overlook tax perks available with older health care benefits. Here are two. Health…

Money market funds: Gains and losses

If you stash some of your savings in money market funds, you probably take for granted that the share price is always $1. Keeping the value stable even though the price of the fund’s underlying investments varies makes these accounts…