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It's easy to set up a budget and track your spending with personal finance software and apps. Learn how to use a budget and get your spending under control.

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Webby Awards Nominees: Financial Online and Mobile Apps

Thursday April 17, 2014

The Webby Awards recognize outstanding websites in over 65 categoriesThere are just a few more days left to cast your People's Voice votes in the 18th Annual Webby  Awards, which honor the most useful and cool websites and mobile apps of the year.  I've outlined the nominees in the Banking Financial Services Websites and Real Estate Websites and Mobile Apps categories here in 2014 Webby Awards for Personal Finance Websites and Mobile Apps. There are two links to the voting in the article, and although I explain the financial websites and apps that have been nominated, you can vote for any category using one of those links.

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4 Best iOS Apps for Easy Home or Apartment Search 2014

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Best 2014 iOS real estate and rental appsThe best apps for finding a home or apartment on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch include the dependable "old timers", Trulia and Zillow, which have real estate and rental apps. You'll want to check out the comparatively new Movoto or Homesnap apps if you're in the market to buy a home. Movoto connects you with vetted real estate agents, and Homesnap gives you info after you snap a photo of a property that's for sale (how cool is that?).

The best iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps for apartment and home hunting in 2014 are:

How to Avoid Paying Income Taxes with Your 2014 Return

Tuesday April 15, 2014

IRS Logo 2014Had to pay income taxes with your return this year? You don't have to next year, and the IRS is providing an of online app to help with that.

The IRS Withholding Calculator asks you questions to take you step by step through determining if you need to have more tax withheld from each pay check to ensure you won't owe taxes or penalties for 2014 taxes. One caveat: while the calculator worked just fine for me, the instructions note that you need to enable scripting. OK, I don't even know what that means and I doubt most people using this online app will. My advice: take the app for a spin. If it loads in your browser, you're good to go. If it doesn't load, check your browser's security options or advanced options to turn scripting on.

If you find that you need to adjust the amount of tax being withheld, here's how to properly fill out a W-4 form.

2014 Best Android Real Estate and Rental Apps

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Zillow App for Android 2014.Here are my annual top picks for the best apps to help you with your home or apartment search on your Android mobile device. While all of these apps help with rentals as well as home purchases, renters need to check out the Lovely app.

Image: Zillow App for Android

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