Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Financial Awareness/Tax Apps with U.S. Cellular #BetterMoments #ad

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Do you know how mobile apps can help you stay organized and knowledgeable, especially when filing taxes, and also explain the importance of learning these financial management skills and tools early in life, with suggested tools for teaching kids about finance management.


With the devices we hold in our hands, such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6 or the Apple iPad Air, we truly have the power to simplify and enhance our lives as well as our finances.

According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 47 percent of smartphone users have used their phones to manage their budgets or finances, and 62 percent of users keep track of account transactions, paid bills and deposited checks on their smartphones.

Thirty-one percent use finance tracking apps to monitor credit scores and manage investments.

It’s important to teach financial lessons to kids at a young age so they can learn to make financial decisions that will be helpful to them in the future.

P2K Money is a free app that allows people to set up savings goals and keep track of progress towards purchasing items such as a car, bike, computer or even college tuition.

In addition, the Financial Football app allows teens to have fun playing a virtual sport while learning about financial literacy items, from credit scores to taxes to savings accounts.

There are simple steps that everyone can take to help ensure they are keeping their devices and their data safe.

Make sure there is a passcode set up to control who has access to important data stored on your device.

Verify the quality of apps before downloading to make sure you are not subjecting your device to harmful viruses or bugs.

Contact your wireless carrier immediately if your phone has been lost or stolen.

The Internal Revenue Service reports that more than 27 million people e-filed their 2014 taxes.

To stay on top of your deductions, estimate your payments and monitor your filings, U.S. Cellular recommends the following tools for your mobile devices:

MyTaxRefund by TurboTax: (Free for iOS, Android) Quickly check e-file status of federal and state returns so you can count the days until your refund shows up. This requires that you file electronically.

TurboTax Tax Preparation: (iOS, Android) Equally powerful on a smartphone or tablet, TurboTax helps users file anywhere, anytime for free. Just take a picture of your W-2, answer some simple questions about your life, and e-file securely whether you’re at home or at the local coffee shop.

Slice: (Free for iOS, Android, Web) This receipt and package-tracking app scans your Gmail or Yahoo account for emailed receipts. It tracks and sorts your purchases and helps you stay on top of your tax deductions throughout the year. Being organized will help you when it’s time to file.

H & R Block for iPad: (Free) Prepare, print and e-file your federal return for free with this app specifically designed for the Apple tablet. In addition, H & R Block double-checks your return for accuracy, and provides free audit support should the IRS not see things your way.

TaxACT Ultimate Bundle: ($17.95) This tax-preparation website gathers your tax information through a step-by-step interview process. It has an effective user interface, and includes all IRS federal forms and schedules that can be e-filed. Its site-based help system is context sensitive and offers multiple types of assistance.

IRS FreeFile: (Free) Do your federal taxes online for free with web-based help from the federal government. Visit IRS.gov/freefile to find the best IRS partner company products to help you file. Combine e-file with direct deposit to get your refund faster.

With the strength of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network, smartphone and tablet users can access timely information, file taxes safely and quickly without compromising accuracy, all from your mobile device.

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TWIST (Loop #2) by Karen Akins Release Day Celebration Giveaway

TWIST (Loop #2) by
Karen Akins
Release Day Celebration
Hosted by MMSAI Tours
April 7th, 2015


The unbelievably thrilling sequel to the time-travel YA novel Loop.

Bree Bennis finally has it all—a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a new-found mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to smooch said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis Wyck instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It’s up to Bree to stop them. But first, she has to figure out who... and why.

To follow the trail of chronocrumbs, Bree reluctantly accepts her new undercover gig as Wyck’s girlfriend. Everything goes spiffy until Finn shows up in the 23rd century on the eager arm of a gorgeous fellow Shifter,Blark. Even as Bree struggles with jealousy, she battles the nagging dread that Finn might be better off with someone less chronologically complicated. Her worst fear is confirmed when Finn becomes the kidnapper’s next victim. As Bree zeroes in on the culprit, they unravel her life one timeline-change at a time. She realizes that she alone has the power to save herself and everyone she loves. But to do that, she may lose Finn forever.


Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22456905-twist?from_search=trueAmazon: http://www.amazon.com/Twist-Karen-Akins/dp/1250031001/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427720692&sr=8-1&keywords=karen+akinsB&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/twist-karen-akins/1119715811?ean=9781250031006


Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.
Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player.

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Between now and neverBetween Now and Never by Laura Johnston Buh boom, buh boom. My heart thrusts with a force that takes me by surprise. Telling me something I don’t understand. A splitting pain, a longing to slip back under. They tell me I was in a hit-and-run, but I can’t remember what happened that night. All I know is that I woke up with pictures in my pocket, a card from one of those photo booths in the mall. And I’m in the pictures. Cody Rush. Me and… Julianna. Her brother was there that night, and my dad, the FBI agent, was the one who put her mom behind bars. What’s the connection? And why won’t Julianna talk to me now? Somehow, she holds the key to it all, and getting close–real close—to her for the answers I need will be no hardship at all…
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Excerpt—Photo Booth
We listen to the monotone voice reel off instructions. Four pictures. A light will flash before each picture is taken. Etcetera. How I ended up in this position I’m not sure. We both sit, staring at our reflections on the dark plastic and, no doubt, both stuck on the same thought that crosses everyone’s mind when they’re on this seat.
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Praise for Between Now & Never “A romance that will keep teens turning pages.” ~ Janette Rallison "This was a lot different than I was expecting and I was honestly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. The cover led me to believe this would be a cute, love story but it was a suspenseful and gripping read." ~ Review from Goodreads “Best book I read all year! On the edge of your seat suspense, heartwarming romance, and characters to cheer for—Between Now and Never is one you won’t want to miss.” ~Kelly Nelson, author of The Keeper’s Saga "I had the privilege to read BETWEEN NOW AND NEVER when it was in manuscript form. I loved loved loved it from page one! Laura Johnson is such a talented author -- really looking forward to reading more of her work!" ~Kay Lynn Mangum, author of The Secret Journal of Brett Colton  

  Laura Rewind to You AuthorAuthor Laura Johnston Laura Johnston lives in Utah with her husband and two children. Growing up with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. She fell in love with the young adult genre both through her experience in high school as well as her job later as a high school teacher. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, traveling, writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids.
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