• Overwhelmed by that April 15 deadline? Us too. But you'll feel a whole lot better knowing how much of your hard-earned money you can keep. By Holly Mascaro, REDBOOK.

    The first piece of good news: 2013's American Taxpayer Relief Act solidified tax brackets for anyone making under $400K, meaning you don't have to worry about congress doing something funky, and your having to unexpectedly pay more income taxes. And that's not all.

    If you haven't signed up for a healthcare plan
    No doubt you've heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, but you may not know that if you don't register for a healthcare plan by March 31, you'll face a tax penalty in 2015. According to IRS.gov, it'll cost you $95 per adult and $47.50 for children under 18, or one percent of your income--whichever amount is higher. "Begin by researching your options, and go in knowing that it will take some time and patience to select the appropriate policy," said Howard Hook, a CPA at

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  • The 9 Best Money Apps Out There

    You know how the ultra-rich have "private bankers" to handle their money? Well, these apps will do that for you--soon you'll need "wealth management" too. By MP Dunleavey, REDBOOK.

    1. Billguard is like having your own fraud-protection department. This reliable service flags suspicious charges on up to 10 accounts. (Free)

    2. Simple. Ditch your bank (and its fees and charges) for a free debit card account with no minimum balance; the app enables you to pay bills, track spending, and budget. (Free)

    Related: 9 Sneaky Things Everyone Leaves Out of Their Budget

    3. Square Cash is the easiest way to send money from a debit card to a friend, babysitter, bookie (kidding!). Link up and pay in about 90 seconds--we tested it. (Free)

    4. Level Money is like a gas gauge for your bank account. It tracks your cash and bills, then does the math to let you know how much spending money is left over daily. (Free)

    Related: 25 Lazy Ways to Save Money

    5. Manilla
    offers the delicious

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  • Didn't we all fall in love with Brittany Murphy as the bubbly and zany Tai in Clueless?I remember being excited that someone who wasn't a traditional beauty like the film's star, Alicia Silverstone, was achieving success in Hollywood. After her performance in Drop Dead Gorgeous, Brittany Murphy was on the trajectory to be the next Janeane Garofalo. I'll confess to being weirdly disappointed when Brittany went blond and started losing a lot of weight. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    During her career I always remained a fan. Quite often this was difficult as I didn't understand why she would take on a role that seemed like a poor fit. When she locked into a part she shone brightly. Her performances in Girl, Interrupted; 8 Mile; and even the formulaic Uptown Girls were some of my favorites.

    Related: 16 young celebrities we lost too soon

    In December of 2009, at the age of 32, Brittany Murphy passed away suddenly. At the time of her passing the official cause of death was said

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  • Scarlett Johansson Labels Dylan Farrow's Open Letter Scarlett Johansson Labels Dylan Farrow's Open Letter Cast your mind back to last month, when Dylan Farrow penned an open letter which was published in The New York Times, detailing the sexual abuse she claims she suffered at the hands of her father, the acclaimed writer/director Woody Allen. In it Farrow mentioned a list of celebrities who she rebuked for working with Allen, stating: "What if it had been your child, Cate Blanchett? Louis CK? Alec Baldwin? What if it had been you, Emma Stone? Or you, Scarlett Johansson?"

    Now, for the first time, Scarlett Johansson has spoken out over the letter, calling Dylan Farrow's decision to name her and other actors, "irresponsible." In fact the actress who starred in several Woody Allen films, such as Match Point, Scoop, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona, criticizes Farrow for naming her. "I think it's irresponsible to take a bunch of actors that will have a Google alert on and to suddenly throw their name into a situation that none of us could possibly knowingly comment on," Johansson told The

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    You're searching for direction but looking in all the wrong places. Figuring out the right path takes more than just looking at the numbers. You need to put two and two together, for one -- pun upon pun intended. It's the next step you need to anticipate, not the ones behind you.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Don't make any promises you can't keep -- especially to yourself. The goals you set today could be setting you up for failure and nothing more. Don't overdo it, even when it comes to something as seemingly innocent as your own self confidence.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You're searching for the unanswerable today. There is no such thing as a sure bet -- and to pretend otherwise is just fooling yourself. You could spend all day tracking down that elusive number that settles your fears, but not end up any
    Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily FinanceScopes -- Thursday March 20, 2014
  • Refinery29By Erin Donnelly, Refinery29

    You dutifully visit the doctor for your yearly physical. You never miss your twice-a-year teeth cleanings. Even your sleep cycles and exercise habits get a daily progress report thanks to the countless apps on your phone. But, when's the last time you really evaluated your career?

    Sure, there's the annual performance review your boss conducts. After it gets put off for days on end, you finally get some vague feedback, and then it's back to your desk to tackle a pile of paperwork. When you're working long hours, it's hard to find the time to reflect on your overall progress. Are you where you want to be? Do you have the title and salary you deserve? Are your skills up to par? And, just what exactly is your boss trying to tell you with all that corporate mumbo-jumbo?

    It's important to have a healthy professional life, but it can be tough to keep everything in perspective. So, we turned to four experts for stellar tips on how to do a thorough career

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  • 8 Super Annoying (and Not at All Endearing) Tech Peeves8 Super Annoying (and Not at All Endearing) Tech PeevesWe can't escape technology. We live it. We breathe it. It's everywhere. A new day doesn't occur without a state-of-the-art thing grabbing our attention and getting us addicted. While technology and social media are changing how we live, what we do, and how we interact, it's also doing something else. It's creating a whole new set of annoyances.

    Here are 8 super annoying tech peeves we've grown accustomed to:

    1. Using Cell Phones at Red Lights
    I find myself guilty of this and know I annoy people - and know how annoyed I am with people who do this. You are at a red light, it turns green - except the person in front of you is too busy paying attention to their phone to GO. Okay, we get you are not texting and driving, but it's annoying none the less.

    2. Facebook Tag
    You are at a party, had a few too many drinks, one of your good ole' "friends" snaps a group photo, and, of course, tags you. This is exactly why I make sure that auto-tagging is off. Gotta love drunken tagged

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  • Lost Heath Ledger Interview Reveals Happy, Thoughtful Actor with a Lot of Nervous EnergyLost Heath Ledger Interview Reveals Happy, Thoughtful Actor with a Lot of Nervous EnergyHe's been gone for six years. Heath Ledger's tragic overdose at the age of 28 cut short a promising career. Moreover, we lost a person who was - by all accounts - a doting dad and very nice guy. What a sad loss.

    But we can turn the clock back to 2005, just before Brokeback Mountain was released, thanks to this lost interview - newly animated - from Blank on Blank.

    Christine Pines interviewed Ledger for Entertainment Weekly while they strolled through his Brooklyn neighborhood. He talks about holing up with new love Michelle Williams in a little trailer during the filming of Brokeback. This was right after his daughter Matilda had been born, before his split with Michelle, and before the depression/downward spiral (no one knows for sure) that led to his accidental overdose.

    Related: 7 infamous child stars who have gone off the deep end

    The interview confirms his happiness and the satisfaction he felt with his home life. He says:

    "We're actors at the end of the day. I

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Watch morale; things are going wrong, and it's the first thing to drop like a stone -- well, besides the bottom line, that is. Keeping spirits up is an absolute necessity if you want this to be only a temporary dip in the numbers.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Love Meter

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    You feel like you're stuck on the bottom of the earth with no help in sight; the last thing you want to do under these circumstances is share your meager resources! It's the best way to survive, though, Taurus. Remember, 'what's mine is yours' works both ways.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You've come up with a number you really don't want, but doing more calculating isn't going to change it one iota. Acceptance is more cost-effective than fighting the inevitable, Gemini. Start looking into your options.

    Today's Gemini Reading: Free Sample Romantic

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  • Refinery29By Olivia Phillips, Refinery29

    London may be one of the greatest cities in the world, but it can be a crazy expensive place to live. We can't really forgo our Oyster card and walk the seven miles to work. And, we don't want to only shop at Primark or take boring packed lunches to the office every day. We want to get out there and live it up. We want to pop in to every pop-up and hang out at every hip hot spot.

    Thankfully, there are ways to live in London and not go totally broke. Conserving money across the board means you'll have the extra funds to try the hottest new password-only speakeasy. We spoke with experts to get their advice for saving money across five categories, from fashion and finance. Their tips so easy and painless, you won't even feel the pinch. And, don't forget: more pennies = more fun. Are we right or are we right?

    RELATED: 11 Expert Tips To Beat Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less - Really!

    Michelle Highman, CEO at The Money Charity

    Where is the best place

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