Monday, April 6, 2015

April Is A Month Of Money Awareness With U.S. Cellular #SPONSORED

Disclosure: As part of the Better Moments Brigade Program,  I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular customer for 15+ years.

OK~ Tax season is upon us. Did you know that your can use your smart phone to help you be better organized and on top of things when it comes to this time of year? This also brings another opportunity to educate our kids when it comes to being smart with money, as our kids are using technology at younger ages all the time. 

When we hold the 4G LTE iPhone 6 in our hands, 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 smart phone 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 smart phones. I myself, personally check my bank account balance on a daily basis on my smart phone, and do deposit checks on it. It really makes like a little simpler. 

Have you heard of the P2K Money app?

This 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. Do you have a young adult in your lie trying to save up for a new car? This is a great app for them!  

Another app that introduces teens to the importance of money is the Financial Football App. This app allows teens to have fun playing a virtual spot while learning about financial literary items from credit scores to taxes to savings accounts. I don't know about you, but anytime I can see a teen having fun with an app that does not encourage blood and gore, I'm all for it! 

And of course, safety is extremely important. Things to keep in mind:

  • 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.

And then we have tax season, with the IRS stating that more than 27 million people are filing their 2014 taxes, here are some great tools to help you stay in the loop as to managing your taxes.

Slice (free for android, ios and 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.

My Tax Refund by TurboTax (free for ios and 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. 

With the strength of U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE network/high-speed network, smartphone and tablet users can access timely information, file taxes safely and quickly without compromising accuracy, all from your mobile device. Most importantly, remember to be smart and safe online. Parents need to be sure they have installed the parent/child agreement that US Cellular offers. This will give everyone an added sense of security while online with their smart phones. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?

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