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How to Rebound from Natural Disaster Debt
Natural disasters can uproot lives — and upend stable finances.
Best Ways to Use a Tax Refund
Over the past few years, the average federal tax refund has come to about $3,000. That’s not exactly chump change. With the filing deadline approaching, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how you’ll use a refund this year.
Short-Term Saving Tips for Summer Vacation
With summer drawing closer, your vacation may arrive before you’ve got the money to pay for it. But there are some quick changes you can make now to save or raise money for your trip.
Saving Money Makes You Happier – Here’s Proof
The argument over whether you should invest or pay off debt usually focuses on financial numbers, such as rates of return and interest charges. Maybe happiness should be part of the equation as well.
To Reach Your Savings Goal, Take These Steps
Saving money is often easier said than done, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Setting clear goals can motivate you to take action, focus on what’s important and steer clear of overspending.
The Differences Between a Traditional 401 (k) and a Roth 401 (k)
An employer-sponsored 401(k) plan is often one of the most valuable parts of a job’s benefits package. Although free snacks and a generous vacation policy are great, making regular contributions to a retirement account can help ensure that your golden years are financially comfortable.
6 Tips for Anyone Late to the Retirement-Planning Game
“Over the hill” surprise birthday parties can be fun. But one shock you don’t want in your 50s is the realization that you’ve completely overlooked retirement or are significantly behind where you need to be.
5 Common Mistakes on Tax Returns
Rushing to file your tax return increases the chances of error, which can delay your refund, trigger an audit or cause you to have to pay more later. Here are some of the most common tax mistakes to avoid.
Best Ways to Fund Spring Home Repairs
Now that spring has blossomed into full-on allergy mode, the time we spend outside is even more appreciated — especially with the help of a good antihistamine.
Teach Your Little Owls to Fly With Money Talks
The first step to teaching your kids about money is talking about money.
How to Get Out From Under Student Loans
If you’re a recent college graduate who took out student loans, you likely owe about $35,000. As eye-popping as that average debt figure is, you’re certainly not the only one wondering how you’ll possibly get out from under your loans.
10 Terms Every Homeowner Should Know
Buying a home is a common undertaking for many Americans, but it’s also one of the most complicated — not to mention costly — purchases adults will ever make.
Hurricane Preparedness Tips
Don't wait for an evacuation to make sure you have easy access to your money and important documents. These guidelines will help ensure you are always ready!
When Debt Can Be Good for You – and When it’s Bad
It’s next to impossible to go through life without accruing some debt. The good news is that some loans can be healthy and even productive, which means there’s no rush to pay them off.
Car Sharing, Auto Refinancing, and Insurance
Driving is a necessity for many, but it can also be expensive, with an average annual cost of almost $8,700. Here are three easy ways to reduce your car expenses.
How to Protect Your Money and Accounts Online
Being able to bank or shop online is a great convenience, but you want to be sure you’re protecting yourself before you hit “send.” If the wrong people access your accounts, you might find yourself with a lot less in the bank than you thought.
How to Live Below Your Means Without Feeling Deprived
Spending less than you earn is one sure path to financial security. But that doesn’t have to mean a spartan lifestyle. You can still enjoy yourself while living small.
How to Improve Your Credit Score
Almost no one is perfect when it comes to credit scores.
How to Budget When You Have Seasonal Income
Rewarding careers don’t always come with a steady paycheck. For people who work in agriculture, construction, tax preparation, entertainment, landscaping or other types of freelance and seasonal businesses, income may vary wildly depending on the time of year.
Best Ways to Finance a New Car
So you’ve found your dream car, and now comes the hard part: paying for it. Most people don’t have the means to pay cash for a new car.
How Credit Card Debt Fraud Happens – And How to Avoid It
For many people, debit cards are the perfect plastic. They offer most of the conveniences of credit cards with no risk of accumulating debt.
Debit or Credit Card – What’s the Difference?
When it comes to making purchases, not all plastic acts the same.
Building a Credit Score from Scratch
Young adults starting out on their own often bump into a cold fact of financial life: Having no credit history can limit your options just as much as having bad credit does.
Financial Steps To Take Before Buying A Car
You've searched and found the right new car! Congrats! Here are a few things to consider while looking for the best financing option.
6 Ways To Save More Money In The New Year
Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver.
Consolidating Debt: When Does It Make Sense?
There are two major reasons to consider consolidation: to save money by getting a more favorable interest rate and to facilitate making payments on time.
Organize Your Finances For The New Year
A new year brings a chance to start fresh with just about anything. If your midnight toast includes a resolution to improve your financial health, here’s how to make it happen.
Credit Score Information
Having a less-than-stellar credit score can negatively affect many aspects of your life - buying a car or house, getting a credit card, applying for a job, etc.