You Got the House! Now, How Do You Afford to Furnish It?

Congrats on saving up for that down payment! And hats off for committing to mortgage payments, homeowners insurance and property taxes. Now for your reward: home sweet, sparsely furnished home. Furniture shopping may be the [...]

What Not to Buy for Your Vacation

Purchasing a bunch of unnecessary items and then overpacking for a trip won’t just annoy your traveling companions and give you a sore arm from lugging around a heavy suitcase. It can also blow your limited vacation [...]

Want to Clean Up? 3 Money-Saving Tips for Buying a Washer

Following last year’s news that the trade war with China had raised prices of washing machines, consumers were understandably leery of making any sudden purchases. The escalation of tariffs has carried over into 2019, and the confusion [...]

Credit Scores Are Rising — Is Yours, Too?

Credit scores are creeping upward for most Americans, according to the latest “State of Credit” report from credit bureau Experian. The average U.S. credit score hit 680 in 2018, up from 675 the year before, [...]

Baby Steps Can Get Your Credit Life Rolling

You may have been avoiding the world of credit because you don’t want one more thing to worry about. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Taking these baby steps can help you build a [...]

Scrub These Expenses From Your Budget in 2019

You don’t have to cancel your Amazon Prime or turn your vacation into a staycation in order to save money. Here are some less painful things you can cut from your budget in 2019. Duplicate clothing [...]

Is It Safer to Bank by Phone or Computer? We Ask 3 Experts

Two-thirds of Americans use mobile or online banking as their main way to access their accounts. If you belong to that group, chances are you lean heavily on a smartphone or computer to pull up [...]

Exercise Options Besides an Annual Gym Membership

Resolving to get healthier in 2019 is admirable. Elbowing through the mosh-pit gym crowds in January is impressive, if not pretty. Not using the gym at all by June, even after paying for a yearlong [...]

A College Education Isn’t Priceless

College-bound high school seniors of America: You are about to embark on one of the most formative periods of your life, full of new friendships, personal growth and overcaffeinated conversations on the nature of humanity. [...]

4 Tech Tasks to Keep Your Parents Safer Online

All of us are vulnerable to fraud. But the ways some older people use technology can put them at higher risk. That’s where you come in. When you’re home for the holidays, or the next [...]

You’re Married, but Your Assets Don’t Have to Be

People who aren’t rich or famous typically don’t have prenuptial agreements, which are legal documents detailing who gets what in a divorce. Even ordinary folks without prenups, though, should think about how to protect their [...]

These 5 Gas-Saving ‘Tips’ Don’t Work

When gas prices spike, drivers love to swap gas-saving tips. The crazier the tip, the faster it seems to spread. The problem is, some such “tips” are more urban legend than fact. Others might have [...]