5 Torture-Free Ways to Save up to $1,000 by the Holidays

Saving money for the holidays doesn’t have to be difficult, but you’ll want to start now to maximize your bank balance. Start with these simple steps today, and you could be as much as $1,000 [...]

Different Ways to Zap Your Debt: Which Is for You?

American consumer debt has rebounded to prerecession levels, and the category that includes credit cards hit a record $1.02 trillion this summer. Maybe your credit card debt has crept up too, setting your own personal [...]

Lock Down Your Data After Equifax Breach – Right Now

Chances are good that the Equifax data breach affects you. What do you do next? The short answers: Consider a credit freeze. Scrutinize your credit statements. And check your credit reports from all three credit bureaus. Equifax says [...]

What Would You Give Up to Be Debt-Free?

Looking to get out from under a mountain of credit card debt? You’ve likely come across an aspirational story or 12 while clicking around. They usually go like this: Penny-pinching Peter rid himself of an [...]

Save More When Back-to-School Shopping Online

Shopping for school supplies, electronics and clothing can be a chore — and an expensive one at that. Families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $687.72 on back-to-school shopping, about [...]

Budgeting for New Homeowners: Plan for Additional Expenses

The stress and excitement of buying a house has come and gone — it’s time to hang a welcome sign and call it home. But a new journey in budgeting begins once you’ve paid the [...]

5 Debt Questions You’re Afraid to Ask

Talking about debt can be awkward or embarrassing, leaving you to worry in silence about your own rising balances or a family member’s finances. Here are answers to some questions you might hesitate to ask. [...]

How Costly is Bad Credit? Many Don’t Know, Survey Shows

It's 2017: Do you know what your credit score is? Good credit is important for many reasons beyond qualifying for the best loan rates. And the very first step in building it is knowing your [...]

Class of 2017: Get a Jump on Adulthood With These 7 Tips

College prepares students to be everything from accountants and teachers to government workers and health care technicians, but not all students learn basic money management skills. Here’s advice for this year’s graduates on how to [...]

Budgeting for New Parents: From Day Care to College

At some point between the pregnancy test and due date, you realize: Life will never be the same. Becoming a parent should bring mostly excitement and joy, but a little bit of panic is normal, [...]

6 Smart Ways to Travel Cheaply

Memorable vacations can come with a price tag you'd rather forget. But with proper planning, smart research and a flexible attitude, you can travel cheaply and still have an experience worth remembering. Here's how. 1. [...]

3 Sneaky Ways Debt Can Change How You Think

For some people, debt leads to sleepless nights and anxiety about incessant collections calls. But for others, it causes quieter changes that still leave them drowning in bills without a clear way out. Understanding the [...]