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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 closing costs and tipped the movers. Now it’s time to learn to budget as a homeowner. If you’re new to [...]

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. Will my debt ever get so old that I won’t have to pay it? Not really. Many debts that might [...]

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 starting point. But a NerdWallet survey finds that while more than a quarter of Americans (26%) check their credit scores [...]

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 succeed financially. 1. Use a tried-and-true budgeting strategy A regular paycheck, however small, can feel like a windfall for those [...]

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, particularly when you think about the family budget. Having a child can upend your household finances. Here is some of [...]

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. Cut transportation costs Before planning your trip, have a rough budget in mind. A vacation calculator can help. If you [...]

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 ways in which your debt can affect the way you feel, think and act may give you perspective that’ll help [...]

Eating Out Without Biting Into Your Budget

If you’re on a budget, money-saving advice tends to prescribe bagged lunches and dinners at home. But you don’t have to resign to a world of soggy peanut butter and jelly just because you want to save money. Here are some ways to eat out at your favorite restaurant for less. Buy gift cards below face value [...]

7 Bad Financial Habits You Need to Break Right Now

Human beings are habit-creating machines, craving any mental or physical shortcut that lets us focus on higher-level thoughts, such as what’s for lunch or developing theories about Netflix dramas. Bad money habits are more difficult to steer out of than other automated behaviors like driving a car. Why? Financial peace of mind is a much more [...]