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 been true back in the day, but improved automotive technology has erased any real benefit. Keep in mind that, over [...]

Quick — Can You Come Up With $400?

Life is expensive: Find yourself in need of an ambulance, tow truck or mechanic, and a hefty bill will likely follow. And many people just can’t pay. Forty-four percent of adults say they either couldn’t pay an emergency expense of $400 or would have to sell something or borrow money to cover the cost, according to [...]

How Grads Can Get Another Shot at Student Loan Forgiveness

The Trump administration is giving student loan borrowers who missed out on public service loan forgiveness a second chance, and they should move now to prepare. The recently passed $1.3 trillion federal spending plan sets aside $350 million to forgive student debts owed by borrowers who met all the conditions needed to qualify for the Public Service Loan [...]

Do’s and Don’ts When Using Shopping Apps

Retailers such as Target and Amazon are embracing mobile applications to help consumers save money and time with features like digital wallets and augmented reality. When used strategically, apps can streamline in-store trips and online purchases, but shoppers could also find that convenience comes with a risk: impulsive decisions and overspending. “Now shopping can be [...]

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 richer before the end of the year. Wipe out bank fees Many banks charge you $10 to $12 a month [...]

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 record. It makes sense to pay particular attention to your credit cards, because their interest rates are typically higher than [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to Improve Your Credit Score

Almost no one is perfect when it comes to credit scores. The average score for Americans has been inching up over the past decade and is now close to 700. Many lenders consider that a good number, but the highest possible score is 850,  according to Fair Isaac Corp., or FICO, which developed some of [...]