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 [...]

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 [...]

What Immigrants Earn in Each State and How Much They Send Abroad

Immigrants across the U.S. went on a one-day strike last month to highlight their importance to the nation’s economy. As a group, immigrants contribute to the economy here and also in their native countries, with many sending part of their paychecks as remittances to relatives there. To take a closer look at immigrants’ earning power, [...]

Introducing Mom and Dad to Mobile Banking

If you’ve had to introduce Mom and Dad to one of your surlier significant others — you know, the one who just couldn’t drop politics at the door — then introducing them to mobile banking should be painless, right? Not necessarily. People who don’t use mobile banking have their reasons: They don’t see the need for [...]

How to Tell You’re Ready to Buy a House

Making the decision to become a homeowner is emotionally and financially complex. Here are some key things to ask yourself if you're considering whether buying is right for you. Do you have a good reason to buy? Sometimes switching from renting to buying is a no-brainer.  Maybe you live in a modern one-bedroom apartment in [...]