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07/11/2024
Mortgage loan vs. rent

Is Renting Better Than Owning—for You?

It’s no secret that keeping a roof over your head can get expensive quickly. On average, households spend over a quarter of their household income on housing costs each year, and housing costs are on the rise.
06/21/2024
Personal loan interest rates

Americans Are Taking Out More Personal Loans: What You Need to Know

Personal loans have grown in popularity over the years. As more Americans take out personal loans, many households are adding another monthly payment to their budgets.
05/20/2024

How to Use a Windfall to Improve Your Finances

Whether you got a bonus at work or won the lottery, a financial windfall is always welcome. After all, who doesn’t love when extra funds hit their bank account? What you do with those funds can have a big impact on your financial situation.
05/10/2024
Coffee money myth debunked

Money Myths Debunked

On the surface, money myths might seem relatively harmless. However, money myths can cause significant financial damage if you follow through on the ideas. As you […]
04/22/2024
Increasing credit card debt

How to Avoid a Growing Credit Card Balance

Credit card debt is common. Many households are facing a growing credit card balance. But this type of debt, with notoriously high interest rates, is one of the hardest to climb out of. Once you slide into credit card debt, it can be difficult to pull yourself back out.
04/08/2024
What Is a Credit-Builder Loan and How Does It Work?

What Is a Credit-builder Loan and How Does It Work?

A credit-builder loan can help you improve your credit, but it is critical that you understand exactly what it is and how this type of loan could impact your credit. Let’s explore credit-builder loans so you can decide if this tool is right for you.
03/04/2024
Unsecured credit card

Complete Guide to Opening an Unsecured Credit Card

When you think of credit cards, unsecured credit cards likely come to mind first. While some financial gurus preach about the dangers of opening an unsecured credit card, the reality is that an unsecured credit card can be a useful financial tool.
02/25/2024
Get Ahead With Your Tax Refund

How to Break Free From Debt and Get Ahead With Your Tax Refund: Pay Bills, Settle Debt, & Grow Savings

It’s a good idea to use your tax refund to get ahead financially. But where should you allocate these funds? Let’s take a closer look at how you can use your tax refund to move toward your financial goals.
02/23/2024
Student loans

How to Prepare Your Finances for Student Loan Payments

Back in 2020, the federal government gave student loan borrowers a payment reprieve. The temporary measure was designed to help borrowers with federal student loans get through the financial uncertainty caused by the pandemic. But the federal student loan payment pause came to an end in fall 2023.
02/09/2024
Financing a used car

What to Do if You Can’t Afford Your Car Payment

When you need a vehicle to get around, you might feel pressure to spring for more than you can truly afford. Whether your financial situation has changed or you felt pressure to overspend at the dealership, being stuck with a car payment that you cannot afford is an uncomfortable situation.
01/18/2024
Secured credit cards

Complete Guide to Opening a Secured Credit Card

A secured credit card gives cardholders an opportunity to build credit. While you’ll have to make a security deposit to serve as collateral, this can serve as your entry point into building credit.
01/05/2024
Giving up small purchases

Financial Myths to Ignore

You can find financial advice almost everywhere you turn. Whether you are hearing advice from TikTok stars or friends and family, you’ve likely heard more than a few financial myths thrown into the mix.
12/30/2023
Credit Card Credit-Building—2022 Best Cards for Credit-Building

Credit Card Credit Building—2024 Best Cards for Credit Building

If you need help building your credit, the right credit card can make all the difference. Here is a list of the best credit-building credit cards of 2024 to get you started.
12/28/2023
Budgeting for savings goals

How to Improve Your Finances in 2024

Making smart money choices can propel you toward the future you desire. Luckily, it’s easy to take action to improve your financial situation this year.
12/26/2023
How to Improve Your Credit Score

How to Improve Your Credit Score in 2024

While your credit score is just a three-digit number, it can have a big impact on your life. When building your life in the midst of economic uncertainty, a good credit score is an even more important asset.
12/22/2023
AI financial advice

Should You Trust AI Financial Advice?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making headlines in recent months. As AI develops into a more sophisticated tool, it’s natural to wonder how this technology might impact financial advice. If AI can answer other questions, can it be trusted to provide worthwhile financial advice?
12/15/2023
Credit card revolving credit accounts

Building Credit With Revolving & Open Credit Accounts

If you want to build your credit score, responsibly managing revolving and open credit accounts can help. Let’s explore what these accounts are and how you can leverage these types of accounts into a better credit score.
12/01/2023
Increasing savings rate

How to Grow Your Savings Rate

Saving more money is solid financial advice. In theory, we all know that saving money is important. But when it comes to managing our funds, it can be difficult to track how much of our income we actually save.
11/17/2023
Generation Z credit scores

Top Credit-building Tips for Generation Z

Generation Z represents the youngest generation of consumers. As a member of Gen Z, the financial choices you make now can have an outsized impact on your financial future.
11/03/2023
Financial stress

How to Lower Financial Stress

While stress of any kind can take a toll on your health, certain kinds of stress are especially prevalent in American society. Financial stress is one type of stress that can permeate your life.
10/27/2023
Credit card debt statistics

How to Avoid Credit Card Debt

While it’s relatively easy to slip into credit card debt, it’s a challenge for many to pay off this kind of debt. High interest rates make repayment an uphill battle. With that, it’s best to completely avoid credit card debt if you can.
09/29/2023
Past due payments

Derogatory Credit Marks—Grow From Bad to Great Credit

If a good credit score is a priority for you, a derogatory mark is the last thing you want to see on your credit report. Unfortunately, a derogatory mark could spell trouble for your credit score.
09/21/2023
Credit card fees

A Guide to Credit Card Fees and How to Avoid Them

While credit cards are convenient, the reality is there are sometimes plenty of fees attached. If you want to learn more about credit card fees and how to avoid them, you are in the right place.
08/25/2023
SMART money saving goal

How to Reach Your Savings Goals

Saving money is a cornerstone skill for building a stable financial future. Without saving, it’s impossible to build a strong financial foundation. But reaching savings goals is often easier said than done.
08/18/2023
Secured credit cards

How to Build Credit with Secured Credit Cards

Whether you have bad credit or no credit, a secured credit card might be the solution you need to improve your credit. While a secured credit card isn’t the right choice for everyone, it is a worthwhile option for some trying to build their credit.
08/10/2023
Bad Credit Car Loans—What To Do & Why

Bad Credit Car Loans—What to Do & Why

If you are shopping for a car loan with bad credit, you have a challenge ahead of you. We’ll take a close look at the ins and outs of getting a car loan with bad credit and show you what you can do to improve your approval odds.
07/31/2023
Opening a credit card

Should You Open a Credit Card?

Opening a credit card is a very serious financial decision. As with all financial decisions, it’s not a good idea to fly into this situation blindly. Instead, it’s helpful to weigh out the options to determine whether or not a credit card is truly the right fit for your wallet.
07/27/2023
Understand Credit-Building in Minutes

Master Credit-Building in Less Than 7 Minutes

A credit score is a three-digit number that reflects your creditworthiness, which can greatly impact your life. In this article, learn the best strategies to build up your credit score.
07/21/2023
Unclaimed funds

How to Search for Unclaimed Property

Everyone loves a financial windfall. Unclaimed property in the form of a cash payment might give your financial situation a boost. Not everyone will uncover unclaimed property, but the potential to reclaim funds you are owed makes it worth taking a look around.
07/16/2023
Why Having a Good Credit Score Matters

6 Reasons Why Having a Good Credit Score Matters

You’ve likely heard that having a good credit score is important. But why does this three-digit number matter so much? It can impact your finances in many ways.
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