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  • College Students Wasting Millions On Avoidable Fees

    College Students Wasting Millions On Avoidable Fees

    College is not only supposed to give you the skills you need in a particular field of study, but also the general life skills that you need to survive and thrive. Without good habits, your collegiate financial...
    College is not only supposed to give you the skills you need in a particular field of study, but also the general life skills that you need to survive and thrive. Without good habits, your collegiate financial education can...
  • The Costs Of Convenience

    The Costs Of Convenience

    We live in a world where convenience is king. Sometimes we buy products purely for the convenience aspect without even giving them a second thought. If you are struggling with your budget or just wondering whether...
    We live in a world where convenience is king. Sometimes we buy products purely for the convenience aspect without even giving them a second thought. If you are struggling with your budget or just wondering whether a...
  • Save Money By Making Internet Shopping Harder

    Save Money By Making Internet Shopping Harder

    For years, shopaholics had to battle against the ease and convenience of late-night TV ads. Their classic pitches led thousands of people to buy items that they did not need, all available with a simple phone call....
    For years, shopaholics had to battle against the ease and convenience of late-night TV ads. Their classic pitches led thousands of people to buy items that they did not need, all available with a simple phone call. The...
  • Survey Shows People Using Credit Cards For Home Renovations

    Survey Shows People Using Credit Cards For Home Renovations

    Are you planning to renovate your home in 2017? There's a better than 50/50 chance that you are, if a recent poll by LightStream is accurate. The January 2017 LightStream Home Improvement survey found that 59%...
    Are you planning to renovate your home in 2017? There's a better than 50/50 chance that you are, if a recent poll by LightStream is accurate. The January 2017 LightStream Home Improvement survey found that 59% of...
  • Roth 401(K) Better Than Traditional 401(K)

    Roth 401(K) Better Than Traditional 401(K)

    Is a Roth 401(k) preferable to a traditional 401(k)? Generally, that depends on tax rates and whether you prefer to pay taxes as you contribute in your working years or as you withdraw funds in retirement. Roth...
    Is a Roth 401(k) preferable to a traditional 401(k)? Generally, that depends on tax rates and whether you prefer to pay taxes as you contribute in your working years or as you withdraw funds in retirement. Roth 401(k) plans...
  • Today's Headlines: Credit Scores Drop For Mortgage Refinances

    Today's Headlines: Credit Scores Drop For Mortgage Refinances

    Opening Up the Housing Market According to a recent report by The Urban Institute, mortgage credit is coming into reach for a growing number of Americans. The median credit score associated with home mortgages...
    Opening Up the Housing Market According to a recent report by The Urban Institute, mortgage credit is coming into reach for a growing number of Americans. The median credit score associated with home mortgages backed by...
  • Trump Voters Still Want that Wall Even If We Pay For It!

    Trump Voters Still Want that Wall Even If We Pay For It!

    During his successful Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, promising, "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall."...
    During his successful Presidential campaign, Donald Trump vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, promising, "I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall." Do we...
  • 28 Percent Of Non-Retired Adults Have No Retirement Savings Or Pension

    28 Percent Of Non-Retired Adults Have No Retirement Savings Or Pension

    Social Security was only designed to supplement retirement income, not to replace it – yet a recent report by the Federal Reserve indicates that over one-quarter of Americans will be relying on Social Security to...
    Social Security was only designed to supplement retirement income, not to replace it – yet a recent report by the Federal Reserve indicates that over one-quarter of Americans will be relying on Social Security to get them...
  • Student Loan Refinance Can Save You Thousands

    Student Loan Refinance Can Save You Thousands

    Are you dealing with thousands of dollars in student loan debt? You are not alone. According to studentloanhero.com, the average graduate from the Class of 2016 owes $37,172 in educational debt. While student debt...
    Are you dealing with thousands of dollars in student loan debt? You are not alone. According to studentloanhero.com, the average graduate from the Class of 2016 owes $37,172 in educational debt. While student debt can be...
  • Don't Risk Your Credit Score In Retirement

    Don't Risk Your Credit Score In Retirement

    Retirement represents a new stage in your life. It's a time of change and opportunity. To make the most of your opportunities, you must make sure that one aspect of your life does not change – your good credit...
    Retirement represents a new stage in your life. It's a time of change and opportunity. To make the most of your opportunities, you must make sure that one aspect of your life does not change – your good credit score. A...
  • No Simple Solution To The Social Security Deficit

    No Simple Solution To The Social Security Deficit

    Nothing is as easy as it seems. If life were easy, we could solve the financing gaps in Social Security in five simple words – eliminate the cap, problem solved. Life isn't easy In the words of H.L. Mencken,...
    Nothing is as easy as it seems. If life were easy, we could solve the financing gaps in Social Security in five simple words – eliminate the cap, problem solved. Life isn't easy In the words of H.L. Mencken, for every...
  • 1 In 3 College Students Don't Know What Their Loan Payment Will Be

    1 In 3 College Students Don't Know What Their Loan Payment Will Be

    Today, well over half of all college graduates incurs student loan debt in pursuing their degrees. Although seniors may learn a lot, they may not know their monthly payments. According to a new survey conducted by...
    Today, well over half of all college graduates incurs student loan debt in pursuing their degrees. Although seniors may learn a lot, they may not know their monthly payments. According to a new survey conducted by Barnes...
  • Americans More Worried About Vacation Than Retirement Savings

    Americans More Worried About Vacation Than Retirement Savings

    Of course, you need a vacation. You've worked hard and you've earned the time off – but is that upcoming vacation more important than your retirement savings are? A new survey by Country Financial suggests...
    Of course, you need a vacation. You've worked hard and you've earned the time off – but is that upcoming vacation more important than your retirement savings are? A new survey by Country Financial suggests that right...
  • Millions Of First-Time Homebuyers Kept Out Of Market

    Millions Of First-Time Homebuyers Kept Out Of Market

    First-time homebuyers are an extremely important part of the housing market. Without new buyers in the housing market, owners of existing starter homes have nobody to sell their home to and therefore cannot afford...
    First-time homebuyers are an extremely important part of the housing market. Without new buyers in the housing market, owners of existing starter homes have nobody to sell their home to and therefore cannot afford to buy a...
  • Caring for Your Parents as They Age

    Caring for Your Parents as They Age

    Sunday, July 23, is Parents' Day, which was established when President Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law in 1994 to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in raising children. At...
    Sunday, July 23, is Parents' Day, which was established when President Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into law in 1994 to recognize, uplift, and support the role of parents in raising children. At some point...
  • Today's Headlines: Where's The Wage Growth?

    Today's Headlines: Where's The Wage Growth?

    So Much for Economic Theory How does one accurately predict the future when long-held standards change? Economists must grapple with this challenge when trying to predict relationships between jobs, wages, and...
    So Much for Economic Theory How does one accurately predict the future when long-held standards change? Economists must grapple with this challenge when trying to predict relationships between jobs, wages, and inflation. ...
  • Men More Likely Than Women To Ask For Financial Advice

    Men More Likely Than Women To Ask For Financial Advice

    We all have heard the cliché that men never ask for directions. That may or may not be true on the road, but a new survey refutes the stereotype with respect to finances. A recent survey by Country Financial finds...
    We all have heard the cliché that men never ask for directions. That may or may not be true on the road, but a new survey refutes the stereotype with respect to finances. A recent survey by Country Financial finds that in a...
  • Saving on the Costs of Children

    Saving on the Costs of Children

    Children are treasures – but they are expensive ones. The latest USDA report on the costs of raising children to the age of 17 puts the price at almost $234,000 apiece accounting for inflation. As Sunday, July 23,...
    Children are treasures – but they are expensive ones. The latest USDA report on the costs of raising children to the age of 17 puts the price at almost $234,000 apiece accounting for inflation. As Sunday, July 23, is...
  • Avoid Paying Mortgage Insurance Despite Low Down Payment

    Avoid Paying Mortgage Insurance Despite Low Down Payment

    If you are stretching your funds to purchase a home with a minimal down payment, you are probably familiar with private mortgage insurance (PMI). It is generally required in any home purchase in which the down...
    If you are stretching your funds to purchase a home with a minimal down payment, you are probably familiar with private mortgage insurance (PMI). It is generally required in any home purchase in which the down payment is...
  • Credit Gardening 101

    Credit Gardening 101

    You may be a whiz at vegetable gardening or flower gardening, but how are you at credit gardening? That may sound like you are buying plants on credit, but in this case, good credit is the product of your...
    You may be a whiz at vegetable gardening or flower gardening, but how are you at credit gardening? That may sound like you are buying plants on credit, but in this case, good credit is the product of your gardening. Instead...
  • Pre-Qualify Before Car Shopping

    Pre-Qualify Before Car Shopping

    You may like shopping for a new or used car, but you will not like paying for it — especially when it comes to arranging the auto loan. The finance and insurance (F&I) office at the dealership is nobody's...
    You may like shopping for a new or used car, but you will not like paying for it — especially when it comes to arranging the auto loan. The finance and insurance (F&I) office at the dealership is nobody's idea of a...
  • Why Are Millennials Avoiding Credit Cards?

    Why Are Millennials Avoiding Credit Cards?

    Credit card usage is dropping among the millennial generation. A surprising 67% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age have no credit cards at all, according to a recent survey. That compares to only 45% of...
    Credit card usage is dropping among the millennial generation. A surprising 67% of Americans between 18 and 29 years of age have no credit cards at all, according to a recent survey. That compares to only 45% of Americans...
  • More Americans Want To Forgive Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Than Want It Repaid

    More Americans Want To Forgive Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Than Want It Repaid

    More Americans believe that we should forgive all federal student debt than feel that the recipients should pay their loans back. In a shocking survey recently conducted by MoneyTips.com, nearly 42% agreed with the...
    More Americans believe that we should forgive all federal student debt than feel that the recipients should pay their loans back. In a shocking survey recently conducted by MoneyTips.com, nearly 42% agreed with the...
  • Have You Done Your Homework On Your Bank?

    Have You Done Your Homework On Your Bank?

    How do you know that your bank is the best one for you? You can consult all the advertising flyers and conventional information available at bank branches — or you can do some homework on the fundamentals of your...
    How do you know that your bank is the best one for you? You can consult all the advertising flyers and conventional information available at bank branches — or you can do some homework on the fundamentals of your bank with...
  • Rent-to-Own Homes 101

    Rent-to-Own Homes 101

    You have spotted the house of your dreams, and it is on the market – but you cannot afford to buy it at the moment. Perhaps you do not have enough down payment funds, or your credit score is not good enough to get...
    You have spotted the house of your dreams, and it is on the market – but you cannot afford to buy it at the moment. Perhaps you do not have enough down payment funds, or your credit score is not good enough to get a mortgage...
  • Today's Headlines: Should the US Ban Credit Card Surcharges?

    Today's Headlines: Should the US Ban Credit Card Surcharges?

    Who's For Paying More? Let's take a quick vote. How many consumers are in favor of surcharges just for the convenience of using a credit card? Anybody? That's what we thought. The European Union and...
    Who's For Paying More? Let's take a quick vote. How many consumers are in favor of surcharges just for the convenience of using a credit card? Anybody? That's what we thought. The European Union and the United...
  • How To Read Your Credit Report

    How To Read Your Credit Report

    Have you read anything lately that was so important that it changed your life? If not, we would like to suggest something to read — your credit report. Granted, simply reading your credit report may not have any...
    Have you read anything lately that was so important that it changed your life? If not, we would like to suggest something to read — your credit report. Granted, simply reading your credit report may not have any effect on...
  • Income Bridges 101

    Income Bridges 101

    For those who have invested unwisely or not saved much money for retirement, the bridge to Social Security income is clear — keep working. If you still have debts you want to pay off before retirement, the free...
    For those who have invested unwisely or not saved much money for retirement, the bridge to Social Security income is clear — keep working. If you still have debts you want to pay off before retirement, the free Debt...
  • Don't Go Into Debt For Vacation

    Don't Go Into Debt For Vacation

    Your summer vacation is supposed to be a time to relax and recharge. However, if you want to stay relaxed when you return home, make sure that you do more recharging and less charging – with your credit cards. A...
    Your summer vacation is supposed to be a time to relax and recharge. However, if you want to stay relaxed when you return home, make sure that you do more recharging and less charging – with your credit cards. A new survey...
  • 6 Tips For When An IRS Letter Arrives In The Mail

    6 Tips For When An IRS Letter Arrives In The Mail

    Few things are more frightening than opening your mailbox and finding a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. You may wrack your brain wondering what you've done to receive an IRS notice. But there’s no...
    Few things are more frightening than opening your mailbox and finding a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. You may wrack your brain wondering what you've done to receive an IRS notice. But there’s no need to...
  • Tips For Downsizing

    Tips For Downsizing

    Most people have no idea how much stuff they have accumulated in their lives until they decide to move. Try packing all of your possessions and watch the boxes multiply. You will be amazed at how your stack of...
    Most people have no idea how much stuff they have accumulated in their lives until they decide to move. Try packing all of your possessions and watch the boxes multiply. You will be amazed at how your stack of possessions...
  • 4 Simple Ways To Make Money At Home

    4 Simple Ways To Make Money At Home

    The monthly bills are due again, and it seems you are getting further and further behind. You've scrimped and cut costs as much as you possibly can, there's no change left in the couch cushions or the car...
    The monthly bills are due again, and it seems you are getting further and further behind. You've scrimped and cut costs as much as you possibly can, there's no change left in the couch cushions or the car seats, and...
  • 6 Things To Do 6 Years Before Retiring

    6 Things To Do 6 Years Before Retiring

    Congratulations! At your 60th birthday, you've actually entered your seventh decade of living. We hope that you have given some thought to your retirement by now and made significant plans toward meeting your...
    Congratulations! At your 60th birthday, you've actually entered your seventh decade of living. We hope that you have given some thought to your retirement by now and made significant plans toward meeting your retirement...
  • What Happens When You Go Over Your Credit Limit?

    What Happens When You Go Over Your Credit Limit?

    Credit is a great convenience, but it's a convenience that you will pay for — especially if you go over your credit limit. Traditional over-limit fees were radically changed by the Credit CARD Act of 2009,...
    Credit is a great convenience, but it's a convenience that you will pay for — especially if you go over your credit limit. Traditional over-limit fees were radically changed by the Credit CARD Act of 2009, which...
  • Rapid Rescore 101

    Rapid Rescore 101

    Imagine that you are applying for a mortgage, and you discover that your credit score is just below the necessary range to qualify for a mortgage loan (or a better interest rate). The frustrating thing is that you...
    Imagine that you are applying for a mortgage, and you discover that your credit score is just below the necessary range to qualify for a mortgage loan (or a better interest rate). The frustrating thing is that you have...
  • Batch Your Bills

    Batch Your Bills

    We're all busy these days. You may get overwhelmed with day-to-day chores and ignore your bills and bank balances until you suddenly realize that you're overdrawn or don't have enough money in your...
    We're all busy these days. You may get overwhelmed with day-to-day chores and ignore your bills and bank balances until you suddenly realize that you're overdrawn or don't have enough money in your account to pay...
  • Zelle: A New Way To Pay Pals

    Zelle: A New Way To Pay Pals

    If you want to send money directly to your friends online, there are a number of apps that allow you to do so, including Venmo. Venmo is one of the leading person-to-person (P2P) financial apps, successful to the...
    If you want to send money directly to your friends online, there are a number of apps that allow you to do so, including Venmo. Venmo is one of the leading person-to-person (P2P) financial apps, successful to the extent that...
  • What Is A HARP Loan?

    What Is A HARP Loan?

    The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is one of the two key programs established by the federal government to help homeowners affected by the recent subprime mortgage crisis. The beneficiaries of these two...
    The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) is one of the two key programs established by the federal government to help homeowners affected by the recent subprime mortgage crisis. The beneficiaries of these two programs...
  • Trump Voters Still Solidly Support The President And His Proposals

    Trump Voters Still Solidly Support The President And His Proposals

    In a recent survey, more people than not believe that President Trump will lower business taxes, but the same wasn't true for their own personal taxes. On other critical issues in the news, Americans are torn,...
    In a recent survey, more people than not believe that President Trump will lower business taxes, but the same wasn't true for their own personal taxes. On other critical issues in the news, Americans are torn, but not...
  • 7 Steps To Your Financial Independence Day

    7 Steps To Your Financial Independence Day

    Most people say they plan for retirement, but they are really planning for financial independence. The day you achieve financial independence is a great day – you have accumulated enough wealth to not have to work...
    Most people say they plan for retirement, but they are really planning for financial independence. The day you achieve financial independence is a great day – you have accumulated enough wealth to not have to work again, and...
  • 9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score Free EBook

    9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score Free EBook

    Download your FREE ebook now! Welcome to MoneyTips! Since we offer our members Credit Manager, a free tool that provides credit scores, we wanted to give you the skills to raise your score so you can...
    Download your FREE ebook now! Welcome to MoneyTips! Since we offer our members Credit Manager, a free tool that provides credit scores, we wanted to give you the skills to raise your score so you can achieve...
  • Save On Car Insurance By Raising Your Credit Score

    Save On Car Insurance By Raising Your Credit Score

    June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day. Are you aware of all the factors influencing the costs of your insurance? For example, does your credit score affect your car insurance rates? If you live in California,...
    June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day. Are you aware of all the factors influencing the costs of your insurance? For example, does your credit score affect your car insurance rates? If you live in California,...
  • Fireworks and Insurance

    Fireworks and Insurance

    June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day and less than a week later, on the Fourth of July, we celebrate Independence Day. This is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of fireworks safety and how...
    June 28 is National Insurance Awareness Day and less than a week later, on the Fourth of July, we celebrate Independence Day. This is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of fireworks safety and how potential...
  • Today's Headlines: Housing Market: Good Or Bad From Your Perspective?

    Today's Headlines: Housing Market: Good Or Bad From Your Perspective?

    How's the Market? When will the housing market ever return to full health? Market fluctuations make that a difficult question to answer with confidence. Recent information from Black Knight (NYSE:BKFS)...
    How's the Market? When will the housing market ever return to full health? Market fluctuations make that a difficult question to answer with confidence. Recent information from Black Knight (NYSE:BKFS) suggests that...
  • 9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score Free EBook

    9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score Free EBook

    Download your FREE ebook now! Welcome to MoneyTips! We designed this free eBook to help people understand credit and raise their credit score. Download 9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score and you...
    Download your FREE ebook now! Welcome to MoneyTips! We designed this free eBook to help people understand credit and raise their credit score. Download 9 Simple Ways To Raise Your Credit Score and you will learn:...
  • Help For Homebuyers With Student Loan Debt

    Help For Homebuyers With Student Loan Debt

    Student loan debt has made it difficult for many young Americans to enter the housing market. A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors found that 71% of student loan borrowers cited their student...
    Student loan debt has made it difficult for many young Americans to enter the housing market. A recent survey from the National Association of Realtors found that 71% of student loan borrowers cited their student loan burden...
  • Warning: Social Security Estimates Can Go Down

    Warning: Social Security Estimates Can Go Down

    To plan properly for retirement, you have to know how much money you should expect to receive in Social Security benefits. Fortunately, you can check your estimated benefits anytime by establishing a my Social...
    To plan properly for retirement, you have to know how much money you should expect to receive in Social Security benefits. Fortunately, you can check your estimated benefits anytime by establishing a my Social Security...
  • How Democrats and Republicans Compare in the Battle for Credit

    How Democrats and Republicans Compare in the Battle for Credit

    We all know the political stereotype – Republicans are supposedly the party of the wealthy, and Democrats are the party of the less economically advantaged (outside of Hollywood). How does this stereotype hold up...
    We all know the political stereotype – Republicans are supposedly the party of the wealthy, and Democrats are the party of the less economically advantaged (outside of Hollywood). How does this stereotype hold up with...
  • Credit Counselor Accreditation

    Credit Counselor Accreditation

    If you are having trouble with understanding and managing your credit, perhaps you would benefit from the expertise of a credit counselor. Credit counselors can help you in a number of ways, from basic financial...
    If you are having trouble with understanding and managing your credit, perhaps you would benefit from the expertise of a credit counselor. Credit counselors can help you in a number of ways, from basic financial education...
  • More Than Half of Americans Making Less Than $40,000 Annually Have No Retirement Savings

    More Than Half of Americans Making Less Than $40,000 Annually Have No Retirement Savings

    It should not come as a surprise that people with lower incomes have lower levels of retirement savings. However, many people with lower incomes have no retirement savings at all – and a recent Federal Reserve...
    It should not come as a surprise that people with lower incomes have lower levels of retirement savings. However, many people with lower incomes have no retirement savings at all – and a recent Federal Reserve report...
  • Don't Let Anyone Cancel Your Credit Card!

    Don't Let Anyone Cancel Your Credit Card!

    Why should you hang on to a credit card that you don't use very often? MoneyTips will give you two very good reasons: it serves a suitable source of emergency credit if needed, and it raises your credit score...
    Why should you hang on to a credit card that you don't use very often? MoneyTips will give you two very good reasons: it serves a suitable source of emergency credit if needed, and it raises your credit score by keeping...
  • Nearly Half of Indebted Americans Spend Half Their Income on Debt Repayment

    Nearly Half of Indebted Americans Spend Half Their Income on Debt Repayment

    Debt is not necessarily a bad thing – it allows us to acquire large and valuable assets like homes and cars. However, debt is also supposed to be manageable and temporary. According to a recent study, too many...
    Debt is not necessarily a bad thing – it allows us to acquire large and valuable assets like homes and cars. However, debt is also supposed to be manageable and temporary. According to a recent study, too many Americans are...
  • 5 Reasons Why Retirees Need To Know Their Credit Score

    5 Reasons Why Retirees Need To Know Their Credit Score

    You've entered your retirement years. Finally, you no longer have to worry about getting up early in the morning for work, dealing with traffic, job stresses, or worrying about your credit score. We were with...
    You've entered your retirement years. Finally, you no longer have to worry about getting up early in the morning for work, dealing with traffic, job stresses, or worrying about your credit score. We were with you until...
  • Today's Headlines: Trump's Orders and Mortgage Rules

    Today's Headlines: Trump's Orders and Mortgage Rules

    Treasury Report Targets Dodd-Frank In February of 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13772, which gave the Secretary of the Treasury 120 days to create a report reviewing financial laws and regulations...
    Treasury Report Targets Dodd-Frank In February of 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13772, which gave the Secretary of the Treasury 120 days to create a report reviewing financial laws and regulations with respect...
  • 7 Ways To Reduce Your Mortgage

    7 Ways To Reduce Your Mortgage

    For most homeowners, mortgage costs are the largest regular expense in the family budget. How can you manage those costs in the most efficient way? We offer a few suggestions for reducing either short- or long-term...
    For most homeowners, mortgage costs are the largest regular expense in the family budget. How can you manage those costs in the most efficient way? We offer a few suggestions for reducing either short- or long-term mortgage...
  • Personal Loans For People With Fair Credit

    Personal Loans For People With Fair Credit

    If your credit score is in the low- to mid-600s, you have what is usually considered to be fair credit — not in the range where you have trouble getting personal loans at all, but in the range where finding a good...
    If your credit score is in the low- to mid-600s, you have what is usually considered to be fair credit — not in the range where you have trouble getting personal loans at all, but in the range where finding a good interest...
  • The 7 Deadly Sins Of Credit

    The 7 Deadly Sins Of Credit

    Credit is like trust; it must be earned. In order to extend credit to you, a creditor must feel confident that you will repay. Otherwise, you will pay higher interest rates to cover the risk or be denied credit...
    Credit is like trust; it must be earned. In order to extend credit to you, a creditor must feel confident that you will repay. Otherwise, you will pay higher interest rates to cover the risk or be denied credit altogether. ...
  • Personal Loans For People With Poor Credit

    Personal Loans For People With Poor Credit

    You may need a personal loan for a number of reasons — perhaps to deal with unexpected medical expenses, to consolidate high-interest credit card debt, or even to take that well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately, if...
    You may need a personal loan for a number of reasons — perhaps to deal with unexpected medical expenses, to consolidate high-interest credit card debt, or even to take that well-deserved vacation. Unfortunately, if you have...
  • Don't Borrow Against Your Retirement Plan!

    Don't Borrow Against Your Retirement Plan!

    You are already dealing with increasing debt. Suddenly, you find yourself with an unplanned expense that you cannot afford. You look longingly at your 401(k) balance. If only you could access some of that money to...
    You are already dealing with increasing debt. Suddenly, you find yourself with an unplanned expense that you cannot afford. You look longingly at your 401(k) balance. If only you could access some of that money to meet your...
  • More Than 1/3 Of Americans Can't Afford A $100 Medical Bill

    More Than 1/3 Of Americans Can't Afford A $100 Medical Bill

    It's bad enough when your day is derailed by an unexpected trip to the doctor, but it's even worse when you can't afford to pay the bill. Unfortunately, too many Americans find themselves in this...
    It's bad enough when your day is derailed by an unexpected trip to the doctor, but it's even worse when you can't afford to pay the bill. Unfortunately, too many Americans find themselves in this position,...
  • Costs of Being a Dad

    Costs of Being a Dad

    Welcome to parenthood! You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your...
    Welcome to parenthood! You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your child is...
  • Women Dominate Student Loan Debt

    Women Dominate Student Loan Debt

    America's student loan debt burden has reached a staggering $1.44 trillion, making it the second largest source of household debt in America – behind mortgages. According to a recent study, this growing loan...
    America's student loan debt burden has reached a staggering $1.44 trillion, making it the second largest source of household debt in America – behind mortgages. According to a recent study, this growing loan burden is...
  • Today's Headlines: Consumer Credit Slows In April

    Today's Headlines: Consumer Credit Slows In April

    Consumer Credit and Growth Hopes are high for strong economic growth in America's near future. President Trump's economic plan hinges on an economic growth rate near 4%, and markets so far are expecting him...
    Consumer Credit and Growth Hopes are high for strong economic growth in America's near future. President Trump's economic plan hinges on an economic growth rate near 4%, and markets so far are expecting him to be...
  • 10 Ways To Increase Your 401(k)

    10 Ways To Increase Your 401(k)

    Are you on track to meet your retirement goals? If not, now is the time to give your retirement account a little extra boost. Consider these 10 tips to increase your retirement savings and set you on track to a...
    Are you on track to meet your retirement goals? If not, now is the time to give your retirement account a little extra boost. Consider these 10 tips to increase your retirement savings and set you on track to a more...
  • How People Spend Money on Father's Day Gifts

    How People Spend Money on Father's Day Gifts

    Father's Day will be here soon. Have you picked up anything for Dad yet? You probably will, if statistics count for anything. In 2017, spending on Father's Day will account for an estimated $15.5 billion...
    Father's Day will be here soon. Have you picked up anything for Dad yet? You probably will, if statistics count for anything. In 2017, spending on Father's Day will account for an estimated $15.5 billion in sales,...
  • Is Your Diploma Worth the Debt Load?

    Is Your Diploma Worth the Debt Load?

    Congratulations, college graduates and soon-to-be graduates! Along with your peers who attended college but did not graduate, you have accumulated $1.44 trillion in outstanding student loan debt according to the...
    Congratulations, college graduates and soon-to-be graduates! Along with your peers who attended college but did not graduate, you have accumulated $1.44 trillion in outstanding student loan debt according to the Federal...
  • The "Clear to Close" Letter

    The "Clear to Close" Letter

    As you progress through the home-buying process, you will receive letters from lenders at significant steps along the way. A pre-qualification letter gives you a general idea of the size of mortgage you can...
    As you progress through the home-buying process, you will receive letters from lenders at significant steps along the way. A pre-qualification letter gives you a general idea of the size of mortgage you can acquire, while a...
  • Don't Pay Your Student Loan? Get Sued, Lose House

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  • 5 Top Myths And 5 Top Facts About Tax Refunds

    5 Top Myths And 5 Top Facts About Tax Refunds

    It can be difficult to tell myth from fact when it comes to tax refunds. The IRS would like to help you by clarifying some tax return myths, and we are happy to help the IRS achieve their goal. Let's start by...
    It can be difficult to tell myth from fact when it comes to tax refunds. The IRS would like to help you by clarifying some tax return myths, and we are happy to help the IRS achieve their goal. Let's start by clearing...
  • QKR!: New Way To Pay Your Tab

    QKR!: New Way To Pay Your Tab

    In April of 2015, MasterCard joined a somewhat crowded mobile ordering field by introducing the Qkr! app in its first restaurant in the U.S., Streetbird Rotisserie in New York. Since that time, Qkr! (pronounced...
    In April of 2015, MasterCard joined a somewhat crowded mobile ordering field by introducing the Qkr! app in its first restaurant in the U.S., Streetbird Rotisserie in New York. Since that time, Qkr! (pronounced "quicker")...
  • Can Landlords Really Check Your Credit?

    Can Landlords Really Check Your Credit?

    Besides determining whether you can get a loan, your credit also reaches into several other areas of your life, including the ability to lease a new home. You may be looking for a fresh start and a new place to live, but...

    Besides determining whether you can get a loan, your credit also reaches into several other areas of your life, including the ability to lease a new home. You may be looking for a fresh start and a new place to live, but...

  • Learn From Your Tax Filing Mistakes

    Learn From Your Tax Filing Mistakes

    Did you end up owing a boatload of money to the IRS at tax time without having the money to pay for it, or did you receive a large refund? While the former is a lot more unpleasant than the latter, they are both...
    Did you end up owing a boatload of money to the IRS at tax time without having the money to pay for it, or did you receive a large refund? While the former is a lot more unpleasant than the latter, they are both symptoms of...
  • Why the 2017 Tax Deadline Was Moved to April 18

    Why the 2017 Tax Deadline Was Moved to April 18

    For two years in a row, Americans are going to get a little extra time to file their taxes, thanks to a holiday that may be completely unknown to you. In 2017, the tax-filing deadline will be April 18 thanks to...
    For two years in a row, Americans are going to get a little extra time to file their taxes, thanks to a holiday that may be completely unknown to you. In 2017, the tax-filing deadline will be April 18 thanks to Emancipation...
  • Over 40% Under- Or Over-prepared For Retirement

    Over 40% Under- Or Over-prepared For Retirement

    Are you worried or confident in your retirement plans? How do you reach your decision? You may not be seeing the full picture. A recent study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College...
    Are you worried or confident in your retirement plans? How do you reach your decision? You may not be seeing the full picture. A recent study conducted by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College (CRRBC) found...
  • Sift App Maximizes The Benefits Of Your Credit Cards

    Sift App Maximizes The Benefits Of Your Credit Cards

    If you are like most consumers, you are familiar with the rewards component of your credit card but probably have no idea of the other positive features available to you. Have you read all of your credit cards’...
    If you are like most consumers, you are familiar with the rewards component of your credit card but probably have no idea of the other positive features available to you. Have you read all of your credit cards’ terms and...
  • Mother's Day Spending 2017 (Infographic)

    Mother's Day Spending 2017 (Infographic)

    In 2017, Americans will be spending more than $23 billion on Mother's Day! That's 10% more than we did last year. If you want to rack up rewards while buying Mom's gift, visit Credit Cards Rewards. ...
    In 2017, Americans will be spending more than $23 billion on Mother's Day! That's 10% more than we did last year. If you want to rack up rewards while buying Mom's gift, visit Credit Cards Rewards. Check out our...
  • Tax Day Last Minute Filing

    Tax Day Last Minute Filing

    Waiting until the last minute to pay your taxes can cost you if you are expecting a refund, since the government hangs on to your money and receives more interest on it. However, if you owe money to the government,...
    Waiting until the last minute to pay your taxes can cost you if you are expecting a refund, since the government hangs on to your money and receives more interest on it. However, if you owe money to the government, that same...
  • Shed Debt and Owe Tax

    Shed Debt and Owe Tax

    Can you eliminate debt by settling with a creditor to pay less than you owed and still come out on the short end? It is possible, based on potential tax liabilities. Not only that, but "any time an account is...
    Can you eliminate debt by settling with a creditor to pay less than you owed and still come out on the short end? It is possible, based on potential tax liabilities. Not only that, but "any time an account is settled for...
  • IdentityTheft.gov 101

    IdentityTheft.gov 101

    The news seems to be filled with stories about hackers and identity theft these days, and rightly so. According to the Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, there were 15.4 million...
    The news seems to be filled with stories about hackers and identity theft these days, and rightly so. According to the Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research, there were 15.4 million victims of...
  • You Owe Taxes, But Cant Pay the Bill

    You Owe Taxes, But Cant Pay the Bill

    Instead of enjoying a tax refund this year, you are surprised to find that you owe Uncle Sam. Even worse, you do not have the money to pay these surprise taxes. What can you do? One thing you definitely do not...
    Instead of enjoying a tax refund this year, you are surprised to find that you owe Uncle Sam. Even worse, you do not have the money to pay these surprise taxes. What can you do? One thing you definitely do not want to do is...
  • How to File for an Extension

    How to File for an Extension

    If you are nowhere near ready to file your taxes as the deadline approaches, you may file an extension with the IRS that gives you up to six more months to file your taxes. Filing an extension will spare you from...
    If you are nowhere near ready to file your taxes as the deadline approaches, you may file an extension with the IRS that gives you up to six more months to file your taxes. Filing an extension will spare you from late filing...
  • The Punishing Costs of Paying Your Taxes Late

    The Punishing Costs of Paying Your Taxes Late

    Examples of really bad ideas: Forgetting your spouse’s birthday or your anniversary, do-it-yourself brain surgery, and forgetting to file your federal tax return or pay your federal taxes. You may be short on the...
    Examples of really bad ideas: Forgetting your spouse’s birthday or your anniversary, do-it-yourself brain surgery, and forgetting to file your federal tax return or pay your federal taxes. You may be short on the cash to pay...
  • Todays Headlines: Student Loan Debt Versus Home Ownership

    Todays Headlines: Student Loan Debt Versus Home Ownership

    Student Debt Hinders Home Ownership It's no surprise to most parents that college expenses are skyrocketing and student loan debt is reaching crisis proportions. According to the New York Fed, the collective...
    Student Debt Hinders Home Ownership It's no surprise to most parents that college expenses are skyrocketing and student loan debt is reaching crisis proportions. According to the New York Fed, the collective outstanding...
  • Are You "Friends" With The Internal Revenue Service?

    Are You "Friends" With The Internal Revenue Service?

    How many people like the IRS? According to Facebook, it’s more than 50,000! If you regularly use social media outlets to stay in touch with friends and follow people or businesses that you find interesting and...
    How many people like the IRS? According to Facebook, it’s more than 50,000! If you regularly use social media outlets to stay in touch with friends and follow people or businesses that you find interesting and relevant,...
  • Premium Tax Credit 101

    Premium Tax Credit 101

    The Premium Tax Credit (PTC) may sound like it is a credit only available to top-tier incomes, but it is actually quite the opposite. "Premium" in this case refers to health care premiums, and PTC is a way to help...
    The Premium Tax Credit (PTC) may sound like it is a credit only available to top-tier incomes, but it is actually quite the opposite. "Premium" in this case refers to health care premiums, and PTC is a way to help those with...
  • It's STILL Not Too Late to Lower Your Tax Bill

    It's STILL Not Too Late to Lower Your Tax Bill

    Are you a procrastinator who waits until the very last moment to file your taxes? Thanks to Emancipation Day, the filing deadline is April 18, 2017, to file your taxes for the 2016 tax year. That gives you a few...
    Are you a procrastinator who waits until the very last moment to file your taxes? Thanks to Emancipation Day, the filing deadline is April 18, 2017, to file your taxes for the 2016 tax year. That gives you a few more days to...
  • People With Low Credit Not Applying For Mortgages

    People With Low Credit Not Applying For Mortgages

    Are banks loosening their credit rules and allowing those with borderline credit greater access to mortgage loans? That depends on whose information you believe. According to the Federal Reserve's most recent...
    Are banks loosening their credit rules and allowing those with borderline credit greater access to mortgage loans? That depends on whose information you believe. According to the Federal Reserve's most recent Senior...
  • Achieve Financial Literacy!

    Achieve Financial Literacy!

    April is National Financial Literacy Month. Why do we dedicate this calendar page to highlighting financial skills and education? The tax deadline? Sound financial decisions are important all year long, but most...
    April is National Financial Literacy Month. Why do we dedicate this calendar page to highlighting financial skills and education? The tax deadline? Sound financial decisions are important all year long, but most Americans...
  • Do I Have To Pay Taxes When I Inherit Money?

    Do I Have To Pay Taxes When I Inherit Money?

    You have just received an inheritance. What do you do now? You could spend it on some extravagance, but you would be better off doing two things first: assessing the tax ramifications and thinking about some...
    You have just received an inheritance. What do you do now? You could spend it on some extravagance, but you would be better off doing two things first: assessing the tax ramifications and thinking about some investment...
  • Men Vs. Women In Credit

    Men Vs. Women In Credit

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earned 81.1 cents for every dollar that men earned in the fourth quarter of 2016. While men may have a wage advantage, a 2016 survey from Experian suggests that...
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women earned 81.1 cents for every dollar that men earned in the fourth quarter of 2016. While men may have a wage advantage, a 2016 survey from Experian suggests that men are...
  • How the Mega-Rich Avoid Paying Taxes

    How the Mega-Rich Avoid Paying Taxes

    It is rumored that some of the wealthiest Americans manage to pay less in taxes than some of their employees. They achieve this by one of two methods: doing their own financial and tax planning or paying someone to...
    It is rumored that some of the wealthiest Americans manage to pay less in taxes than some of their employees. They achieve this by one of two methods: doing their own financial and tax planning or paying someone to do it for...
  • Today's Headlines: US Shows Economic Growth. How Are You Affected?

    Today's Headlines: US Shows Economic Growth. How Are You Affected?

    It's Just One Data Point If you wonder why economic headlines leave average Americans confused and anxious, consider the following example. On Thursday, March 30, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported...
    It's Just One Data Point If you wonder why economic headlines leave average Americans confused and anxious, consider the following example. On Thursday, March 30, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) reported that the...
  • Tax return transcripts

    Tax return transcripts

    The IRS recommends that you keep tax records for at least three years from the date you filed your original return, and longer for special situations. 

    The IRS recommends that you keep tax records for at least three years from the date you filed your original return, and longer for special situations. 

  • Is Your Partner Hiding A Credit Card?

    Is Your Partner Hiding A Credit Card?

    Trust is the foundation of any relationship. That trust includes financial issues as well as personal ones. Do you trust your spouse or partner enough to be open about your finances? According to a recent survey...
    Trust is the foundation of any relationship. That trust includes financial issues as well as personal ones. Do you trust your spouse or partner enough to be open about your finances? According to a recent survey from...
  • Credit Reporting Complaints

    Credit Reporting Complaints

    Every month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issues a complaint report. This monthly report rotates its product spotlight among different aspects of financial services such as student loans,...
    Every month, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issues a complaint report. This monthly report rotates its product spotlight among different aspects of financial services such as student loans, consumer loans,...
  • Delinquent Auto Loans At 8-Year High

    Delinquent Auto Loans At 8-Year High

    If you are having trouble making your auto loan payments, recent data from the New York Federal Reserve suggests that you are not alone. According to the New York Fed, delinquent auto loans have reached levels not...
    If you are having trouble making your auto loan payments, recent data from the New York Federal Reserve suggests that you are not alone. According to the New York Fed, delinquent auto loans have reached levels not seen in...
  • Selling Your Home And Taxes

    Selling Your Home And Taxes

    If you are preparing to sell your home, taxes are probably not the first thing on your mind — and they probably shouldn't be. However, when tax time does roll around, you need to understand what effects your...
    If you are preparing to sell your home, taxes are probably not the first thing on your mind — and they probably shouldn't be. However, when tax time does roll around, you need to understand what effects your home sale...
  • Dating And Debt

    Dating And Debt

    It's been said that love is blind. Unfortunately, sometimes love is also broke. Relationships can be tricky enough without the issue of one partner having large-scale debt. Is debt a deal-breaker in a...
    It's been said that love is blind. Unfortunately, sometimes love is also broke. Relationships can be tricky enough without the issue of one partner having large-scale debt. Is debt a deal-breaker in a relationship for...
  • QKR!: New Way To Pay Your Tab

    QKR!: New Way To Pay Your Tab

    In April of 2015, MasterCard joined a somewhat crowded mobile ordering field by introducing the Qkr! app in its first restaurant in the U.S., Streetbird Rotisserie in New York. Since that time, Qkr! (pronounced...
    In April of 2015, MasterCard joined a somewhat crowded mobile ordering field by introducing the Qkr! app in its first restaurant in the U.S., Streetbird Rotisserie in New York. Since that time, Qkr! (pronounced "quicker")...
  • Tax Penalties 101

    Tax Penalties 101

    The Internal Revenue Service has plenty of ways to penalize you for mistakes on your tax return. Some of these potential penalties are so convoluted and complex that there may well be disagreement within the IRS on...
    The Internal Revenue Service has plenty of ways to penalize you for mistakes on your tax return. Some of these potential penalties are so convoluted and complex that there may well be disagreement within the IRS on when they...
  • Many Tax Refunds Going To Pay Down Debt

    Many Tax Refunds Going To Pay Down Debt

    Are you expecting a tax refund this year, and if so, what do you plan to do with it? The annual survey by the National Retail Federation suggests that in 2017, almost two-thirds of taxpayers expect to receive a...
    Are you expecting a tax refund this year, and if so, what do you plan to do with it? The annual survey by the National Retail Federation suggests that in 2017, almost two-thirds of taxpayers expect to receive a refund, and...
  • Today's Headlines: College Choices Limited By Affordability

    Today's Headlines: College Choices Limited By Affordability

    Spoiler Alert: College Is Mostly Unaffordable If you have children in college or nearing college, you're painfully aware of soaring college costs and how difficult it is to afford them. A recent study by the...
    Spoiler Alert: College Is Mostly Unaffordable If you have children in college or nearing college, you're painfully aware of soaring college costs and how difficult it is to afford them. A recent study by the Institute...
  • Browse Through Our Free Financial Library

    Browse Through Our Free Financial Library

    Have you ever seen ads for "Get Rich Quick" books? We suspect the only person getting rich quickly is the author selling his book! Perhaps the first page of the book reads, "The secret to quick riches is to publish...
    Have you ever seen ads for "Get Rich Quick" books? We suspect the only person getting rich quickly is the author selling his book! Perhaps the first page of the book reads, "The secret to quick riches is to publish and sell...
  • Home Loans Under Trump

    Home Loans Under Trump

    Will Donald Trump be good or bad for the housing market? It is far too early to say, but ultimately, it may depend on what side of the housing transaction you find yourself. So far, indications are that the Trump...
    Will Donald Trump be good or bad for the housing market? It is far too early to say, but ultimately, it may depend on what side of the housing transaction you find yourself. So far, indications are that the Trump years may...
  • Should You Pay Your Taxes With A Credit Card?

    Should You Pay Your Taxes With A Credit Card?

    It is hard to beat the convenience of a credit card for purchases, but does that same convenience make it worth paying your taxes by credit card? It might, but that depends on several factors involving money and...
    It is hard to beat the convenience of a credit card for purchases, but does that same convenience make it worth paying your taxes by credit card? It might, but that depends on several factors involving money and time. The...
  • How Will Trump Affect The Workplace

    How Will Trump Affect The Workplace

    In his first few weeks in office, President Trump has issued multiple executive orders covering a range of topics, and done so with great fanfare. He has established himself as a man of action — but how will his...
    In his first few weeks in office, President Trump has issued multiple executive orders covering a range of topics, and done so with great fanfare. He has established himself as a man of action — but how will his actions...
  • Retirement Savings Tax Credit

    Retirement Savings Tax Credit

    Contributing to a retirement account can be difficult for lower income households, but one can argue that it is even more important for those families to take advantage of all the retirement savings options that...
    Contributing to a retirement account can be difficult for lower income households, but one can argue that it is even more important for those families to take advantage of all the retirement savings options that are...
  • What's Worse, Debt Or An STD?

    What's Worse, Debt Or An STD?

    A significant debt or a sexually transmitted disease (STD): which one would be a bigger deal breaker in a potential dating partner? A recent survey conducted by SoFi found that, for a surprising number of...
    A significant debt or a sexually transmitted disease (STD): which one would be a bigger deal breaker in a potential dating partner? A recent survey conducted by SoFi found that, for a surprising number of millennials, the...
  • Tax Shelters 101

    Tax Shelters 101

    When people think of tax shelters, they sometimes think of Swiss bank accounts, shady overseas investments, or fraudulent or questionable activities by wealthy but unscrupulous businessmen. That is an unfair...
    When people think of tax shelters, they sometimes think of Swiss bank accounts, shady overseas investments, or fraudulent or questionable activities by wealthy but unscrupulous businessmen. That is an unfair...
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