Personal Finance


5 Easy Steps to Get Control of Your Finances

If you’re living from paycheck to paycheck or your finances are feeling pinched, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to take control of your finances. One of the most important steps to doing that is to take a good hard look at the money you have coming in vs. the money you have going […] Read More

The Ins and Outs of Paying by Check

Excited about opening a checking account? You should be. Making your way in the financial world without one is an expensive proposition. Just ask anyone who’s had to pay bills by money order. Once you open a checking account, you’ll have a safe place to stash the cash you need for monthly expenses.  When it’s […] Read More

Painless Penny Pinching: How to Save Big Without Feeling Deprived

These days, nobody cares much about the lowly penny. Similarly, most articles on saving money focus on getting you to do the things that hurt so you can put aside big bucks. Yet pinching pennies is a lot more important and rewarding than most people realize. For a sense of penny-power, take a look at […] Read More

10 Ways to Avoid Overdraft and Bounced Check Fees

Not that long ago, the amount of money in your checking account was a true limit. Any transaction that would push you beyond your balance would be rejected by your bank. If you didn’t have enough cash in your account for an ATM withdrawal or debit card purchase, your bank would decline the transaction. If […] Read More

Personal Loans vs. Credit Cards

Trying to decide between a personal loan or a credit card to pay for some upcoming expenses? Here is a look at the pros and cons of using each. Credit Cards It’s fast and convenient to pay by credit card. And if you have a credit card with a large enough credit line you will […] Read More

What Are 3 Dumb Things You Can Do With Email?

Fraudsters most commonly use email to target consumers, according to an annual report of consumer complaints from the Federal Trade Commission. It makes sense, because an email account is where the different parts of life intersect: personal interests, school, work, banking, shopping, friends, family, travel plans, social media and so on. You tie account after […] Read More

Divorce Survival Guide: 3 Tips To Help You Manage Your Credit Through Divorce

Not only can divorce lead to emotional strain, it can also cause all sorts of financial problems. All those shared accounts and co-signed loans that once seemed so romantic are now the cause of major issues. The following three important tips can help avoid financial damages due to a divorce. Tip 1: Understand Divorce Decrees […] Read More

Credit Guide for College Graduates

Hey there, college grad. Before you go charging off to a brilliant career, here’s one last lesson for you to ace. Welcome to Credit for Grads 101. With this quick and easy guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about credit as you make the leap to the real world. Find Out Where You […] Read More

Seven Questions to Ask Before Opening a Bank Account

Even if you’ve saved very little money, you need a basic checking and savings account. If nothing else, it will allow you to avoid the often steep fees that many banks charge to cash checks from non-customers as well as the hassle and expense of buying money orders to pay bills. While a convenient location […] Read More

How to Read Your Paycheck: Understanding Your Pay Stub

Twice a month, you receive a pay stub chock-full of important financial and tax information. If you don’t know how to interpret the data on your paycheck, you might be accidentally losing money. Here are our expert tips for reading your pay stub: A pay stub lists your taxable earnings, the total amount of money […] Read More

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