5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

Personal Finance

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

5-Star Hotels You Can Actually Afford

Luxurious vacations tend to have the unfortunate quality of being very expensive. Plenty of people don’t need to fly first class or stay in a fancy hotel in order to have a wonderful trip, but still, it would be nice to enjoy an exceptionally comfortable suite on the occasional excursion, without paying an obscene amount… Read More

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Mortgages

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Can You Afford to Buy a Fixer-Upper?

Many homebuyers are drawn to the lure of the fixer-upper. And with good reason, at least on paper. But the “buy low, sell high” ethos of fixer-uppers isn’t exactly a guarantee. There are plenty of people who snagged the worst house in a great neighborhood and turned it into their dream home. You’re just as… Read More

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Managing Debt

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Receiving a notice from a debt collector is generally unpleasant. Getting two such notices is even less enjoyable. Getting two collections letters from different companies regarding the same debt? Not only is that frustrating, it can be extremely confusing. If multiple companies contact you about a single debt, there are a few things you should… Read More

Black Students More Likely to Graduate With Student Loan Debt

Students

Black Students More Likely to Graduate With Student Loan Debt

Black Students More Likely to Graduate With Student Loan Debt

Black college graduates are not only more likely to have student loan debt than their white classmates but also significantly less likely to be financially thriving in their postgraduate years, shows an analysis of the Gallup-Purdue Index. For decades, black students have more frequently borrowed than white students to finance a higher education, historical data… Read More

The Struggle to Make the Checkout Lane Safer

Identity Theft

The Struggle to Make the Checkout Lane Safer

The Struggle to Make the Checkout Lane Safer

Data breaches have the financial security spotlight right now, as they should: In less than a year, more than 100 million consumer payment cards have been compromised in massive attacks on companies like Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, Sally Beauty Supply, P.F. Chang’s and, most recently, Home Depot. If you haven’t felt the data breach fatigue… Read More

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

Students

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

Why Private Student Loans Could Be a Better Deal Than Federal Loans

There’s a consensus in the student loan world that students and their families should consider taking out federal loans before applying for private ones, and there are sound reasons behind that logic: Many federal student loans have benefits like a repayment grace period, the option of applying for income-based repayment and loan-forgiveness programs. Federal loans… Read More

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