Homebuyer’s Remorse Is Real: Here’s Why You Get It and How to Move On

Mortgages

Homebuyer’s Remorse Is Real: Here’s Why You Get It and How to Move On

Homebuyer’s Remorse Is Real: Here’s Why You Get It and How to Move On

After buying my first home in December 2016, I expected to experience nothing but positive feelings and a sense of accomplishment. Instead, I felt unease, fear, and self-doubt. “Did we make the right decision buying this home?” I often wondered in the months after moving in. I didn’t realize my homebuying “hangover” wasn’t unusual. In... Read More

How to Save Money While Paying Off Student Loans

Students

How to Save Money While Paying Off Student Loans

How to Save Money While Paying Off Student Loans

Surely we’ve all been taught that 10% of our income should go into a savings account, but this can be difficult to do when you’re paying off hundreds of dollars every month in student loans. Those of us with student loans to repay know it can be tough to juggle debts and saving. Even though... Read More

4 Credit Cards for Low Spenders

Credit Cards

4 Credit Cards for Low Spenders

4 Credit Cards for Low Spenders

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] If you don’t spend a lot of money, you may not see the point of using a credit card. But even... Read More

Is There Such a Thing as a Debtor’s Prison?

Managing Debt

Is There Such a Thing as a Debtor’s Prison?

Is There Such a Thing as a Debtor’s Prison?

In this modern world that we live in, consumers are protected and have certain rights when it comes to debt collection. The practices of debt collection agencies have to abide by rules through the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) as enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to the FTC, consumers are to... Read More

How to Avoid Credit Card Theft while Traveling

Identity Theft

How to Avoid Credit Card Theft while Traveling

How to Avoid Credit Card Theft while Traveling

Whether you plan to travel now or in a year, you should take steps to protect yourself from identity theft and credit card fraud while you’re on vacation. Tourists are often victims of theft, including passport and credit card theft—both of which can compromise personal information. Thieves can gain data by physically taking belongings the... Read More

Top 10 Financially Stable Cities in America

Mortgages

Top 10 Financially Stable Cities in America

Top 10 Financially Stable Cities in America

The global economic outlook is strong, according to recent information from Goldman Sachs. The firm predicts that global growth will reach 4 percent in the next year. The U.S. economy as we head into the new year is showing strong momentum and the unemployment rate is already below what the Federal Reserve deems as sustainable.... Read More

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Credit Cards

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Virtual Credit Card – What You Need to Know

Virtual credit cards have been around in one form or another for years now, but their use has yet to truly take off among consumers. A crop of new start-ups however, such as Pay With Privacy and Token Payments, are poised to change that. These two companies may not be household names but perhaps they... Read More

3 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in 2018

Credit Score

3 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in 2018

3 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score in 2018

All the holiday excitement is over and it’s time to face your post-holiday credit card bills. If you stayed within your budget, you shouldn’t have difficulty paying off your bills. However, if you went a little crazy with December cheer, now is the time to take corrective action, prioritize your finances, and boost your credit... Read More

10 Tips for Doing Your Taxes Yourself

Personal Finance

10 Tips for Doing Your Taxes Yourself

10 Tips for Doing Your Taxes Yourself

If you’re planning to file your own tax returns this year, you’re in good company. Approximately 33 percent of Americans file their own taxes each year. As you’re gathering all of your 2017 tax documents and preparing to file your taxes there are some important things to keep in mind. Following these tips will help... Read More

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