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AJ Smith

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AJ Smith is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience in television, radio, newspapers, magazines and online content. She currently serves as the managing editor for SmartAsset. AJ has a passion for meeting new people, sharing stories and helping others. She has degrees from Princeton University and Mississippi State University. AJ and her husband also write and illustrate educational children’s books.

3 Benefits of Thrift-Store Shopping

Personal Finance

3 Benefits of Thrift-Store Shopping

3 Benefits of Thrift-Store Shopping

Making new purchases can make us feel good — but our wallets may feel differently. Luckily, there are bargain options to help satisfy your mind and your wallet simultaneously. Thrift stores are the most glamorous shopping venues, but you might be surprised at what you find. If you need some convincing, check out the multitude of reasons… Read More

How to Price Your Home to Sell

Mortgages

How to Price Your Home to Sell

How to Price Your Home to Sell

Estimating your home’s value can be tricky — but doing it well can make a big difference in how quickly you are able to sell your home. When you are trying to attract buyers for your home, pricing and packaging are more important. Depending on your mortgage situation and your specific home, you can get to… Read More

5 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Personal Finance

5 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

5 Ways to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Sweat stains? Fading colors? Pilling? Missing buttons? We have all been there with our clothes, and it can be seriously frustrating. The average American spends roughly 4% of their household income on clothing every year — that can add up significantly when you’re on a tight budget. We’ve probably all heard that buying used at thrift… Read More

How to Automate Your Way to Wealth

Personal Finance

How to Automate Your Way to Wealth

How to Automate Your Way to Wealth

Checking different bank accounts, tracking when bills are due and keeping tabs on your budget and savings goals? Managing your finances can take up a lot of time – and let’s face it, isn’t the most fun use for it. No matter how busy you are, it is important to stay on top of your… Read More

Is Your Pride Costing You Money?

Personal Finance

Is Your Pride Costing You Money?

Is Your Pride Costing You Money?

You probably think you make decisions based on what makes you happy and what is the smart, responsible move. It turns out there are several factors that can blur your logical skills. Pride can often be one of them. Check out some of the ways pride can sabotage your success and how to overcome the… Read More

3 Reasons to Keep Your Wedding Spending in Check

Personal Finance

3 Reasons to Keep Your Wedding Spending in Check

3 Reasons to Keep Your Wedding Spending in Check

Saying “I do” is likely one of the most important days of your life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. You can avoid getting into debt while walking down the aisle by deciding your spending priorities together. If you need some convincing, here are some reasons to have a frugal wedding. Longer… Read More

8 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

Personal Finance

8 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

8 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Financial Life

Do you find yourself overwhelmed by your financial responsibilities? Do you sometimes ignore your accounts and budget because thinking about them adds stress or confusion? Understanding the steps for good financial decision-making and simplifying your role can help you take control of your finances. Check out the following tips to create an easier structure in your finances and watch how… Read More

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