8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

Auto Loans

8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

8 Fast Cars for Under $30K

Cost-conscious car-lovers may find themselves having to compromise on vehicle performance in order to buy cars within their budgets, and for someone who drives a lot or really wants to enjoy getting behind the wheel, that can be a brutal choice. Recognizing this dilemma, Cars.com organized a “Cheap Speed Challenge” to identify vehicles that cost… Read More

How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

Managing Debt

How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

After years of keeping his credit cards locked in a fire safe, Peter got an unpleasant surprise: a collection of statements totaling more than $55,000. Peter alleges his wife had broken into the safe and gone on a shopping spree at high-end department stores. To say the least, he wasn’t happy about it, but they remained… Read More

3 Things Homebuyers Should Know, But Don’t

Mortgages

3 Things Homebuyers Should Know, But Don’t

3 Things Homebuyers Should Know, But Don’t

Buying property, no matter how many times you do it, will be among the biggest financial decisions you make. While it’s difficult to feel fully prepared for the mortgage process, you have to do as much research as possible to ensure you’re entering into an affordable loan agreement, but many homebuyers start the process surprisingly… Read More

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

Personal Finance

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

With Americans spending an average of $167 per couple, people marrying this year can expect a pretty decent haul of wedding gifts. (And if they’re lucky, their guests will spend that money on something they actually want.) Online wedding registry site Zankyou looked at 300,000 donations given through its registries and determined average gift spending… Read More

How I Got My Credit Score to 847

Credit 101

How I Got My Credit Score to 847

How I Got My Credit Score to 847

Before I had a credit card — before I even knew what a credit card was — I knew credit card debt was something to be avoided at all costs. I hadn’t yet graduated from banking of the piggy variety, and my mom already had me thinking about debt. She used my childhood curiosity as… Read More

Is Your Car Loan Too Expensive?

Auto Loans

Is Your Car Loan Too Expensive?

Is Your Car Loan Too Expensive?

As the U.S. economy recovers from the recession, many lenders have eased financing standards, resulting in an increase in loans available to consumers with poor credit. The earliest and strongest recovery came in the auto market, and while a bump in subprime used-car lending has triggered some murmuring of a bubble, it appears to be… Read More

Want to Get Rid of Your Student Loans? Become a Nun!

Students

Want to Get Rid of Your Student Loans? Become a Nun!

Want to Get Rid of Your Student Loans? Become a Nun!

It takes more than fierce faith to answer a call to religious service. You also have to be debt-free. It’s a logical requirement – you’ll struggle to make necessary loan payments if you’ve taken a vow of poverty – but it’s also emerged as a significant obstacle to people hoping to join religious orders. A 2011 Georgetown… Read More

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

Mortgages

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

CFPB Goes After Foreclosure Relief Scams

Today the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 15 states announced a slew of lawsuits against companies and individuals for allegedly misleading homeowners and illegally charging them for foreclosure relief that never came. The lawsuits are result of “Operation Mortgage Mismodification,” a joint investigation effort that revealed scams that cost consumers millions of… Read More

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