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Constance Brinkley-Badgett

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Constance is a former editor at Credit.com. Prior to joining us, she worked as a senior digital producer for CNBC, and digital producer for NBC Nightly News. Her work has been featured on news sites including MSN, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSNBC, Fox Business News and The Huffington Post.

How to Set Up Your First 401K

Personal Finance

How to Set Up Your First 401K

How to Set Up Your First 401K

So you’ve decided to save for your retirement using your company’s 401K plan. Congratulations! It’s a great way to save. But now what? Which funds do you choose? How much should you contribute? Are there limits? How do your employer’s matching funds actually work? Can you access the money if you need it before retirement?... Read More

Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

Credit Cards

Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

Wait a Minute … Trump Hotels Has a Rewards Program?

[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 didn’t already know, yes, it’s true. Like most major hotel brands, Trump Hotels has a loyalty program that rewards... Read More

How New Parents Can Budget For Child Care

Personal Finance

How New Parents Can Budget For Child Care

How New Parents Can Budget For Child Care

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here — Discover it Secured card  and the Capital One Secured MasterCard. Disclosure: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Having a new baby on the way is an incredibly joyous time for most families, but it can also be stressful.... Read More

I Got an Airline Voucher for Being Bumped. Do I Owe Taxes?

Personal Finance

I Got an Airline Voucher for Being Bumped. Do I Owe Taxes?

I Got an Airline Voucher for Being Bumped. Do I Owe Taxes?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last month, chances are you heard about the passenger-crew-police altercation on a United Airlines flight that led to a passenger being dragged off the plane to make room for a United employee. You probably also heard about United’s ensuing policy changes that will hopefully keep such an... Read More

The Best & Worst Cities for Women’s Wage Equality

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The Best & Worst Cities for Women’s Wage Equality

The Best & Worst Cities for Women’s Wage Equality

Women continue to earn less than men across the board in the United States. In fact, except for women working in a few specific fields within specific communities, women still earn less than 80 cents for every dollar men make (and the wage gap only widens as women age). At the rate we’re going, women... Read More

The 20 Most Profitable Housing Markets This Year

Mortgages

The 20 Most Profitable Housing Markets This Year

The 20 Most Profitable Housing Markets This Year

If you’re looking to buy or sell a home this year, you probably know the housing market is booming in virtually every corner of the country. In fact, homeowners who sold in the first quarter of the year realized an average price gain of $44,000 since purchasing their home, a new ATTOM Data Solutions report... Read More

The Airbnb Hotel Tax: What Guests & Hosts Need to Know

Travel

The Airbnb Hotel Tax: What Guests & Hosts Need to Know

The Airbnb Hotel Tax: What Guests & Hosts Need to Know

The summer travel season is nearly upon us and if you’re a fan of staying with Airbnb hosts instead of hotels, you probably already know some locations charge some or all of the same taxes that hotels charge. If you don’t already know that, surprise! The number of locations charging taxes for that spare room... Read More

50 Free Things You Can Get This Year

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50 Free Things You Can Get This Year

50 Free Things You Can Get This Year

What’s that you say? You like free things? Well, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up 50 of our favorite things that you can get absolutely free. A few are tied to specific dates and age groups, but for the most part, everything here is free (at least as of press time) for the taking whenever... Read More

Your Financial Ignorance Could End Up Costing You Thousands

Personal Finance

Your Financial Ignorance Could End Up Costing You Thousands

Your Financial Ignorance Could End Up Costing You Thousands

None of us like to make mistakes, even though they’re frequently part of the learning process. Still, if you could avoid making mistakes, especially with your money, you’d probably prefer to do so rather than wasting your hard-earned dollars on bad decision making. If that’s you, take heed. Here’s your chance to learn from others... Read More

When to Sell Your Stuff to Make the Most Money

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When to Sell Your Stuff to Make the Most Money

When to Sell Your Stuff to Make the Most Money

If you’re like most folks, you have a lot of things tucked somewhere in the garage or storage shed that you aren’t using. But the thought of sorting through it all and trying to sell it can sound annoying at best and daunting at worst, especially when you think you won’t get much money for it.... Read More

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