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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.

6 Tax Mistakes Procrastinators Make & How to Avoid Them

Taxes

6 Tax Mistakes Procrastinators Make & How to Avoid Them

6 Tax Mistakes Procrastinators Make & How to Avoid Them

We get it. Doing your taxes is no fun, especially if you know you’re going to owe money. But as with any project on which you procrastinate, leaving everything to the last minute can lead to errors, both large and small, and some of those errors could cost you serious money. If you’ve gone and... Read More

This Is Not Your Father’s 401K: The Retirement Product You Should Know About

Personal Finance

This Is Not Your Father’s 401K: The Retirement Product You Should Know About

This Is Not Your Father’s 401K: The Retirement Product You Should Know About

Chances are you’re like most Americans and, regardless of your age, you aren’t saving enough for retirement, if you’re actually saving anything at all. Nearly 40 million U.S. households (45%) have no retirement assets, according to a recent report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, and half of those households are headed by someone... Read More

Why It’s Not Smart to Get a Big Tax Refund Each Year

Personal Finance

Why It’s Not Smart to Get a Big Tax Refund Each Year

Why It’s Not Smart to Get a Big Tax Refund Each Year

If you’re expecting a big tax refund this year, you’ve probably already decided what you’re going to do with that money. Whether it’s a vacation, a new jet ski or a nice boost to your retirement savings, you’re probably pretty excited about the extra cash. But here’s the deal: Getting a big tax refund each... Read More

32 Ways to Leave Your High-Interest Credit Card

Credit Cards

32 Ways to Leave Your High-Interest Credit Card

32 Ways to Leave Your High-Interest Credit Card

Sure, there were the good times — back when you and your credit card first got together. Maybe your card was giving you a 0% introductory APR. Maybe you went everywhere together, bought everything together … but things changed. Today you feel like you’re giving a lot more than you’re getting, and now you’re wondering... Read More

7 Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

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7 Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

7 Essential Apps for Small Business Owners

Chances are, if you ask a business owner or other entrepreneur what apps they rely on to help them stay on top of things you’ll get a response like this: “Apps? I don’t know. I’m too busy running a business to worry about apps” or “Hahahahaha! I’m not on top of things!” Those are real... Read More

How Unemployment Can Really Drive Up Your Tax Bill

Taxes

How Unemployment Can Really Drive Up Your Tax Bill

How Unemployment Can Really Drive Up Your Tax Bill

Back in September of 2015, I lost my job and decided to take unemployment benefits for the first time in my life while I looked for a new one. Even the significantly reduced income that the unemployment benefits provided was a needed cushion since we’d closed on a new home the same week I lost my... Read More

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