I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

Personal Finance

I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

I’ve Been a Bridesmaid 4 Times. Here’s the Real Cost

When I set out to compare the costs of “bridesmaiding” to the costs of “groomsmanning,” I assumed that bridesmaids would spend more on appearances for the ceremony, while groomsmen would spend more on the bachelor party. Anecdotally at least, I was proven to be half right. But in an endeavor like a wedding, are the… Read More

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

Mortgages

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

4 Ways Getting a Mortgage Just Got Easier

The challenges consumers have faced in recent years in procuring a mortgage may be coming to an end. Here are four major changes that could make it easier for you to get a mortgage. 1. Your Landlord Experience for Investment Properties Until recently, in order to qualify for conventional loan financing for an investment property,… Read More

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

Personal Finance

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

Can You Get a Loan for a Cellphone?

The next time you buy a cellphone, things will probably be very different. And better, for the most part. Cellphone contracts look to be going the way of the flip phone, replaced by what are essentially no-interest phone loans. Here’s why that matters. Comparison shopping is the consumer’s best tactic, and most big companies’ biggest… Read More

Is a 529 College Savings Plan Right for You?

Students

Is a 529 College Savings Plan Right for You?

Is a 529 College Savings Plan Right for You?

With back-to-school season in full swing, you may be one of many parents with future college expenses on your mind. Between tuition, room and board, textbooks and other supplies, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the cost of a higher education. Thankfully there are plenty of long-term savings solutions to help you ease the burden… Read More

Could My Business Loan Wreck My Credit?

Credit Score

Could My Business Loan Wreck My Credit?

Could My Business Loan Wreck My Credit?

A couple I’ll call Jake and Marcia purchased a coffee shop. The business was really Marcia’s dream, not his, but she was persistent and he reluctantly agreed to try to help out. Things went badly from the start and within less than 18 months they were forced to shut it down. But that wasn’t the… Read More

6 Places to Get Free Help With Your Credit Problem

Credit 101

6 Places to Get Free Help With Your Credit Problem

6 Places to Get Free Help With Your Credit Problem

Credit can be confusing, and sometimes overwhelming. But you don’t have to struggle with debt, credit report issues or other financial problems alone. There are reputable sources that can help you get back on track, and many offer low-cost or free credit help. 1. Credit Counselors Financial counseling agencies often do much more than just… Read More

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