Sick of Overdraft Fees? There’s an App for That

Personal Finance

Sick of Overdraft Fees? There’s an App for That

Sick of Overdraft Fees? There’s an App for That

Remember when banks feared that new consumer protections would make it harder to charge overdraft fees? That those protections would imperil the financial industry and lead to the death of free checking accounts? Well, overdraft fees set something of a record in 2016, with banks collecting $33.3 billion last year—their highest level since 2009, according... Read More

The States Most (and Least) Likely to Have Underwater Properties

Mortgages

The States Most (and Least) Likely to Have Underwater Properties

The States Most (and Least) Likely to Have Underwater Properties

More than 5.4 million homes in the United States are “seriously underwater”—meaning the loan amount is 25 percent higher than the property’s market value. But which state has the most (or fewest) underwater homes? Is it yours? Using the ATTOM Data Solutions property database, you can see the top 15 states in the US with... Read More

How to Save Big on Your Back-to-School Shopping

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How to Save Big on Your Back-to-School Shopping

How to Save Big on Your Back-to-School Shopping

Back-to-school season generally starts around two months before the beginning of school—so if you haven’t started yet, you’re already behind. What once required a few Dixon Ticonderoga pencils and a notebook now requires carts full of supplies. In 2016, the National Retail Federation estimated that families with children in grades K–12 would spend an average... Read More

5 Secured Credit Cards That Offer Rewards

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5 Secured Credit Cards That Offer Rewards

5 Secured Credit Cards That Offer Rewards

[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are reviewed below.] Consumers with poor or nonexistent credit should consider secured credit cards for their spending and credit-building needs. Secured cards have looser credit restrictions and require a security deposit up front to open, but otherwise they operate like traditional credit cards. With secured cards, your poor or limited... Read More

42 States with the Highest Home Seller Profits

Mortgages

42 States with the Highest Home Seller Profits

42 States with the Highest Home Seller Profits

If you’ve been thinking about selling your home, we’ve got some good news for you. According to RealtyTrac.com, home sellers saw an average price gain of $51,000 in Q2 of 2017. That’s a 26% average return on the previous purchase price. Most homeowners who sold during Q2 this year had owned their home an average... Read More

Ingredients to Buy in Bulk and Keep for Years

Personal Finance

Ingredients to Buy in Bulk and Keep for Years

Ingredients to Buy in Bulk and Keep for Years

Everyone who goes grocery shopping knows that buying food weekly can become fairly expensive—especially when you add in how much money we waste on food. Luckily, there are many foods that’ll last for years and save you money in the long run if you buy them in bulk and store them properly. Check out these... Read More

Grocery Shopping in College: 16 Ways to Save Money

Students

Grocery Shopping in College: 16 Ways to Save Money

Grocery Shopping in College: 16 Ways to Save Money

Whether you’re spending your Freshman year in off-campus housing or you just left a dorm—and meal plan—behind, one big change is on the horizon this school year: you need to make food for yourself with your own kitchen, two hands, and brain. And that means besides making time in your busy schedule to cook, you’ll... Read More

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