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6 Signs It’s Time to Revisit Your Budget

6 Signs It’s Time to Revisit Your Budget

6 Signs It’s Time to Revisit Your Budget

Having a budget is a great start. But life will always throw you changes, and with those changes comes the need to revisit—and perhaps reallocate—your budget. Maybe you recently got a raise, moved to a more expensive apartment, or bought a pet. All of these things would require a change in your monthly financial planning.... Read More

6 Money Issues I Wish I Had Considered When I Joined the Military

6 Money Issues I Wish I Had Considered When I Joined the Military

6 Money Issues I Wish I Had Considered When I Joined the Military

Hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on your life, there will always be areas you wish you had handled differently. By joining the US Air Force, I had many opportunities to start my financial future off right. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the time to understand or find out about some of those opportunities. These are the... Read More

4 Surprising Expenses I’ve Had Since Becoming a Mom

4 Surprising Expenses I’ve Had Since Becoming a Mom

4 Surprising Expenses I’ve Had Since Becoming a Mom

When I was single and kid-free, I could spend my money as I pleased. While I’ve always been relatively responsible with my cash (retirement and emergency savings have always been important to me), back in the days before my daughter was born, there were a lot more dinners out, extravagant travels, and fun household items... Read More

The 10 Financial Products and Services with the Most Consumer Complaints

The 10 Financial Products and Services with the Most Consumer Complaints

The 10 Financial Products and Services with the Most Consumer Complaints

Which financial product or service do people complain about the most? Is it credit cards? Auto loans? Mortgages? Student loans? Debt collection? The answer lies with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).   Each month, more than 25,000 people contact the CFPB for help regarding financial products or services. Because the CFPB is a federal... Read More

10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest

10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest

10 Cities Where Your Paycheck Goes the Furthest

Many people dream of living in New York or Los Angeles—rubbing shoulders with celebrities and Instagramming food from the hottest restaurants. They dream of flashy jobs and fat paychecks. That is, until they scroll through Craigslist or Zillow and determine they could never afford a fourth-floor walk-up above a noisy bar, let alone afford to... Read More

5 Gig Economy Websites That Help You Make More Money

5 Gig Economy Websites That Help You Make More Money

5 Gig Economy Websites That Help You Make More Money

In the United States, the way people work is dramatically changing. The proliferation of the gig economy is shifting the American worker’s view of nine-to-five employment and creating endless possibilities for earning extra cash to help pay the bills and make ends meet. According to a recent analysis of gig economy and workforce data conducted by... Read More

3 Common Alternative Investments: Are They Worth It?

3 Common Alternative Investments: Are They Worth It?

3 Common Alternative Investments: Are They Worth It?

Whether you’re a novice at investing or have been day-trading your own stocks for years, you’ve probably heard about alternative investments. You might even be curious about whether or not they’re worth buying. If you want to be a savvy investor, you need to learn about alternative investments. Alternative investments are anything that doesn’t fall... Read More

6 Surprising Travel Expenses to Watch Out For

6 Surprising Travel Expenses to Watch Out For

6 Surprising Travel Expenses to Watch Out For

I love to travel. From the Blue Lagoon in Iceland to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Colosseum in Rome, there’s no adventure I would turn down. In the past, I’ve mostly been able to travel by saving up for trips and finding good deals online. But even with all the planning and... Read More

8 Activities to Plan Now for a Fun and Budget-Friendly Fall Staycation

8 Activities to Plan Now for a Fun and Budget-Friendly Fall Staycation

8 Activities to Plan Now for a Fun and Budget-Friendly Fall Staycation

Is your kids’ fall break coming up? Plan ahead now to have a great time while also saving money. Over Memorial Day weekend, more Americans traveled than had in the last 12 years, and we spent more on travel, too. If your family spent a lot of money then, you might want to save this... Read More

11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it may feel shockingly early to begin thinking about the holidays, starting now will give you plenty of time... Read More

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