Personal Finance

Our team of experts is here to help provide unbiased, common-sense personal finance advice & insights. Get money management tips & ideas, learn how to improve your budgeting and receive guidance on how to save & invest your money to drive greater returns. These are just some of the personal finance topics our experts address.

20 Odd Ways to Make Extra Money

20 Odd Ways to Make Extra Money

20 Odd Ways to Make Extra Money

There comes a time when almost everyone could use a little more cash in their pocket. While a part-time job may be your best bet for a steady stream of income, delivering pizzas or waiting tables might not be your thing. Or maybe you just need a little extra fun money to support your designer shoe habit. Whatever the… Read More

What’s the Most Money I Can Get Out of Social Security?

What’s the Most Money I Can Get Out of Social Security?

What’s the Most Money I Can Get Out of Social Security?

Social Security retirement benefits are meant to supplement retirement income with contributions made during working years. It may be hard to see the money go missing from your paycheck, but the idea is that when you hit your mid-60s, you will be glad to have some money coming in. A Social Security calculator can help… Read More

5 Signs You Have the Wrong Retirement Plan

5 Signs You Have the Wrong Retirement Plan

5 Signs You Have the Wrong Retirement Plan

Are you winging it when it comes to planning for retirement? Do you have a sinking feeling that something’s not right? Here are five signs you have the wrong retirement plan, and what you can do about it. 1. You’re Paying More Than 1% in Fees It may not sound like a lot, but it… Read More

4 Furniture Shopping Gotchas

4 Furniture Shopping Gotchas

4 Furniture Shopping Gotchas

Buying furniture has always been a perilous, complex affair. You don’t buy a couch the way you buy a television or a laptop computer. You can’t carry the couch out of the store with you (most of the time). Heck, usually you don’t really have a great idea when the couch will get to your… Read More

My Gift Card Was Frozen. Is My Money Gone Forever?

My Gift Card Was Frozen. Is My Money Gone Forever?

My Gift Card Was Frozen. Is My Money Gone Forever?

Question: I am writing to you with the hope of recovering my eBay gift card balance for $135, which is linked to my frozen PayPal account. I bought a $500 eBay gift card from a Safeway store and used $365 of it for a purchase through PayPal. The PayPal account was frozen. Now I can’t… Read More

This 4th of July, Declare Your Financial Independence

This 4th of July, Declare Your Financial Independence

This 4th of July, Declare Your Financial Independence

The Fourth of July — a time of national pride, celebration, ice cream and you guessed it, fireworks. But while you dress in your best red, white and blue and reflect on all the things this country stands for, it can also be a good time to think about where you stand financially. This midway point… Read More

5 Times Being a Good Negotiator Can Really Pay

5 Times Being a Good Negotiator Can Really Pay

5 Times Being a Good Negotiator Can Really Pay

Everyone loves a deal, but sometimes it takes a little extra effort to get the price we want. Negotiating a price down can take some work, but it’s one of the best tools at your disposal when you’re looking to save money. However, while you might know you can haggle on big-ticket items (cars, houses,… Read More

10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

10 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

To the uninitiated, home renovations sound daunting and conjure painful images of burning cash. But don’t let that scare you. Many projects can be done in a day, and if you’re smart about it, says Kerrie Kelly, founder of Kerrie Kelly Home Design Lab, they’ll boost curb appeal without breaking your budget. “Whether it’s something… Read More

4 Important Things You Need to Know About Social Security

4 Important Things You Need to Know About Social Security

4 Important Things You Need to Know About Social Security

Retirement sounds exciting, but it can actually be a difficult landscape to understand and navigate. A retirement calculator can help guide your savings goals, both with a total target you are trying to hit and a monthly amount to include in your budget. But figuring out how much you can expect to get in Social Security… Read More

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