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.

4 Emotions That Can Cost You Money

4 Emotions That Can Cost You Money

4 Emotions That Can Cost You Money

We all get emotional – it’s human nature. The trouble sometimes comes when our emotional side overrules our rational side for money matters. Check out some of the common ways emotions can hurt your finances, discover if you are an emotional spender and how to combat the problem. 1. Jealousy It is easy to become… Read More

How I Kicked My Fast Food Habit & Saved Big Bucks

How I Kicked My Fast Food Habit & Saved Big Bucks

How I Kicked My Fast Food Habit & Saved Big Bucks

For Eddie Vidmar, fast food wasn’t just an occasional splurge, but rather a way of life. “The convenience of driving to the window and getting my dinner was often too hard to pass up. No clean-up, no dishes…. just eat your food and toss the garbage,” he says. “What I should have done was realized sooner… Read More

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

Relationships almost always come with their fair share of disputes, but fighting about money can be another animal entirely. Managing joint finances is rarely easy, but keeping the lines of communication open can go a long way. Take a look at the most common money fights couples have and consider which strategies can help you… Read More

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

5 Money Tips for Vacationing With Friends

You love hanging out with some compatible friends or families and you both love to vacation. Why not go on a joint vacation? It can be tricky to navigate trip-planning and financing with others, but you also have the potential to enhance your experience and even save some money. Communication is obviously key to a… Read More

The Airlines With the Most Passenger Complaints

The Airlines With the Most Passenger Complaints

The Airlines With the Most Passenger Complaints

If you feel like airline service is slipping, that’s because it is. In fact, it has slipped back to levels not seen since the recession, according to a new “Airline Quality Rating” report out this week. The rating considers four factors most important to travelers: on-time performance, involuntary bumping, mishandled baggage and complaints. Only Virgin… Read More

Can I Get a Last-Minute Tax Extension?

Can I Get a Last-Minute Tax Extension?

Can I Get a Last-Minute Tax Extension?

If you’re not ready to file your taxes by April 15, don’t worry: You can ask to extend your filing deadline by up to six months. But that’s just a filing extension — you still have to pay by April 15 to avoid a late-payment penalty and interest charges on the unpaid tax debt. What… Read More

How to Go From ‘C’ Student to Self-Made Millionaire

How to Go From ‘C’ Student to Self-Made Millionaire

How to Go From ‘C’ Student to Self-Made Millionaire

Do you have to be naturally smart in order to strike it rich? Is intelligence a prerequisite for success? In my five-year study of the daily habits of 233 self-made millionaires and 128 individuals at or near poverty (Rich Habits Study – Background on Methodology) I uncovered the answer to these and many other questions…. Read More

Military Familes: Does the Government Owe You a Bunch of Money?

Military Familes: Does the Government Owe You a Bunch of Money?

Military Familes: Does the Government Owe You a Bunch of Money?

After a veteran dies, he or she technically no longer has a claim to disability benefits. However, there are certain circumstances in which a widow, widower or surviving child may be entitled to accrued benefits — or money — from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible, it’s worth… Read More

How to Adjust Your Budget When Your Income Drops Off

How to Adjust Your Budget When Your Income Drops Off

How to Adjust Your Budget When Your Income Drops Off

Suppose the first thing your boss says tomorrow is, “Sorry, but I’m cutting you back to 28 hours a week.” How long before you couldn’t pay your bills? Sometimes bad stuff happens to good workers. No one wants to think about a major income drop, but getting ready now means that you won’t be quite… Read More

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