Personal Finance

Ask the Readers: If You Could Retire Today — Would You?

Tell us if you would be willing to retire today and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

15 Smart Things You Can Do With Your Finances, Even if You're Broke

If money is tight, these easy, smart personal finance habits can help turn your financial life around.

4 Money Lessons We Can Learn From Past Presidents

This Presidents Day, use your long weekend to mull over some pertinent money lessons from our past presidents.

Why a Deferred Annuity May Be a Smarter Buy Than Long-Term Care Insurance

Staggering long-term care insurance costs have retirees looking to an alternative solution; the deferred annuity.

Guess What? Your Bank Rewards May be Taxable

Credit card and bank rewards may be taxable depending on how they're earned. Find out how these rewards are treated, and if you'll be on the hook for taxes.

7 Warning Signs You're In Debt Denial

Denial can really throw your life off the rails. Denying your debt can be flat-out financially disastrous.

You Got an Eviction Notice. Now What?

An eviction notice taped to the door is every renter's nightmare. Find out your options if the worst should happen.

Here's What a Balance Transfer Does to Your Credit

A balance transfer can help you pay down debt faster, but it comes with some costs, including a few you may not see.

8 Common Causes of Debt — And How to Avoid them

Millions of Americans are saddled with debt. To truly get rid of it, you need to get to the root of the problem.

What You Need to Know About Canceled Debt and Taxes

If you think debt forgiveness can make your financial liability disappear altogether, you're likely wrong.

8 Things You Should Never Hide From Your Landlord

Renting a place to live? After you sign that lease, you'll need to provide full disclosure on certain things.

6 Reasons Why Financial Planning Isn't Just for the Wealthy

Financial planning doesn't care how much money you make. You still need to do it.

Here's What Happens If You Don't Leave a Will

More than half of Americans haven't created a will. Don't let your legacy be the burden of choices and decisions you leave behind.

3 Reasons Taking a Loan For Your Wedding Is a Bad Idea

A big wedding comes with a hefty price tag. Borrowing to pay for it will have you saying "I do" to years of debt, too.

Are You Paying Off Credit Card Debt the Wrong Way?

Many Americans who are paying off credit card debt are doing it the wrong way — are you?

4 Money Fights Married Couples Have (And How to Avoid Them)

Nothing throws a wrench in the works of marriage quite like money troubles. Learn how to avoid these common financial fights.

9 Warning Signs You Can't Afford That New House

If that new house puts the squeeze on your savings, your dream home can quickly become a nightmare. Here's how to tell if it's really too much.

How to Help Your Adult Children Become Financially Independent

If your grown children are still depending on you for every little money matter, it's time to teach them how to go it alone.

6 Financial Skills to Master Before You Graduate

Before you don your cap and gown, you have one more lesson to learn; basic personal finance.

8 Ways to Profit Off Your Cabin Fever

Winter has you stuck inside? Use your time away from the great outdoors to supercharge your finances.

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11 ATM Mistakes to Avoid Overseas

Make sure you avoid these common ATM mistakes when you travel abroad.

4 Money Moves to Make After You Pay Off Your Mortgage

You own your home free and clear; congrats! Once you're done celebrating, it's time to make some smart post-mortgage money moves.

Tariffs: What They Are and How They Impact Your Finances

Tariffs have been in the news a lot lately. What are they, exactly, and what will they mean for your money?

15 Odd American Taxes You May Have to Pay

Ben Franklin said taxes were one of the only certainties in life. These odd tax laws certainly raise an eyebrow.

7 Liabilities That Will Ruin Your Net Worth

Building net worth isn't just about generating income. It's also about getting your borrowing under control.

5 Ways New Parents Can Manage Debt

Don't let debt distract you from the joy of new parenthood. With some careful planning, you can handle both.

Best Money Tips: Essential Tips to Manage Your 401(k)

Today we found articles on tips for managing your 401(k), steps you can take to get your tax refund ASAP, and how to hustle as a new parent.

8 Startling Facts That Will Make You Want to Invest

Having trouble taking the plunge into investing? These eye-opening facts may shock you into action.

11 Basic Questions About Retirement Saving Everyone Should Ask

Retirement savings can be complicated. Get ahead of the curve by brushing up on the basics.

9 Times to Hire a Lawyer Immediately

Sometimes, having a good lawyer in your corner really does make all the difference.

Start an Investment Deathmatch to Find the Best Investments

Get your investments ready to rumble. A deathmatch is a fun way to see which funds are making you the most money.

Best Money Tips: How to Choose the Right Fixer-Upper

Today we found articles on how to choose the right fixer-upper, tips to start a vegetable and herb garden, and cities where you can live abroad in luxury.

5 Things Every Single Person Needs to Do With Their Money

When you're on your own, you're on your own, especially when it comes to money. Here's how singles can protect it.

7 Reasons You're Never Too Old to Buy Stocks

You'll outgrow a lot of things as you age. Stocks won't be one of them.

Here's What Happens to an Account in Collections — Even When You Pay Up

Paying off or settling an account in collections is better than avoiding it. Just don't expect your credit score to rebound soon.

How to Retire With Less Than $1 Million in Savings

Your nest egg doesn't reach the millions. That's OK; you can still have a happy, healthy retirement.

9 Times Life Can Throw Retirement Off Course

Life happens. Don't let a major curveball impact your ability to save for retirement.

9 Ways to Reverse Lifestyle Creep

More money in your paycheck can mean more spending on stuff you don't need. Time to get things back under control.

Could You Make Ends Meet If You Were Suddenly Disabled?

No one is immune to disabling injury or illness. Are you prepared for the what-if?

What You Need to Know About Divorce and Credit

There's nothing easy about divorce, including managing your credit. Here's what to look for.