Personal Finance

5 Money Moves That Will Ruin Your Mortgage Application

You're ready to be a homeowner — but if you make these missteps with your money, you can kiss your mortgage application goodbye.

Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying a College Meal Plan

You know college tuition, books, and room and board cost a pretty penny. Are you forgetting about food?

Are You Ruining Your Retirement by Spoiling Your Kids?

You'd do anything for your kids — but you shouldn't derail your retirement to loan them money.

7 Easy First Steps to Paying Off Debt

Facing debt can be overwhelming. Where do you start? These simple steps will start you on the path to repayment.

8 Questions Real Estate Agents Hear Most Often

If you're buying or selling a home, you'll undoubtedly have questions. Your agent has probably heard them all.

How to Sell a Home Without a Traditional Agent

Real estate agents take a hefty commission from your home sale. Want to avoid that financial hit? You can sell your home without a traditional agent.

6 Financial Steps to Take When Your Aging Parents Move In

Your parents have always taken care of you — now you want to return the favor. These money moves will help you care for them at home.

What You Need to Know About Homeowners' Associations

A home in an HOA may come with fabulous amenities, services, and sense of community. It will also come with a cost.

6 Fast Ways to Restock an Emergency Fund After an Emergency

Crisis averted! Your emergency fund came through when you needed it. Now it's time to rebuild that financial safety net before the other shoe drops.

The One Question You Need to Answer to Choose the Best Health Care Plan

You need to a buy your own health insurance on the exchange, but you don't know where to start. We're going to help you weigh your options.

Ask the Readers: Do You Have Emergency Savings?

Tell us whether you have emergency savings and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

Best Money Tips: How to Know When You're Ready to Retire

Today we found articles on how to know when you’re ready to retire, how to budget when you’re behind on your bills, and little things you should do every day before noon.

What to Do if You've Signed Up for a Terrible Loan or Credit Card

Sometimes a loan or credit card doesn't work out to your favor. Is there any way out?

4 Ways to Add Gold to Your Portfolio

Whether you want to protect your money from stock market turmoil or a zombie apocalypse, adding gold to your portfolio can be an attractive investment.

5 Mortgage Details You Should Know Before You Sign

Buying a new home is exciting, but before you sign your name on the dotted line, you need to ask — and answer — a few key questions about your loan.

6 Ways Climate Change Could Affect Your Money

Earth's climate is changing and it's going to cost you.

Best Money Tips: 5 Ways to Save $1 Million

Today we found articles on ways to save $1 million, things that every frugal person needs in their wallet, and how to start living like a minimalist.

How Living in a Hotel Can Be Surprisingly Affordable

Believe it or not, living in a hotel can be an affordable housing option.

How to Overcome These 5 Worst Homeownership Fears

It's time to face your fears. Don't let these big baddies of homeownership scare you away from the home of your dreams.

6 Signs You're Making All the Right Money Moves

Ever wonder if you're on the financial straight and narrow? If these signs all point to you, you are!

Latest Articles in Personal Finance

How to Earn Money With Your Emergency Fund

Your emergency fund is always there for you. But if you're creative, you can also make it earn money for you.

5 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Manage Your Finances

Believe it or not, your credit card can actually help you become a money master.

Should You Save for College Using a 529 Prepaid Tuition Plan?

Prepaid tuition plans let you buy your kid semesters of college, locked into today's pricing. Are these a good idea?

6 Moves You Should Make Now for Your 2018 Taxes

The end of the year is fast approaching. Take some time now to get your taxes in order and you'll thank yourself come April.

How to Determine If Your Finances Are Ready for a Big Purchase

A home, a car, the latest pricey gadget — before you commit to buying, you better make sure you can afford such a large purchase.

9 Retirement Hotspots That Are Cheaper Now Than Ever Before

Retiring abroad to these nine countries is cheaper than it’s ever been.

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Employer’s Automated Retirement Plan

Your employer may be automating your 401(k) plan. Don't let the convenience lull you into complacency with your investments.

How to Overcome These 4 Common Retirement Fears

Let's face it; retirement can be scary! Take a deep breath. You can overcome these fears.

9 Common Mistakes You're Making With Your Checking Account

If your checking account has enough money in it to cover your bills, it's all good, right?

How to Protect Your Child From Identity Theft

Identity theft is scary. When your kids are the target, it's positively terrifying.

6 Pitfalls When Chasing Travel Rewards

While many have used travel rewards to score free or reduced-cost travel, it helps to know the pitfalls to watch out for.

4 Portfolio "Blind Spots" That Are Ruining Your Investments

Mental biases can keep you blind. When it comes to your investments, they can also keep you poor.

How a Single Mother In Debt Over $200K Is Fixing Her Finances

We're helping a reader get control of her debt and the rest of her finances. Read her story and find out how far she's come already!

How to Choose the Perfect Country to Retire In

Choosing which country to retire in can be tough. Here's how to ensure you make the right decision.

7 Things You Need to Know About Investing in Company Stock

Your employer is offering you company stock. Is it a good idea to pad your portfolio with it?

How to Budget When You're No Longer Broke

You went from barely making ends meet to being flush with cash. Don't abandon your broke budget!

Flashback Friday: 52 Ways to Keep Your Finances Fit During the Holidays

Typically everyone's money, like our waistlines, suffers during the holidays. Learn how to keep it trim.

8 Industries That Could Benefit From Climate Change

The global climate is changing, and these companies are poised to profit.

7 Easy Ways to Build an Emergency Fund From $0

When your latest financial emergency is that you can't afford an emergency, it's time to start building that safety net — quickly!

Your Good Credit Doesn't Mean You Have Good Money Habits

Don't be deceived by a stellar credit score. Your financial health might still need some work.