Personal Finance

5-Minute Finance: Start an Emergency Fund

It can take years to recoup from a financial emergency. But it only takes five minutes to set up an emergency fund.

Want Financial Education in Schools? Follow the Example of One Kansas Teen

Kansas Legislature passed a law requiring high school students to complete a CPR course to graduate. We need to push just as hard for financial education.

Free "Digital Retirement Coach" Aims to Take Angst Out of Retirement Planning

If the thought of retirement planning sends chills down your spine, a helpful chatbot from AARP and the Ad Council makes it all seem easy.

Financial Experts Share Their Biggest Credit Mistakes

Financial experts have made credit mistakes, too. Here's what they've learned from those mistakes.

How to Benefit From Rising Interest Rates

Rising interest rates aren't all bad. Here's how to make rate hikes work to your favor.

6 Investment Truths to Remember When the Stock Market Is Down

When the market goes down, your panic goes up. Keep a cool head; remember these things next time there's a market hiccup.

Ask the Readers: Have You Ever Done a Spending Freeze?

Tell us if you've ever done a spending freeze and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

5 Ways to Boost Your Financial Resilience

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Take these steps now to build up your ability to withstand a financial crisis.

5 Reasons Why Your Credit Score Dropped Out of the Blue

Not sure why your credit score took a tumble? It might be one of these not-so-obvious reasons.

What to Do If You Can't Pay Your Private Student Loan

Private student loan debt can be difficult to pay or renegotiate. Here's what to do when those loans become a real burden.

9 Surprising Ways Marriage Can Make You Richer

Getting married can be one of the best financial decisions you'll ever make.

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.

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8 Fun Facts About Credit Cards

Your monthly credit card statement may not offer much joy, but these fascinating credit card facts are pure fun.

7 Modern Ways to Balance Your Checkbook

It's no longer necessary to pore over that ledger and paper bank statement. You can "balance your checkbook" the modern way.

How to Solve These 6 Problems Your Heirs Could Have With Your Estate

If you have a will, you're ahead of most Americans — but don't pat yourself on the back just yet. Your heirs may still encounter some challenges.

What Happens to a Student Credit Card After You Graduate?

Getting a credit card in college is a great way to build credit when you're young. But what should you do with the card after you graduate?

5 Money Moves to Make Before Adopting a Dog

A dog's wagging tail can brighten the darkest day. Just be sure to get your money ready for your new best friend.

5 Ways to Build Retirement Stability in Your 50s

Your 50s are no time to slow down your financial progress. These critical money moves could save your retirement.

9 Smart Financial Gifts to Give New Grads Besides Cash

New grads love cash, but these other money-oriented gifts can really help propel them into adulthood.

8 Credit Card Perks That'll Make Your Summer Travels Easier

Looking for a way to simplify your summer vacation plans? Look no further than your credit card.

Best Money Tips: How to Jumpstart Your Emergency Fund This Month

Today we found articles on ways to jump-start your emergency fund, surprising uses for Fels Naptha soap, and important steps to take if you’re fired.

4 Smart Things You Should Do With Your First Real Paycheck

Your first real paycheck is cause for celebration — and cause for some smart money moves.

5 Money Moves to Make When It's Too Hot to Go Outside

Too hot to do anything productive? Think again! Give some of these summer money moves a try.

9 Things to Consider Before Retiring to a Tiny Home or RV

If your retirement dream home is tiny — or on wheels — you may want to make these considerations before taking the plunge.

9 Modern Home Improvements That Add Thousands to Your Listing

Could your home use a little TLC? These modern makeovers will add serious resale bang to your buck.

3 Unexpected Hurdles You Might Encounter When Applying for Social Security Benefits

Social Security is not always a well-oiled machine. Don't get hung up on these snags when applying for benefits.

Should You Treat Your Social Security Benefits Like a Bond?

A lot of things can impact your retirement investment strategy. Should your future Social Security benefits be one of them?

How to Become a Minimalist With Your Money

Money management have your head in a whirl? Try the minimalist approach instead.

Why It Pays to Wait Before Applying for a New Rewards Card

Before a sweet perk convinces you to apply for another rewards credit card, you might want to wait for some even better ones.

Should You Go on Vacation While You're in Debt?

Vacation is usually the first thing to go when tackling debt. But it doesn't have to be.

How to Manage Your Money When You're Too Busy to Think About It

Money management is always doable — even when life is busy.

Do You Need Credit Monitoring to Protect Your Credit?

With data breaches everywhere you turn, credit monitoring seems like a smart thing to get. But do you really need it?