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Pets, Old Cars, and 3 Other Common Money Pits

Beware the money pit. Whether it's a new puppy or a vintage muscle car, you might be jumping into more spending than you can afford.

7 Easy Ways to Calculate Your New Car Budget

A shiny new set of wheels can really loosen your purse strings. Don't hit the dealership without knowing what you can truly afford.

The Simple Way to Decide How Much Rent You Can Really Afford

Before you set out to find your next great rental apartment or home, take a good look at your income. What can you afford?

The Fastest Method to Eliminate Credit Card Debt

Yes, you can get out of credit card debt — and faster than you think. The sooner you start, the sooner you'll chip away at that financial burden.

6 Financial Mistakes to Stop Making by Age 40

By your 40s, personal finance shouldn't be a mystery. If you're still making these six money mistakes, it's time to enforce some changes.

9 Cities You Never Knew Went Bankrupt

We all know the plight of Detroit, but the Motor City isn't the only American city to go BK. You might be surprised by these other bankrupt 'burgs.

5 Money Mistakes to Stop Making by 50

By your 50s, you should have a solid grasp on personal finance — and if not, it might be due to these all-too-common mistakes.

The 5 Best Pieces of Financial Wisdom From Warren Buffett

If you're looking for timeless financial wisdom, then turn to the Oracle of Omaha himself. Start with these personal finance fundamentals.

5 Facts Millennials Should Know About Retirement Planning

Retirement saving has never been easy, but for today's young adults, it seems impossible. Here's how to understand today's special saving challenges.

5 Times You Shouldn't Rush to Pay Off Your Mortgage

Every homeowner dreams of owning their home free and clear. Before you rush to pay that mortgage down, consider what else your money might do.

10 Times You Shouldn't Invest in Stocks

Investing in stocks is a great way to build wealth — but not always. Here's how to decide whether the stock market is right for you.

11 Ways Life Is Amazing With an Emergency Fund

Life happens — and it usually costs money when it does. Build your emergency fund so when it happens, you're good to go.

Stop! Is That Loan Too Big For Your Wallet?

You need to borrow money for a big purchase — how much can you really afford to borrow? Use these financial rules of thumb to find out.

5 Tricks to Consolidating Your Debt and Saving Money

Debt consolidation can reduce the interest you pay and get you back in black sooner. Consider these five strategies.

How This Single-Income Family Found Financial Freedom in Just 27 Months

The true, inspiring story of one motivated couple who paid off $37,000 in consumer debt in 27 months by cutting costs and earning extra income.

5 Times You Should Say Yes to New Credit Card Offers

Usually you're better off shredding all those credit card offers that come in the mail. Find out when to break out the letter opener instead.

How One Inspiring Couple Paid Off $48,000 in 2.5 Years

The true story of one motivated couple who stopped spending separately, got on the same financial page, and dug themselves out of debt, one bill at a time.

Do These 8 Things to Profit From the Improving Economy

It's been a rough several years for the economy, but things may be looking up. Are you poised to cash in on the rebound?

The 9 People in Your Life Who Are Keeping You Poor

It's not easy to manage money, but when you include the influence and needs of those around us, it's downright hard. Who's keeping you poor?

9 Signs You're Suffering From Lifestyle Inflation

Keeping up with the Joneses is not the only sign of creeping lifestyle inflation. How many of these signs of profligacy do you recognize?