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

Deciding how much rent you can truly 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?

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You Can't Make It as a One-Car Family: Now What?

Being a one-car family is great for trimming the budget, but let's be real — it's not always easy. Here's how to afford that second set of wheels.

8 Investments That May Soar During Trump's Term

Trump's economic impact is just guesswork for now, but let's take a look at what investments may soar under his lead, based on what's he's campaigned on.

6 Ways Millennials Have Changed Money (So Far)

The kids these days are bringing money matters into the social media age, and reinventing some old tricks along the way.

5 Financial Moves Now That You'll Regret When You Retire

Retirement may seem like a distant dot on the horizon, but if you make these costly money moves today, you'll really regret it later.

Could Trump Bring Higher Interest Rates and Inflation? Consider These Money Moves

Will the fiscal landscape be different in 2017 during a Trump presidency? Here's how to get your money ready, either way things go.

Get Your Money Sooner by Starting 2016 Tax Prep Now

The early (tax) bird gets the worm — and reduces the chance it'll be a victim of identity theft. Start your 2016 tax prep now, and skip all the stress in April.

Surprise! There's a Gender Gap in Mortgages, Too

The gender wage gap may have the spotlight, but there seems to be bias in home loans, too. Find out how to fight it

8 Ways to Decide if It's a "Fund-Worthy" Emergency

You worked hard to build up your emergency fund for a rainy day like today. Is it raining hard enough to dip into your stash of cash?

The Easiest Way to Invest in the World's Biggest Companies

You don't need thousands of dollars to buy high-priced stock — really!

5 Ways to Use Credit Card Rewards this Christmas

If you're struggling to afford Christmas this year, these rewards credit card strategies could help you save money and boost the number of gifts you can put under the tree.

6 Ways to Invest When You're In Debt

Investing and paying down debt? Yep, you read correctly. It's possible!

8 Credit Repair Mistakes That Will Cost You

So you're ready take on your awful credit score. Be careful — making these false steps could actually do more harm than good.

Rent Your Home or Buy? Here's How to Decide

Rent versus buy is an age-old housing conundrum. Make the decision easy with some math that's easy to figure.

Your Brain Is Keeping You in Debt (And How to Fix It)

Why can't you chip away at that daunting pile of debt? You might want to blame your brain.

Watch Out for These 5 Last Minute Home Buying Costs

First time homebuyers can be left scrambling to cover these last-minute costs. Don't get blindsided on your way to your new home!

6 Stocks to Buy Before Black Friday

'Tis the season to take advantage of a holiday bull market.

15 Retirement Terms Every New Investor Needs to Know

Good for you for starting that retirement fund! Your future self will thank you. Now, let's get you brushed up on some key terms.

9 Things Football Teaches Us About Money

Nickel and dime packages in football aren't actually nickels and dimes. But they might be if you take the right lessons from the game.

Should You Pay Your Mortgage Off Early?

Owning your home outright is a huge achievement. Weigh these options first, though, before tackling your mortgage early.

4 Easy-to-Fix Reasons Your Savings Account Isn't Growing

Don't get frustrated by a stunted savings account. Make these moves instead to help your money grow.