Keeping Your Money Safe: Highlights from Our Chat With Beverly Harzog

US News & World Report personal finance expert Beverly Harzog joined us for our #WBChat on March 21st to share insights on keeping your money safe. Our #BHChat #WBChat featured wonderful tips and Beverly's expertise helped our chatters learn more about how to protect their money. In total we... […]

Frugal Food Spending for One: A Case Study

This week, my wife is visiting her sisters and my children are visiting their grandparents, which leaves me at home alone. […]

Join Our Tweetchat on Thursday 3/21, 12pm Pacific for a Chance to $100 in Win Prizes

Join our Tweetchat this Thursday at 12:00 p.m. Pacific/ 3p.m. Eastern for lively conversation and a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards! Use #WBChat and #BHChat to participate. This week's topic: Keeping Your Money Safe! Learn about protecting your money from scams, “money drains,”... […]

The pros and cons of becoming a rideshare driver

With so many possible side hustles available in today's gig economy, how do you decide which to choose? Today, I want to make the case that driving with for a rideshare company is a plausible choice for several reasons. But there are also some major distractions that you should be aware of before signing up. My name is Josh Overmyer. […]

How to Host an Inexpensive Game Day

This past weekend, I hosted a full game day for more than a dozen people at my home (it literally was just me this time, as my wife was visiting her sisters and my children were visiting the grandparents). […]

LendingPoint Personal Loans Review

Founded in 2014, LendingPoint is an innovative online lender with headquarters in Kennesaw, Georgia. […]

Citizens Bank Personal Loans Review

Citizens Bank is part of Citizens Financial Group, one of the largest financial institutions in the nation. Headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, this company boasted a whopping $158.6 billion in assets in the third quarter of 2018. In addition to its online banking platform, Citizens Bank offers 24/7 customer service and 2,900 ATMs nationwide. […]

Upstart Personal Loans Review

Upstart is a unique online lender that was founded by former Google executives in 2012. As the first lending platform to use artificial intelligence to automate the lending process, the company goes the extra mile to offer loans to a wider range of consumers. […]

How to avoid a wasted dentist appointment

A dentist appointment is inconvenient enough without wasting a trip there when the appointment has been canceled. Here's when you should suspect something happened to your appointment … I'm a dental cripple due to poor brushing and flossing habits in my twenties and early thirties. […]

How to Handle the Financial Advantages of Others Without Feeling Hopeless

Over the last few days, several people asked me for my thoughts on the recent college admissions cheating scandal, where a number of people were charged with various forms of fraud as a result of paying large amounts of money to secure their children’s admission to prestigious universities often through fraudulent means. […]

Why Your Credit Needs an Emergency Fund

Believe it or not, neither the amount of money you earn nor how much you have in the bank or in your wallet has an impact on your credit scores. Credit scoring models, like FICO and VantageScore, don’t consider your income or other wealth related metrics. […]

Ask the Readers: What Do You Do When You Need to Recharge?

Life gets busy! When you feel yourself running out of energy, it's OK to take a break and recharge. Some people like to read a book, take a walk, call a friend, or bake cookies for their family — whatever helps you regain the energy you need to tackle the day. What do you do to recharge?... […]

Questions About Rewarding Children, Tents, Store Brands, Hidden Spending, and More!

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to summaries of five or fewer words. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Handling income bump 2. Partner hides bad spending habits 3. Urgent purchases 4. Personal finance books to avoid 5. Rewarding children for good grades 6. Bullet journaling and “notebook method” 7. […]

Fighting Debt With Debt: America’s Penchant for Personal Loans

Taking out a personal loan to consolidate or pay off mounting debts is not exactly a new development. However, according to a recent Lending Tree study, it has grown to be the overwhelming reason Americans access personal loans these days. In fact, the study revealed that managing existing debt represented 61% of personal loan requests in 2018. […]

Exploring the Connections Between Your Marital Life and Your Financial Life

This is the fourth entry in an eight part series exploring the connections between your finances and other areas of your life. A few weeks ago, I started a series exploring the connections between personal finance and the other “spheres” of my life. […]

Financial advice from my father (when I was nineteen)

“Who was there for your father when he died?” Kim asked me a few moments ago. She's interested in becoming a death doula, so she's reading a book about end-of-life care. “It's odd you should ask that today,” I said after I told her the story of my father's six-year battle with cancer. “Why?” she asked. “Today is the equivalent day in my life as the day when Dad died in his,” I said. […]

Feeling Good About Yourself (the Frugal Way): Find Your Flow

Amanda writes in with one of those good mailbag questions that ends up being its own post because it deserves a longer answer: How do you handle those days when you just feel bad about yourself and just need a perk or a treat? Like your boss yells at you a bunch and you feel stressed out and burned out and you just go do something that makes you feel good for a little bit? […]

6 Smart Things to Do With Your Extra Student Loan Money

When you're a college student, extra cash is hard to come by. But when an influx of cash is the result of unused student loan money, you've got to make an informed decision on how to spend it — especially since you'll eventually have to pay it back with interest. Do right by yourself and your... […]

Caregiving: Highlights from Our Chat with AARP and Ad Council

AARP, Ad Council and Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert from AARP, joined us for our #WBChat on March 14th to share insights on caregiving. Our #caregiving #WBChat featured wonderful tips helped our chatters learn more about navigating becoming a caregiver to loved ones. In total we had 99... […]