Articles on Personal Finance

5 Obstacles You Can Expect on Your Journey to Financial Freedom

The road to financial freedom is paved with good intentions — and there are a few potholes along the way, too.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a Larger Home

When home gets a little cramped, bigger digs may be in order. Here's what you should consider before upsizing.

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Invested $500 in FAANG 6 Years Ago

So you missed the boat on Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google? Here's how much it cost you.

6 Ways New College Grads Can Build Credit

Entering the real world involves making big financial choices, and those choices will be easier once you start building credit.

5 Things That Could Wreck an Early Retirement

Those chasing early retirement with aggressive saving and frugal lifestyles should also prepare for unexpected costs, post retirement.

Why Your IRA Shouldn't Double as an Education Savings Plan

Your IRA may have the option to help pay for college, but that doesn't mean it should be your go-to education savings plan.

You're Denied a Credit Card Due to Too Many Hard Inquiries. Now What?

Hard inquiries ruining your rewards game? When you can't get approved for new cards, these strategies can help you make the most of what you've got.

How New Grads Can Protect Their Credit

As a new grad, you have a lot on your financial plate. Nothing is more important than protecting your credit.

How a New Marriage Can Survive Student Loan Debt

Wedding bells may be ushering in more than new nuptials. If you or your spouse has student loans, there are a few key things to consider.

Is It Smart to Pay College Tuition With a Credit Card?

Putting your college tuition on plastic is certainly an option; but should you do it?

How to Build an Emergency Fund By the End of Summer

While you're busy soaking up some rays this summer, find a few easy ways for your emergency fund to soak up some savings!

6 Common Homebuying Myths, Debunked

The first step toward easing your homebuying jitters is to stop faking yourself out with these falsehoods.

7 Little White Lies That Can Save You Money

Sometimes it's OK to fudge the truth in the name of saving money.

How to Respond to House-Shaming

Everyone you know says you should buy instead of rent. Here's how to tell those house-shamers to pound sand.

10 Red Flags to Look Out for When Renting Your First Apartment

Renting your first apartment can be like navigating a minefield. Know the warning signs to make sure you don't sign a lease to a pit of despair.

2-Minute Read: What You Need to Know About FICO Scores

Here's everything you need to know about FICO scores, and it'll only take you two minutes to read.

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?