Posts Categorized: Personal Finance

Over the past few years there’s a trend online of financial experts recommending college students get credit cards. Is this really a good idea? This strain of advice usually includes some of the following arguments: Having credit helps establish a good credit history. Using credit early is educational and can teach the user how to…

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we recently wrote about natural advantages women have that can help them manage personal finances. Today we’re talking about the other side of the coin—disadvantages that women need to be aware of when dealing with money matters. Like we wrote before, we don’t want to stereotype anyone, and every…

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If you’re paid bi-weekly on Fridays, then this month might be a 3-paycheck month for you. It happens roughly twice per year for those workers who are paid every other week, and for many of us, it’s like winning a small lottery jackpot.

But rather than squander that occasional 3rd paycheck in a month, use those funds to help bring your personal finances into balance. Here are 5 suggestions for getting the most out of that extra paycheck:

Many student loan borrowers feel helpless in the face of tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt. There is popular support among them for student loan forgiveness, but there are misconceptions about these programs that need to be cleared up. A recent report from LendEDU found that nearly half of all college students…

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We wrote yesterday about the pros and cons of going paperless, and switching from mailed bank & billing statements to electronic ones. If you do decide to make the switch, we’ve got some advice for how to do it: Save a permanent copy. Paper statements are permanent, but some creditors and banks won’t keep your…

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More and more banks, creditors and utility companies are urging customers to go paperless and get all of their billing statements online. There are obvious advantages to this kind of arrangement—it’s better for the environment, for one—but there are downsides to consider. Should you go Paperless? Pros: Less waste Easier to gather info at tax…

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A lot of budgeting for the holidays centers on buying gifts and the like, but holiday meals and gatherings can present a real challenge for those who are trying to get by on a tight budget. We’ve got 6 tips for saving money on this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner: Borrow what you need. Check with your nearby…

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