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Refinancing Auto Loans 101

April 26, 2019 | Uncategorized

If you’re paying too much in interest for your car or truck loan, refinancing could be a great way to save some serious dough. Interest rates for vehicle loans may have dropped since you financed your auto. Or maybe you’ve improved your credit score, which could qualify you for a lower rate. Either way, it  Continue Reading »

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

March 13, 2019 | Uncategorized

When shopping for a new car, many people overlook one important step: getting preapproved for an auto loan. It’s a simple process that can make car-buying go more smoothly and save you money. Preapproval is a quick assessment of your ability to pay off a loan based on your credit history and current financial state.  Continue Reading »

Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Home

August 9, 2018 | Uncategorized

Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. But remodeling and renovations could set you back thousands of dollars for each room. A “midrange minor kitchen remodel” — including hardware, countertops, flooring and a refrigerator — is about $21,000, on average, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report. But with the right approach, you can give  Continue Reading »

Don’t Let a Down Payment Scare You Off

August 2, 2018 | Uncategorized

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. College is over,  Continue Reading »

Ask Brianna: I’m 18. Should I Worry About My Credit Yet?

July 26, 2018 | Uncategorized

“Ask Brianna” is a column for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Good credit opens up a  Continue Reading »

It’s Not All About Money: Financial Wisdom for Young Adults

July 19, 2018 | Uncategorized

At 21, you’re a financial adult. But chances are you still don’t know what you don’t know. We asked personal finance experts and financial planners what newly minted adults need to know about money. Their bottom line: Be sure your balance sheet includes some joy, too. How to think about money A job you love  Continue Reading »

Rake in Cash at Your Yard Sale

June 21, 2018 | Uncategorized

Your yard sale hosting strategy can determine whether you rake in cash or waste a day. If you pull it off, others get to enjoy the items collecting dust in your home while you pocket extra money. For those who’ve never held a sale before — or at least not a successful one — here  Continue Reading »

7 Ways to Save on Concert Tickets

June 14, 2018 | Uncategorized

A standing-room only pit ticket to one of Taylor Swift’s June concerts at Soldier Field in Chicago could cost you $895. Some would say that’s a high price to pay to see songs from “Reputation” performed live. Before you drop a few hundred (or thousand) dollars on concert tickets, here are seven ways to save  Continue Reading »

5 Steps to Officiating at a Friend’s Wedding

June 7, 2018 | Uncategorized

Your friends are getting married, and then they pop a question to you: Will you officiate at the wedding? Leading a marriage ceremony is an honor, and you don’t have to be a professional. Plus, it’s becoming more common for couples to look to their inner circles for wedding officiants. About 47% of couples had  Continue Reading »

What to Know Before Saying ‘Yes’ to an Online Wedding Dress

May 31, 2018 | Uncategorized

Carol Hickins’ wedding dress arrived at her office “in a plastic bag inside a brown cardboard box,” she says. The packaging was a “letdown,” she says, but the dress was not. She loved the gown she bought from the Ann Taylor website. That was in 2013, and Ann Taylor has since stopped selling wedding dresses.  Continue Reading »