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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 »

7 Gifts That Help Your Grad Stash More Cash

May 25, 2018 | Uncategorized

If you want to give a graduation gift that is always appreciated, give cash. If you want to give a gift that will help your grad save cash, though, you’ll need to give it a little more thought. Any of the following gifts would be appropriate for a college graduate heading out into the world, and most  Continue Reading »

Money Advice for New Grads — and Some Old-School Wisdom

May 17, 2018 | Uncategorized

Many basic principles about saving and investing don’t change. But plenty of other things do, including the economy, tax law and employment trends. So we asked leading personal finance experts to share with us the best money advice they ever received, as well as what they would tell today’s new graduates. Here are their responses,  Continue Reading »

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

April 19, 2018 | 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 »

5 Frugality Pros Help You Rein In Holiday Spending

October 31, 2017 | Uncategorized

The overflowing expectations around the holidays can entice us to spend more than we can afford. Not only do we have bills to face once the decorations are put away, but 43% of respondents to an Experian survey say extra expenses also make the holidays hard to enjoy. Now’s the time to plan so your December  Continue Reading »

Save More When Back-to-School Shopping Online

August 15, 2017 | Uncategorized

Shopping for school supplies, electronics and clothing can be a chore — and an expensive one at that. Families with children in grades K-12 plan to spend an average of $687.72 on back-to-school shopping, about $14 more than last year’s average of $673.57, according to the National Retail Federation. College students and their families plan  Continue Reading »