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Affordable Ways to Refresh Your Home

Written on August 9, 2018 at 1:50 pm, by

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

Written on August 2, 2018 at 1:47 pm, by

“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?

Written on July 26, 2018 at 1:43 pm, by

“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

Written on July 19, 2018 at 1:36 pm, by

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

Written on June 21, 2018 at 9:00 am, by

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

Written on June 14, 2018 at 9:00 am, by

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

Written on June 7, 2018 at 9:00 am, by

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

Written on May 31, 2018 at 9:00 am, by

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

Written on May 25, 2018 at 2:54 pm, by

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

Written on May 17, 2018 at 11:29 am, by

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 »