The 2 Best Zero Interest Credit Cards for Ringing in 2019

This is such an expensive season! Many of us ring up big bills compared with the rest of the year. We’re splurging on gifts and groceries and entertaining — maybe even some last-minute repairs before houseguests arrive. For some, this is also the time to book travel for a getaway when the holiday is over … Read moreThe 2 Best Zero Interest Credit Cards for Ringing in 2019

2-Minute Money Manager: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay a Mortgage?

Welcome to your “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers. You can learn how to send in a question of your own below. If you’re not typically a video watcher, give it a try. These videos are short and painless, and you’ll learn something valuable. But if … Read more2-Minute Money Manager: What’s the Fastest Way to Pay a Mortgage?

Should You Get a Store Credit Card? It’s Tempting

When checking out at department stores this holiday season, you can expect to receive a smile and a sales pitch. Store credit cards are moneymakers for businesses, and clerks are likely to dangle a nice discount in front of you in the hope that you’ll apply. The discounts offered on store merchandise and other rewards … Read moreShould You Get a Store Credit Card? It’s Tempting

2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Lend Money to My Kids?

Welcome to your “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers. Today’s question is about lending to family or friends; specifically, how to respond when your adult children hold out their hands. Watch the following video to learn what to do when asked for money — and how … Read more2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Lend Money to My Kids?

7 Times It Makes Sense to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

igorstevanovic / Shutterstock.com Most people need a home loan to get the dwelling of their dreams. It is the one form of debt that financial experts typically do not frown upon. However, there are times when it makes sense to pay off your home loan early. Reducing the time it takes to retire your mortgage … Read more7 Times It Makes Sense to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

7 Reasons Not to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

There are plenty of reasons to pay off your mortgage early — chief among them being the thousands of dollars in interest you stand to save. At the same time, there also are benefits to not paying off a home loan ahead of schedule. Which approach is better for you depends on your financial situation … Read more7 Reasons Not to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Cancel My Credit Card?

Welcome to your “2-Minute Money Manager,” a short video feature answering money questions submitted by readers and viewers. You can learn how to send in a question of your own below. If you’re not typically a video watcher, give it a try. These videos are short and painless, and you’ll learn something valuable. But if … Read more2-Minute Money Manager: Should I Cancel My Credit Card?

2 Costly Rewards Credit Card Mistakes — And How To Fix Them

Chances are good that you’re getting less out of a rewards credit card — or paying more for it — than you should. A recent U.S. News & World Report survey of 1,500 rewards credit card holders shows that many folks make costly mistakes when choosing and using their rewards cards. Basically, they pass up … Read more2 Costly Rewards Credit Card Mistakes — And How To Fix Them

8 Reasons You Need Good Credit in Retirement

It would be nice to let things slide. But, yes, you do need good credit in retirement. It will save you money or hassle in more situations than you may realize. And bad credit can cost you in retirement just as it can cost you during your working years. Consider these reasons for which it … Read more8 Reasons You Need Good Credit in Retirement