Why Instagrammers Are Going Wild Over These Debt-Free Coloring Charts

In 2009, Heidi Ifland Nash and her husband were paying off $38,000 of debt. They’d been working on it for several years. At one point, Nash wanted to see tangible progress, so she decided to track their payments on paper with a chart she could color in as they inched toward their goal. “The very … Read moreWhy Instagrammers Are Going Wild Over These Debt-Free Coloring Charts

6 Tricks to Stop Blowing Your Budget on Take-out and Pumpkin Spice Lattes

When it comes to budgeting, we all have our little flaws. Usually, it’s spending too much money on one of our favorite vices. It might be your daily gourmet coffee drink on your way into work. It could be ordering dinner and having it delivered. (Who wants to cook, right?) It might even be smaller … Read more6 Tricks to Stop Blowing Your Budget on Take-out and Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Student Loan Forgiveness Just Got Easier if Your School Was Seriously Shady

If you have taken out a federal direct loan and suspect you attended — or are still going to — a school that’s made less-than-true claims, now is the time to think about applying for loan forgiveness. A rule created under the Obama administration allows federal student loan borrowers to apply to have their loans … Read moreStudent Loan Forgiveness Just Got Easier if Your School Was Seriously Shady

8 Insider Tips for Finding Cheap Holiday Flights (Hint: Book Soon!)

Ahhh, the holiday season. Backyard football games, elaborate dinners, family bonding, warm cookies… and insanely expensive flights. Many people are excited to go home for the holidays, but no one’s excited to pay the price. Airlines know, however, that most people will pay whatever it costs — so they raise their fares exponentially. Though it … Read more8 Insider Tips for Finding Cheap Holiday Flights (Hint: Book Soon!)

I Hate Roommates, but They Could Really Help With My Mortgage

Dear New Homeowner, First, congratulations on buying a home! I notice you said that it’s a small house, but perfect for you. You didn’t say it’s perfect for an eventual bunch of toddlers, or perfect for you and six rescue Labradors, or perfect for the parade of houseguests throughout the year for all the entertaining … Read moreI Hate Roommates, but They Could Really Help With My Mortgage

Living the Gig Life? You Might Still Need Life Insurance. Here’s How to Get It

There’s a reason you chose this life. Being an independent contractor provides a certain level of freedom. You might set your own hours. Maybe you work from your back porch that overlooks the lake. Perhaps it drives you harder, because when you work more, you’ll earn more. Whether you’re spending your time behind the wheel … Read moreLiving the Gig Life? You Might Still Need Life Insurance. Here’s How to Get It

Credit Card Debt? These 4 Sites Could Help You Pay It Down Faster

So, you have thousands of dollars in credit card debt, and the burden of paying off all that — and interest — is gobbling up your income. Instead of financially treading water making minimum payments and paying maximum interest, make the smart move, and take out a debt consolidation loan. It’s a personal loan, usually … Read moreCredit Card Debt? These 4 Sites Could Help You Pay It Down Faster

Could You Weather a Financial Emergency? 6 Ways to Save $2,000 This Year

Life hits. It’s an emergency. You need $2,000. Can you tap into your savings? Emergency funds, also known as rainy day funds, are essential. You never know when you’ll face an unexpected medical procedure, hefty car repairs or a vet bill. When it comes down to it, only 15% of Americans could come up with … Read moreCould You Weather a Financial Emergency? 6 Ways to Save $2,000 This Year

How This Texas Couple Earned $3,585 After Purchasing Their First Home

When Travis and Miryea Ayala Cormier showed up for the final walk-through before signing papers to own their first home, they stumbled into a disaster. The recently renovated midcentury modern home was torn apart. Unexpected construction work to repair mold damage had left tarps and cardboard layering the floors, kitchen cabinets sitting on the dining … Read moreHow This Texas Couple Earned $3,585 After Purchasing Their First Home

This Program Offers Up to $7,500 in Home Down Payment Assistance

“Buying makes more sense than renting.” Chances are you’ve heard that advice before. It’s right up there with “start an emergency fund” and “don’t go into credit card debt” in the annals of classic personal finance counsel. But just because buying a home is a better money move than renting one doesn’t make coming up … Read moreThis Program Offers Up to $7,500 in Home Down Payment Assistance