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What to buy and what to skip at Aldi

John Matarese  |  April 29, 2019

Aldi has shaken up the grocery scene the past couple of years, moving from a small retailer of cheap no-name products to a major threat to big supermarkets. The German grocer is expanding into a 2,000-store deep discount chain across the U.S. So if one has opened near you, you may want to know the …

Disney Announced The Details On Its Upcoming Streaming Service, Disney Plus—Including How Much It Will Cost

Augusta Statz  |  April 12, 2019

If you were on the fence about adding yet another subscription service to your running list of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, this news might make you think about adding one more. In a presentation that took place on the Disney lot in California, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chief executive, unveiled Disney Plus, announcing …

The ultimate guide to saving for college

Jessica Sillers  |  April 5, 2019

As a parent of a 3-year-old, I’m just trying to get through my daughter’s current tantrum phase — figuring out the best way to save for college feels all but impossible. Even though I started saving before she was a year old, it’s tough to shake the anxiety over whether I’m saving enough. So I …

These Cute Napkin Drawings Make Complicated Financial Concepts Easy To Understand

Kate Streit  |  April 3, 2019

If you’re anything like me, the mere mention of complicated-sounding financial terms like “liquidity” or “internal rate of return,” and even more simple ones like “budget” or “mortgage,” make you feel intimidated. If you haven’t studied economics or feel like you’re the type of person who doesn’t have a head for numbers, it doesn’t have …

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What You Need To Know About The ‘No Buy Challenge’ To Save Money

Marie Rossiter  |  April 2, 2019

Are you looking to save some money and simplify your life? You’re not alone: There’s a reason that the TV show “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” which teaches viewers how to declutter and downsize our lives, is hugely popular on Netflix. Thanks to Kondo, a Japanese organization expert, people are embracing “less is more” in …

These 5 Podcasts Will Help You Pay Off Your Debt

Brittany Anas  |  March 11, 2019

About eight out of 10 people in the United States have debt, whether it’s in the form of student loans, credit cards, a mortgage or unpaid bills. So while debt itself is fairly universal, varying strategies exist for how to tackle it. Take for instance the debt snowball method lauded by radio show host Dave …

How free video games can cost hundreds of dollars

John Matarese  |  February 12, 2019

If you have kids between 4 and 14, it probably seems like they always want a new video game. Many times they’ll say, “But mom, it’s free!” But caution: That free game can end up very costly, because of a catch many parents don’t quite understand. The days of just driving Mario Kart, or playing …

Why every trip to Target seems to end up costing $100 or more

John Matarese  |  October 17, 2018

As the holiday season approaches, many of us will be heading to Target to buy gifts. But have you ever noticed that when you go into Target to buy a couple of $10 items you end up spending $75 or more? We’ve all done it: we have walked into Target for detergent and walked out with …

Existing Home Sales And Prices Hit Record High

Have You Been Putting Off Repairs To Your Home? You’re Not Alone, According To A New Survey

Kaitlin Gates  |  April 19, 2018

While buying your own home is an incredible feeling, owning it can be pretty stressful. Aside from monthly bills, the upkeep alone can be a lot of work. And we’re not just talking mowing the lawn or shoveling your driveway. Sometimes, it can feel like as soon as you fix one thing, there’s something else …

13 Last-Ditch Ways to Avoid Being Broke in Retirement

Nerd Wallet  |  April 11, 2018

There’s a common anxiety dream that involves walking into a classroom to discover it’s the day of finals and you haven’t cracked a book all semester. Then there’s the waking dream a lot of Americans have — the one where you’re getting ready to retire but haven’t saved enough money to cover expenses if you …

Trying To Get Out Of Debt? There’s A Social Network For That

Natalie Gould Tomko  |  April 5, 2018

Debt isn’t your typical cocktail conversation, but it’s an important conversation nonetheless. About 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt, be it credit cards, car loans, student loans or a mortgage. So with this many of us in debt, why don’t we talk about it? In a society where there’s a social network …

66% of young people have nothing saved for retirement

CNN  |  March 7, 2018

Most Millennials are not on track when it comes to saving for retirement. That’s no surprise. After paying bills, rent and making student loan payments, there’s often not much leftover each month for young people, many of whom entered the workforce at a time of stagnant wages and high unemployment. But a new report shows …

This is one family’s plan for paying off $60,000 without sacrificing their lifestyle

Marie Rossiter  |  February 26, 2018

How does a married couple who earns more than $100,000 a year live most of the time on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis? It sounds kind of crazy, but I can tell you from personal experience it happens more often than you think. A debt-driven lifestyle has been robbing us of our peace of mind for years. …

How 12 Olympians Pinched Pennies to Chase Gold

Nerd Wallet  |  February 20, 2018

We’re used to hearing stories of triumphant Olympians overcoming all odds to achieve their dreams. But for many, staying afloat financially is a lesser-known hurdle as they ski, skate, jump, flip and twirl their way to gold. NerdWallet talked to athletes competing in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea—and one former Olympian—about all things …

Disney ticket prices are going up—this is how you can save money

Kaitlin Gates  |  February 13, 2018

If you thought a trip to Disney World was already expensive, just wait—prices have gone up at both Walt Disney World in Orlando and at Disneyland in California. According to the Associated Press, “value” days at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will now cost $109 for adults and $103 for children, which is $2 increase. During non-value days, a visit …

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The average American racked up more than $1,000 of debt over the holidays

Chelsea Davis  |  January 2, 2018

Between buying gifts, traveling and hosting parties, the holiday season is expensive. So, it’s not surprising that many people end up putting holiday purchases on credit cards. This happens year after year, but this season collective spending on cards increased. In fact, Americans accumulated an average of $1,054 of debt this holiday season, which is around five …

How the ‘envelope method’ can help you finally get your finances in order

Kate Streit  |  January 2, 2018

More and more these days, we rely on credit and debit cards to pay for everything. I, myself, rarely have cash on me. When I do, I always feel like I need to save it for when I “really need it.” That’s how rarely I have it. However, if you’re trying to get a handle …

How this man paid off his $86,000 mortgage in two years

Marie Rossiter  |  December 24, 2017

For those who have one, a mortgage is likely your biggest expense. What’s more, promising the bank you’ll make large monthly payments for up to 30 years is a long-term commitment. The more time we take to pay off that mortgage, the more money that comes out of our pockets, thanks to interest. Journalist and …

Buying This One Grocery Item May Help You Stick To Your Budget Every Week

Brittany Anas  |  December 19, 2017

Almost every Sunday, I meal prep. And, by that, I mean I purchase a roasted chicken. If I’m feeling really ambitious, I make one of my own by following this recipe that calls for dijon mustard and thyme. Bonus: When I roast a chicken at home, the aroma fill my kitchen and my food-obsessed Boston …

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Emergency Fund Calculator: Use this tool to save

Brittany Anas  |  December 12, 2017

Let’s start with some good news: Nearly three-quarters of Americans have an emergency savings fund to pay for unexpected expenses, like a medical bill or day-to-day living expenses in the case of a layoff. That’s the best rate of emergency savers since 2011 when BankRate started its poll. Of those with emergency savings funds, 31 …

Still Figuring Out Your Holiday Budget? Here’s How Much People Are Spending This Year

Jennifer Nied  |  December 11, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It also may be the most expensive time of the year. The latest survey on holiday spending from the National Retail Federation confirmed it. According to the survey, holiday spending in the US is expected to grow to a whopping $682 billion this year. That means consumers …

3 copycat restaurant meals that can help you save tons of cash

Brittany Anas  |  December 6, 2017

Whenever I need to reign in my budget—whether that’s to save for the holidays or put aside money for a vacation—the first category of my spending that hits the proverbial chopping block is “dining out.” According to the most recent consumer expenditure report published by the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household spends …

8 tips for living below your means without depriving yourself

Nerd Wallet  |  December 5, 2017

Spending less than you earn is one sure path to financial security. But that doesn’t have to mean a spartan lifestyle. You can still enjoy yourself while living small. Focus on the benefits. Having a financial buffer makes you the boss of your money, instead of someone who scrambles until payday. It gives you the …

3 apps that will help you save money

CNN  |  December 4, 2017

If you’re like most Americans, you’re not saving enough. While there have been some improvements over the past few years in Americans’ household savings, we’re still among the worst savers in the industrialized world. Around 44 percent of adults say they could not cover an emergency expense costing $400, or would cover it by selling …

3 tips to avoid going broke this holiday season

Nerd Wallet  |  December 1, 2017

The holiday season is supposed to be about joy, giving and spending time with our favorite people. But just as you might pack on a few extra pounds over the holidays, you might pack on some extra debt, too. On average, Americans who plan to buy for friends and loved ones this holiday season aim …

4 tips to stop the overspending cycle

CNN  |  November 30, 2017

What is the best way to control spending? No matter what I do to control spending and pay down my credit card, I always feel like I come back to the same place where I had started with the balance. Having an authorized user is one problem but most of the expenses are just food, …

Trader Joe's Open New Store In Miami Area

9 Secrets About Trader Joe’s You Probably Didn’t Know

Carina Wolff  |  October 24, 2017

Trader Joe’s is not like most regular grocery stores. In addition to their affordable produce and wide array of health-food options, they also carry their own line of unique products like their “Everything But The Bagel Seasoning” and their infamous Cookie Butter that you just can’t find anywhere else. And let’s not forget their Two …

Suze Orman says you should retire at this age

Kate Streit  |  October 24, 2017

There’s a lot of advice out there about planning for retirement. You’ve probably heard that you should be saving more and begin putting away money earlier. Whether you’re just getting started in your career, or you can hardly remember a time before you were a part of the workforce, you’ve likely thought about when you …

Costco Reports Q3 Profits Up 12.3 Percent

A new study confirms: If you’re not shopping at Costco, you’re throwing your money away

Tricia Goss  |  October 17, 2017

You are likely well aware of Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. You may have also heard rumors that this merger means lower prices at the natural and organic grocery store chain. However, if you are trying to stretch your grocery shopping budget (and really, who isn’t these days?), you may want to hold off on …

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5 Handy Lessons Monopoly Teaches Us About Money—Without Us Even Realizing It

Brittany Anas  |  October 17, 2017

I recently got a hefty HOA assessment. My initial thought: “Ugh, this is just like drawing a bad ‘Chance’ card in Monopoly.” Except rather than handing over pastel paper play money to the bank, I had to, you know, pay with real money. Growing up, Monopoly was one of my favorite games. Any time I …

28 hilarious things your credit card would say if it could talk

Kate Streit  |  October 12, 2017

If you struggle with your spending habits and/or credit card debt, you’re certainly not alone. Whether it’s that daily latte habit, that exotic vacation we can’t quite afford or online shopping, our credit cards bear the brunt of our less-than-perfect spending habits. While getting your finances in order should be an issue you take seriously, …

7 effortless ways to save money on Halloween costumes this year

Nerd Wallet  |  October 11, 2017

If the price tag on the tattered zombie costume at the Halloween store gives you a fright, it’s time to look for ways to shed some of the cost. Here’s how much shoppers are expected to spend on the Oct. 31 holiday, plus ways to trim that amount with money-saving tips. Carving Up The Cost Of Halloween …

7 Things I Could Be Spending My Money On Instead Of My Kids

Kate Desmond  |  October 11, 2017

Have you ever thought about the cost of being a parent?  No, not the cost to your dignity or to your body. I mean the actual monetary cost. Gasp! Kate, how could you think like that? I know, I know, and believe me, I wouldn’t trade any of the squishy hugs and tender moments with …

These are the 6 most common majors of the world’s 100 richest people

Haley Otman  |  October 2, 2017

There are billionaires, and then there are the rest of us. Have you ever wondered what sets some people apart? What sends them straight to the top? What decisions they made along the way to become billionaires? You’re not alone. The folks over at Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment in the U.K. were curious, too, so they …

Exactly how I saved $40,000 for a down payment while earning a $38,000 salary

Brittany Anas  |  September 28, 2017

I was working as a newspaper reporter, earning $38,000 a year when I became dead set on purchasing my very first home. At the time, rent in my bachelorette pad had been going up every year, to the tune of $50 to $125 per month. Meanwhile, my dishwasher was a prop that didn’t actually work …

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FYI: Thanksgiving flights are super cheap right now

Augusta Statz  |  September 26, 2017

For those of you who are still not over the fact that summer is gone for good, we’re right there with you. You can barely wrap your head around drinking a pumpkin spice latte—much less booking a Thanksgiving flight, right? We hate to break it to you, but the sooner you prepare for the upcoming …

17 ways for introverts to make and save money

Carina Wolff  |  September 25, 2017

It’s hard to give a blanket statement on how to save money, as everyone has different habits, desires and necessities. But if you’re someone who prefers to stay in and watch a movie rather than go to a party, there are specific money-saving tips that will work perfectly for your lifestyle. As an introvert, there …

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7 Free Ways To Get Personal Finance Planning

Steve Milano  |  September 22, 2017

How how much should you have saved for retirement today, based on your age? How much should you be saving for retirement each month? Do you have the best credit cards in your wallet, in terms of APR, transfer fees and rewards? Can you or should you pay off your student loan faster? What do …

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10 cities where you can live comfortably on a $50,000 salary

Tricia Goss  |  September 19, 2017

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in the United States in 2016 was $59,039. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in the same year, annual expenses averaged $57,311 for American households. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of wiggle room for emergency or other unexpected expenses. If you live in …

Puerto Rico Teeters On Edge Of Massive Default

18 small splurges that cost you way more than you think

Steve Milano  |  September 18, 2017

Spending $5 here, $10 there or $20 on an impulse buy or frequent purchase won’t bust your budget—or will it? Seemingly small splurges don’t hurt your financial well-being by themselves, but when you add them up over the course of a year, they can be devastating to your personal finances. If you can find 10 …

Whole Foods To Buy Wild Oats Markets For $565 Million

How This Family Of 5 Eats Organic For Less Than $150 A Week

Kate Desmond  |  September 13, 2017

Standing in the grocery store faced with the option to choose organic or not can often come down to dollars and cents. Are those $5.99-a-pound strawberries really better than the $2.99 non-organic variety? Many health experts say yes, but how can we afford it? One mom, Sarah Cottrell, says it is very doable, it just …

7 DIY Kitchen Updates You Can Do This Weekend, Even If You Don’t Have A Lot Of Cash

Kate Streit  |  September 6, 2017

Are you dreaming of a brand new and sparkling kitchen, but lack the funds to spring for a professional renovation? No problem. It turns out that there a number of things you can do to spruce up your kitchen yourself, and they won’t break the bank either. Check out these simple, DIY kitchen upgrades that …

This Chart Shows You How Close You Are To Becoming A Millionaire

Kaitlin Gates  |  September 5, 2017

If there’s one thing we can probably all agree on, it’s that winning the lottery would pretty much top the list of life goals. Unfortunately, it’s not exactly practical for most of us. That doesn’t mean becoming a millionaire is out the question, though. It just means you’ll have to pay more attention to your …

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Why you should postpone getting a new car

Kate Streit  |  September 4, 2017

New cars can be exciting. There’s that new car smell. Your toddler has not yet smashed Cheerios into every available crevice. You don’t have to worry about repairs leaving you stranded with no way to get around. And you just feel cool driving down the street in a shiny, brand-new ride. (Is that just me?) …

These are the top 10 things people hate spending money on while on vacation

Sarah Kuta  |  August 31, 2017

We can all agree: Vacations are the best. But you know what’s the worst? Looking at your credit card statement after vacation. Oof. Of course, most of us are getting paid while we’re on vacation (hello, PTO!) but vacation spending still hurts. Between airfare, expensive hotels or Airbnbs (come on, you have to splurge while …

This old-school way to get free TV is making a comeback

Sarah Kuta  |  August 31, 2017

We’ve all heard about cutting the cord, which means ditching cable and using other, cheaper means to watch TV—Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube. But some people are just now discovering the original way to watch TV for free: an antenna. The Wall Street Journal published a story earlier this month about the millennials who are surprised …

US Gas Prices Rise For 35 Consecutive Days

Is it worth it to pay for premium gas?

Kate Streit  |  August 30, 2017

We’ve all been there before. You pull up to the gas station to refuel, but before you pump, you must decide if you want regular or premium gas. You may wonder if the extra cost of the “Top Tier” gas is worth it, or if it’s just a ploy for the gas companies to suck …

12 jobs that pay $70,000 or more and don’t require a bachelor’s degree

Brittany Anas  |  August 30, 2017

At some point, you may have heard statistics thrown around about how much more college graduates earn over their lifetimes. In particular, one study that seems to get repeated a lot says those with bachelor’s degrees earn $1 million more than high school graduates over their lifetimes. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, …

Whole Foods Posts 71 Percent Increase In Quarterly Profits

13 Whole Foods products that are now cheaper thanks to Amazon

Kenza Moller  |  August 28, 2017

Grocery shoppers, rejoice! Amazon has dropped the price of 13 items now that it’s running the ship at Whole Foods following last week’s acquisition. “Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come,” Amazon said in a statement on Friday, according to …

5 things debt-free people never do

Kate Streit  |  August 24, 2017

Are you one of the millions of Americans struggling to get out of debt? While there is plenty of advice out there about things you should do to become debt-free, learning what habits and practices to avoid may be just as important in your strategy to eliminate debt. Read on for a list of five things that …