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  1. 5 Signs That You're Living Beyond Your Means

    Learn what to watch for before you find yourself drowning in debt or filing for bankruptcy.
  2. Weather Waivers: Your Bad-Weather Airfare Escape Clause

    Getting a "weather waiver" when a storm threatens can save your trip – and your travel budget.
  3. LearnVest vs. Mint: What's the Difference?

    Decide which app is right for you in tracking your finances – LearnVest vs. Mint.
  4. 3 Ways to Make Budgeting a Success in the New Year

    Sticking with a financial plan isn't easy, but these strategies can help you achieve your goals.
  5. The 3 Key Tips for Budgeting Your Money

    If you have never tried budgeting your money, these strategies will help you get on track with your spending – and saving.
  6. Six Things To Buy AFTER Christmas

    Waiting out the frenzy of Christmas sales could actually save you a lot of money.
  7. What Are the True Costs of Your Household Expenses?

    Most spending is done with after-tax money, which means expenses cost more than you might think.
  8. Average Cost Of An American Christmas

    Here's a look at how much the average American family is expected to spend this holiday season.
  9. 3 Common Budgeting Challenges to Overcome

    Budgeting challenges don’t have to keep you from getting your finances in shape. Just follow this plan.
  10. Here's How to Create a Successful Budget

    Break your expenses into needs, wants, and savings goals for a budget plan you can stick to.
  11. Which Warehouse Club and Retail Memberships Are Worth It? (AMZN, COST)

    When it comes to major retail memberships in clubs such as Amazon Prime, Costco, BJ’s, and Sam’s Club, which ones are really ...
  12. Is Sub-Economy Class Worth the Grief?

    Sub-economy is cheaper, but how basic do you want to get?
  13. These Savings Accounts Have the Highest Interest Rates

    Don't expect interest from a bank savings account to make you rich. You can do better, however, than the paltry 0.08% average ...
  14. Buying a Car? Read This Financial Advice First

    When you buy a new car, make sure you are getting the best deal possible with these tips.
  15. Top 10 Companies with the Best Parental Leave and Benefits (NFLX, ADBE)

    Ikea just announced it will offer its 13,000 salaried and hourly employees in the U.S. up to four months of paid parental ...
  16. How To Make Extra Money At Christmas Time

    Here are some easy ways to make some cash if you need extra money for Christmas gifts.
  17. 10 Common Habits That Can Increase Wealth

    Tips for saving money every day.
  18. Don't Wait to Teach Your Kids About Money

    Parents should always take the initiative to teach our kids to save from an early age.
  19. 10 Steps Toward a Financially Fit New Year

    Here are 10 steps everyone can use to start off the new year on a smarter financial note, and hopefully stick with throughout ...
  20. 7 Ways to Save Money Next Year

    A few small changes to your spending habits could mean saving hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars in 2017.
  21. What You Need to Know About an Emergency Fund

    Life often gets in the way of perfectly planned out savings. Here are a few tips on how to establish an emergency fund.
  22. Money-Saving Ways to Give the Gift of Travel

    Travel can be the best gift of all.
  23. Why You Should Have an Emergency Fund

    Do you know how you’d pay the bills if you lost your job, had a health crisis or needed a major car repair? That's why an ...
  24. 6 Steps to Prepare Financially for a Newborn

    Nothing compares to the joy of being a new parent. But for many, the financial uncertainty of bringing a child into the world ...
  25. Black Friday Shopping: The 9 Worst Items to Buy

    If these items are on your holiday shopping list, consider finding a substitute – or don't expect to get the deal of the ...
  26. Stores Famous for the Best Black Friday Deals

    If you're shopping the post-Thanksgiving sales this year - whether online or in-person - you'll find great bargains at these ...
  27. Who Spends The Most During Black Friday?

    Texans spend more on Black Friday than any other state.
  28. Four Easy Budgeting Techniques You Should Master

    Budgeting money is critical for everyone, but to be successful at creating and sticking to a plan, it’s helpful to have some ...
  29. 4 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Budget

    Here's an easy way to approach starting a budget. Creating one will make you feel rewarded as you decide where to spend your ...
  30. 6 Tips For Renting An Apartment

    Find out what you can do to find a fabulous apartment to fit your budget.
  31. 4 Crucial Money Hacks to Save Money Fast

    Want to stop the drain on your bank account? These money and personal finance hacks will go right to work to save you cash.
  32. Tips for Talking to Your Partner About Budgets

    Are you dreading that conversation about family spending habits? With these tips, open up the lines of honest communication ...
  33. Achieve Your Financial Goals With a Financial Plan

    Many people have financial goals but lack an actionable plan. Here's how to get your financial strategizing kick-started. ...
  34. 3 Crucial Tips for Living Within Your Means

    Looking to live within your means? Here are three tips to get you started.
  35. 5 Ways to Get Maximum Student Financial Aid

    Getting the best possible package for a college fund depends on minimizing assets and maximizing the energy you use to find ...
  36. Is Selling Food From Your Home a Viable Way to Make Money?

    Selling food from home has its challenges, including adherence to legal requirements and "cottage food" laws, which are necessary ...
  37. Do You Make More Money Than a Cruise Ship Captain? (CCL, RCL)

    As the cruise-ship industry continues to grow, ship captains are in demand, but it's a strenuous and demanding path to the ...
  38. A Back-to-School Savings Study Guide

    These four easy tips will help you spend less on back-to-school shopping no matter when you go.
  39. How to Get Paid to Go to School

    Tuition benefits, grants and scholarships can help you get paid to go to school, and enjoy the payoff from your degree without ...
  40. How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

    The history and popular perception of engagement rings runs counter to the surprising correlation between ring cost and marriage ...
  41. 7 Flexible Ways to Make Side Money

    Learn about seven proven side jobs for extra money that can you can do easily alongside your regular job, as well as the ...
  42. 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Costco's Diamond Rings (COST, TIF)

    Costco's low prices on diamond rings is one thing, but finding the ring that you want is another story.
  43. How Safe Is Traveling in Thailand?

    Exercise the kinds of cautions that are necessary anywhere in the world. And then pay attention to these three particular ...
  44. Most Americans Aren't Ready for a Financial Emergency

    A recent study reveals that two-thirds of Americans can't come up with $1,000 for emergency expenses.
  45. 4 Steps to Getting a Small Business Loan Without Collateral

    A small business can obtain an unsecured loan without collateral by taking steps to get the best possible terms.
  46. Why You Absolutely Need an Emergency Fund

    What is an emergency fund, and why is it often the first component of sound financial planning?
  47. The Best 3 Debt Consolidation Loans Companies in 2016

    If you're looking for debt consolidation, these are three companies to consider.
  48. How Safe Is Traveling in the Philippines?

    There is an active travel warning for parts of the Philippines. Here are precautions to follow.
  49. Discover Student Loans: Are They Worth It? (DFS)

    Understand the pros and cons of Discover Student Loans, and analyze how this loan product compares to similar products, such ...
  50. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Consumers

    Negative interest rates encourage banks to lend but not consumers to spend.
  51. A Monthly Budget Blueprint for Medical Residents

    Medical students should start budgeting before classes or their residency begins. Here are some tips, including a spreadsheet. ...
  52. Top 7 Unusual Jobs That Pay Six Figures

    A handful of unusual jobs offer a six-figure salary, including elevator installers, funeral home managers and transportation ...
  53. Should You Hoard Your Miles?

    Here's who should hoard airline miles (and who shouldn't). And how to use your hoarded miles strategically.
  54. Self-Directed IRA: Rules and Regulations

    Self-directed IRAs are distinguished from other IRAs by differences of permissible investment types and regulatory restrictions, ...
  55. Top 3 Jobs That Pay $15 an Hour

    Discover several jobs that pay $15 an hour or more and do not require a college degree or years of previous experience to ...
  56. 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Leasing a Car

    If you like driving newer cars and want to spend less money doing it, leasing can be a great option... as long as you avoid ...
  57. The Cost of a Road Trip Across the United States

    Estimate the cost of a road trip across the United States, and evaluate how the cost of such a trip has changed from 2015 ...
  58. Is An Ivy League Degree Worth It?

    In 600 B.C. Aesop determined that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush. Warren Buffett claims that this axiom can ...
  59. 7 Ways To Get Through Grad School Debt-Free

    As if figuring out what to take in school isn't hard enough, you also have to find a way to pay for it.
  60. Ace Your Business School Courses

    Work smarter, not harder, to get top grades in your business school classes.
  61. Signs You Should Be Spending More Money

    If the sleeves of all your shirts are frayed and even your thrifty friends think you're a tightwad, consider reading this ...
  62. Looking for a Tuition-Free College? Move Abroad

    College tuition abroad is free in some cases, allowing students to get a debt-free jump on life. But you might need to brush ...
  63. 5 Countries Where the USD Is Commonly Accepted

    In these five countries, the U.S. dollar is either the official currency or is used alongside native currencies for transactions.
  64. 5 Free Ways to Learn New Skills Online

    Stay sharp and up to speed with today's valuable skills on these five, completely free online platforms.
  65. 11 Things You Pay For That Libraries Have For Free

    If it's been a few years since you ventured into a library, you'll be amazed at what they offer - for free!
  66. How are Discount Airlines so Cheap?

    Ever wonder what the fees are behind airfare prices? It's more complex than you think.
  67. Have A Charming (And Cheap) Wedding

    Learn how to have the wedding you've always wanted ... without going broke.
  68. Debt Consolidation Made Easy

    Five steps to consolidate and pay off your debt.
  69. Top 5 Shopping Apps of 2016 (AMZN, SALE)

    Explore Goldman Sachs' list of the five best shopping apps and the basis for its call for $50 billion in sales to shift to ...
  70. The Story Behind Tesla's Success (TSLA)

    Tesla’s cars have catapulted the company into the spotlight as one of the few successful independent automakers.
  71. 5 Top Business Schools in America

    These schools produce many of the most successful business grads and offer some of the best education in business and management. ...
  72. Affordable Staycation Ideas for Families

    Skip the crowded highways and the long airport lines and enjoy a relaxed – and money-saving – family staycation.
  73. 10 Global Regions Experimenting with Driverless Cars

    Read about how 10 countries have been experimenting with driverless cars, and learn about some of the technology that comes ...
  74. 5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Job Online

    With so many jobs being advertised online, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here's what you need to ...
  75. 529 Strategies That Maximize Student Aid Options

    Paying for college isn’t just about putting savings into a 529; how that money is spent can determine whether there will ...
  76. Will Automaking Save Apple's Branding? (AAPL)

    Explore Apple's potential shift to the automotive market, its secretive Titan Project and how the company might change the ...
  77. Costco: Yet Another Retailer Pressured by Amazon? (COST, AMZN)

    Assess the likelihood that Amazon will take market share away from Costco. What factors allow Costco to maintain competitive ...
  78. Could Tesla Attain a $700B Valuation by 2031? (TSLA)

    Investopedia columnist David Garrity weighs in on one billionaire's surprising claim.
  79. Why the Saudi Investment Fund Put $3.5B Into Uber

    Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund was originally set up to develop the country and invest in local projects. Why did ...
  80. Budget-Friendly Summer Fun

    Keep the kids out of your hair and wallet by saving on summer camps, sports leagues, day trips and more.
  81. Help! My Unemployment Benefits Are Running Out

    Don't wait for your unemployment insurance to expire before planning what to do if you haven't found a new job yet.
  82. Is Your Loyalty Paying Off?

    Not always. But here is the way to make the best of an increasingly shrinking rewards universe.
  83. Should You Buy a Certified Used Car?

    A certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle can bring peace of mind, but is it right for you? Here are some factors to consider.
  84. Top 5 Luxury Car Features That Are Over the Top

    Automakers are thinking up and designing ever more ingenious add-ons to entice buyers to ante up. But are the latest cool ...
  85. Tesla Stock: Capital Structure Analysis (TSLA)

    Learn why Tesla’s capital structure may be working against its ability to continue to raise funds for its electric vehicle ...
  86. Amazon Stock: Analyzing 5 Key Suppliers (AMZN)

    Discover which companies depend the most on Amazon.com, the largest retailer in the world, for sizable portions of their ...
  87. Subprime Auto Loans: What Borrowers Should Know

    Are subprime auto loans a disaster waiting to happen?
  88. How to Save Up to 50% on Airfare (Sometimes Even More)

    If you're willing to put up with airport stopovers, you could save thousands on your next family vacation.
  89. Why Used Cars Are a Good Deal Right Now

    The supply of used cars is growing, making a pre-owned automobile a good deal once again. Here are the models to look for ...
  90. How Much Is Your Used Nintendo Worth?

    The market for used electronics is growing rapidly. Whether you opt to sell online or in-person, you can make good money ...
  91. Pro Flowers vs. 1-800 Flowers: Comparing Floral Retailers (FLWS)

    Learn how the top two floral providers, ProFlowers and 1-800-Flowers.com, compare to one another in selection, service, value ...
  92. Ways to Destroy Your Net Worth

    Many people fall victim to these mistakes, and they can drastically affect a person's net worth in a negative way.
  93. Get a More Comfortable Seat in Coach

    Try these four strategies to get a better seat in economy class the next time you fly.
  94. North Carolina 529 College Savings Plan: Investment Plan Analysis

    Learn about the 529 North Carolina College Savings Plan, complete with a summary of the plan and different investment options ...
  95. Air Ticket Rules Change for Making Multiple Stops

    Thanks to new rules, if you book a flight with multiple stops as one round trip, it may now cost more than if you book each ...
  96. 3 Thoughts from Deutsche Bank on U.S. Airline Stocks (DB, DAL)

    Explore the near- and long-term outlooks for the airline industry, and discover why Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Linenburg ...
  97. Getting Luggage Fee Refunds on Mishandled Bags

    If they lose or delay your luggage, you’re due a refund of your luggage fee. Or are you? In 2016, most airlines seem to think ...
  98. ‘Last Class’ – A Sub-Economy Seat You Might Want

    Surprise: The new basic economy airline ticket, dubbed “last class” by critics, might actually be worth the price. Here’s ...
  99. 4 Ways to Get a Degree Without Student Debt

    Although taking out student loans has become the norm in recent times, it is possible to get a degree without the burden ...
  100. 6 Best Last-minute Spring Break Trips

    Spring break is here and if you are looking for a last minute vacation idea, then here are six to consider.
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