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  1. 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 ...
  2. The Importance of Building Savings Habits Early

    Here's why saving early will get you in the habit for the long-term, and give you a huge head start on your life's financial ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. Is Amazon Prime's $99 Annual Fee Worth it? It Depends (AMZN)

    More than 60 million people think Amazon Prime is a good deal. Here is how to determine if Prime membership may be worth ...
  5. Sam's Club vs. Costco: Which Has Better Deals? (WMT, COST)

    Costco and Sam's Club offer similar prices in all departments. The better wholesale club membership for you depends on your ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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 ...
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. 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.
  12. 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 ...
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Why You Absolutely Need an Emergency Fund

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

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

    There is an active travel warning for parts of the Philippines. Here are precautions to follow.
  18. 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 ...
  19. How Negative Interest Rates Can Affect Consumers

    Negative interest rates encourage banks to lend but not consumers to spend.
  20. 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. ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Should You Hoard Your Miles?

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

    Self-directed IRAs are distinguished from other IRAs by differences of permissible investment types and regulatory restrictions, ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. 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 ...
  26. 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 ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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.
  29. Ace Your Business School Courses

    Work smarter, not harder, to get top grades in your business school classes.
  30. Top 10 Most Expensive Cities in the U.S.

    New York City tops the list of most expensive cities in the US, and five of them are located in California.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Student Loan Forgiveness: How Does It Work?

    With student loan debt at an all-time high, more graduates are considering loan forgiveness programs.
  36. Money Habits Of The Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard ...
  37. 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!
  38. Amazon: 10 Secrets You Didn't Know (AMZN)

    10 little-known facts about e-commerce leader Amazon.com Inc., the world's largest online provider of retail goods headed ...
  39. How are Discount Airlines so Cheap?

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

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

    Five steps to consolidate and pay off your debt.
  42. 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 ...
  43. 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.
  44. Declare Your Own Financial Independence Day

    Financial independence is not easy, but it is there for the taking with hard work and careful planning.
  45. 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. ...
  46. 3 Reasons Costco Has Membership Fees

    There's more to Costco's membership fees than meet the eye.
  47. Affordable Staycation Ideas for Families

    Skip the crowded highways and the long airport lines and enjoy a relaxed – and money-saving – family staycation.
  48. 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 ...
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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 ...
  51. 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 ...
  52. 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 ...
  53. 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 ...
  54. Budget-Friendly Summer Fun

    Keep the kids out of your hair and wallet by saving on summer camps, sports leagues, day trips and more.
  55. 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.
  56. Is Your Loyalty Paying Off?

    Not always. But here is the way to make the best of an increasingly shrinking rewards universe.
  57. 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.
  58. 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 ...
  59. 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 ...
  60. 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 ...
  61. Subprime Auto Loans: What Borrowers Should Know

    Are subprime auto loans a disaster waiting to happen?
  62. 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.
  63. 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 ...
  64. 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 ...
  65. 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 ...
  66. 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.
  67. Get a More Comfortable Seat in Coach

    Try these four strategies to get a better seat in economy class the next time you fly.
  68. 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 ...
  69. 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 ...
  70. 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 ...
  71. 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 ...
  72. ‘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 ...
  73. 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 ...
  74. 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.
  75. Which Airline Has the Best WiFi?

    Airlines know that flyers expect a wireless connection – but not all offer the same level of connectivity.
  76. Airbag Recalls: What to Do If It's Your Car

    The recall numbers are even higher than previously estimated. How to look up your car – and what to do if you find it on ...
  77. The Cheapest Way to Buy Two or More Airline Tickets

    A quirk in the reservations system can make you pay extra if you don't use this special technique for buying multiple tickets ...
  78. Airline Fees: Will Congress Restrict Them?

    Democratic senators want to crack down on high fees the airlines charge for things like changing flights. The airlines say ...
  79. Automatic Emergency Brakes Will Be Standard

    Most vehicles will have automatic emergency brakes by 2022. This has far-reaching impacts, from safety to the price of insurance ...
  80. Why Is Travelex So Expensive & How It Makes Money

    All its locations make Travelex the most convenient option for getting foreign currency. But there are cheaper alternatives ...
  81. Short-Sighted Retailers: Why Target is Losing the Retail Wars (TGT)

    Target has not invested enough in its long-term future, preferring instead to borrow ideas from other retailers.
  82. Amazon is the New King of the Wal-Mart Effect (AMZN, WMT)

    Amazon.com Inc is taking over where Wal-Mart Stores Inc left off—crushing the competition until it is the leader in retail.
  83. Will Amazon's Logistics Ground UPS and FedEx? (AMZN, UPS)

    Amazon's goal is to get products to the consumer as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
  84. Is Amazon Prime for Frugal Shoppers? (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime sounds like a great deal. However, its addictive properties mean that frugal or budget-conscious shoppers should ...
  85. Wait on Buying a Pickup (F, GMC)

    Used car prices are dropping everywhere. But if you're in the market for a pickup truck, a good bargain is less of a guarantee ...
  86. Airline Ticket Prices: What a Difference a Day Makes

    When to start ordering airline tickets for the best prices.
  87. What is Costco’s Auto Program? (COST)

    A look at Costco's somewhat unknown Auto Program.
  88. Amazon Prime Creates a Captive Audience (AMZN)

    Amazon Prime is an addictive service which has created a captive consumer audience for Amazon.com Inc.
  89. What is Google Express? (GOOG, GOOGL)

    A look at Google Express and how it operates.
  90. Google Express vs. Amazon Prime Now (GOOG, AMZN)

    Google and Amazon are battling for workers and customer dollars as the retail delivery wars heat up.
  91. How Elon Musk Will Revolutionize the Modern World

    From Paypal to Tesla, Elon Musk is continually finding ways to revolutionize our lives.
  92. Fulfillment: Amazon's Not so Secret Money-Making Machine (AMZN, EBAY)

    Fulfillment by Amazon is Amazon's answer to eBay's Buy It Now, and a way for the e-commerce giant to earn money for connecting ...
  93. How the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Works

    By cracking down on unfair or deceptive financial service practices, CFPB aims to give consumers more control over their ...
  94. Why Amazon's $50 Tablet is on Fire (AMZN)

    Amazon's $50 tablet is a best-selling product on Amazon.com. With such unimpressive specs, who is buying this tablet and ...
  95. Economic Analysis: The Low-cost Airline Industry (LUV,DAL)

    LCCs have become powerful players in the airline sector globally as cost-conscious consumers embrace their no-frills approach. ...
  96. Turn Business Travel Into a Vacation With Airbnb

    A new study reports a trend that business travellers using the Airbnb for Business program are extending stays and mixing ...
  97. Which U.S. Airline Costs the Least? It Depends

    This simple method will help you find the cheapest carrier every time you fly, every place you fly.
  98. The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations for 2016

    An overview of the hottest travel destinations for 2016.
  99. GLOSSYBOX Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the monthly GLOSSYBOX beauty discovery service, and decide if a subscription for beauty products is something ...
  100. Trunk Club Review: Is It Worth It?

    Take a close look at one of the best-known online clothing services in the country, and determine whether it's a good fit ...
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