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A Lot of Americans have Store-Branded Credit Cards

But don't know anything about them<p>As the shopping season is fully here, Americans are going to be pulling out the plastic a lot more.<p>The problem is, …

Personal Finance

J. Money's Financial Blunder Turned into a Success Story

In 2007, J. Money from Budgets are Sexy was shopping around for a new apartment. But, as fortune would have it, he ended up buying a $350,000 house …

Miley Cyrus

How Can I Convince My Boyfriend To Buy Fewer Gifts This Holiday Season?

A reader is upset that her otherwise thrifty boyfriend goes crazy at the end of the year.<p><b>Question:</b> <i>My boyfriend is driving me crazy. He agreed that we</i> …

Money

How to Handle Holiday Gift Giving While Paying Down Debt - Debt.com

You don't have to splurge like the three wise men to show you care during the holidays.<p>When I was a kid, I loved everything about Christmas. As a …

Christmas

This Week Around The Web

<b>Wise Bread</b> — Mikey bought the new iPhone X — and now suffers from buyers remorse. He “reconciled the $1,000 price tag with my budget and bank …

Money

You Probably Know Someone That's Had a Package Stolen

If you’re expecting a delivery, don’t trust that it’ll be there when you get home from work.<p>Roughly 1 in 5 Americans have had a package stolen after …

Fort Lauderdale

Why Your Marriage Will Last Longer The Less You Spend On The Wedding

If you spend a fortune on the engagement ring and the ceremony, you probably won't ever make a fortune.<p>When I cry at weddings, it’s because the happy …

Weddings

Salary History Reveal Laws Aren't Helping Employees Yet

Female workers are especially hurt when they don’t reveal their previous pay<p>Can giving an employer your last salary figure hurt you? Several states …

Careers

The Secrets Of Successful Retirement Savers

How have they socked away so much money?<p>The most successful savers for retirement admit to hitting bumps in the road, but they didn’t let a few rocks …

Retirement

If You're Trying to Lower Your Debt, Get Out of Hawaii - Debt.com

It has the highest average debt. Here's a state-by-state breakdown<p>The average debt in Washington, D.C. is $1,611. It’s 539 times that in Hawaii.<p>A …

Hawaii

Is Debt Management Or Debt Settlement Better For Me? - Debt.com

A reader is deep in debt, but one plan is better than the other.<p><b>Question:</b> <i>My husband and I are not bad people, but we have close to $40,000 on seven</i> …

Owe

This Week Around The Web

Saving habits, frivolous purchases, subscription boxes, identity theft and more.<p><b>Save or Swim</b> — Mr. SoS’s parents divorced just before he entered …

Money

Holiday Cheers and Fears: Shop More, Get Hacked

As online shopping grows, many consumers fear credit information will be stolen<p>Most of us will do some holiday shopping online. And half of us are …

Security

Why Today's Children Don't Want to Grow Up and Start a Business

A new study says kids today don't crave being their own boss.<p>We all want what's best for our kids. Sadly, they don't always know what's best for themselves. Every parent faces this dilemma. Sometimes it's inexperience, other times it's just kids being kids and defying their parents' wishes whether …

Entrepreneurship

Will Entrepreneurs Reinvent Banks In The Future?

No industry screams “legacy” more than banking — but a disruption might be coming.<p>I remember a time when the boldest entrepreneurs would cringe in horror if you suggested they try to build a car. In the last century, that was a very expensive way to fail. Elon Musk has succeeded with Tesla because …

Banking

Renter’s Dilemma: Can’t Afford To Stay, Move, Or Buy

What can you do? Mostly just this: Live further away.<p>Houses are increasingly expensive, and the choices are so few that 62 percent of millennials who …

Real Estate

Debt.com's Latest Scholarship Winner Is Scared Of Student Loans - Debt.com

That's why she applies for 10 scholarships a week.<p>Mackenzie Weiss calls herself “an aspiring student with a lack of funds.” Sadly, that describes …

Education

By the Numbers: It's Just A Job

This week: Employees are either stressed out or bored.<p>148,000<p>Number of jobs the economy has created a month in 2017. That’s the slowest in at least …

Employment

Older Isn't Always Wiser: What The Next Round Of Retirees Don't Know

You'll probably spend more than you think and save less than you expect.<p>They used to call retirement The Golden Years, but these days, only one in …

Social Security

People in Pennsylvania Are Stressed This Holiday Season

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia are having the hardest time balancing home life, work life, and the holidays<p>The people of Pittsburgh are the most stressed …

Christmas

Americans Feel Positive Despite Large Student Loan Totals

Those closest to retirement are the most optimistic about getting out of debt<p>Millennials already can’t buy houses because of their student loan debt, …

Donald Trump

Separating a Legit Sweepstakes Contest from a Scam

3 quick, profitable tips to finding the most lucrative and honest contests<p><b>Some sweepstakes contests sound too good to be true. Others? Truth is,</b> …

Ryan Lochte

We Overspend at the Holidays and Don't Stop

Americans are spending hundreds of dollars more than they expect to during the holiday season<p>What good is a budget if we don’t stick to it?<p>Not good …

Money

Jackie's Garnered a Quarter Century in Personal Finance

But even with that experience, she still suffered through her own debt issues.<p>Jackie Cohen’s experience in writing about personal finance issues …

Money

What Happens If I Can't Afford My Student Loan Payments?

A reader owes nearly $100,000 but takes home $850 a week.<p><b>Question:</b> <i>I have a rather severe situation. I owe $61,000 in private student loans and</i> …

Owe

Married Or Single: Who Does Better Financially?

It often comes down to one factor.<p>And they lived happily ever after — because they were more likely to own a home and save and invest than their …

Retirement

This Week Around The Web

Finance tools, financial rope, student loans, global economy and more.<p><b>Len Penzo dot Com</b> — Len makes a good point in his opening paragraph. He states …

Money

By the Numbers: From Dollars to Donuts

This week: How we spend our meal money.<p>$625<p>That’s the average couples spend a month on groceries, which totals $7,500 a year. That’s according to a …

Money

Shopping Online? You're Asking to Get Hacked

Consumers think you bring it on yourself when you shop on the internet<p>It’s no wonder our private data keeps getting stolen — we literally do not care …

Cybersecurity

More Bad News For Recession 2018

The economy is humming along, but one stat really worries me.<p>No one enjoys being wrong, but sometimes, I really don’t want to be right.<p>In July 2016, …

Economy