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College marks a significant transition period for many young adults — it’s a time of newfound freedom and the financial responsibilities that come with it. Whether your funds come from family, student loans, scholarships or your own wallet, you’ll need to budget for expenses like textbooks, housing and, yes, a social life. Knowing who’s footingRead More >>
With the total student loan debt in the United States hovering around a mind-blowing $1.23 trillion, it’s important to be smart about budgeting and managing your money while you’re in school so you’re not one of the 43 million Americans drowning in student loan debt. Creating and managing a budget isn’t the most fun inRead More >>
If your home’s current market is worth more than the total amount of your remaining mortgage payments, then you’ve built up equity in your home. Many people who have equity in their homes are able to apply for home equity loans and use that portion of equity–or ownership–as collateral for the loan. Remember when homeRead More >>
Short on cash this week? A payday loan might seem to be the perfect short-term solution. After all, it takes only minutes to apply for a small loan, the approval turnaround is quick, and the money can be deposited into your checking account within 24 hours. Ideally, you’ll pay it off with your next paycheckRead More >>
Memorable vacations can come with a price tag you’d rather forget. But with proper planning, smart research and a flexible attitude, you can travel cheap and still have an experience worth remembering. Here’s how. 1. Cut transportation costs Before planning your trip, have a rough budget in mind. A vacation calculator can help. If you knowRead More >>
With your mailbox overflowing with announcements and party invitations, there’s no denying that graduation season has arrived. Whether it’s high school or college, you’ll want to choose a gift that’s both thoughtful and appropriate for your graduate, but also doesn’t break the bank. Here are a few ideas to offer your congratulations: A share ofRead More >>