Learn how to live the frugal life with our helpful hints and tips.

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How (and What) to Negotiate with Your Credit Card Company

Credit cards: How to negotiate with your credit card company

Most credit card holders think that late fees, annual charges, and interest rates are set in stone. Yet a 2017 survey by CreditCards.com found that 84% of cardholders who picked up the phone and asked for better terms were told “yes.” When negotiating with credit card companies, it helps to have a strong credit history […]

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Financial Literacy Month: It’s Not Just Money, It’s Your Life

Imagine your spouse of 30 years dies suddenly of a heart attack, and amid your fog of grief, you don’t realize you haven’t paid your power bill for three months. The power company is threatening to shut your lights off, and you don’t have the money because you drained your savings account to pay for […]

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16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

16 Reasons You Need an Emergency Fund

1. Job Loss Whether you are unexpectedly laid off or fired, or you have to leave a job for personal reasons, living without a paycheck is extremely stressful. You need a stash of cash to make ends meet between jobs. 2. Hours or Salary Cut Maybe you still have a job, but your salary or […]

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9 Boring Habits That Will Make You Rich

Rich couple

Originally published on moneytips.com on March 29, 2018 The idea of being rich appeals to most of us. What’s not to like about a world where your only money trouble is how to spend it? Plus, in a world where money is plentiful, you’re free to do all kinds of exciting things most of us […]

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Paying for Your Child’s College: Get Higher Returns on Higher Education

College Savings Plans

If you have any doubts that a college degree is an investment in your child’s financial wellbeing, these statistics should put them to rest. According to CollegeBoard’s most recent study, a person with a bachelor’s degree can expect to earn 66% more in wages over a lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma. […]

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10 Habits to Become a Highly Successful Saver

Infgraphic 10 Habits to Become a Highly Successful Saver

Start creating these 10 habits to become a highly successful saver. 1. Making Savings a Priority Put aside a certain amount each month for your savings account, and make it automatic so you don’t even have to think about it. 2. Not Spending Your Raise This is one of the best opportunities to pay off […]

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SafetyNet Encourages America to Save in 2018

If you have less than $500 in your savings account, you are not alone. According to one Bankrate survey, 63% of respondents do not have $500 in savings to pay for an unexpected expense such as a sudden car repair or medical bill. While having low savings is common among Americans, you may be surprised […]

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Options for Paying Student Loans Between Jobs

Young man concerned about student loan debt

If you make hefty student loan payments each month, you’re not alone. The average monthly student loan payment for borrowers in their 20s is $351—more than $4,200 per year. That’s a lot of fancy computers, tropical vacations, and down payments sacrificed. The good news is that higher education is almost sure to boost your lifetime […]

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Traveling on a Budget: 6 Tips for Cheap Trips

Young couple plans trip: 6 Tips for traveling on a budget

If you’ve come across extra funds thanks to hard-earned savings, a tax refund, an end-of-year bonus, or a particularly generous gift, spending your money on experiences instead of objects is one of the best choices you can make—assuming, of course, you are out of debt and on schedule with your emergency savings and other financial […]

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Health Savings Accounts: 7 Things to Know About HSA’s

Money in a jar for health savings

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are a means of helping Americans save for future healthcare and medical expenses. The incentive for doing so is the money you save on costs you will have to pay anyway. First created in 2003, an estimated $42.7 billion is held in over 21 million HSA accounts less than 15 years later. If […]