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Child care becomes largest household expense

Raising a child is one the most rewarding experiences parents can have, but higher child care costs are becoming a financial burden for millions of families. A recent study conducted by Child Care Aware of America reveals that most households are paying more in child care than in rent, making it their largest household expense. […]

3 Steps to Achieve Financial Independence

A few decades ago most young adults were able to achieve financial independence at the age of 23 or 24. Now with rising unemployment rates and low-paying jobs, recent graduates are unable to support themselves without their parents’ help. This dependency not only has caused strain in millions of families, but it has also delayed […]

Get away on a stress-free vacation
5 Tips For An Affordable And Stress-Free Vacation
Vacations are meant to relax, but if you run up debt to getaway, the bills will be waiting when you return. We help you take a stress-free vacation.
When To Say No To Your Friends

Put money and friendship in a blender and you will get a bitter shake. Money can strain relationships to the point of breaking them, according to a New York Times article. As friends discuss money, feelings of inferiority may arise creating tension and awkwardness in the relationship. Regardless of the tension that money may cause, […]

Are We Financial Slaves?

The concept of financial slavery is psychological, but no one is forcing you to be a slave. Many people feel this way because of giving into materialism. We work long days, pay bills to survive, and use credit cards to buy items we can’t afford. The problem begins when we rack up so much debt […]

Men vs. Women: Who’s Better at Managing Money?

When it comes to money management, men and women seem to come from two different planets. While women prefer to save and learn about finances, men are more interested in investments and entrepreneurship. The question is: who is better at managing money, men or women? There is not an absolute answer to this question, but […]

Save On Gas Without Sacrificing Fun

No matter in what state you live or how much you drive, gas prices could hit your wallet hard if you don’t change your driving habits. It’s smart to plan ahead before your finances are in trouble. The national average for gas is $4 a gallon, up from 3.28 a gallon at the beginning of […]

Medical bills can cripple your finances
4 Tips to Save Money on Medical Bills
Medical debt has a way of throwing even the most stable budget into a tailspin. These 4 tips will help minimize medical bills to avoid collections.
Cash advance loans can be dangerous
3 Reasons to Avoid Advance Loans
You make think a payday loan will help you get by until you get more cash, but high interest rates on advance loans could send you into serious debt.
5 Tips to Improve your Finances Before your Baby Arrives

Having a baby can be one of the most rewarding experiences, but are you prepared?  Being a parent is hard work and before the baby arrives you want to make sure that you are financially stable. Building a sound financial framework involves several steps such as eliminating debt and creating a budget as well as […]

Find happiness without getting into debt

Who doesn’t dream of having a beautiful house… what about a big raise or a brand-new car? But does having more material things make us happier? A behavioral psychology study found that more money is not the key to happiness. The study revealed that high incomes may bring greater life satisfaction, but not happiness. According […]

Threatened by debt collectors? Four tips to fight back

Have you ever been contacted by debt collectors who said they were on their way to arrest you? This is one of the threatening messages that debt collectors use to intimidate people. If you have received these kinds of calls, you are not alone. Through Dec. 8 of this year, 164,361 consumers have reported debt-collection-related […]

Economic growth improves, but don’t rush to the mall yet

As the U.S. economy shows signs of recovery, you might feel it’s time to swipe your credit cards again in all your favorite stores, but not so fast… Even though the economy has grown, permanent hiring remains stagnate and the housing market has not improved. The Federal Reserve reports that consumer borrowing in the U.S. […]