Jess Miller

Jess Miller

Last year, I worked in Washington, D.C., for the National Journal and Scripps Howard covering budget proposals by House Republicans and Democrats and the effects of sequestration on government employees. Now I cover money issues that affect regular people, like how to handle student loan debt and ways to increase your wealth. Which is better? Writing about finances may not be a great conversation starter at a party, but it sure has given me a leg up when it comes to managing money of my own.

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How To Use GoFundMe To Pay For College

May 28, 2015 | Jess Miller

As tuition skyrockets, students are looking for money in unlikely places.

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How College Students Are Getting Screwed By Big Banks

May 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

Banks are capitalizing on students’ federal aid money. But the Dept. of Education doesn’t want them to get away with it.

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How Millennials Can Get The Best Deals On Health Insurance

May 20, 2015 | Jess Miller

It’s easier than the stuff you already do, so just do it.

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3 Months Later, Is myRA a Worthwhile Investment?

May 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

The federal government is encouraging people to save for retirement. Here’s how to know if the plan is right for you.

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The 10 Best Companies That Will Pay For Your College

May 18, 2015 | Jess Miller

These days, “tuition assistance” is a popular perk. Find out which companies are legit when it comes to paying your loans.

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Where To Get A Bank Account That Actually Earns You Money

May 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Switching to one of these high-yield checking accounts could earn you hundreds in interest per year.

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What Millionaires And The Middle Class Have In Common

May 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Both groups are hesitant to leave behind large inheritances, but not for the reasons you might expect.

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Part-Time Workers And Students More Likely To Default On Loans

May 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

Low-income workers struggle to pay back loans, but they don’t have to.

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The Best (Free) Places To Get Your Credit Report

May 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

More places — from websites to banks — are offering free credit checks. Here’s why you need to take advantage of that.

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The Three Weirdest Ways To Pay Off Your Student Loan Debt

May 7, 2015 | Jess Miller

You’ve got crippling student loan debt. So become a sugar baby or join the Army — that’s what these grads did.

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Millionaires: 5 Ways They’re Just Like Us!

May 7, 2015 | Jess Miller

Millionaires are expected to have it all, but here’s why they fear losing it — and what you can learn from them.

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10 Steps To Creating A Successful Small Business

May 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Start small, think big. Happy National Small Business Week!

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Why A College Degree Is Still More Valuable Over Time

May 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Call it unemployment insurance: A college degree is still your best bet for getting a job.

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The Biggest Regrets Of College Grads

April 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

And no, they don’t involve partying too much. Find out what college grads regret most and how you can avoid it.

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The 12 Top-Paying Jobs Right Now That Don’t Require A Four-Year Degree

April 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

As higher education costs soar out of reach, more individuals are finding jobs in these fields.

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126,000 Auto Thefts That Could’ve Been Avoided

April 28, 2015 | Jess Miller

Worried about getting your car stolen? Here’s a brilliant solution: Don’t leave it unlocked. Here’s where people did…

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3 Ways Millennials Are Like Their Grandparents When It Comes To Money

April 27, 2015 | Jess Miller

They’re not all spoiled and selfish. Millennials have learned a lot from Baby Boomers, and that’s a good thing.

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Companies Average 78 Computer Security Investigations Per Year

April 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here are the identity theft tactics security experts expect from hackers this year, and how they’re preparing to prevent it.

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One-Quarter Of Americans Report Being Financially Stressed All The Time

April 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Women and younger people freak out about finances more, but they don’t have to. Here’s why.

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Gen X Wants to Retire Early. Is It Still Possible?

April 21, 2015 | Jess Miller

Age 64 is their goal, and they’re saving better than their parents for it. But here’s why it’s not practical or smart.

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5 Guilt-Free Gifts To Ask Your Boss For This Year

April 20, 2015 | Jess Miller

Every day is the boss’ day. Here’s how to say what you want on your day — and make sure you get something you want for Administrative Professionals Day.

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Dear Grandma: Three Reasons Why Online Banking Is Easier And Safer Than You Think

April 16, 2015 | Jess Miller

Seniors tend to believe that online banking is complicated and easy to hack. But that’s overwhelmingly not the case.

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How Many Of These Financial Terms Do You Know?

April 16, 2015 | Jess Miller

April is Financial Literacy Month. But if you’re like most Americans, you may not know what all that stuff means. We break down some key terms for you.

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More People Would Rather Win The Lottery Than Find True Love

April 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Surprised? Here are 5 myths about winning the lottery that you didn’t know.

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America Saves, But Not Equally

April 13, 2015 | Jess Miller

Believe it or not, your sex determines what and how much you save.

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There’s An 84 Percent Chance Your Car Is About To Break Down

April 9, 2015 | Jess Miller

But if you make these 5 car repairs yourself, you can prevent that from happening.

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You Could Be Risking Your Child’s Online Privacy

April 9, 2015 | Jess Miller

Less than half of parents teach their kids about privacy online. That’s dangerous for not only your kid — but yourself.

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Are You A “Retirement Role Model”?

April 6, 2015 | Jess Miller

When it comes to retirement, it’s not how much you know, but how much you save.

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4 Ways To Make FAFSA Faster

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Filling out a FAFSA is a difficult and lengthy process. An expert recommends ways to change that.

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Low-Income Americans May Have More Financial Options Soon

April 2, 2015 | Jess Miller

Banks and credit unions are marketing to a whole other demographic. Here’s why that’s good news.

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The Red Lobster Top Secret Student Loan Program

March 31, 2015 | Jess Miller

When companies try to get young people hired with the promise of ‘tuition assistance,’ here’s what they don’t tell you.

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Why You Aren’t Saving for an IRA

March 30, 2015 | Jess Miller

Don’t let one of these silly excuses prevent you from retiring comfortably.

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Will Auto Loans Drive Us Into Another Recession?

March 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

The “housing bubble” sparked the Great Recession. Some experts worry an impending “auto bubble” will do the same.

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The Top Use For Tax Refunds: Paying Off Debt

March 25, 2015 | Jess Miller

Believe it or not, people are getting more responsible with their tax refunds. But it’s even better for you if you don’t get a refund at all.

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Why We Don’t Repay Our Student Loans

March 24, 2015 | Jess Miller

They’re easy to get, but hard to understand, and even harder to repay. Fortunately, there’s help.

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Here Is The Best Bank Account For You Right Now

March 23, 2015 | Jess Miller

Savings rates aren’t that high, but banking shouldn’t be costing you money.

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The Crime Wave The FBI Is Ignoring

March 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

The FBI says violent crime and property crime are both down, but researchers say they’ve been replaced by something else.

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Study: The Worst Part About Fraud Isn’t The Money

March 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here’s what to do if you get scammed, and ways to prevent it happening in the first place.

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12 Fastest Growing Jobs You Can Get Through a Temp Agency

March 18, 2015 | Jess Miller

Lost your job but don’t want to work at a fast food place? Try out these occupations instead.

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They Haven’t Done That Yet?! N.Y. Attorney General Simplifies Credit Report Disputes

March 16, 2015 | Jess Miller

These 7 reforms will help protect consumers, but they were overdue — and don’t go far enough.

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Employers Would Rather Say ‘Thanks’ Instead of Giving You a Raise

March 12, 2015 | Jess Miller

But if you follow this advice, your raise becomes the gift that keeps on giving.

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Obama Signs Student Aid Bill of Rights

March 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

Obama wants these four rights to be a foundation of higher education for every American.

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The Top 4 Party Schools To Apply For

March 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

Where you should go to college if you’re looking to do equal parts drinking and studying.

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Credit Unions Are Dropping Free Checking Too — But Millennials Don’t Care

March 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

Still store your money in a national bank? Here are five reasons that will change your mind.

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Will Millennials Retire More Comfortably Than Their Parents?

March 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Even though they’re struggling to make ends meet, millennials have better saving habits than their parents.

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Can the Tooth Fairy Accurately Predict the Stock Market?

March 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Something as simple as a lost tooth might give clues about the nation’s economic outlook.

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Banks Are Now Offering Free FICO Scores. Here’s Where To Get Yours.

March 3, 2015 | Jess Miller

Millions of Americans will have free access to their credit score in 2015, thanks to pressure from the White House.

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Two-Thirds of Americans See Retirement Savings “Disrupted”

February 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

Even worse, a fifth of them do not expect to recover financially. Here’s how to save your retirement from the same fate.

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How Any Moron Can Hack Into Your Company

February 26, 2015 | Jess Miller

It’s not the hacking you’ve heard of, but it has the potential to be create even more identity theft. And it’s so simple.

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How To Hide Money From Your Spouse: A Sneaky, Step-By-Step Guide

February 24, 2015 | Jess Miller

If you’re going to do something immoral, at least do it the right way.