A couple discusses a mortgage and whether rent vs buy makes sense

The Rent vs. Buy Debate Continues

August 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

In some states, it is cheaper to own a home, but there are some states where owning a home is more expensive than renting one.

Used cars lined up on an auto dealership car lot, waiting for car buying financed through auto loans

Older Used Cars Are Stolen More Than Newer Models

August 15, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Hondas, plus Ford and Chevy pickups are the favorite vehicles of thieves

Start saving for homeownership, retirement and emergencies.

Homeownership Considered Best Path To Longterm Savings

August 10, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

The rub? More than half of Americans worry they can’t afford it

Searching for Gen Xers on the Internet.

Gen Xers Have Owned Homes Longer — Yet Owe Slightly Less Than Millennials

August 10, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

Because of the recession, Gen Xers are still struggling to pay off the majority of their mortgages — and are falling behind older and younger generations in the process.

Map showing top 5 states for most common male and female first names in the U.S.

What’s In a Name? Your Home Value Could Be

August 7, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Named Stuart, Anna or Peter? You’re more likely to have a higher home value.

This year's rental advice tells you to ignore the "For Rent" signs and stay where you are, since moving will cost you

Renters Save By Staying Put

August 3, 2017 | Gregory Cox

People who move more often pay more than those who don’t.

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Moving Saved The Groovy Family a Ton

July 26, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Once they relocated, they set their sights on their retirement goals.

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How Can I Stop Sweating About My HVAC Loan?

July 19, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader declared bankruptcy, but her air conditioning unit is the real problem now.

A clean, modern, organized living room space, looking into the dining area in a single family home

Selling Your Home? Make It Blue-tiful

July 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

On average, homes with blue bathrooms sold for $5,440 more than those without blue bathrooms.

The Financial Panther

The Financial Panther Avoided Lifestyle Inflation

July 5, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

And he embraced the personal finance community as he paid down debt.

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College Grads Moving Back To Mom’s And Dad’s

June 6, 2017 | Joe Pye

College graduates value their degrees even though they can’t afford to live on their own.

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QUIZ: Do You Know American Spending Habits?

June 5, 2017 | Emily Bloch

It’s like a really sad version of ‘The Price is Right,’ because the only prize is knowing how people budget

Homeowners insurance rates by credit

Here’s How To Lower Your Homeowners Insurance By Two-Thirds [map]

June 5, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

It’s not as simple as it sounds, but also not as hard as it looks: Raise your credit score.

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Working on the Weekend

May 16, 2017 | Joe Pye

Almost three quarters of Americans put in a full day of work over the weekend every month.

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Should You Hire a Service to Negotiate Your Cable and Other Bills?

May 12, 2017 | Money Talks News

We tried out one of these services. Results? Meh.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

4 Ways Home Equity Loans Can Sink Your Finances

May 5, 2017 | Money Talks News

Are you setting yourself up to fail?

Mother and daughter are having fun while drawing at home.

Babysitters Make Much More Than Minimum Wage

May 3, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The national average for babysitting is nearly $14 an hour while minimum wage workers are still making $7.25 an hour.

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How to Refinance Your Car Loan for Long-Haul Savings

April 28, 2017 | Money Talks News

In spite of recent interest rates hikes, you may still be able to save money by refinancing.

Live without a car

Millennials Figure Out The Housing Market

April 25, 2017 | Joe Pye

They don’t believe in the “American Dream,” but want to move on with adulthood.

home seller

It’s a Seller’s Market, but What Are They Going to Buy?

April 18, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Low inventory on homes means sellers may not find a new place to live.

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We Can’t Afford to Live in Most Major Cities

April 18, 2017 | Joe Pye

Miami, Florida is the number one city in America where people struggle to live comfortably, but the median income isn’t high enough in 80 percent of our biggest cities.

Make food last longer

20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last Longer

April 7, 2017 | Money Talks News

You can save a lot of money by not having to replace things as often.

Equal pay day

Women Won’t See Equal Pay Until 2248

April 4, 2017 | Dori Zinn

For Equal Pay Day, women are still far behind men and won’t see equal pay for more than 200 years.

top hacks and scams of 2017

How You’re Going to Get Hacked This Year

March 23, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The Internet of Things and stolen fingerprints are among the biggest scam predictions for 2017.

Man with broken down car calls his auto insurance company

Your Auto Insurance Premiums Are Going Up

March 21, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Depending on where you live, your costs could be up by more than 60 percent.

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Before You Sign Up for That Cool New Monthly Subscription…

March 16, 2017 | Make Change

…consider the hell of trying to cancel it

Family Money Plan

Digging Holes Helped Andrew From Family Money Plan Pay Down Debt

March 8, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Manual labor stinks, but it certainly helped him think toward the future.

federal funds rate

Look Out: Mortgage Payments Will Go Up This Year

March 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

With the expected raise in the federal funds rate and climbing home values, potential homeowners may be wary about buying this year.

mortgage rates in 2017

It’s Not You, It’s the House

March 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

If you were looking to purchase a house this year, you may not be able to afford it.

Buying a house

You Don’t Need Marriage to Buy a Home

February 27, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Young, unwed couples are buying homes faster than they were a decade ago. While married couples still make up the bulk of homebuyers, 15 percent are couples that aren’t married.

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Netflix Shows Are So Good, Couples Are Cheating

February 17, 2017 | Joe Pye

The majority of couples around the world are watching ahead of each other.

decluttering your home

8 Creative Ways to Clear Clutter

February 17, 2017 | Money Talks News

Swimming against a never-ending tide of stuff? Make 2017 your year of living clutter-free.

You can buy a car from a dealership even if you recently declared bankruptcy

What’s The Difference Between “Used” And “Pre-Owned”?

February 15, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A couple isn’t sure how to replace their two broken-down cars.

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The White House Is A Big League Downgrade For Trump

January 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The White House is valued at $400 million but as Donald Trump moves in, he’ll be downgrading.

We need financial education for kids at least as much as sex ed.

7 Foolproof Organizing Tricks You Don’t Know

January 17, 2017 | Money Talks News

Swimming in a sea of paper? Create a simple, sane storage system.

Men and women avoid auto repair shops

Cheap Car Care That Pays Off Big Down the Road

January 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

With a little TLC, today’s vehicles can easily last for 200,000 miles.

Is it time to buy a TV? Shop carefully.

7 Hints to Help You Score the Perfect TV

December 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

How to get a great deal on a television without buying technology you won’t use.

pay off my mortgage with my 401k?

My Experience With a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

December 22, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

The things I learned during my time at Than Merrill’s Real Estate Class

This year's rental advice tells you to ignore the "For Rent" signs and stay where you are, since moving will cost you

Apartment Hunting for Dummies: The Checklist

December 21, 2016 | Jess Miller

Finding a place to live in a new city can be hard, but there are ways to save money and sanity during your search.

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16 Simple Steps To Tame An Unruly Refrigerator

November 22, 2016 | Money Talks News

In the grand scheme of things, organizing your refrigerator might seem pretty small potatoes. But in fact, an organized fridge will save money and time while you are contributing to the planet’s health. When your refrigerator is a jungle, you can’t see what’s in there. That means wasting money buying duplicates and letting good food go bad. A Johns Hopkins University study found that: […]

green tax breaks

Homebuyers Are Concerned About Affordability, Especially Millennials

November 21, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Rent and home affordability are both major concerns for millennials

house outweighs the cash

Millennials Twice as Likely as Boomers to Use Home Equity Loans

November 16, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

This new generation embraces an older concept: Homes are investments.

If you're like two thirds of adults, you have a fear of debt; the solution is to wipe it out

Is Household Debt Creeping Back Up To Recession Levels?

November 15, 2016 | Debt.com

Here are the numbers behind what’s happening to household debt, and what they mean. You shouldn’t worry too much.

How much money do you need to be happy?

8 Things Rich People Buy That Make Them Look Dumb

November 8, 2016 | Money Talks News

What’s worse than wasting money? Spending it on things you think make you look good, but really don’t.

By the numbers statistics about how work sucks

By The Numbers: Work Sucks

November 4, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

We can’t leave, we can’t stay awake.

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Should You Use a 401k Loan to Pay for a Bathroom Remodel?

November 3, 2016 | Dollar Stretcher

We ask a CPA for advice. What he says might surprise you.

buy a new car

Ask The Expert: Help, I’m Upside Down!

October 12, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader owes big money on her car and wants to know what she should do next. Here’s what she SHOULDN’T do.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

10 Cheap, Effective Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home

October 11, 2016 | Money Talks News

Don’t spend money on costly pest management. You can keep critters away yourself for less.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

Before You Get a Reverse Mortgage, Check Out These 15 Alternatives

September 27, 2016 | Money Talks News

A reverse mortgage may be tempting. But consider these cheaper, safer options first.

new look kitchen

Are Fixer-Uppers A Financial Downer?

September 21, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

Fixer-upper homes may not be worth cost of renovations, researchers say.

Worst places to rent

Your Choice of College May Come Down to Location

September 15, 2016 | Dori Zinn

The best colleges are in cities with some of the most expensive off-campus housing. It costs more to live near Stanford than actually attend it.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

One in Five Buy Their Homes “Sight Unseen”

September 14, 2016 | Lucy Lazarony

High-end homes are even more likely to get blind offers

man exchanging keys to car for cash

4 Simple Steps To Get The Very Best Car Loan​

August 30, 2016 | Money Talks News

Many people shop backwards for a vehicle — and that’s costly. Here’s how to get the best deal.

Don't settle for high rent rates.

Ask The Expert: Should We Charge Our Daughter Rent?

August 24, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks it will teach her a lesson, but his wife isn’t so sure.

townhouse in the evening

Millennial Credit Scores Continue to Rise

August 10, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Many young people are hesitant about buying homes, but for those that are jumping on board, they’re doing it with better credit and more FHA loans.

man with hands on steering wheel

7 Secrets Car Dealers Hope You Don’t Know

August 9, 2016 | Money Talks News

Knowing how dealerships work — and what the dealers cannot do — is key to getting the best price.

From stolen Honda Accords to relaxation guilt

Don’t Drive an Old Honda in California

August 1, 2016 | Dori Zinn

California has the most stolen cars in the entire nation

Here's what you should know before taking your first cruise.

Want to Save Money? Live on a Cruise Ship

August 1, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why it’s cheaper to take a year-long vacation than it is to live in California

Students Are Missing Out on Thousands of Dollars

July 28, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Many households don’t think they qualify for need-based financial aid – they’re wrong.

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Everyone Thinks It’s a Great Time to Buy a Home

July 14, 2016 | Dori Zinn

With mounting student loan debt and stiff competition in home-buying, millennials aren’t confident they can afford it. Home costs are going up but incomes aren’t.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

Cheap Homes Are Selling, But People Who Need Them Can’t Afford Them

July 11, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Across the United States, low-income earners are spending nearly 23 percent of their income on mortgage payments. In some areas, Americans are spending more than 30 percent of their income.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Can You Afford a New Car? Depends on Where You Live

July 7, 2016 | Dori Zinn

How much car can you afford? This map shows where cars are most and least affordable in the U.S.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Don’t Take Out A Car Loan Before Reading This

July 5, 2016 | Money Talks News

Use the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “Know Before You Owe” shopping guide and get the car loan that’s right for you.

best tips for buying a car in 2015

Dvorkin On Debt: The Impending Auto Bubble

July 4, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Remember the housing bubble? Are car loans the next mortgage crisis?

Ensure you can buy a home after debt consolidation

Student Debt is Promoting a Stagnant Housing Market

June 20, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why many are struggling to buy and sell homes

Worst places to rent

5 Cities Where You Must Earn 6 Figures to Make Rent

June 14, 2016 | Money Talks News

It takes an income of about $216,000 per year to afford a two-bedroom apartment in one U.S. city these days — and it’s not New York.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

How To Get a Mortgage With Little Or No Down Payment

June 9, 2016 | Debt.com

Yes, it’s possible, and in many different ways.

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7 Free or Cheap Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

May 24, 2016 | Money Talks News

There is no magic bullet to a better brain, but these scientifically supported steps can help.

pay off my mortgage with my 401k?

Millennials: The Generation That Can Do No Good and the Housing Market

May 17, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Why those in housing industry think homes will be in a short supply, and why they believe millennials are to blame

two ladies driving seeing something they like outside

Ask The Expert: Should I Buy The Car I’ve Been Leasing?

April 20, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader got into a bad lease but wonders: Will buying the car make it better?

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4 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do in a Day

March 17, 2016 | Debt.com

These home improvements won’t take long, so they’re definitely worth your time.

How to make your home smart and cost less

7 Energy Saving Practices That Don’t Save Energy

February 11, 2016 | Debt.com

You’re wasting time and not saving money.

By the numbers: playing the percentages

56 Coupons to Slash Your Household Expenses This Week

February 2, 2016 | Money Talks News

Procter & Gamble has released 56 printable coupons good for up to $3 off a purchase.

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20 Simple Hacks to Make Your Stuff Last Longer

January 26, 2016 | Money Talks News

Save money not having to replace things so often. Extend the life of everything from soap to cars.

green tax breaks

5 Green Home Upgrades That Also Buy You a Tax Break

December 15, 2015 | Money Talks News

Adding these renewable-energy systems to your home can lower heating or cooling costs — and your tax bill.

buy a new car

Ask The Expert: Should I Buy A New Car?

December 2, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A teen reader wants to convince her father to let her buy a new car, but Howard isn’t being helpful.

entrepreneur work-life balance

How To Become An Entrepreneur And Still Have A Life

November 26, 2015 | John Rampton

Part 1 of 5 in our entrepreneur series. This week: How to succeed without always working.

divorce auto insurance

Ask The Expert: Why Did My Auto Insurance Go Up After I Got Divorced?

November 11, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know if it’s legal for his divorce to affect his rates.

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3 Benefits of Thrift-Store Shopping

October 27, 2015 | Debt.com

Only one of them is saving big bucks on used items.

new look kitchen

4 Ways Your House Payment Could Unexpectedly Go Up

October 13, 2015 | Debt.com

The worst part: There’s only so much you can do about it.

Men and women avoid auto repair shops

Ask The Expert: How Do I Dump A Cheap Jeep?

September 9, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to know how to force the dealership to finally fix his broken-down ride.

Make sure your health benefits add up.

Personal Health And Personal Finance: Prescription For Success

August 24, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here are 3 simple and free ways to be healthy in body and wallet.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

4 Things Your Bank Won’t Tell You When You Get a Mortgage

August 11, 2015 | Debt.com

They won’t tell you, but we will.

Home equity loans allow you to tap unseen potential in your home

4 Home Improvement Projects You Can Do In A Day

July 23, 2015 | Debt.com

They don’t cost a lot, either.

vacation of the future

Dvorkin On Debt: 3 Graphic Ways To Save

July 20, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Each of these infographics are worth 1,000 words.

Why do Asians like grocery shopping so much? Different strokes for different folks...

5 Best And Worst Things to Buy Generic

July 15, 2015 | Debt.com

Sometimes you can save on quality items, but sometimes you’ll overpay for poor ones.

millionaires and the middle class

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.

Can working moms work?

Working Mom Math: When Is Working Really Worth It?

May 10, 2015 | Ellen Eldridge

You know the dilemma: Will I make more than I spend on child care and other expenses?

how to avoid auto theft

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…

lottery myths

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.

secret to getting out of debt

Get Out of Debt Guy: What’s the Secret to Getting Out of Debt?

April 10, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know the magic formula. Here’s a hint: It doesn’t require magic at all.

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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.

can 1 million dollars last a lifetime

How Long Will $1 Million Last You?

April 7, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

Becoming a millionaire will no longer make you wealthy.

children's finances

Getting Personal With Your Children’s Finances

April 6, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You need to have “the talk” with your kids — about money.

man exchanging keys to car for cash

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.

Are 30-year mortgage rates better?

Ask the Expert: What’s Better For Me? 30-Year Mortgage Rates or 15-Year Mortgage Rates?

March 18, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to ditch her rental agreement for a house, but mortgage rates confuse her.

You need to get flood insurance. Here's how.

How to stop flooding from wrecking your home and finances

March 17, 2015 | Lulu Ramadan

Melting snow and heavy rain mean your home is at risk of flooding. Here’s how to stay high and dry.

rent or buy

Get Out of Debt Guy: Should We Rent or Buy a House?

March 13, 2015 | Steve Rhode

A reader wants to know if rent is really “throwing money away.”

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By The Numbers: Millennial Madness

March 6, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

This week: No question is too big, small, or weird for a millennial opinion poll.

car insurance

By The Numbers: Auto-Erotic Fascination

February 27, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

This week: Quantifying how much we care about cars.

Hide money

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.

credit card debt

America Owes $642 Billion On Credit Cards! Yippee!

February 19, 2015 | Jess Miller

And it’s not just credit cards. Auto loans have increased too, and experts disagree on whether that’s good or bad.

green tax breaks

More Homeowners Are Turning Into Apartment Hunters

February 12, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

A majority of former homeowners say they’d rather keep renting than buy another home. Here’s all our advice for the new breed of nomads…

A dancing newlywed couple shows the secret to a happy marriage is keeping money separate

The Secret To A Successful Marriage: Separate But Equal Cash

February 10, 2015 | Michael Koretzky

5 marital problems you’ll never face by keeping your money a mystery.

best tips for buying a car in 2015

How Your Idiot Neighbors Will Help You Save On A Car In 2015

February 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Here’s how to buy a car in 2015, even if you don’t have a lot saved.

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Americans Don’t Want to Trade Privacy for Cheaper Car Insurance

January 15, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

Despite saving as much as 30 percent, pay-as-you-drive insurance has a lot more haters than it did a year ago.

Santa Claus of Student Loan Debt

Infographic: The Santa Claus Of Student Debt

December 11, 2014 | Jess Miller

If you owned all the student loans in the United States, here are the holiday gifts you could buy Americans of all ages.

How to avoid the mall on Black Friday

5 Things You Can Do On Black Friday Instead Of Going To The Mall

November 24, 2014 | Jess Miller

Tired of being a cog in the consumerist Black Friday machine? Try these money-saving ideas instead.

Worst small appliances

5 worst small appliances that waste your $$$

November 11, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

Save your cash and counter space by avoiding these absolutely useless appliances.

The top small appliances

The 5 top small appliances worth your cash

November 10, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

The right appliances save time and money, but what does a frugal foodie really need in the kitchen?

best tips for buying a car in 2015

How a Credit Card Can Save You Big Bucks On A Lexus

October 29, 2014 | Jason Steele

We’re not really recommending it, we’re just saying it’s possible to save thousands.

Do you use subscription boxes?

Which subscription boxes are really a deal?

October 9, 2014 | Angela Colley

We signed up for seven eccentric subscription boxes. Here’s the mystery stuff we got, and what we thought.

How to save on garage sales

8 tips to getting the best deals at garage sales

October 7, 2014 | Angela Colley

Garage sales both rewarding and risky. Here’s how to score a deal every time.

Worst places to rent

The worst places to rent in America

October 3, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Unless you’re in the 1 percent, you don’t want to live in these neighborhoods.

Men and women avoid auto repair shops

Men and women avoid auto repair shops

October 1, 2014 | Jess Miller

Thanks to the Internet, more people now report being able to fix their own cars — saving them time and money.

Why we pay more for cars with bad credit

Why poor people pay more for cars — and what they can do about it

September 30, 2014 | Jess Miller

You probably know you’ll pay more if you have bad credit. But you didn’t know how much till now.

No renters insurance

More people are renting — but skipping rental insurance

September 23, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

If you own a home, you insure your stuff against fires, theft, and other disasters. But most renters don’t.

How to find a pet-friendly apartment

6 steps to renting a pet-friendly apartment

September 22, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here’s how to save time and money while keeping the landlord and your neighbors happy.

by the numbers

By the numbers: Beer, deer, and fear

September 18, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

This week: What it costs to run into a deer and obey the government, among other things.

Should you be buying groceries online?

How to buy groceries online the right way

September 16, 2014 | Angela Colley

Only a fraction of shoppers buy groceries online, but that’s growing. Here’s how to save money and eat right.

You can put the brakes on overspending and save money on auto insurance by allowing your insurer to track your driving

Americans are willing to trade their driving data for cheaper insurance

September 12, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Programs that track your speed and braking habits are becoming a more popular way to save.

Don't settle for high rent rates.

7 ways to beat the high cost of rent

September 9, 2014 | Angela Colley

Nationwide, rents are at an all-time high. Here’s how to still find a sweet deal.

Myths about renters insurance abound

8 myths about renters insurance

September 4, 2014 | Angela Colley

It’s a lot cheaper and covers a lot more than you probably think.

How to make your home smart and cost less

Robo House: How much does it cost to go ‘smart’?

September 2, 2014 | Jess Miller

Smart home technology can save you time, is easy to install, and can cost less than you think.

How to save on your dog

19 ways to save big on your dog

August 26, 2014 | Angela Colley

We spoil our dogs, but that doesn’t mean we have to spoil our budgets, too.

Sell your junk car online

How to sell your junk car online — for serious cash

August 21, 2014 | Angela Colley

In the time it takes to read this, you could find a buyer for your crappy car.

How to save when buying a used car

Used car prices start dropping — save now!

August 7, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Used car prices won’t reach pre-recession levels until 2019, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save now.

Find a roommate who isn't crazy

How to deal with a crazy roommate without wrecking your rental history

July 14, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here are a half-dozen simple suggestions from a landlord and real estate podcaster.

On the hunt for good art for less

11 secrets to finding good art for less money

July 10, 2014 | Meghan Stewart

There’s a certain art to getting good art without taking on bad debt.

Should you make an extra mortgage payment or save?

Ask the expert: Bringing down the house

July 9, 2014 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Husband wants to pay down the mortgage, wife says no way.

Rent your home and make money

Don’t sell your home when you move. Rent it and profit.

July 7, 2014 | Angela Colley

Under the right conditions, you can make more by NOT selling your house.

Where to buy American for the 4th

How to have an all-American Fourth of July

July 1, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Don’t fly flags or eat meat from another country for Independence Day. Here’s how to buy American.

8 ways women can make sure they don’t get ripped off at auto repair shops

June 25, 2014 | Raychel Lean

Why has sexism seemingly perished from everywhere but garages? Here’s what the experts say.

How to spot a bad landlord

How to spot a terrible landlord before you rent

June 10, 2014 | Angela Colley

Here are six crucial questions to ask your landlord and yourself if you want to find the right rental at the right price.

Improve your home safety today

17 cheap, efficient ways to improve safety in your car and home

June 5, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

There’s a lot of safety advice — a lot of it vague, obvious, or expensive. Here’s what we think is best for your time and money.

Renting myths

8 big renting myths landlords and tenants believe

May 27, 2014 | Angela Colley

You think you know the law about renting a place to live? We bet you don’t.

Do you believe these car buying statistics?

Car races: What your ethnicity says about your vehicle purchases

May 22, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Do African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans really prefer different vehicles?

Renting myths

7 tips to renting an apartment online without getting scammed

May 20, 2014 | Angela Colley

Like everything else, the Internet has made renting an apartment both easier and more dangerous.

Want to keep your car longer? Heed this advice.

How to keep your vehicle running for years — even if you’re an auto idiot

May 20, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Here’s a quick and handy guide to cheap and easy maintenance anyone can handle.

Wipe out these car insurance myths.

Car insurance myths and facts

May 13, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

What really determines how much you pay for your policy? Probably not what you think.

Save money on gas by driving smarter.

5 stupidly simple ways to save money on gas

May 7, 2014 | Lulu Ramadan

There are many terrible tips on how to save money on gas out there. Debt.com pulls the few simple ones that actually work.

Hands-free texting is a bad idea.

Infographic of the week: Hands off!

May 2, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

Hands-free texting isn’t safe, and no, you really can’t multitask.

You can grow your own food no matter where you live.

5 simple steps to growing your own food

May 1, 2014 | Angela Colley

You don’t have to possess a green thumb or spend hours getting dirt under your fingernails.

Here are the best cars for bad credit buyers.

The best cars for bad credit buyers

April 11, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Here are the cars people with below-average credit buy when they’re broke, and how to get them.

Kitchens are a popular area for home improvements.

5 home improvements you might regret

April 7, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

These remodel projects are OK if you really want them, but not if the goal is to add value to your home.

Fix-a-Flat should be part of your emergency car kit.

How to build an emergency car kit on a budget

April 4, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

Are you prepared for a flat tire or other mechanical issues? If not use these tips to build an emergency car kit for your vehicle.

Work with your landlord to lower the rent.

How to convince your landlord to lower the rent

April 3, 2014 | Brian Bienkowski

It’s a landlord’s market now and rent is skyrocketing across the nation. But there are things you can offer a landlord to cut your rate.

This guy needs a car insurance claim.

How to keep your car insurance affordable AFTER an accident

April 2, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Car insurance claims may fix your car, but wreck your finances. On average, a single collision or injury claim can raise rates more than 40 percent. Here’s what to do about it.

Top shot looking under the hood of a well used vehicle; if you can't work under the hood yourself, car repairs can be expensive

Why you should learn about your car

March 31, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

The more you understand about what happens under the hood, the more you can save.

Check out the cheapest new cars to own.

The cheapest brand-new cars of 2014 – to buy AND own

March 18, 2014 | Lulu Ramadan

The cost of a new car is more than its sticker price. Debt.com tells you exactly how much the cheapest new cars will cost you.

Is it time to buy a TV? Shop carefully.

Time to buy a TV? 5 things you must know

January 29, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

More people buy a TV around the Super Bowl than any other time of year. Here are the basics to get your money’s worth.

You have many options for renting a car.

2 NEW tips for renting a car

November 18, 2013 | Michael Koretzky

Saving money when you rent a car just got a little easier. We break down two new tips on how to get the best car rental for the least amount of your hard-earned cash so you can save on transportation and travel costs in your budget.

It's not hard to improve your home home décor.

Don’t let drab home décor drag down your mood

November 1, 2013 | Meghan Stewart

A new study finds drab home décor may be bringing Americans down, but most of us are still wary of updating due to high cost. We look at five simple steps you can take to make easy updates to your home décor without breaking the bank or taking on excess credit card debt.

Art festivals are the best place to up your home decor.

Scoring outstanding original art on the cheap through art festivals

October 30, 2013 | Meghan Stewart

If you’re looking for a way to avoid a cookie-cutter decorating style without breaking the bank paying for original artwork, then art festivals are the way to go. We look at the Top 50 Art Fairs list and offer our top tips on how to shop effectively at art fairs without breaking the bank.

Do you and your spouse have thermostat fights?

3 cheap and simple ways to cool thermostat fights with your spouse

October 21, 2013 | Michael Koretzky

Lying to your spouse about changing the thermostat? Well you’re not alone. Instead of blaming the dog (no, really), we help you find ways to keep everyone happy with the temperature so you can finally cool down those constant fights over the high cost of heating and air conditioning.