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Borrowing Money Now Hurts Your Retirement Later

August 17, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Employee-sponsored retirement plans are dying because workers are taking out loans without paying them back or leave a job without taking their retirement with them.

Baby Boomers leave the best tips.

Baby Boomers Tip The Best Among All Generations

August 16, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

Northeasterners, Republicans, and men also leave more money on average.

Lauren from Financial Best Life talks about shopping addiction

Lauren Went on a “Spending Freeze” to Pay Off $8,000

August 16, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

The debt she accrued wasn’t her fault this time, but it was her responsibility.

President Donald Trump?

Does Debt.com Hate President Trump?

August 16, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is mad, but is his anger misplaced?

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

Around the web

This Week Around The Web

August 15, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

Bad spending habits, saving on groceries, financial independence and more

Find credit cards with the best rewards program.

The Worst Rewards Credit Card EVER?

August 15, 2017 | Jason Steele

If the Kroger ‘1-2-3 Rewards Card’ isn’t the worst, it’s close.

Americans paying for college

Americans Are Getting Better at Paying For College

August 14, 2017 | Joe Pye

For the first time in a decade, scholarships and grants cover a third of college costs.

Miami sunshine's on new cars

Need a New Car? Hope You Don’t Live in Miami

August 14, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Most American households can’t afford new cars in all but one of the largest metro areas in the country.

Woman depressed in the summer

The Most Depressing Statistic of the Summer

August 14, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Trust me, you’ll never guess what it is.

Nontraditional employees don't get benefits like health insurance, but they get to work from home.

Nontraditional Employees Don’t Have Benefits

August 11, 2017 | Dori Zinn

One in four Americans are part-time workers or independent contractors, yet don’t have the same benefits — like health insurance or a retirement plan — like their traditional-working peers.

Portraits of James Duren, Jennifer Asiaka, and Tina Willis, who shared their debt stories with Debt.com

Part 2: What’s Your Dumbest Debt Mistake?

August 11, 2017 | Thomas Chiles

What not to do: Join a pyramid scheme

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.

Dollar sign with life saver in ocean

Americans Are Finally Saving For Emergencies

August 9, 2017 | Joe Pye

The number of Americans without an emergency fund is at a six-year low.

Woman sits at her laptop by a window wondering are credit cards bad or not

Money on the Street Interviews: Are Credit Cards Bad or Good?

August 9, 2017 | Michelle Bryan

When it comes to credit cards, even good answers have bad elements lying just beneath the surface.

A private stash of hundreds of dollars hidden under the floor boards

How Do I Hide Money From My Girlfriend So I Can Hide It From My Wife?

August 9, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to start deceiving his girlfriend before he gets married.

A pile of textbooks

Who Are Counterfeit Textbooks Really Cheating?

August 8, 2017 | Joe Pye

After tuition, textbooks are one of the biggest college expenses. One company is trying to stop students from seeking other options.

A woman with defensive body language in a job interview

Better Body Language Can Land You A Job

August 8, 2017 | Joe Pye

Make eye contact, but not too much.

The American Express Green Card

Does The American Express Green Card Still Make Sense?

August 8, 2017 | Jason Steele

The most recognizable credit card in the world is no longer a world-beater.

Still shot of Debt.com's rent map showing top cities for rental price increases and decreases in 2017

Renters: Get Away from California

August 7, 2017 | Dori Zinn

There are major cities across the country seeing huge spikes in rent over the last year. Is it time to move?

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.

Partisan issues should not affect small business owners

Small Business Isn’t A Partisan Issue

August 7, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Here’s proof that small business has no political party ties.

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Being Polite Can Save You Money

August 4, 2017 | Joe Pye

No really, there’s a report that says so.

Illustration of three Americans who made financial mistakes because of spending habits and budgeting

What’s Your Dumbest Debt Mistake?

August 4, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

Our favorite answer: Marrying the wrong person.

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.

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

We’re Driving Less But Paying More

August 3, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Three years ago, 8.5 percent of drivers were letting companies track their driving habits. Now, that number is at 6 percent. You can save on insurance without letting companies track your driving.

40-hour work week? Try 60

Financial Woes Are Literally Killing Us

August 2, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Almost half of Americans worry about their finances at least once a week, and almost one-quarter of us are probably thinking about our money problems at least once a day.

Portrait of Zina from Debt Free After Three, Debt.com’s Financial Profiling featured personal finance blogger

Zina Paid Off $28,000 of Debt in Three Years

August 2, 2017 | Brian Bienkowski

She put every extra penny toward her student loans and carefully tracked her spending.

student loan debt collection

Does The Government REALLY Want To Help Me Pay Off My Student Loans?

August 2, 2017 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

This week: A reader is trying to find legitimate ways to lessen his payments, but it’s not easy.

celebrity debt

Celebrity Money: 90s Stars’ Weird Finances

August 1, 2017 | Kerri Covington

How these celebs handled their money during the month of July

For saving money, clipping coupons with scissors still reins supreme, but is that really the best savings strategy?

If Nothing Else, We Save When We Shop

August 1, 2017 | Dori Zinn

The vast majority of Americans search often for ways to save when going grocery shopping. If only we would stash away the money we save.

Millennial spending is tipping the scales on discretionary spending on things like alcohol, dining out and caffeine.

Millennials Spend More on Going Out Than Past Generations

August 1, 2017 | Ryan Lynch

From coffee to happy hours, Millennials can’t resist dropping the cash.

Woman happily driving convertible on a sunny day after she was able to refinance her car loan

Need a New Car? Head to Florida

July 31, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Fly from your city to another city, buy a car and drive home and you will still pay less than if you had bought that car locally.