Tag: spending

4 Money Conversations to Have Before You Get Married

Ed note: Money is one of those things you may have been told you aren’t “supposed” to talk about – right up there with religion and politics. However, it’s one of the most important discussions you need to have before getting married. Erin Huffstetler has a step-by-step guide to help you out. Leer en español. Money […]

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]

Checking Out America’s Libraries [INFOGRAPHIC]

When’s the last time you set foot in a library? Maybe it was when you were in college, or maybe you took one of your kiddos for a local story time last week. Regardless, the U.S. has thousands of libraries that are providing ever more varied services. In anticipation of International Literacy Day, we took […]

Summer Reading: Five Personal Finance Books You Must Read in Your 20s

Ed note: Relaxing on the beach with a good book – now doesn’t that sound nice? It would be even better if that book could benefit your finances all year round. Luckily, Ben Edwards has some great suggestions for light summer reading that will also provide you clear benefits. If you do nothing else this […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Explore the Great Outdoors with Dad

Ed note: Are you wandering up and down the tie aisle right now? Or maybe you’re furiously Googling “great Father’s Day gifts”? Dads can be notoriously difficult to buy for, so we thought it would be good to suggest a few presents that can’t be picked up at the store. Leer en español.  If you’re on […]

Stretching Your Dollar While Studying Abroad

Ed note: Exchange rates. Tuition. Foreign transaction fees. Living expenses. Travel. Fun! A lot of a semester abroad revolves around finances – no matter what you are studying. Here are a few tips to stretch that budget and spend smartly. There are a lot of priceless experiences you’ll gain from studying abroad – but going […]

How to Survive Wedding Season (Without Breaking the Bank)

Ed note: In many parts of the country, spring and early summer are peak wedding season. While the cost to attend a wedding is a fraction of throwing one, it can still start to add up. Here’s how to be a fantastic guest, on a budget. Leer en español. Weddings are great fun, but they can […]

Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

Ed note: For many Americans, a tax refund is their largest single financial transaction in a year. So what you do with that money can be very important. Contributor Carrie Smith looks at some of the most common, and some of the best, ways to spend it. Leer en español. Have you filed your taxes and […]

Impulse Buys – What to Know

Ed note: Whether they are big or small, impulse buys can have an effect on your budget and personal wellbeing. Contributor Ginger of Girls Just Wanna Have Funds explains.  Who doesn’t like a little retail therapy after a bad day, or even a good one? But what happens when that therapy veers into being a […]

Teach Your Kids About Money (They’ll Thank You Later)

Ed note: Money can be a tough subject. In some families it is taboo. Other times it is just too abstract. Here, Kate Ashford outlines a few fun and concrete ways to talk about finances with your children. Leer en español. As parents, we pass a lot of wisdom on to our children, but we seem […]