Budget Living
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How to Budget for Kids Sports

While the cost of kids sports can add up in a hurry, there are ways to make a budget-friendly game plan. Try these eight tips to save money.

A group of coworkers discussing business in a conference room after returning to the office post pandemic.

4 Tips for Budgeting for the Costs of Returning to the Office

The average one-way commute in the U.S. is at an all-time high of 27.6 minutes, the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.

Person filling up their car with gas after using an app to save money on gas prices.

5 Gas Apps to Help You Save Money at the Pump in 2022

Gas apps can help you save money in a few different ways. Based on customer experience, here are some of the best apps to use, plus the details of how they work:

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Emergency Funds: What It Is, Why It Matters & How to Start Saving

From what to set aside to where you should stash your cash—here’s your guide to building an emergency fund, even in stressful financial times.

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Next Steps to Take if You Can't Pay Your Rent This Month

If you or a family member is struggling, stay calm and know that there are more options now than ever before. By knowing your rights, engaging in meaningful conversation with your landlord and applying for rental assistance programs, you will be back in control in no time.

You can use a wide array of customizable, downloadable Google Sheets budget templates available online that allow you to utilize technology to track your finances for free, while keeping your banking information private.

The 19 Best Free Google Sheets Budget Templates - Updated for 2022

Did you know Google docs has budget templates available online, for free? If you enjoy using spreadsheets to manage your finances, see our list of favorites.

Borrowing 101
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What Is a Payday Loan & How Does It Work?

What’s the definition of a payday loan, and how does it differ from other loans? Find out how payday loans work and whether it’s right for your short-term cash needs.

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The Best Ways & Places to Borrow Money

Most people will encounter a financial emergency at least once in their lives without having the cash on hand to cover the expense. The good news is that there are many different ways to borrow money fast. Here are some of the best ways to get resources quickly. Fastest Ways...

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3 Ways to Pay Off Holiday Debt

A survey conducted by MagnifyMoney found that 31% of Americans took on debt to pay for gifts, travel, and entertainment for the holidays in 2020.

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Should You Take Out a Pawn Shop Loan?

Pawn shop loans may seem like an easy way to get fast cash, but it’s best to read the fine print and consider the alternatives before signing on the dotted line. Here are a few common questions that borrowers should know the answer to before pawning an item in exchange for a loan.

Two men research online loans on the internet.

Online Loans vs. In-Person Loans: What’s the Best Option?

In-person bank loans are the more traditional option, but online loans have become increasingly common. Here are a few key considerations to help you understand the difference.

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Installment Loans vs. Payday Loans: Know Before You Owe

Considering a payday loan or an installment loan? Understanding the differences can help you make an informed decision before you borrow.

Debt Management
Financial Wellness
Woman reading about the impact medical debt has on her credit score.

Why Some Medical Debts are Being Removed from Your Credit Report

New changes from the credit bureaus will remove nearly 70% of medical collection debt tradelines from consumer credit reports.

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What Is Zombie Debt and How to Prevent It from Plaguing You

As the name implies, zombie debt can be scary. No one likes getting sporadic phone calls from unknown numbers, much less debt collectors. But have no fear! Zombie debt can be defeated — here are a few ways to kick zombie debt back in the grave:

Congrats to the recipients of this year's 2022 RISE Financial Progress Scholarship

Congratulating the Recipients of the RISE 2022 Financial Progress Scholarship

Since the inaugural awards in 2019, our goal has been to help reduce the financial burden of higher education for ambitious college students while also equipping as many students as possible with the financial knowledge needed to achieve long-term financial success.

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Cash Loan Definition: 3 Loan Options for Quick Cash

What are the different types of cash loans? Learn the differences between online loans, payday loans and credit card cash advances.

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Secured vs. Unsecured Loan: What’s the Difference?

Learn how secured and unsecured loans are different, how they work and how to decide which type of loan is right for you.

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10 Free Personal Finance Courses to Do at Home - Updated for 2022

Want to manage your money better but don’t know where to start? Free finance courses are great, budget-friendly ways to learn.