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It no longer takes money to make money. College students can start investing with pocket change and putting their time to good use. The earlier you start investing, the more time your investments have to grow. Don’t let a lack of investing expertise keep you out of the market!

Many parents wonder if they should give their children an allowance. An allowance for kids helps when they begin to do more independent activities. It can be a wonderful opportunity for a child to learn financial decision making, saving, budgeting, and money management – lessons that many high school graduates say they wish had been taught more in school.

If you’re trying to save some serious time and money while on a trip for your errands, making a list never goes wrong. It doesn’t matter what platform it’s on, it can be on your phone, your Apple Watch, or a piece of paper.

For many women, the greatest job they will ever have is motherhood. It may be surprising to these women to realize that the same qualities that make a great mother also make a great entrepreneur. There are 15 reasons that mothers seem to make great entrepreneurs.

Gone are the days of darkrooms and rolls of film (although some photographers still use this medium). With today’s technology, the photography industry has completely changed in a short amount of time due to software such as Photoshop and even smartphones with high pixel cameras.

That car that’s been stalling in the garage is about to finally be paid off and the feeling is immensely exciting. Not only is that a big chunk of debt off your record that’s been paid off successfully, it also means that you’ll probably get a bump in your credit.

Okay, so you weren’t able to plan out that big Tahiti-French Polynesia trip that you wanted with a detour to New Zealand. Then the breakup happened and you canceled the big backpacking trip you always wanted. It’s okay, things get put on hold.

There’s no reason why same-sex couples can’t have the benefits that other couples do, especially since same-sex marriage has been legal across the United States for nearly four years now. Same-sex couples today in the United States can always look to simplify their finances.

When thinking of buying bulk, everyone immediately thinks Costco or Sam’s Club. Readily available across the nation, there aren’t your ordinary grocery stores. These are the ones where you can not only buy one item, but a host of them at once.

Great news: it’s National Camping Month! Which means this is the best time to get you, your family and friends out to experience a little bit of what nature has to offer. Camping is a great way to relax and unwind from a hectic, chaotic lifestyle, especially if you live in the city.

The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in colleges today. A booming market and a healthy economy allow many students to dream big and take the leap into starting a business. However, starting a business is hard work and even harder while still in college, but it can be done. Here are 5 smart tips for making that transition from college student to business owner easier.

If you like any original series from these streaming giants, the only place you’re going to catch them is on their websites and apps. Nowadays it doesn’t even have to be from your television. But what’s the best way to effectively curb your costs on a monthly cable bill? Not everyone wants the same shows to watch.

Let’s face it. We all struggle with finances from time to time. Some people seem to be stuck in a perpetual hamster wheel where they run faster and faster but seem to get nowhere or even farther behind! Now that summer is approaching, there is no better time to get off that hamster wheel, grab a few books on personal finance, and make changes that will allow you to become more financially stable.

Working outside of a regular 9 to 5 job to make extra money is called a side-hustle, and many Americans add to their monthly income in this manner. A side hustle can become more than just a way to make extra money. It can become a great way to explore a current passion and rethink it into a full-time career move.

The age-old question of “Is it cheaper to eat out than cook at home?” really depends on several factors: the type of restaurant, how many are eating, and the cost to eat the same meal at home.

Ready to be your own boss? The service business industry is booming and there are hundreds of different ways to make money. There are six different types of service business groups: Personal, Sales and Marketing, Home, Technology, Children’s, and Event Services.

What do you get the mom who already has everything she needs? Something she really wants but would never buy for herself! Finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift requires more than sending flowers. Look at these 6 great Mother’s Day gift ideas for the mom who has everything.

Who isn’t interested in becoming a millionaire before 35? At first, it may seem like an impossible task, only for those who hit the lottery, receive an inheritance or have a high-paying job. This is simply not true. What it takes are the following principles to follow. Ready, set, save!

While the majority of American adults say they always try to save, most admit they don’t save enough. Even though a large percentage of individuals have the intentions of saving money, very few are saving the amount that they said they would.

With tax season almost over, many have already began the wait for their tax refund. Unfortunately, some who are waiting might have noticed a drop in their annual return. While a financial dip can lead to feelings of stress, it’s important to always put yourself first.

Whether it is to make a career change or just “dip a toe” into the waters of making a little extra money, a weekend start-up business can be a perfect fit for anyone. Depending on a person’s particular talents, interests, likes or dislikes, here are some startup ideas to choose from for a weekend business that won’t break the bank.

Taking a vacation can take a bite out of any savings account. Spending your line of credit wisely with budget friendly, yet enjoyable vacation spots can leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed, and in control of a tight budget. Try these top affordable vacation spots in the U.S. to keep you budget in check while you have fun on a vacation.

For those looking to earn extra money, starting a seasonal business in spring is the perfect time of year! Seasonal businesses are growing in popularity because they can be started quickly, last for a few months, and leave the rest of the year for other passions. Consider some of these business ideas for spring.

Whether you decide to pay someone to do your taxes depends on your tolerance for crunching numbers and having at least a basic understanding of tax rules. If calculations are your thing, you’ll probably be fine on your own. Though you might want to keep a tax professional’s number on hand because you’ll probably have at least a few questions as you go along. Otherwise, you might want to pay someone to deal with your return.

Siblings often have different personalities, and their places in the birth order may be partially responsible. We tend to associate first-born siblings with leadership and success and “the baby of the family” with rule-breaking and humor. While science doesn’t universally back up those assumptions, some experts have found that one’s place in the birth order can have a lasting impact on professional success.

Remote work arrangements have grown in popularity in recent years, propelled by feature-rich SAAS (software as a service) tools that allow employees, teams, and entire companies to communicate and work seamlessly, regardless of their physical location.

Remote work arrangements have grown in popularity in recent years, propelled by feature-rich SAAS (software as a service) tools that allow employees, teams, and entire companies to communicate and work seamlessly, regardless of their physical location.

Many people think of an income tax refund as “found money”. So, they spend, and spend, and spend. But, if you think your tax refund as an investment tool, you could be setting yourself up for success.

Death and taxes. We all deal with both at one time or another in our lives. However, while taxes are a reality for the under 30 crowd, thinking about a will often is not. But being without a will, no matter your age, can leave your family with a litany of problems if you die unexpectedly.

Are you a first time filer? Benjamin Franklin once quipped, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Although this is funny, it is also true. Whether you work for a large corporation, as a subcontractor, or are self-employed, you will have to file taxes with the IRS.

Are you a first time filer? Benjamin Franklin once quipped, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Although this is funny, it is also true. Whether you work for a large corporation, as a subcontractor, or are self-employed, you will have to file taxes with the IRS.

Charges from holiday spending continue to appear on credit card statements long after the holiday season is over. As the debts continue to roll in, consumers are tasked with the need to come up with additional funds to make good on their financial obligations. Even if you consider yourself a wizard at personal finance, you might be having difficulty recovering from the holiday debts you’ve accumulated. Here are a few tips to help you get back on the right financial track quickly.

New Year’s resolutions are a popular way for many people to make a vow to themselves to make one or more significant changes in their life. Often, when the enthusiasm is high and any sense of failure seems remote, people start out at full steam.

Malicious hackers have been known to find creative ways to get your money. In a 2016 study, a Dutch expert found almost 6,000 online shopping sites that harbored data-stealing code – with the companies running those sites being none the wiser. Stolen data was covertly forwarded to foreign servers and exposed thousands of unsuspecting online shoppers.

The holiday season is almost here, and now is the time to get ready. Time is already growing short, and there is still a lot to do. Hopefully you already have a fully funded holiday spending account in place, one that will allow you to purchase gifts for the ones you love. If not, a few simple spending offsets could fund your holidays. These financial compromises will help you enjoy a happy and financially healthy holiday season, so you can start the new year debt free.

With the Holiday season here, you’d better plan your shopping to avoid racking up burdensome credit card debt. Unless you want to be paying off holiday purchases through 2019 and beyond, you must employ diligent budgeting and savvy shopping to sidestep credit card debt.

Promises of special deals, rock-bottom pricing and the lowest price of the season are the fake enticements used by retailers to lure potential consumers to their door. While this is a sales practice employed all year long, the holiday season brings out the wildest and most outlandish promises. Some of these offers are legitimate while others are more hype than reality. Separating the good deal from the empty promise of low pricing is a skill anyone can acquire.

Building a solid credit history is essential for anyone who hopes to be able to own property, obtain favorable loan rates, and have more employment options. For young adults, the conundrum has always been that you need credit in order to build credit, and it is not always available when you’re first starting out. Building credit takes time, and it requires a conscious effort to manage it effectively. When building credit, it’s fairly easy to take a step forward and then have one small mistake put you three steps back. The fastest way to build credit is to always be aware of the five categories of credit scoring and conduct your credit activities accordingly.

Building a solid credit history is essential for anyone who hopes to be able to own property, obtain favorable loan rates, and have more employment options. For young adults, the conundrum has always been that you need credit in order to build credit, and it is not always available when you’re first starting out. Building credit takes time, and it requires a conscious effort to manage it effectively. When building credit, it’s fairly easy to take a step forward and then have one small mistake put you three steps back. The fastest way to build credit is to always be aware of the five categories of credit scoring and conduct your credit activities accordingly.

Who wouldn’t want to be a millionaire? We all have a goal of becoming financially independent at some point in our lives, and while it might take more than a million dollars to achieve that, it’s a pretty good start. The fact of the matter is that anyone can save a million dollars, though the longer you have to save the easier the task. All it requires is discipline, patience and motivation. And yes, it also requires the money to set aside each month. But once you know how much you need to save and how realistic the goal really is, the motivation will come.

In today’s attention economy, just getting heard above the noise is half the battle. Everyone is battling to get the limited attention of potential customers online. But there’s more to building businesses and brands than attracting attention. You need frequent interactions and unique value, and you need to control information to control the story that people tell each other about your company.

Many people are familiar with the tale of King Midas, who turned everything he touched to gold. That story is the reason many successful people are said to have the “Midas touch.” Unfortunately, being an entrepreneur does not guarantee financial success. Every entrepreneur likes to think they work hard enough (or smart enough), yet many of them struggle for years and achieve only modest success.

Staying home with your baby is a wonderful privilege, but it comes at a price. While you get to be there for every one of your baby’s developmental milestones (and shower them with hugs and kisses), you may also have to sacrifice a full-time paycheck.

You would think the main thing that separates the financial winners from the losers is money. Obviously, the more money people have, the more things they can buy, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into happiness. Even people who make a lot of money can find themselves at its mercy if it controls their lives. Conversely, you probably know some people who make less than you do. Yet, somehow, they seem to be in control and enjoying life as if they had all of the money in the world. It all comes down to attitude. It takes a winning financial attitude to take control of your finances and get the most out of life no matter your income.

The economy is growing again, but, stagnate incomes and increasing living costs are still forcing many people to squeeze more from their budget to meet expenses. Reducing debt is the quickest way to free up some money, but that often requires getting more control over spending. If increasing your income is not an option, there are several ways to squeeze more out of your budget to accomplish both.

Identity theft affects over 15 million consumers every year. As much as we all like to think “This would never happen to me or my family!” the reality is that it just might. There are many resources online that instruct you on minimizing your risk exposure, using secure and unique passwords, and avoiding scheme websites and unscrupulous “phishers” in your inbox.

The aim of a successful investor isn’t just to make money; ultimately, money is a means to an end. Understanding what you want to achieve with your investments is vital to choosing the right approach and meeting your financial goals. What this means is that you need to think ahead and understand some of what the future might hold, and use this to guide your investment decisions.

In a world full of constant expenses, frugality isn’t exactly easy. Unnecessary items such as extra clothes and toys are expensive, and even life necessities such as toothpaste and napkins can be costly. These five tips will help you save pennies starting with the most necessary items you’ll buy: food.

How to Pay Off Your Debt

Most people carry debt. The average person has a mortgage, car loan, student loan, and credit card debt. People get so caught up in keeping up with the Joneses that they end up mismanaging their finances. When shopping for a house, people tend to spend at the top of their budgets. Many feel the need to buy a new car every few years. They put vacations on credit cards and eat out multiple times a week. Enjoyment is an important part of life, but if you’re left with no money at the end of every month, how much of life can you really enjoy?

Identity theft is no joke. Every year, millions of people are scammed out of millions of dollars due to identity theft and fraud. There are, however, simple steps you can take to help protect yourself against the risk of identity theft. This article discusses the basics of how to keep your information and identity safe. 

Identity theft is no joke. Every year, millions of people are scammed out of millions of dollars due to identity theft and fraud. There are, however, simple steps you can take to help protect yourself against the risk of identity theft. This article discusses the basics of how to keep your information and identity safe. 

In school, you learned all about World War II, chemical reactions, and Shakespeare – but you may not have learned about how to properly manage your finances. Though not often taught, personal finance is perhaps one of the most important lessons that everybody needs to learn. In this article, you will learn about the five most important steps to having an efficient and organized financial life.

It is no surprise that the cost of weddings has been on the rise in recent years. The expense of hosting a wedding has become so high that some brides and grooms are starting their lives together deep in debt, increasing the odds that their finances will continue to suffer for years to come.

The most important person in your life popped the proverbial question, and you said yes! The time leading up to an engagement can feel so important that many brides- and grooms-to-be don’t know what to do with themselves afterwards. However, there are a few things you really should take care of once you become engaged. So what do you need to do after you say yes?

Social Media Marketing is highly visual, with photographs and video dominating social network feeds as well as illustrations and other graphics. Most small business owners are not professional photographers, videographers or graphic designers, so producing visuals for social media can be challenging. Add to that challenge the fact that each social network requires different sized images for cover images, profile images and posts. What might look great on Facebook could look less attractive on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Social Media Marketing is highly visual, with photographs and video dominating social network feeds as well as illustrations and other graphics. Most small business owners are not professional photographers, videographers or graphic designers, so producing visuals for social media can be challenging. Add to that challenge the fact that each social network requires different sized images for cover images, profile images and posts. What might look great on Facebook could look less attractive on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

Heading off to college is an exciting time in a young high school graduate’s life. It is a time in which you get to spread your wings, further your education, and aspire to the career opportunities that await when you finish. It is also the time in your life when you need to start understanding finances, so you can hit the ground running once you obtain your degree. If you expect to emerge from college as debt-free as possible, there are 10 smart things you can do while you are in college to save some money.

Another sign that the economy may be picking up is the reported increase in restaurant revenues, an indication that people are allowing more dining out into their once-strapped budgets. Recent surveys, however, point to another reason why people are choosing dining out over eating at home. Many have determined that it could be less expensive. Really? While it’s true that grocery prices have increased faster than restaurant prices, can one truly make the case that, over the long run, it’s cheaper to eat out, or is it just a rationalization for avoiding the kitchen?

Keep track of all of your expenses. As ridiculous as this may sound, until you record all of the expenses you have and the places you spend your money each month the chances are that you aren’t actually aware of exactly how much you are spending on different categories in your life, such as entertainment, eating out, etc. Putting it in black and white can make it easier to determine areas where you can most easily cut back in order to boost your long-term savings.

Another sign that the economy may be picking up is the reported increase in restaurant revenues, an indication that people are allowing more dining out into their once-strapped budgets. Recent surveys, however, point to another reason why people are choosing dining out over eating at home. Many have determined that it could be less expensive. Really? While it’s true that grocery prices have increased faster than restaurant prices, can one truly make the case that, over the long run, it’s cheaper to eat out, or is it just a rationalization for avoiding the kitchen?

Money issues being the number one reason why married couples fight may not be very surprising; what may surprise you is that, while most married couples do try to address their financial issues regularly, many of them simply don’t know how to do it. The problem is that most couples haven’t thought things through strategically, so they leave themselves open to emotions and reactive planning which really have no place in sound financial management. The time to sort everything out and forge a money management strategy is before you get married. So, here is our money advice for couples about to get married.

Good credit is essential. Whether you want to buy a car or a new home, start your own business or just get the best rate possible on the credit cards you use on a daily basis, without good credit you may be unable to do these things –or you’ll be faced with very high borrowing costs and interest rates. Having a poor credit rating can even cost you a job, as many employers actually run credit checks on candidates they are thinking of hiring and a poor credit rating is considered a sign that someone may be irresponsible or a theft risk.

By the time you send your son or daughter off to college you hope that he or she is responsible enough to make at least some adult decisions – like those concerning money, spending and budgeting. For responsible young people, a credit card can provide a great deal of value, from building a credit history and credit score to teaching lessons about financial responsibility. Unfortunately, not every college student will have the maturity level necessary to deal with these important matters.

You’ve finally fallen in love. You are on the verge of moving forward with the relationship, but you aren’t sure that the two of you are compatible financially. Since you are aware that money often becomes the issue that separates two people, you have your doubts. What can you do to figure out if the two of you are on the same wavelength when it comes to money?

Your Guide to April

From discovering your green thumb to getting in touch with your inner artist, April offers up a myriad of ways to take care of yourself — and the planet. Read on to see what else this month has in store! Kick off the month of April by taking steps toward a healthier you … literally! Just in time for World Health Day on April 7, Walk to Work Day is a call to leave the car at home and add some exercise into your morning commute.