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Sharing Expenses with Roommates? How to Make It Work

September 2017

Andrew Olsen currently lives with his roommates in financial harmony, but things haven’t always been so pleasant.

Olsen, a communications professional in Portland, Oregon, used to run into “bad seeds who would coast off of our goodwill.” Some former roommates failed to cover their share of house expenses, he says, forcing him to pay extra.

Best practices when it comes to kids’ allowances

September 2017

Piggy Bank

Raising kids today is expensive! Between funding the basics, childcare, saving for college, extracurricular activities, birthday party gifts and beyond, some parents might question if they need to dole out an allowance, too.

Life Insurance 101

August 2017

Life Insurance 101

Have you considered getting life insurance? Do you know the basics? Term or permanent? Does everyone in the family need a policy?

While life insurance has been around for ages, many are unclear about what it is and if they should invest in a policy.

Save More When Back-to-School Shopping Online

August 2017

Shopping for school supplies, electronics and clothing can be a chore — and an expensive one at that.

Avoiding the most common home-buying pitfalls

July 2017

Avoiding the most common home-buying pitfallsThe summer season is often a popular time to consider a home purchase. Perhaps it’s your first time buying, or maybe you’re looking to transition to a new neighborhood. Regardless, purchasing a home is one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make, and if you’re not adequately prepared, you could lose thousands of dollars and/or end up with a home that does not suit your needs.

6 Financial Aid Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

July 2017

While many colleges will soon send bills for this fall’s tuition, most won’t expect payment until late summer. That gives college-bound students and their families time to finalize financial aid details. Here are six basic, but crucial, things to know about using student loans, scholarships and more to pay for college.

Smart ways to save on your dream wedding

June 2017

Smart ways to save on your dream wedding With shows like “Say Yes to the Dress,” star-studded celebrity weddings splashed across the tabloids and extravagant images of invites, flowers and bridal shower gifts showcased on Pinterest and Instagram, it’s no wonder The Knot claims that couples spent an average of $32,641 on weddings in 2015. Ouch!

Why You Should Get Preapproved for a Car Loan

June 2017

When shopping for a new car, many people overlook one important step: getting preapproved for an auto loan. It's a simple process that can make car-buying go more smoothly and save you money.

Tips to snag the best summer travel deals

May 2017

Tips to snag the best summer travel deals Who doesn’t dream about summer vacation? Whether you crave the feel of sand between your toes, wish to explore a big city or perhaps desire a mountain cabin escape, there is something special about traveling during the summer months.

How to Budget When You Have Seasonal Income

May 2017

Rewarding careers don't always come with a steady paycheck. For people who work in agriculture, construction, tax preparation, entertainment, landscaping or other types of freelance and seasonal businesses, income may vary wildly depending on the time of year. This uneven cash flow makes budgeting especially challenging, but it's by no means impossible.

Here's how to budget for long-term financial stability when your income changes with the seasons.

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