Personal Finances

Consumers Don't Know Personal Finances

When we were in school, an average or failing grade would have meant big trouble for us at home, often resulting in our parents putting us into "time-out" -- and that may be just what some fiscally irresponsible adults need. An NFCC survey allowed consumers to grade themselves on their knowledge of personal finance, and 34 percent -- more than 7... more

How to Negotiate a Better Deal


We are programmed by pricing. While the price on your favorite chocolate bar at Walmart or the toaster you found at Target might not be up for negotiation, not everything is off limits. Things like hotel rooms, cars, personal services, rent, even medical bills are able to be negotiated down to a fair or better price based on many variables. Neg... more

Financial Advice for Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

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Signs continue to sprout up that this recession may finally be coming to an end. As we let out a collective sigh of relief, it's a good time to take stock of your current financial situation. Are you on financial track? Here are some rough rules of thumb that you can use to benchmark your progress through life.  In your 20s: Your key challe... more

What Is a Good Credit Score for Renting an Apartment?

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Like any good financial writer and blogger, I love talking about money. Everything interests me when it comes to personal finances. If I know something, I enjoy sharing my knowledge on the the subject. If I don't know about a particular topic, I want to find someone who does understand it so they can teach me. While most people consider convers... more

11 Ways to Save When You're Broke

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We always want what we don't have, and for most Americans it's a full savings account. The national saving rate was less than .5 percent in 2013 but most Americans still choose to live beyond their means, until they have nothing to live on. So if you're ready to tighten the purse strings, the Illinois CPA Society developed 11 ways to help you sa... more

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