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 Save Money on Monthly Bills

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When we're just starting out on our journeys to financial freedom, we're often encouraged to save money on our monthly bills. The most common recommendation is to cut out the cable. But after you've cut out the cable, what next? As it turns out, there are many things that you can do to save money on monthly bills besides simply reducing televis... more

6 Ways Couples Can Avoid Fighting Over Money

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You and your partner talked a lot about money while planning your wedding -- from how much to spend on the reception to where you could afford to honeymoon. But have you talked about how you're going to handle financial decisions after you tie the knot? "Some people just don't put much thought into that financial merger, and they put no effort... more

Getting the Most Money for Your Old Cell Phone

Apple debuts its new iPhones, which will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic.

You snooze, you lose. At least when getting cash or credit for your old cellphone. Waiting even a month before trading in your old phone after a new version is released can mean a loss of 20 percent, said Nik Raman, chief operating officer at uSell, an aggregator of selling used electronics. As Apple unveiled its latest iPhones on Tuesday, one... more

Don't Even Think About Debt Consolidation Until You Do This First

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Either through bad circumstances or bad management, an elephant-sized pile of consumer debt now sits on your chest. It's heavy, it's stressful and you can't imagine how you're ever going to get out from under it. Then it hits you -- a way out! All you need is a consolidation loan or maybe a balance transfer, and everything will be fine. Sorry,... more

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