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

7 Ways You're Accidentally Improving Your Credit

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There's little doubt that Americans with higher credit scores get better deals on core consumer items like mortgages, auto loans and credit cards. In many cases, you might be getting those "good credit" benefits without even knowing it. In the credit management game, experts calls that "accidental improvement" of your credit — and yes, there's ... more

A Military Money Must-Do

Cash inside of a glass jar.

Sometimes it's difficult to set ourselves up for success -- even when we know what's in our long-term best interest. Take, for example, that chicken-fried steak I recently ordered at my favorite restaurant in Gruene, Texas. I knew full well it wasn't on the diet I'd just started, but it seemed too good to pass up. Looking back, the decision to ... more

This Is the Most Popular Financial Resolution for 2015

Businessman drops coin in pink piggy bank.

Although the end of the year can be stressful, it also evokes that natural inclination to look back, reflect, and resolve to make positive changes in the new year. For many, that means getting their finances on track once and for all. Last year, GOBankingRates conducted a poll asking respondents about their financial resolutions for 2014. Thirt... more

Keep Spending in Check During the Holidays

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Content provided courtesy of USAA. The holiday season is a time for joy and laughter, spending time with family and friends and sharing our blessings. It can also be a time of overspending, which can leave you feeling haunted by the ghost of Christmas past when the credit card bill comes in January. If you are like many of us, you may be tempt... more

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