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How I bought my first home at 24

Here are three things, in particular, that helped me buy my first home.

Surviving my pandemic divorce

I told him it was over. Then we had to quarantine together.

How to find the best mortgage lender for you

Our guide can help you start the home-buying process with confidence.

Untying the knot

Navigating divorce with Renée Bauer

Giving back, giving forward

Purpose through charity with Chad Houser

3 tips for increasing your charitable impact

How to make your donations go the farthest.

Facing divorce? 4 tips to get through it

A little knowledge and planning today could help smooth the transition.

Thinking of taking money out of a 401(k)?

Here's what you need to know about 401(k) withdrawals and loans—plus alternatives.

Moving in and living together

There may come a day when you evaluate your living situation as a couple.

Sellers, here's how you prepare for your home inspection

These are a few key things you should do before your home is inspected so you can make the best possible impression.

3 tips for marital financial bliss

If your marriage is young or seasoned, here are tips for managing money decisions.

Buying a home with less than 20% down

Yes, it's possible–here's what you should know.

What is a philanthropist?

Anyone can be a philanthropist and be more effective at making a difference. Here’s how.

How much house can I afford?

Consider these guidelines to help you see how much house you can afford.

Gifts that keep on giving

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4 tips to be a money mentor for your kids

From 529s to money conversations, here's what parents should keep in mind.

How charitable donations can earn you an added tax deduction this year

Here's why you might want to itemize your charitable deductions this year.

6 tips to navigate volatile markets

When markets get choppy, it pays to have an investing plan and to stick to it.

Can you deduct your charitable donations?

Here's a guide to the basics of what you need to know.

Preparing for emergencies

Learn how to build a safety net to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

How to negotiate your student loan refinancing interest rate

Here’s how to know if you should consider refinancing your student loans, and if so, how to get a favorable interest rate.

From diapers to daycare: Financial planning for growing families

It's no secret that having kids is an expensive undertaking. Beyond the immediate costs of having a baby, here's what you should be planning for in the long term.

An introduction to the adoption process

There are several ways to bring a new member into your family.

Planning a wedding

Decide how much you want to spend on your wedding.

6 ways to save money on your wedding

Here are a few ways you can cut down on costs while still having an enjoyable wedding.

Paying for fertility treatments

Everything I wish I'd known on my quest to have a baby.

Here's what a new car costs the average American

Here's how much a new car really costs these days, and budget-friendly alternatives.

Traveling to attend a wedding? 4 ways to make it more affordable

Costs can add up quickly when you’re traveling for a wedding. Here are a few ways to make it easier on the wallet.

How to calculate the (real) cost of buying a home

Here's how you can determine what you'll pay up front and ongoing, to help you avoid unexpected surprises.

Is $1,000 in emergency savings enough?

If you've saved $1,000 in an emergency fund, good for you—but here's why we think you should likely shoot for more.

Considering college costs

Understanding the real cost can help you set goals and save for your student's education.

Explainer—What does it mean to invest "ethically" or with "impact"?

Confused by terminology about investments that seek to do good? We've got you.

When is the best time to sell your home? 4 factors to consider

There's no right answer, but here's how to figure out what's best for you.

4 reasons you should be excited to live on a budget

Do you think of budgeting as restrictive? Here's how it can be liberating.

What you need to know about rate shopping

Also known as: comparing different rates from lenders when you're buying a car or house.

5 money conversations to have before you get married

Here are the topics you should cover with your partner before entering into marriage.

6 tips for traveling when money is tight

Here's how you can take a vacation, within your budget.

Owning a home costs the average American $13,153 a year—and that's not including a mortgage

Know what you're committing to before you buy a home.

Money and your relationship

It's easy to let your heart make decisions in a romantic relationship, but it's important to take the time to talk about financial topics too.

How to save for short-term goals

Here's what it takes to save for 3 common expenses.

3 lesser-known ways to get help paying off your student loans

Make sure you explore all your options for loan forgiveness—including these lesser-known programs.

Just keep saving

Saving for the future takes commitment and patience.

How I paid off my loans

Following a budget helped this new grad go debt-free.

A simple rule for saving & spending

This budgeting guideline can help you feel more in control of your money and make faster progress toward your goals.

Just 1% more can make a big difference

Increasing your savings by just 1% now could mean a lot in retirement.

3 reasons to contribute to an IRA

Saving in an IRA comes with tax benefits that can help you grow your money.

3 ways to effortlessly boost your emergency fund

Maintaining a hefty emergency fund is one of the keys to financial security. Learn more here.

4 times my emergency fund has saved me from disaster

Most financial experts recommend saving up an emergency fund large enough to cover several months of living expenses. Learn more here.

What to do if your emergency fund gets down to $0

Your emergency fund should have enough money to cover three to six months' worth of living costs. Learn more here.

Use this trick to help your money grow

It sounds too easy but automating your savings really works.

5 costs to plan for during pregnancy

There are five big costs you should be prepared to incur when you are pregnant. Learn more here.

Save for the future with a Roth IRA

A Roth IRA can help you save for the future—with some flexibility.

IRAs: A smart way to save for retirement

IRAs can be a great way to save—whether you're contributing to a 401(k) or other workplace savings plan, or not. If you put away just a little every month, it can make a big impact over time. Learn about the differences between Traditional and Roth IRAs to see which one is right for you.

5 steps to take control of your finances

If you're unsure about the future, it can make sense to have more and spend less.

Protect your ID and documents on vacation

What would you do if you lost your passport while traveling abroad?

What to do if your social life is making you broke

Is your social life making you go broke? Learn how to save money while also maintaining your social life by learning how to budget for social events.

Refinancing your student loan, step by step

Once you refinance your student loans, you can’t reverse it. Here are 4 steps you can take when considering student loan repayment.

Understand how risk works and why you need it

Understand the ins and outs of risk to help make informed decisions about how much risk is right for you. Learn how to manage your investment portfolio here.

Should you save or invest your extra cash?

Investing involves the same behavior as saving—putting away money gradually over time to achieve a financial goal.

5 questions to ask yourself when buying your first car

If you’re looking to buy your first car, you might end up getting in over your head.

Having a baby? 5 ways to prepare for parental leave

Whether you're planning to take a short or an extended period of parental leave, here are a few things you should do to prepare for that break.

4 steps to determine how much house you can (really) afford

Buying a house is exciting and stressful and there are infinite factors to consider such as, home affordability. These 4 steps may help with your big decision.

3 things to consider when combining assets with your partner

Bringing your partner into your finances proves commitment to your relationship. Read about how to plan ways to merge assets with your partner here.

4 financial conversations to have with your partner before parenthood

Having a baby with your significant other is exciting and deserves to be in agreement on certain topics. Consider these 4 key financial conversations before having a baby.

3 hacks I use to save money on travel

Setting aside money in your personal budget is great, but sometimes it takes a little more strategy. Here are three smart ways to help make traveling more affordable.

4 factors that impact the interest rate on your mortgage

It's common for new homeowners to have questions like—what interest rate will I be given? Read here to learn the 4 factors that can impact your rate.

Are federal student loans always better than private loans?

Federal loans may come with terms and protections that are better for borrowers, but there are some cases when it makes sense to take out private loans. Read more here.

Put a ring on it: How marriage leads to higher savings

There’s long been a link between marriage and higher savings. Learn why married couples tend to do better financially than singles and divorcees here.

How to protect your credit when buying a new car

Unless you can pay for a new car in cash, you’ll need to get financing to make the purchase. Learn how to help protect your credit when buying a car here.

4 signs a starter home is right for you

Jumping into homeownership as a first time home buyer is exciting! Read over the signs that can help you decide if you're ready for a starter home.

How much does it cost to own a car?

The numbers tend to pile up pretty quickly, but many people don't really consider the full cost when buying a car. Learn tips on owning a car here.

Dividing your home in divorce

When dealing with the division of a home. You know what's best for your family. This article discusses the 3 options available that may impact your decision from a financial standpoint.

5 hacks to prevent falling into credit card debt

With some helpful hacks, you can avoid spending too much and prevent credit card debt. Learn more here.

Financial considerations for the future: buying a house

Are there reasons to put off buying a home even if it’s something you want? Here are a few things you should consider when thinking about being a homeowner.

What is an average credit score?

Comparing your credit score with others, drives you to wonder exactly what an average credit score. Learn about the answer to this question here.

Here's how student loans affect your credit score

One of the most common debts to hover over your life for decades is student loans. Learn how your student loans could affect your credit score here.

7 reasons for your credit score drop (and how to fix it)

Figuring out what happened to your credit and how to fix the issue can be tough. Here are all the possible problems that could have caused your credit score drop.

5 tips for new grads

For new grads this spring, finding helpful tips to help you get started on building your career path may be tricky. Read here for more career tips and information.

Should you refinance your federal student loans?

When you refinance student loans, your monthly payment method changes. This article provides several smart points to consider when refinancing student loans.

A cheat sheet for first-time home buyers in today's tight market

Potential first-time buyers have been forced to compromise when making their homeownership dreams a reality. Read more about first-time home buying here.

3 budgeting mistakes you probably don't realize you're making

Here are 3 common budgeting mistakes you could be making. Learn ways to control your spending by tracking your expenses.

5 factors that determine if you'll be approved for a mortgage

Thinking about buying the home of your dreams? Consider these key financial factors before applying for a mortgage loan.

7 reasons not to consolidate your student loans

Thinking about consolidating student loans? Here are a few reasons why you might be better off leaving your student loan payments as-is.

Do these 5 things now that the student loan grace period is over

The 6-month grace period is over—now it's time to start paying off your student loan debt. Consider these next steps before diving into your payments.

Why shopping around for your mortgage makes a huge difference

Are you looking at buying a home? Learn about the importance of shopping around for a mortgage when searching for your future home.

Which debt should I pay off first?

Looking for the most efficient way to pay off your debt? Having a debt management plan may be what you need to start gaining financial freedom.

These 5 offer mistakes could cost you the house

Making the right offer on a house is considered the most important step in the house buying process. Here are 5 avoidable mistakes as a first-time homebuyer.

4 financial steps to consider before you start a family

Thinking about starting a family? Here are some important steps that you should consider when financially prepping for you and your family's future.

50/15/5: A saving and spending guideline

It isn't about managing every penny. Track your money using 3 categories.

Real estate agents answer: What makes a winning offer?

How do you make a winning offer and stand out from the crowd when purchasing your first home? Real estate agents share their best advice and break down real estate concepts for first-time homebuyers.

How to raise your credit card limit

Use this guide on when and how to ask for a higher credit limit. Learn how to raise your credit card limit and when not to.

A must-read for moms: 5 financial tips

5 financial tips for moms, especially at-home moms, to prepare for life's what ifs and unplanned situations.

9 ways to stop living paycheck to paycheck

Are you living paycheck to paycheck? These 9 tips can help you stop living on the paycheck cycle and help you establish financial independence by saving money.

5 steps to take before shopping for your first home

Are you shopping for a new home? This article outlines 5 steps to take before you start shopping for a new home to help you throughout the home buying process.

5 ways to save thousands on your first home purchase

Are you in the process of buying your first home? This article outlines how you could save thousands of dollars during the home buying process.

What is an ETF?

A relatively new investment type, an ETF is a basket of securities that you can buy or sell through a brokerage firm on a stock exchange. (3:43)

Buy vs. lease?
Which one is right for you?

Figuring out whether to buy or lease a car is not as complicated as you might think. Check out this infographic and learn which option might be best for you.

Money basics: How to prioritize debt

Between credit cards, student loans, and mortgages, there are many types of debt out there. Watch this video for three tips that can help you tackle it all. (1:55)

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