Finance Basics

Can You Define These 8 Personal Finance Terms?

Calling all personal finance nerds! Test your financial IQ with this quiz. Watch out for those abbreviations. When you’re done, see how you rate against people like you. What is the Ally Dejargonator? When it comes to your money, everything is dollars and cents. But when financial experts start talking, do you struggle to make […]

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Turn Your Bank Account into a Budgeting Machine

Not long ago we talked about automated bill pay, savings, and investing to help reach your goals faster, but what if you could make your money work even harder? By that I mean – turning your bank accounts into a really awesome budgeting machine. Most people don’t realize all the functionality that their bank can […]

Finance Basics

15 Things to Do for a Financially Stable You

We know it’s not always easy to get in the personal finance mode. But picking just one or two of the these things to do (and seeing them through) can make a big difference in your financial stability. Here are 15 ways to help you ring in a new financial you, full of possibilities, and […]

Finance Basics

How to Automate Your Finances to Reach Your Goals

Stop wasting your hard earned cash on late fees and start automatically saving money before you have a chance to spend it. Thanks to auto pay, auto transfer, and auto investment technology, you can save hours each month on money management, and use your newfound free time to focus on all the things you’d rather […]

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Newlywed Reveals Her Online Shopping Secrets

Can you remember a time your best intentions went awry? That’s how you could describe Megan Montague’s previous online shopping behavior. Montague, a newlywed, identifies herself as the spender in her relationship, but says that she shops online because she’s “always trying to do a lot with a little bit.” Amazon is one of her […]

Finance Basics

Dear Saver: Here’s What You Need to Know About Money

Your first “financial advisor” might’ve taught you that you should save for a rainy day. Or that a penny saved is a penny earned. Thankful as you are for those words of advice, have you ever thought about how you’re going to pay it forward? Sharing with others your money lessons learned can help people navigate […]

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Our Holiday Gift to You: 10 Tips for Smarter (and Safer) Shopping on Cyber Monday and Beyond

Black Friday. Either you spend it standing in line for hours to nab the hottest toy, or you fight the massive crowds to get a half-price flat-screen. But Cyber Monday, the online shopping bonanza that occurs annually on the Monday after Thanksgiving, is when you can shop from the comfort of your own home and […]

Saving

This Is What Saving Money and Eating Broccoli Have in Common

On the surface, it doesn’t seem like saving money and eating broccoli have much in common. But give it a bit more thought. A-ha!  They’re both things your brain tells you to do — but many don’t. It’s not like you think it’s cool to skip out on saving. According to Bankrate: One of Americans’ […]

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Does Social Media Affect Your Finances?

You’re scrolling through Facebook or Instagram when you spot a photo of a friend sporting a new stylish watch you just have to have. Before you know it, you’re on the retailer’s site, entering your credit card details and awaiting your own fabulous timepiece. Keeping up with Joneses has always had a negative impact on […]

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Money Confessions From Real-Life Savers—and How to Avoid These Common Setbacks

Despite setting a budget, do you find yourself overspending?  Think: last minute getaways, daily acai bowls, that $250 pair of shoes that you really don’t need but… While we’ve all made an impulse purchase or overspent, some of us are more willing to admit it than others. Once you realize where you struggle, though, you […]

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