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How to Tackle Multiple Financial Goals at Once

More money goals, more problems — or at least that’s how it can feel when you’re trying to do all the right things financially at the same time. Shifting your attention from one thing to another can be exhausting and even slow your progress towards achieving your goals. But it is possible to multitask when […]

Finance Basics

Sign Me Up: Do’s and Don’ts of Online Subscription Services

Whether you’re looking for everyday basics or something to spice up your life, there’s a subscription service for just about anything. Many are so easy to sign up for that you’re probably receiving at least one already for monthly entertainment, food, or retail services. This is all relatively harmless unless you’re in the habit of […]

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What a Global Pandemic Taught Us About Saving Money

It’s hard to say if it feels like 2020 was 10 years ago or just 10 days. For many, it’s been simultaneously the longest and the shortest year on memory — and with it has come both tough times and impactful lessons. Because along with all the banana bread baking, TikTok dancing, and Zoom partying, […]

Finance Basics

Tips for Choosing a Personal Loan Lender

When you apply for a job, the employer may request an interview. It’s a chance for them to ask you questions — but it’s also a critical opportunity for you to learn more about the company and decide if it’s a fit for you. Applying for a loan is similar. Although lenders will analyze your […]

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2021 Child Tax Credit: Who Qualifies and What’s the Effect on Communities of Color?

It’s hard to believe we’ve now lived through more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the vaccine rollout brings a new sense of hope to the country, many families still struggle with the financial implications of the past 12 months. Fortunately, another beacon of relief is on the horizon: The $1.9 trillion American […]

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Combining Finances Could Be the Key to Achieving Financial Goals, Survey Finds

Few things can rock a romantic relationship as easily as disagreements over finances. That may be why so many couples would rather have all their financial cards on the proverbial table than be kept in the dark, according to a new survey by Ally. We asked 500 adults how they approach their finances in a […]

Saving

6 Steps To Getting Your Family Finances On Track

When it comes to managing household finances, making it a family affair can offer two meaningful benefits: instilling solid money habits early for your little ones and helping everyone in the family understand not only what you might be saving for but why as well. In a new survey of Ally customers, we found less […]

Saving

The Amount You Actually Need in Your Emergency Fund

When it comes to emergency funds, one size does not fit all. The amount you’ll want to save will vary from other people and depends on factors like your income, monthly costs, and if you have any dependents. So, how much do you need in your emergency fund? The general rule of thumb is to […]

Budget

All You Need to Know About Buy Now, Pay Later

If you’ve bought a home or a car, maybe even a couch or an exercise bike, chances are you didn’t pay for it in full upfront. Instead, you used a loan, mortgage or another financing option to help you split up the cost into smaller, more manageable payments over time. Buy now, pay later services […]

Finance Basics

Should You Pay off Debt or Save First?

Whether you’ve recently graduated, lined up a new job, or just plain decided it’s time you got a handle on your debt management, you’ve probably got a few (or a thousand) questions. One of the biggest questions you might have is how you can balance paying off debt and saving. Because, while you might want […]

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