Finance Basics

Your Three-Minute Guide to Simple Interest

With many things in life — your favorite recipes, your morning routine — it pays to keep things, well … simple. That’s especially true when it comes to borrowing money or saving it. Simple interest is a term you might’ve heard before, but you might not fully understand how it works. Not to mention how […]

Finance Basics

6 Questions to Help You Actually Have ‘The Money Talk’ Without Freaking Out

In the beginning of a budding romance, finances can be the farthest thing from your mind. Before you take things to the next level (i.e. moving in together), it’s imperative to get on the same page about how the two of you will approach spending, saving, debt, and budgeting as a couple. And perhaps for […]

Taxes

What You Need to Know About Tax Withholdings

When tax season rolls around, you might bank on getting that big fat refund. In 2018, the average taxpayer who received a refund netted a cool $2,899, according to the IRS. You’re pumped about getting a nice chunk of change from the tax man—but what if you didn’t have to wait until tax season to […]

Finance Basics

How to Prepare For (and Get Through) Unexpected Money Emergencies

The unexpected can cause a financial crisis in any household. And, unfortunately, they tend to come on quick. Cue a natural disaster, like a hurricane, or widespread economic downturn, like the market crash in 2008, or a government shutdown. Even a sudden job loss or an illness—any of these could lead to a disruption in […]

Saving

When It Comes to Your Money, Are You Really a Saver?

Savers sock away money. Whether it’s for retirement, a child’s college education, or short-term financial goals, they live by the mantras “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “pay yourself first.” And they certainly know how powerful it is to start saving at a young age, thanks to the magic of compounding. But when […]

Finance Basics

Newlyweds’ Guide to Financially ‘Happily Ever After’

After months of planning (do you really need a double boiler on your registry?) to saying, “I do,” to writing thank you notes— finally— you’re able to slip into newlywed bliss. You can keep the lovey-dovey grin on your face. We know. You’re not naïve. Couples bicker. As Noah so eloquently told Allie in “The […]

Saving

Your A to Z Guide on How to Save Money on Just About Everything

When you dive deeply into anything—exercise, photography, or even something niche like making your own beer—you gain a deeper appreciation for the nuances. The same goes for personal finance. As you learn more about managing money and building a stable financial future, you realize just how many little choices you make each day that affect […]

Saving

The 50/30/20 Plan: Budgeting You Can Actually Stick With

Budgeting is like exercise: we all understand it’s importance. But exercising consistently can be a struggle. And, like popular fitness programs like SoulCycle or Vinyasa Yoga, budgeting can also seem intimidating and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Budgeting can be as simple as you want to make it. Yet, beginners often jump right […]

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 […]

Budget

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 […]

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