How to Talk Finances With Your Fiancé Without Freaking Out

If you’re recently engaged, you probably have a lot on your to-do list. And with a wedding to plan, invites to send, flowers to order, cakes to test and so much more, finances may be the furthest thing from your mind. But if you and your spouse-to-be haven’t had the money talk yet, it’s time […]


You, Me and Money: How to Budget as a Couple

It’s no secret that finances can be a touchy subject for couples. You and your beloved might not always agree on how to handle your money. But creating and sticking to a budget together can not only help soothe monetary skirmishes, it can actually strengthen your relationship. As with many aspects of a romantic relationship, […]


Budget Your Way to Financial Success With These Easy Templates

The word budget doesn’t spark joy in everyone. Like diets and to-do lists, you might think budgeting is all about deprivation and discipline. But the process doesn’t have to be painful. And even once you do pick a strategy, it’s not set in stone.  Flexibility (and some best practices) can keep you motivated and ensure […]


We Asked 1,000 People How Much They Spend on Gifts. Here’s What We Found Out.

Have you ever been at a wedding or anniversary party and found yourself whispering to a trusted confidant, “How much did you spend on the happy couple?” If so, join the club. According to findings from a recent gift-giving survey by Ally, more than 60% of people say they consult friends and family on how […]


What Are You Willing to Go Into Debt For?

The urge to splurge has officially arrived! Our survey says nearly half of Americans are willing to go into debt to treat themselves — and it’s not a totally crazy idea. Ideally, money is meant for more than necessities, but it can be challenging to strike a balance between fun purchases and smart money decisions. […]


What’s Your Budgeting Style? Take Our Quiz

How would you describe your personal style? Classic? Sporty? Trendy? Now, what about your budgeting style? Don’t worry if you don’t know. You’re not alone. Budgeting can be a bit of a four-letter word for many. But just like people have different taste in fashion, your approach to budgeting isn’t going to be the same […]


15 Money-Smart Ways to Have the Best Summer Ever

If you’re craving a summer jam-packed with exciting adventures and memory-making activities, you aren’t alone. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between a summer of fun and a season of saving with our money-smart ways to have the best summer ever that won’t break the bank. Just download our bingo card to keep inspiration close […]


From Hopeless to Hopeful: How Alaya Linton Paid Down Her Debt

Financial coach, writer and speaker Alaya Linton knows about overcoming debt. While working her way up New York’s fashion industry ladder, she simultaneously fell deep in debt. By taking control of her money, she discovered a passion for personal finance — and so began her path to her current role as founder of Hope+Cents, a […]


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 […]


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 […]

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