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These Types of Apps Could Prompt Impromptu Spending

While some apps help you save money, others have a way of encouraging you to spend more. Changing how you connect with these types of apps by deleting them, not downloading them in the first place or limiting your interaction with them can help you rein in your spending. Subscription-based apps Many subscription services and boxes have corresponding apps. And you … Continue reading


A Simple ‘Recipe’ for Managing Your Credit Score

The way your credit score works can seem mysterious, with several factors intertwining in complex ways. But following a simple recipe can help you build and maintain a good credit score: Pay everything on time. Use less than 30% of your available credit. Keep an eye on everything else. This formula focuses your energy on the two biggest factors that influence … Continue reading


Stay on Track and you can win $500!

This summer, keep your financial focus with “Stay on Track,” a contest from our partner in financial education, BALANCE. With “Stay on Track,” BalanceTrack users can win $500 and/or one of three $100 gift cards! Entering “Stay on Track” is easy: Visit BalanceTrack online Complete at least one BalanceTrack module with a passing grade (multiple entries across different modules are … Continue reading


5 ‘Logical’ Credit Moves That Can Lead to Trouble

Intuition and common sense can let you down big time if you use them to make credit decisions. Consumer credit expert John Ulzheimer says the secret is to understand the factors behind your credit score and use those to guide decisions. Here are five perfectly reasonable-sounding credit moves that can come back to bite you — and what to do … Continue reading




If ‘Budget’ Sounds Like a Bummer, Try Renaming It

Webster’s New World dictionary defines budget as: “a plan or schedule adjusting expenses during a certain period to the estimated or fixed income for that period.” If that doesn’t sound fun, I don’t know what does. (I’m kidding. It sounds terrible.) By definition alone, budgeting sounds like a chore. So it’s no surprise that many people hear the word “budget” … Continue reading



‘Tidy Up’ Your Finances So Each Dollar Sparks Joy

Marie Kondo has inspired countless people to wipe out clutter. Her KonMari organizing method, popularized by her book and Netflix series, lays out how to get more joy from your life and possessions. This approach can extend to your money, too. Applying her mindset can reduce the financial clutter in your life and help you make a better plan for … Continue reading


How to Get the Most out of Online Reviews

In the world of online shopping, often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews. Many online purchases are based on careful consideration of star ratings and product reviews left by complete strangers. Some 82% of U.S. adults say they at … Continue reading


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