Jason Notte

Contributor for The Simple Dollar

A former personal finance reporter at TheStreet and columnist for MarketWatch, Jason Notte’s work has appeared in many other outlets, including The Newark Star-Ledger, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S. and the layout editor for Boston Now, among other roles at various publications.

How a Simple Mortgage Refinance Saved Me From Credit Collapse

I first learned about refinancing a home several years into my first stint as a homeowner. At age 25, I decided to use the money I’d manage…

Walmart vs. Whole Foods: Which Is Cheaper for Organic Food?

Organic foods don’t have to be a luxury, but they aren’t always cheaper in stores that typically offer a discount. It’s been ro…

Bulk or Bunk? We Compare Prices at Walmart vs. Sam’s Club

The common rule of thumb for consumers is that you ultimately pay less for goods that you buy in bulk. But does that necessarily make warehouse s…

Four Tips for Selling Yard Equipment Online (Learned the Hard Way)

Reselling an item online seems like one of the more mundane tasks in our digital world. So why does it still feel like fixing cataracts with a ru…

How Do Self-Driving Safety Features Affect Your Car Insurance?

Researchers predict that by 2034, self-driving cars will make up about 10% of total vehicle sales in the United States. While that seems far off,…

What to Know When Adding a Teen Driver to Your Car Insurance Policy

In this article Older people just love generalizing about younger generations, but there’s one stereotype that is painfully true: Young peo…

Want to Save Money on Car Insurance? Fix Your Credit

Your credit score can affect your ability to get a loan or a mortgage, but it also determines how much you’ll pay for insurance. Depending…

College Kids Are Paying for Bitcoin and Spring Break With Student Loans, but Tuition Is a Safer Investment

College students are already facing crippling student loan debt upon graduation; maybe that’s why one in five seems to figure they have not…

Costco vs. Dollar Tree: When Does Bulk Beat the Buck?

The dollar store is only a great deal if what you’re buying is worth a dollar. In our neck of the woods in Washington County, Ore., the nea…

To Catch a Scammer: Here’s How Credit Hackers Try to Steal Your Money and Identity

Debt makes people desperate, but you should never be desperate enough to click the e-mail address of one of the debt “hackers” promising quick cr…

Parents Are Spending Twice as Much on Their Adult Kids as Retirement

There are some parents out there who have a hard time letting go of their adult children. If only they had similar difficulty letting go of their…

The DIY Dilemma: Knowing When It’s Time to Call in the Pros

Every year during the first bright days of spring, I look up at the nearly 45-degree pitch of my roofline, see gutters and moss buildup that need…