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If You’re Interested in Personal Finance Books, We Answer 3 Questions About Them Here

Much of the best personal finance advice out there is found in books, where the entire scope of a personal finance plan can be explored in depth.

3 Reader Questions About Parenting and Finance, Answered

Parenthood is one of life’s greatest responsibilities and, for many, one of its greatest joys. Having an infant who is entirely dependent upon yo…

We Answer Your 3 Crucial Questions About Emergency Funds

Emergency funds are an incredibly useful financial tool. They’re simply pools of money set aside for you when you find yourself in a financial pi…

Where You Can Open a Roth IRA and Other Reader Questions, Answered

Roth IRAs are a powerful retirement investment vehicle accessible to almost all Americans, but the specifics of how to start and use one can be a…

Tax Season Is Approaching — We Answer 3 Questions About Deductions

With the turning of the calendar comes the start of tax season, where people collect their W-2s and 1099s and prepare for the process of filing i…

We Answer Your 3 Questions About Mortgages and Homeownership

Buying and owning a home isn’t easy. When you have such a large purchase looming on the horizon, you probably have questions about mortgage…

Have Questions About Credit Cards? We Answer 5 of Them Here

Credit cards are a staple of American consumerism, with the average adult carrying about $6,000 in credit card debt. But using credit cards isn&#…

Should You Buy That? We Answer 5 Reader Questions About Major Purchases

Spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on a single purchase is a major commitment, one that you may come to cherish or may come to regret. Tod…

Are Your Hobbies Hurting Your Finances?

Is your hobby the best use of your time and — more importantly — your money?  Whether you’re a fan of binge-watching TV or doing weekend cam…

7 Answers to Your Mortgage and Home Maintenance Questions

Can I afford this house? Is now the right time to refinance? Should I do a home repair myself? Buying and owning a home comes with endless financ…

The 7 Most Common Personal Finance Questions, Answered

This week’s batch of reader questions focus on the fundamentals of personal finance: emergency funds, credit and banking. 1. Should people…

Reader Mailbag: Dreams and Ideas

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to…