Cutting the cord from pay TV

The 2018 Cord-Cutting Guide

Some people cancel their pay-TV service to save money but wind up actually spending more. Find out how to cut the cord the right way,

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Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2017

While prepaid cards were once a last resort for those who couldn’t qualify for a traditional bank account, new features have moved some of the best

10.27.17
Holiday travel can be hectic, not to mention expensive.

How to Save on Holiday Travel

Don’t let the cost of transportation keep you from your loved ones during the holidays. If you’re like most families, you love to travel for

10.19.17
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The Miracle Money Cure: Six Common Financial Problems a Budget Can Fix

Only a third of Americans bother to create a written or computerized budget each month, according to a 2013 Gallup poll on budgeting, the most recent

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How to Maximize Rewards During Southwest Flash Sale

Southwest flyers and spontaneous travelers have a reason to celebrate — at least until Thursday. As part of a limited-time fare sale, Southwest Airlines is

10.02.17
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Halloween: Scary Good Ways to Save Money This Year

The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a record $9.1 billion on Halloween this year, an average of $86 per household. Depending on

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Score Back to School Deals With These Credit Cards

Attention, back to school shoppers: If you didn’t get to everything on your shopping list before the big sales ended, it might not be too

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Is Financial Independence Possible for Everyone?

I like to talk about financial independence on The Simple Dollar quite regularly. It is the big financial goal on my horizon, a state in

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The Painful Truth About Your Emergency Fund

Let me make this clear: I am a frugal person. I save vegetable scraps to make broth, and soap scraps to turn into lumpy new

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Deal Alert: How to Get 50% Off Spotify

If you have the or the (or were thinking of applying soon), this offer will be music to your ears! Capital One® and Spotify have

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Five Reasons to Consider Investing Your Emergency Fund

You probably already know that it’s important to have an emergency fund. You know, money that keeps you out of debt and on track, even when

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Best Travel Credit Card for 2017

Summer is almost here and that means we’re about to enter peak travel season. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or looking to travel for business, there’s

08.31.17
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Best Roth IRA Accounts for 2017

Meet the Author Jeff Reeves is a financial commentator with 20 years of newsroom and stock market experience. His work has appeared in numerous finance

11.23.16
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Should You Invest Your Short-Term Savings?

A lot of people hate the idea of keeping money in a savings account. They feel like it’s just sitting there, earning next to nothing,

09.28.17
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Buying a House? How to Save for a Down Payment

Saving for a new home has just become easier. Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say they will now buy mortgages with as little as

06.30.17
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Vanguard Review

Vanguard is an excellent choice for investors thinking about retirement, but if you intend to actively trade, you can find a better deal elsewhere. Vanguard

10.13.17
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Best Money Market Accounts for 2017

The best money market accounts (MMAs) can be a great low-risk investment for building that emergency fund or storing extra cash. They offer better interest

03.31.17
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Best Online Brokers for Beginners

Meet the Author Jeff Reeves is a financial commentator with 20 years of newsroom and stock market experience. His work has appeared in numerous finance