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How To Build Credit For The First Time

How do you get a loan or credit card? By showing the bank a good credit history that shows you're responsible paying loans and credit cards on time. Wait, what? How are you supposed to get approved for a loan or credit card if you've never … [Read more...]

Auto Financing For Smart People: Tips For Saving On Your Car Loan

Earlier this week I wrote about mistakes we make when buying a car. One of those mistakes is overlooking the importance of the auto financing in the overall cost of your new car. The example I gave is if you are buying a new Honda Civic, the … [Read more...]

tradeMONSTER: An Inexpensive Platform For New Investors And Active Traders Alike

Investing as little as $50 a month can net you tens of thousands of dollars over your lifetime.  And the sooner you start putting money to work in stocks and bonds that appreciate and pay dividends over time, the faster you’ll be able to achieve fi … [Read more...]

How To Get Started With Sustainable Investing

When you begin investing, you need to learn a few basics about how Wall Street works. The ocean of available investment choices and conflicting advice is distracting and intimidating. Once you understand how to find a few mutual funds or ETFs that … [Read more...]

What Credit Score Do You Need To Get Approved For A Credit Card?

If you're looking to be approved for a credit card, you'll need to have a credit score that meets the bank's minimum criteria. This is why we hammer home this advice here on Money Under 30: Know your credit score. Keeping track of your credit … [Read more...]

Angie’s List Review: An Inexpensive Way To Find The Best Contractors (And More)

When Lauren and I bought our first home in 2010, we entered the brave new world of home improvement and repair. From issues with the new home that came up during inspections to surprise repairs (a leaking pipe in the basement, two busted appliances, … [Read more...]

Credit Karma: The Best Place For Truly Free Credit Scores Now Offers Full Credit Reports

Anyone who has read Money Under 30 for some time knows that I'm a big fan of Credit Karma -- a site that provides a truly free credit score with no credit card numbers/signups required. This week they announced an exciting update that Credit Karma … [Read more...]

Barclaycard Ring Credit Card Review

When it comes to using credit cards, the advice you should strive to follow is simple: Pay off your balance each and every month. If you do that faithfully, you don't have to worry about what your card's APR and focus instead on earning rewards back … [Read more...]

Q&A: How Do I Build Credit Fast?

A reader asks: I’m trying to get my credit score growing again. I’m in school full-time and work full-time, too. I have just one credit card – a Wells Fargo student card -- that greatly helped my credit score when I first got it. However, in the last … [Read more...]

How The Sunk Cost Fallacy Leads You To Make Crappy Financial Decisions

There are some things about life (and money) we cannot control. We didn’t get to choose rich or poor parents. Nobody plans to get sick and take on medical debt. The good news, however, is that there are many things we can control. Most likely, how … [Read more...]