How We Save: Hannah Vitkus, 28, Gets Ahead With Goals And Automatic Savings

How Hannah Vitkus saved by setting goals and relying on automatic savings transfers

Despite living in pricey Washington, D.C., Hânnah Vitkus’ savings are on track thanks to an out-of-sight, out-of-mind strategy that hasn’t failed her yet.

Forrest Gump’s Lessons on Getting Out of Debt

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Note from David: The following post comes to us from blogging friend of mine Ben Edwards of Money Smart Life. Ben has recently published the book Debt Heroes featuring 21 inspirational stories from people who have gotten out of debt – including me. His book is free through tomorrow. — Forrest Gump was a runaway smash […]

Military Money: Where to Start Your Military Savings

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Today’s guest post is brought to you by Doug Nordman, a military retiree who’s been financially independent for over a decade. He wishes he’d known this stuff over 30 years ago when he was just getting started, but he learned enough to overcome his mistakes– and you will too. Decades later, these words still send […]

Military Money: Understanding Financial Benefits Of Military Service


Members of our armed forces face unique financial challenges during and after their service. At the same time, military members may be eligible for benefits — the Thrift Savings Program (TSP) and VA loans to name two — that civilians are not. To launch new ongoing coverage of military money issues here on Money Under […]

The Best Financial iPhone Apps


Updated! Popular since we first published this list of some of the best financial iPhone apps in early 2009, we refresh this list periodically to help you keep tabs on at least a few of the best financial apps in the Appstore. -DW Personal Capital Personal Capital is quickly becoming our favorite free desktop and […]

New to Credit? Five Ways to Speed up Building a Good Credit Score


Anyone whose tried to get a loan with a weak credit history knows that even an excellent credit score will only get you so far with lenders. That myth your uncle told you about signing up for a credit card, using it once, paying it off and letting your credit history soar is just that […]

Variable Income: How to Manage Money When you Don’t Earn a Steady Paycheck

Budgeting for unsteady income: Put money you earn into a reserve account, then transfer money as you need it into a spending account.

We all like to wake up in the morning knowing there’s enough money for breakfast and this month’s electric bill — not to mention those whopping student loans. For meeting these everyday financial obligations, nothing beats a regular paycheck. But what if you don’t have one? Maybe you’re working odd jobs while searching for a […]

How to Pay Your Student Loan Faster

A few things you can do to pay off student loans faster.

Now that those student loans are a reality it’s time to get the paid off as quickly as possible. There are some things you can do to help eliminate those loans. Work with your lenders, see if you qualify for loan forgiveness, and take advantage of every program out there to help relieve this burden.

My Money Story: How A Surprisingly Simple Checklist Saved Us $1,365 A Year By Eliminating Wasted Food

Jacquelyn Smith recommends shopping at farmers' markets for fresh produce.

Today I want to introduce a new type of post here on Money Under 30: “My Money Story”. These posts are the financial experiences and lessons of real Money Under 30 readers in their own words. If you would like to contribute your story to a future post, please email us with your idea. […]

Best Miles Rewards Credit Cards

The best air miles rewards credit cards avoid blackout dates and provide other perks like preferred boarding or free checked bags.

Compare the best miles rewards credit cards to get the most free travel rewards for your spending. See the latest sign-up bonuses and redemption policies.