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How to Buy an Engagement Ring Online

Recently I was reflecting on my experience shopping for Lauren's diamond engagement ring. (I proposed at Christmas, as many guys do, so I was shopping for the ring about this time of year.) As a result, I decided to revive this important post on … [Read more...]

Your First Investment Account: In Search of the Friendliest Brokers for New Investors

Here are two questions I get all the time: “Okay, I know I need to open an IRA. But where? E*Trade? Fidelity? My local bank?”“How can I start investing with just $500?” Today, I’m going to quickly tackle both. If you’ve been holding out on star … [Read more...]

Health Insurance: Understanding Your Deductible, Co-pay, & Out-of-Pocket Maximum

Is anybody else totally confused by health insurance benefits? Even when insurers break down plan benefits in neat grids, you need to know the difference between deductibles, premiums, out-of-pocket maximums, co-pays, and co-insurance to know what … [Read more...]

Beware Credit Cards That Do Not Report Credit Limits to Credit Bureaus

Most credit cards report three pieces of information to the three credit bureaus: Your payment history Last month's balance Your credit limit Your payment history shows that you pay on time -- or not! Last month's credit card balance … [Read more...]

Scottrade Review: A Friendly Online Broker for New Investors

One of the most common questions I get here on Money Under 30 is: "I want to start investing but I don't know where. How do I go about opening a brokerage account or IRA account?" Fortunately, the answer is fairly easy. Just invest! I point … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Spend on an Engagement Ring?

Thinking of popping the question? You've probably asked yourself: "How much should you spend on an engagement ring?" I’m sure you have heard the old tradition that you need to spend two month’s salary on a diamond engagement ring. I've even heard s … [Read more...]

Best Credit Cards For Young Adults

So as a personal finance blogger who has a lot of personal experience with credit cards (both good and bad) I get the question "What are the best credit cards for young adults?" a lot. Or some variation: I'm a recent high school or college … [Read more...]

The 20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single

We've seen all sorts of finance-based top 10 cities lists that either state the obvious or seem oblivious. No doubt you've seen them, too, and perhaps rolled your eyes: the 10 best places to get a job, own a home, start a family, hit the lottery ... … [Read more...]

Mint Alternatives: Personal Capital and Manilla

Technology is changing how we handle money. When I got my first bank account as a kid, I had a little passbook with my balance history stamped in it. There were no debit cards. And certainly no iPhone apps. And that was less than 20 years … [Read more...]

Can My Landlord REALLY Do That? A Guide to Renter’s Rights

After the housing bubble of 2008-09, few people can say you’re “just throwing money” away by renting anymore. I talk a lot about everything home-buying on here, so it’s high time we say a bit about renting. Specifically: I want to cover renter's ri … [Read more...]