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Are Certified Pre-Owned Cars Worth The Premium Price?

Auto manufacturers offer certified pre-owned programs to alleviate car buyers’ concerns about buying a lemon. But how much more should you be willing to pay for a certified pre-owned car?

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Quicken 2015 for Mac Review

Quicken 2015 for Mac launched last month. This is solid software for managing your money, but doesn’t yet offer all the features longtime Quicken users might expect. Our review can help you decide whether to invest in Quicken or stick with less costly options for tracking your finances.

How doing good in the world can help you pay down your student loan debt.

Pay Off Your Student Loans By Doing Good In The World

Doing good in the world hardly ever pays you big bucks. Fortunately, there are a growing number of options that can help you pay down your student loan debt if you volunteer or work full-time in a government or non-profit job.

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What credit score do you need to get approved for a credit card?

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

Being declined for a new credit card is frustrating. You can improve your chances of getting approved for a credit card by applying to cards that are suited for your credit score. Here we explain what kinds of credit scores are needed to get popular credit cards today.

Angie's List review: Find the best contractors

Save 40% On Angie’s List Until Sept. 30!

Lauren and I subscribed to Angie’s List — a paid review site for contractors — when we bought our first home. For the price, the service has been invaluable for finding the best help fast. Here’s my full Angie’s List review plus a 40% off coupon code.

Alternative personal finance manager apps challenge Mint, the longtime leader in free online budgeting.

Mint Alternatives: More Tools To Manage Your Money

Mint.com revolutionized how we budget. Now, rivals offer must-see Mint alternatives that manage everything from monthly bills to million-dollar portfolios.

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You need to know these 5 deal breakers when searching for a new home.

Check For These 5 Dealbreakers Before You Buy A House

Buying a new home? From shoddy construction to prior pest guests, there’s a lot you need to check (and double check) before you sign on the dotted line.

Loyal3 Review: Buy stocks for as little as $10 with no commission.

LOYAL3 Review: An Easy, Inexpensive Way To Begin Investing

LOYAL3 is a different kind of stock broker that takes the intimidation out of investing. Investors can buy fractional shares of popular stocks for as little as $10 with no fees or commissions.

How to Put Your Money on Autopilot

Put Your Money On Autopilot

Automating your finances isn’t rocket science, but it’s still the best way to save more and worry less. Here, our easy guide to automatic finances.

How you can decide when's the right time to buy, or if should you stick with renting.

Should You Buy Or Rent?

Buying a home still makes sense, but becoming a homeowner before you’re ready can have costly consequences. How much you have saved and how long you’ll stay in one place are the biggest factors in deciding whether you should rent or buy.

Private student loans should be a last resort, but credit unions can offer the best options for those in need.

For Private Student Loans, Consider Credit Unions

As nonprofit lenders, many credit unions offer private student loans with friendlier rates and terms than national banks.

Do you rent? Then you need this. Living without it is like playing... with fire.

Do You Need Renters Insurance?

When you own your house, homeowners insurance covers everything inside — your computers, phones, jewelry and furniture. But what if you rent? Renters insurance is an affordable way to insure your stuff — and that you’ll have a place to live if your apartment is damaged by fire or weather.

Don't want friends? Want to get ahead in the office? The read here and learn how to become a grade-A office jerkwad!

Funny Money: How To Get Ahead At The Office By Acting Like A Jerk

No one actively wants to be known as the jerk of the office, but it’s those who don’t care whether or not they’re or not they’re labeled that way who tend to rise to the top. You can gripe about these folks and try to undermine them, or you can observe them and learn from them, using some of their skills in less audacious ways to improve your own standing.

Smoking isn't just bad for your health -- it's expensive too! How to get your partner to quit.

Money Manners: Talking With Your Partner About The Costs Of Smoking

Smoking isn’t just bad for your health, it’s expensive, too! Quitting tobacco is a difficult topic to broach with a loved one, but a level-headed attitude and hard-hitting money stats can help you start.

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How To Build Credit For The First Time

Wondering how to build credit from scratch (or worried because you haven’t started yet)? Here is what you need to know to build credit for the first time.

It's not that you shouldn't trust your partner, it's about making life easier for both of you.

5 Reasons To Keep Your Finances Separate From Your Significant Other

There’s something to be said about keeping love and money separate — not allowing one to taint the other. Here are five reasons to keep his and hers checking accounts as you begin your lives together.

How We Save: Bijan Golkar, 29, Kept College Costs Down And Invested In His Career

At just 29, Bijan Golker is a CFP and equity partner in an investment advisory firm. He’s been successful by making strategic decisions about the big expenses most of us take for granted.

5 Types of Money Morons & How to Avoid Becoming One

Funny Money: 5 Types Of Money Morons And How To Avoid Becoming One

Money management doesn’t come naturally to many folks. Worse, some people take on a lifestyle of ridiculous budgeting and spending practices without realizing just how wrong they are. You probably know of these characters — you might even be one yourself!