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You know you don't need a new phone, so why are you going to buy one anyway?

You Know You Don’t Need A New Phone; So Why Are You Buying One Anyway?

You know you don’t need a new phone yet, but you consider upgrading anyway. How to use psychology to trick yourself into holding onto that old phone a bit longer.

I use Betterment to save for short-term savings goals of between 1 and 5 years.

How I Save For Short-Term Goals

Saving for goals like a new car, a down payment on a home or your wedding is different than investing for retirement. Here’s how I invest for goals that are between one and five years out.

The 31-year old father of two found profits in turnkey real estate investing.

How We Save: Investing In Real Estate On The Side, Even With Two Young Kids

At 31, Fermin Saucedo doesn’t let being the father of two young kids stop him from pursuing real estate investing on the side.

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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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Asking your parents for money is awkward, but if they can afford it it's better than going into debt.

Money Manners: How to Ask Your Parents For Money

Admitting you need financial help from mom or dad isn’t easy, but it may be better than going into debt (if they can afford it). Here’s how to ask tactfully.

Our satire on when DIY can backfire big time.

Funny Money: 5 DIY Projects That Will Cost You More In The Long Run

Some jobs should be left to the pros. If you’re feeling confident about your DIY skills, you should read this before you leave yourself with a flooded house or gnarled hairdo.

debating used versus pre owned cars

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.

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.