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Lead a healthy financial life with our easy-to-understand money tips.


The History of Money - Past, Present and Future

As the popular saying goes, “Money makes the world go round.” As long as there are products to consume, a monetary system will be needed to enable the trade of these goods. Taking a glimpse into our ancestors’ methods provides us with an interesting history lesson to help us understand why our currency methods are ever evolving.

Pay Off Debt or Save: Is It Better to Save Money?

Should you deposit your paycheck into your savings account, or use it toward paying off your credit card bill instead of making just the minimum payment? You have only so much money to go around and you probably can’t do both, so it’s important to prioritize. To decide which option is best, figure out which one will make you the most money – or cost you the least – in the long run.

Infographic: Credit Card Debt Statistics

Nobody wants to pay more than they have to. But paying even just an extra dollar on all your long-term loans or credit card bills can save you money in the long run.

Infographic: Why Volunteering is Good for You

Think of the word “volunteers” and you might picture a group of people so generous that they put aside the fun things in life - say, Xbox games and time on the beach - in favor of spending dull, grinding hours at soup kitchens and nursing homes. And yet, oddly enough, people who volunteer are often happier than those who don’t - whether they give their free time at a shelter or take on a prominent role in their town.

Identity Theft Protection: Protect Your Good Name

As identity theft rebounds, our new infographic offers tips to protect your money and good name.



    Emergency Fund Statistics

    April 23, 2014 - By Jasmine W - Monthly Savings Plan
    Four in 10 people have not set aside at least $500 in savings, according to a new 2014 survey by CreditDonkey.com, a credit card comparison website. That leaves a very small safety net for emergencies and is pretty risky. For those with lots of assets or large families, $500 can go very quickly in a crisis. Just one week out of work or a broken-down car could send those without an emergency fund into an ugly place — one where they are overly dependent on credit or become delinquent payers ...
    New York, New York

    Happiest Cities in New York

    April 22, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    The state of New York is one of the epicenters of the global media, finance, and entertainment industries, and, by extension, is home to some of the coolest companies in the world. But sometimes it’s really hard to drag yourself out of bed every morning if the pay isn’t that good, the job’s not that fun, and the office is boring.

    What to Buy in May

    April 21, 2014 - By Lauren W - Tips for Best Deals
    The month of a May offers a huge lead-time for deal hunters. You have the whole month to plan for some big savings; with Memorial Day weekend and its reliable three-day opportunity for price breaks, you can score some discounted purchases to round out your spring organizational tasks or start your summer off right.

    Happiest Cities in California

    April 15, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    California is home to some of the coolest industries - and by extension, some of the coolest jobs - in the world. But it’s still hard to drag yourself out of bed every morning if the pay isn’t that good, the job itself isn’t that fun, and the office is boring. That reality goes double in California, where for many residents, the commute to work involves a clogged eight-lane freeway filled with angry drivers who have 45-plus minutes before getting to their destination.
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Happiest Cities in the US

    April 14, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    People often dream of escaping to the “big city” to pursue their dreams of being actors/rock stars/writers/corporate raiders. The idea is alluring, after all: power lunches at fancy restaurants, memberships at country clubs, hobnobbing at big galas - they’re all part of the fantasy.

    Happiest Small Cities

    April 7, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    Does this version of a day in the life of an unhappy worker sound familiar? You drag yourself out of bed at 6 a.m. and sit in traffic for an hour while you listen to off-color morning-radio DJs named Crazy Al and Goober. When you finally get to work, you think about how little money you’re making and that you can’t get a job anywhere else, because there are no good job openings where you live. Before you know it, your boss starts giving you a hard time and has you making copies. Then, of ...
    New York, New York

    Most Generous Cities

    April 3, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Why Volunteer
    Famous author Mignon McLaughlin once said, “We’d all like a reputation for generosity, and we’d all like to buy it cheap.” In other words, if you throw just a penny in the Salvation Army bucket at Christmas, can you get away with calling yourself kindhearted?
    The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

    The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

    April 1, 2014 - By Mike Foster - Tips for The CreditDonkey Manifesto
    While you might initially impress people with new, expensive clothes, eventually your true nature will shine through. Better to spend wisely than to spend just to impress others.

    How to Save Money on Long Road Trips

    March 28, 2014 - By Tammy K - Tips for Best Gas Credit Card
    We've found the secret to saving money on road trips: A big dose of planning. Okay, that might not be much of a secret, but everything from those junk food indulgences to the stomach-churning cash spent at the pump can be managed -- and often minimized -- with a little advance planning.

    Best States for Kids

    March 26, 2014 - By Livia Gershon - Tips for Family
    Everyone loves to tell you how much things will change when you have kids. It’s not just your life getting turned upside down by the new little people in your life – it’s your view on the surroundings around you as well. Suddenly, being down the street from a great bar doesn’t matter anymore. You want a stroller-friendly sidewalk that gets you to the local park. And you suddenly care about what the neighborhood preschool is like.

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