The best money lessons I learned as a personal finance writer

Most personal finance “advice” really isn’t rocket science. Here's the best of what I learned.

The lifetime cost of rent is still rising — here’s how you can save on housing in the meantime

Generation Z will pay a record high $226,000 in rental costs while trying to save up for a home.

How much is your credit card balance costing you? How to find out — and negotiate a better rate

Nearly a third of credit card consumers now swipe purely for the points — and aren't paying attention to the all-important APR.

How much financial help are millennials getting from their parents?

Whether you're still on the family phone plan or get help with the rent, you're not alone.

Why it’s so hard to convince yourself to buy generic items — and other ways brands trick you

Brands know how to use information overload and other psychological tricks to get you to buy their products.

Why being good at money isn’t always the best trait to seek out in a partner

A new study shows the hidden consequences of having just one person in a relationship deal with all the financial issues.

Digit’s new feature can help you pay off your credit card balance — but is it worth the monthly fee?

Digit, which tracks your spending to help you save money, is rolling out a new product to help customers pay off their credit cards.

3 strange but real factors that might be impacting how you make decisions

If you work in a tall skyscraper, how high up you are might actually have an influence on how much risk you're willing to take.

These are the most common money mistakes Americans make — and what you should do instead

Many of us are guilty of spending money we don't have to hang out with friends, but that's just one common money mistake.

How to go on a spending freeze that you’ll actually stick to

The concept of stopping your spending sounds easy enough, but it's a whole lot easier said than done.

Last-minute tax tips: A 10-minute tax guide for procrastinators

Here's everything you need to know to pick the best tax filing software, catch common missed deductions and get the biggest possible refund.

Saving for retirement: Why you and your partner need to talk about your plans ASAP

Fewer couples are talking about their retirement plans, according to a recent study. Here's how to get over conversation hurdles and start saving for your future.

The wrong bank account could cost you $4K: Here’s how to find a better one

You could be losing out on thousands of dollars in interest earned. Here's how to switch to a better bank.

Are you guilty of spending money you don’t have to hang out with friends?

Nearly 40% of millennials take on debt to keep up with friends, according to a recent survey. Here's how to cut down on social spending without having to feel like you're missing out.

Same-sex marriage tax breaks: Are married LGBTQ couples leaving money on the table?

Filing taxes is confusing for everyone, but there are extra headaches for LGTBQ couples. Here's how to find out if you might be owed more money back.

Make money moves: 30 simple ways to grow richer and smarter each day of Financial Literacy Month

Financial Literacy Month 2018 begins in April — and if you're looking for ways to save and earn more cash, turbocharge your career or just get your finances organized, this checklist can help.

Credit card purchases will no longer require signatures — here’s how to keep your money safe

Credit card transactions may become a little faster on April 1, when brands stop requiring signatures whenever you swipe your card.

Wedding gift etiquette: Here’s how much the average person spends as a wedding guest

Wedding season leaving you broke? Being a bridesmaid, groomsman, plus-one or distant relative can literally cost you — here's how much and how to save.

Are you on a store-returns blacklist? How to see the data retailers are quietly using to monitor you

In-store return policy drama? Retailers from Sephora to Best Buy may be tracking for signs of abuse. Here's how the Retail Equation may be involved, and how to check your own "return activity report."

Dropbox IPO kicks off — and 7 other money stories you may have missed this week

Dropbox stock is now trading publicly, but there's plenty more investor and consumer news that affect your money from this week. Here's what to know about tariffs, data leaks, recalls and more.

How to give better in 2018: Do more with less money for your family, friends and community

Here are three ways to get more meaning out of your money, by spending it wisely on your community and loved ones — while still having plenty of cash to take care of yourself.

Why average costs of living are increasing in the US — and 5 ways to live better for less

Why the cost of living, especially in certain U.S. cities, is rising faster than wages in 2018. Here are calculators and how to save money on housing, education, child care and more.

How to get money back from Yahoo and Equifax — plus more news on scandals, scams and your cash

Here’s everything you need to know about Wells Fargo, Equifax, Yahoo, cryptocurrency initial coin offerings, class-action lawsuits and more financial news of the week affecting your money.

5 student loan myths — about forgiveness, repayment, interest and more — that everyone should know

Student loan payment and interest rate confusions abound. Don't fall for these misunderstandings about debt, forgiveness, federal versus private loans and servicers like Navient, Nelnet and OSLA.

Where is my tax refund? How to track federal or state return status and best use your 2018 IRS check

Tax refund tips for 2018, like where your check is, how to contact the IRS if you filed your return by the deadline and your refund is late and the best, smartest ways to spend or invest your cash.

Are your tax withholdings right? How to check with a calculator — and fix your 2018 paychecks

Tax refunds are a sign your withholdings might be wrong. How to check your 2018 paycheck and allowances, given changes from tax cuts and life events affecting your income tax bracket — and more.

How to invest money in 2018: The best beginner’s investment plan, with funds, stocks, bonds and more

What are the best investments? How do you invest in the first place? Here's how to grow your wealth in stocks, bonds, ETFs and more — so you can end up richer and maybe actually retire.

Get richer in 2018 with these 3 credit power moves

Open the best credit card in 2018 and increase cash back and money saved, by playing hardball with credit bureaus like Equifax and bargaining with card companies for better rates, points and rewards.

Maximize your 2018 tax refund: 3 key tax tips to put cash in your pocket after you file your return

Income tax bracket tables, 2018 calculators, and details on credits, returns and refunds making your head spin? Breathe. These 3 simple moves lower your 2017 tax bill, leaving you richer this season.

Student loans: From repayment to forgiveness to consolidation, your 5 biggest questions — answered

Student loan questions? From FAFSA stress to pros and cons of refinancing student debt to questions on consolidation, forgiveness and interest payments, we’ve got answers.