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3 Steps to Take After Graduating From College

An education is a great thing—but just because a student has graduated from college doesn’t mean they’ll make all the right decisions when it comes to personal finance. In fact, according to one survey, most recent college grads reported making a credit-damaging mistake within two years of getting their degree.   The post-graduation world of student loan debt and added responsibility can be a lot for anyone to take in. …Read More

Figuring out How Much Car You Can Afford (and the Cost of Overestimating)

Easy transportation continues to be a necessity for most of us. About 9% of U.S. households have no vehicle at all, although some adults choose to forgo a car and use public transportation. But if you’re in the market to purchase a car, you’ll need to figure out how much you can afford.   Car ownership has never been cheap. Alongside the costs of purchasing a vehicle (whether new or …Read More

Tax Implications of Student Loan Debt and Forgiveness

There are a few different ways that student loan debt affects your taxes, from possible deductions to what you may owe in the future.   You can deduct student loan interest from your income. If you paid interest on student loans last year, you can lower your taxable income by up to $2,500. Student loan borrowers can deduct the interest paid last year through the student loan interest deduction. The student …Read More

How to Fund Your Summer Side Hustle

Somewhere in the nebulous realm of part-time jobs and freelance gigs lies the side hustle, a general name for money-making projects you complete in your spare time.   A quick web search can give you literally hundreds of side hustle ideas, from the simple and quick — like taking paid online surveys — to those requiring a little more time and energy, such as becoming an Amazon seller.   But …Read More

Improving Your Chances for Successful Student Loan Refinancing

Student loan debt is a common component of earning a college degree for many graduates. In fact, the latest statistics highlight the growing number of college graduates with student loan debt, many of which leave school with nearly $30,000. Regardless of the amount, student loan debt can be a financial burden that lasts for several decades.   There are many ways to handle this debt, and nearly all come with …Read More

Helping Your Family to Best Use Life Insurance Money After You’re Gone

Life insurance is a staple of financial planning conversations, and despite decreases in purchase rates, 59% of Americans own this important product, according to LIMRA’s annual survey. The reasons people purchase coverage are incredibly varied, and many people have multiple financial intents that influence their decision, but some of the most common are related to replacing income, leaving an inheritance and paying for key expenses, such as a mortgage. In …Read More

5 Strategies for Avoiding Student Loan Delinquency

No one plans to let their student loans fall into delinquency but with 44.2 million borrowers and an 11.2% delinquency rate, we know that millions of us do. There are some simple strategies you can take to put yourself in the best position to keep your student loans current and reach your ultimate goal of paying those bad boys off.   1. If you are still in school or recently …Read More

Best Ways to Pay for Your June Wedding

Often pairing the warm weather of early summer with the beautiful blossoms of late spring, June is considered to be an ideal time to say “I do” for most of the country. But no matter how picturesque the wedding’s setting, many couples may have a hard time seeing anything but red as the big day approaches and the wedding bills start rolling in.   Depending on the size and location …Read More

How To Make Renting Simpler and More Affordable While Improving Your Credit

Renting has, for a long time, been a stepping stone to homeownership. Yet, over the past 50 years, more Americans are renting for longer periods, with many never moving beyond that point. Additionally, rental prices are going up everywhere, while the availability of units has stagnated and even decreased in some markets.    More restrictive lending in the housing market is a key factor to why more people are renting …Read More

Preparing for Large Purchases Before College Graduation

Saving Before Graduation While it’s difficult to focus on the future with a mountain of homework in front of you, there are easy ways to start saving before you graduate. Since a vast majority of college students share housing, many are able to drastically cut electric, utility, cable, and internet bills. Some Ways Student Can Cut Costs: Share streaming services, phone plans, and grocery bills with roommates or family. Negotiate …Read More