Buying your first home is exhilarating, exhausting and life-changing. But excited first-time owners may be surprised to discover a range of extra costs once they’ve closed the deal. Interior upgrades, real estate fees and new appliances can easily eat into your savings (use this mortgage calculator to determine …keep reading
Congratulations! You’re moving into your first real place after college. You feel uber-accomplished—but also a bit overwhelmed. The good news, according to California-based financial expert Andrea Woroch, is that you could score major savings on the process of moving from start to finish. Here, seven savvy saving strategies:
Your cell phone already makes sharing photos, keeping up with loved ones and managing your schedule a breeze. Now it’s time to put it to work on your finances, too. “Your smartphone can be a powerful tool for improving your financial situation,” says Claes Bell, CFA, Bankrate’s data and automation …keep reading
You’ve thought about it long and hard, saved every penny you could, and now you’re ready to buy that car you’ve had your eye on.
Before you rush to the nearest car dealer to sign the paperwork, it’s a good idea to know what the extra and hidden …keep reading
Energy bills can go through the roof in the summer. But rising temperatures don’t mean your costs need to climb, too. In fact, there are ways to quickly cut down on spending by at least 25 percent without braving the sweltering heat, says Gary Wollenhaupt, founder of ProudGreenHome.com …keep reading