From candy to costumes, Americans spend an insane amount of money on Halloween each year: a whopping $6.9 billion in 2015, according to National Retail Federation estimates. That includes more than $2 billion on candy and $2.5 billion on costumes — with an astonishing $350 million of that going to pet costumes alone. While the pressure is on […]
Read any personal finance site and you’re going to find the same piece of advice over and over again: Start saving and investing as early and often as possible.  It’s good advice. Simply saving money is the single best investment you’ll ever make, and the sooner you get started the better. But it’s not always easy […]
  The No. 1 rule of personal finance is to spend less than you earn. So if you want to get ahead financially, it’s important to save money where you can. But if you really want to improve your finances, there’s the flip side of that equation to consider as well – making more money. Here’s […]
Financial goals are never a short-term thing. People don’t simply wake up one day and decide that, yes, today they’re going to be financially independent or today they’re going to be debt free. The truth: people who achieve financial goals are people who consistently apply a number of skills over time. They get up in […]
America’s love affair with cars has reached critical mass. According to Experian’s quarterly “State of the Automotive Finance Market,” the average car payment for a new vehicle is an astounding $482 per month – stretched out for 67 months, or more than five years. That amount of money is hard to fathom on a national […]