Door Real Estate Helped This Couple Get Cash Back for Buying Their First Home

When Travis and Miryea Ayala Cormier showed up for the final walk-through before signing papers to own their first home, they stumbled into a disaster. The recently renovated midcentury modern home was torn apart. Unexpected...

Here Are 3 Creative Solutions for More Affordable Child Care

It’s no secret that having children is expensive. But what shocks many parents is just how costly it is right at the start. Families with young kids often find child care to be the highest...

How to host a clothing swap and get free clothes

The red terry cloth dress my mother wore in a 1984 family portrait hangs in my closet. To the left is a Missoni dress my sister-in-law gifted me one Christmas, and to the right,...

Up to $7,500 Down Payment Assistance for First-Time Homebuyers

Chris Zuppa/The Penny Hoarder. “Buying makes more sense than renting.” Chances are you’ve heard that advice before. It’s right up there with “start an emergency fund” and “don’t go into credit card debt”...

5 Ways to Save More Money With Walgreens Balance Rewards

There’s a Walgreens on just about every busy street corner. That means they’re super convenient for those times I run out of toothpaste, toilet paper and hair care products AT THE SAME TIME. I’ve been...

This is Why Ulta is the Best Option for Buying Halloween Makeup

Nikola Nastasic/Getty Images I’ll tell you this right now: Halloween is not my holiday of choice. I usually spend the weeks leading up to Oct. 31 being a grump and refusing to dress up....

Better Mortgage Helped This Self-Employed Musician Buy His 1st Home

Armed with a degree in finance, Tyler Varnell was dutifully building his career. He spent five years working in corporate real estate until he had what he calls “kind of a mid-20s life crisis.” At...

Here’s What to Know About Family Caregiver Rights and Benefits

Usha Tewari has two full-time jobs, but she only gets paid for one of them. Tewari works as an administrator for the Orange County Property Appraiser in Orlando, Florida, but she started an unpaid position...

How This Couple’s Side Hustles Have Earned Them $160K (So Far)

My wife, Meg, and I are an average 30-something couple. We’re public school teachers who live in the Chicago suburbs with our son and two dogs. On top of our demanding teaching careers, we...

These Study Abroad Scholarships Will Help You Go Overseas Cheaply

Studying abroad is a game changer. A life changer, even. From the personal benefits of multiculturalism to the career benefits of having international experience on a resume, it’s hard to deny that studying abroad is...

Use These 5 Key Tips on How to Write a Recent Graduate Resume

“Man Confidently Hits ‘Send’ on Worst Job Application Company Has Ever Seen” is probably my favorite article from The Onion. It makes me laugh and then think, “Oh, man, that was definitely me on...

10 Amazon Prime Benefits That Make Your Membership Fee Worth It

Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder When I decided to break up with Amazon Prime after more than a decade, people were quick to point out that the benefits of membership go beyond free two-day...

Get Up to $700 Back When You’re on an Overbooked Flight

Traveling is full of adventure and fun — and often, headaches. If you’ve flown at some point in the past few years, you’ve probably experienced your fair share of delays and cancellations. Though all are...

Want to Make Saving Money Fun? Try Long Game

Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder You want to take a vacation, pay off a lingering bill or start an emergency fund. Unfortunately, striking up a savings stash isn’t an easy undertaking. But what if...

I Plan to Cancel Amazon Prime. Here’s How I’ll Survive Without It

When Amazon announced in April it would raise the price of Prime membership from $99 to $119, I shrugged. As with many pleasures of my high-tech life, I was convinced I needed the service....

3 Inspirational Weight-Loss Success Stories (and Their Secret)

Could money motivate you to lose weight? Honestly, you might be surprised. (The human brain is such a weird, mystical organ.) We’ve talked to dozens of people who’ve bet on their weight-loss goals through a wellness...

These Library Resources Are the Perfect Price: Free

It probably comes as no surprise that, as a writer, I love the library. I adore being surrounded by books, magazines and newspapers. But the library is so much more than that, so we’d like...

A Full-Time Freelancer Shares Tips on How to Save for Retirement

Working for myself has afforded me many luxuries. Aside from the fact that I’m writing in my pajamas right now, I also get to select where and when I hold office hours. I even...

How Can I Help My Boyfriend Get His Repossessed Car Back?

Kristy Gaunt / The Penny Hoarder Dear Penny, My boyfriend has gotten himself into a very tight money situation. He is a 28-year-old personal trainer at a gym. Money for personal trainers in gym...

How to Escape and Recover From Financial Abuse

Note: This article doesn’t contain any depiction of physical or sexual violence, but does detail financial and emotional abuse in relationships. Lisa Orban was married to her abuser for three years. In 1990, she left...

Debitize Helped This 23-Year-Old Raise His Credit Score by 219 Points

Nicholas Lawrence was maxed out. A year and a half ago, he had hit the spending limit on his credit cards, and he was struggling to bring the balances down. He owed $2,000. His credit...

8 Class Action Lawsuits You May Be Eligible For this Fall

Your portion of millions of dollars could be just one click away. Take a peek at these class-action settlements available from 3 Day Blinds, Pei Wei and American Airlines. Plus, if you found more...

Try These 5 Tips for Working Remotely So You Don’t Go Stir Crazy

Working from home has its perks: no rush hour traffic, saving money on gas and having some peace and quiet to focus on tasks. While some people thrive in the solitude of a full-time remote...

Is This Online Survey Site Worth It?

Online survey sites are hit or miss. That’s why it’s worth researching each one before signing up and giving away your deepest, darkest secrets — or at least your email address. In this review, we’re...

Our Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Holiday Budget

Holiday shopping season is almost here! And before figuring out what you should spend your money on, it’s essential to figure out how much money you can spend. We promise: If you set aside an...

6 Places to Get Free or Low-Cost Mammograms (Without Insurance)

monkeybusinessimages / Getty Images If you couldn’t tell by all the pink everywhere, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And one of the best ways to stop breast cancer in its tracks? Early detection...

This Entrepreneur Cooked Up a Plan on How to Start a Food Truck

If you ask Joe Dodd about the pig tattoo on his forearm, he’ll say it represents a change in his perception of food. With a passion for cooking that began at age 16, Dodd...

Find Last Minute Flight Deals With One of These Handy Travel Apps

Do you have a few vacation days to burn? Are you itching for a long weekend? Being spontaneous doesn’t have to be expensive, so we did a little digging to find the best last-minute flight...

5 Ways to Find Cheap Jeans Online (Even If You Like Name Brands)

Alexandra Vincent/The Penny Hoarder Finding jeans that actually fit is a lifelong endeavor. For me, they either cut into my hips, sit crooked on my booty, stop halfway down my shins, or illuminate every...

How to Decide Which Is Right for You

If you’ve looked for retirement accounts beyond your employer-sponsored plan, you’ve probably heard about individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. And if you’re ready to add an IRA to your retirement arsenal, that’s great. You’ll...

You Could Be Stylin’ With a Career in Cosmetology

At a young age, I developed a strange circle of white hair atop my head, painted like a bullseye one inch in diameter. Fearful of the horrible insults my classmates might lob my way...

11 Tips to Hold Onto Your Cash

Who doesn't waste money? We all pay too much at times because we want something right now. And on occasion, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we buy things we don't really need. Sometimes, though, we...

Tastes Better. Here’s a Guide of the Best Herbs to Grow at Home

If you’re anything like me, you love the smell and taste of fresh herbs but seem to kill every plant with the misfortune of living at your house. That’s why I tend to rely...

These Are the Best Affordable Colleges in Each State

I always knew I’d end up at Florida State University. My dad and older brother are diehard Seminoles — FSU alumni — and I’d grown up visiting the campus every year. If I had elected...

17 Independent Ways to Make Money

Introverts have been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years. Everyone wants to tell us how to survive in what is, apparently, an extroverted world. But what if you just want to...

This Tool Helps You Find Refunds From Stores That Price Match

Have you ever ordered a new phone case only to find that, three days later, the price dropped? Or maybe you didn’t even know the price dropped, because many online retailers fluctuate prices based on...

I’m Renting a House. My Mom Won’t Stop Judging Me

Kristy Gaunt / The Penny Hoarder Dear Penny, I’m super excited about the house I just started renting, but my mom won’t stop making negative comments about my decision to rent. She keeps trolling...

How I Saved $150 With My National Parks Pass

As a longstanding Penny Hoarder, my wallet is my arsenal. Each card in my billfold was hand-chosen for its unique set of rewards, benefits, and perks. But one of the most powerful pieces of...

How to Evaluate Compensation Packages Beyond Just Salary

When marketing analyst Kirstin Stone received a job offer this year, she initially turned it down, even though it included a 20% pay raise. “Then about two months later, I decided that I had made...

I Paid $5 to Get Personalized Money Advice by Text. Here’s What I Got

I first signed up for Trim because I didn’t want to negotiate my cell phone bill. I knew I was paying too much, but dialing up customer service and telling them about it wasn’t...

Wondering How to Network Effectively on LinkedIn? Use These Tips

How many people do you have sitting in LinkedIn limbo, waiting for you to respond to their connection requests? Currently, I have eight. When I look at their names, I find myself wondering, “How...

Should I Service My Car at the Dealer?

Squaredpixels/Getty Images Whether your car is brand new or just new-to-you, you’ll need to keep up with routine maintenance. But should you stick to the dealership’s service center, go with your local corner...

4 Ways to Get a Low-Cost or Free Flu Shot This Season

“This isn’t prison,” my doctor tells me. “I can’t make you do anything you don’t want. That being said, I highly recommend you get your flu shot today.” He’s right to expect pushback: Consistently since...

How These Two Friends Took a Trip to Ireland on a Tight Budget

Earlier this year, my best friend Megan and I took the trip of a lifetime: three long weeks touring Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, all on our own. We’d saved for years for this...

8 Tips on How to Pack a Suitcase For Your Next Trip

You should have seen the first suitcase I ever packed. It was total amateur hour. My neatly folded piles of clothes were no match for baggage handlers, nor were my loose toiletries ready for...

This Woman’s Side Gig Is Creating Elaborate Cosplay Costumes

While attending any comic book, sci-fi or animation convention, it’s almost impossible to miss the cosplayers, the people who dress up in costumes resembling characters from comics, TV and movies. The quality of their...

How to Train Your Dog Without Spending Money on Obedience Lessons

Adopting my dogs has been among the most rewarding decisions of my life, but it hasn’t been without its financial downsides. I’ve faced insane health care costs for a dog who just can’t catch...

Learning How to Make Pickles Can Benefit Your Budget and Your Health

I’m just going to say it: I love pickles. As a kid, my mom had to stop me from drinking pickle juice straight from the jar. Cut to me doing picklebacks (a shot of whiskey...

6 Gas Station Rewards Programs That Will Save You at the Pump

Grocery store loyalty programs used to be the way to go to save money on gas, but now that gas stations are offering their own fuel rewards programs, times are changing. And because gas prices...

Here’s How to Become a Dental Hygenist

When you think of the dentist’s office, you probably picture the guy or gal who sticks needles in your gums and yanks out your teeth. But behind every good (and sometimes scary) dentist, there...
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