Learn How to Get on Shark Tank from 2 CEOs Who Nailed Their Pitches

After months of compiling notes and practicing pitches, contestants walk down a long, cavernous hallway, pass through wood-grain double doors and enter the scorching cone of the spotlight. The piercing gaze of their interrogators...

Will I Ever Retire After Co-Signing a Student Loan?

Dear Penny, I’m hoping to retire in four years. I have $3,000 in credit card debt and $60,000 in auto and RV debt. I’m planning on selling my house and using the equity to buy...

Can You Work While on Disability? Yes — But Know the Rules First

A letter bearing the seal of the Social Security Administration arrived toward the end of spring. James was afraid to open it. A 34-year-old with cerebral palsy, he depends on Social Security disability benefits for...

Everything to Consider Before You Sell Pokemon Cards

The resurgence of Pokemon — thanks to a new movie and video game set for release soon  — has young adults rummaging through their closets in hopes of finding their old collection of trading...

We Shopped 5 Stores to Find the Cheapest School Supplies

Let’s cut to it: Back-to-school shopping can be quite the challenge. First, it’s expensive. Parents budgeted an average of $122.13 on back-to-school supplies per kid last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Second, it’s time-consuming....

The Secret Key to a Healthy Credit Score

Once I got over the fact that credit cards aren’t evil (thanks, Dad), I realized they actually help build my credit as long as I keep up with monthly payments. This, in turn, will...

How Couples Can Tackle Marriage Debt as a Team

Marriage is about two becoming one. And along with all the good qualities you both bring to your marriage, you might each be crossing the threshold with student loans, mortgages and credit card debt from...

Here’s How to Become An Airbnb Host in Vancouver

Look. We get it. Your home is your sanctuary. Your place to be alone. Some days, you don’t even want to have your own family over — let alone people you don’t know.  So, the...

‘Shark Tank’ CEOs Share the Importance of a Killer Business Pitch

In 2014, Dawoon Kang and Sara Margulis found themselves on the receiving end of piercing stares and prodding questions from five of the most famous investors in the U.S. They were contestants on “Shark...

The Penny Hoarder Guide to Adulting 101

Let’s talk about adulting. We don’t mean getting your own cell phone plan after years of mooching off your parents. Or cooking your own dinner instead of ordering Uber Eats for the third time this...

My Fiance Made Me Sole Breadwinner by Default

RODCHENKOV DMITRIY/Getty Images Dear Penny, My fiance lost his job nearly six months ago and got a decent severance payout. We used most of the money to pay off debt and have been surviving on...

How to Earn Money Banking

When Corey Brandl heard about Radius Bank and its perks, he decided to give it a try. Rick Loomis for The Penny Hoarder This past year, Corey Brandl hasn’t paid a single bank fee....

16 Smart Tips for Reducing Food Waste at Home

Have you ever really thought about the afterlife of your leftovers? A once-edible meal falls into the trash, never to be thought of again.  Those forgotten food remnants add up to some pretty alarming numbers. In the...

How to Become an Airbnb Host in Toronto

So you live in Toronto, home of the CN Tower, Casa Loma, the Distillery District and the Royal Ontario Museum. Home of NBA Finals champions, the Toronto Raptors! Have you thought about becoming an Airbnb...

How to Get Cheap Concert Tickets and Avoid Resale Prices

There is nothing more disappointing than missing out on tickets to see your favorite artist live in concert.  (I mean, I guess I could think of a few things, but as far as this post...

Why It’s No Longer Possible to Work Your Way Through College

Once upon a time, Americans could work their way through college on a part-time, minimum-wage job and graduate debt free. That time, specifically, was 1985. The minimum wage was livable. College costs were palatable. Today, the...

Can You Work Your Way Through College? In 1985, Yes. But Today…

Once upon a time, Americans could work their way through college on a part-time, minimum-wage job and graduate debt free. That time, specifically, was 1985. The minimum wage was livable. College costs were palatable. Today, the...

Save Money on a Car With This Guide to Auto Loan Preapproval

You walk tall into the car dealership — you know the car you want and you know how much you want to pay. You got this. Right up until it’s time to talk financing. Suddenly, you’re...

How to Become an Airbnb Host in Chicago

So you live in Chicago — home of Millennium Park, Navy Pier, a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton named Sue and the tallest skyscraper in the country. Have you thought about becoming an Airbnb host? Thousands of...

What Is a Makerspace? A Community Hub To Hone New Skills

Using an Oculus Rift headset to experience a day-in-the-life of an aerospace engineer at the International Space Station. Testing a cross-stitching technique on an industrial-sized sewing machine. Designing a blueprint of a panini-slinging food...

How to Become an Airbnb Host in San Diego

So you live in San Diego, the land of beaches, beautiful weather and a bunch of tourist attractions. Have you thought about becoming an Airbnb host? In a region that’s so expensive to live in,...

Americans Are Working Too Much

At its most useful, the gig economy can provide workers with new skills to apply to their careers or businesses. Some workers find their side hustle to be a welcomed escape from the monotony...

What Is Term Life Insurance? How It Works and When It Makes Sense

Dying is one of those topics we don’t like to talk about, but if you die tomorrow, what will happen to your family? Will they be able to pay the expenses you usually pay...

Disney, Starbucks and Walmart Offer Jobs That Pay for College

Most people go to college to land a good job, but thanks to a tight labor market, several major employers are flipping the script by offering jobs that lead to college. Disney, Starbucks and Walmart...

Why Adding Your Child to a Credit Card Helps Them Build Credit

Teaching your kids how to fail is one of those underrated parenting skills. By making mistakes in a controlled, safe environment, kids can learn coping skills before they incur real-world consequences. That’s particularly true when...

Advice for the Groom to Save Money and Get In on Wedding Planning

Even though it may seem like weddings are all about the bride, grooms should be just as invested in planning the big day. That includes coming up with smart ways to save money. “Grooms should...

How to Buy a Used Car: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide

New cars are sleek, shiny, full of impressive tech and smell amazing — mmm, new car smell. But they also come with price tags that can take your breath away — and not in...

Manage Your Money Each Time You Get Paid With a Paycheck Budget

Much of the conventional advice for creating a budget is based on managing your money for the entire month. But unless you’re paid monthly on the first, you may find it challenging to plan...

How You Can Use This Woman’s Student Loan Payoff Strategy

If you’re a recent college graduate — or you’re quickly approaching your pomp and circumstance — plans for the future are surely top of mind. Chances are good you’re also thinking about your student loans,...

Here Are Some Job Interview Questions to Ask — and Some to Avoid

So it’s the night before your big job interview. You’ve done your due diligence researching the company, the position and the people conducting the interview. But how will you respond when the hiring manager...

Buy Used Wedding Decor, Dresses and More to Save on Your Big Day

Candi Block chats with others at her wedding reception in 2016. She saved on her wedding by purchasing a previously owned wedding dress, jewelry and reception decor from the online marketplace OfferUp, and then...

What Are the Cheapest Days to Fly? Read This Before You Book

If you’ve ever suspected that it’s more expensive to fly on certain days of the week than others, your hunch is right. The cheapest days to fly are… drumroll… Tuesday and Wednesday. Fewer people...

With These Video Game Tournaments, Turn Your Hobby into Cash

It was overtime, a tight match-up between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. The Giants had third-and-3 at their own 30. Then, a miracle play: a catch-and-run with a perfectly executed juke of...

How Long Does Bankruptcy Stay on Your Credit Report?

Dear Penny, In 2011, I declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Since then, I’ve obtained three new credit cards and pay the balance in full. My credit score is now 742. How long will the bankruptcy stay...

How to Become a Top Airbnb Host in Denver

Tonya Peters’ husband, Miles Rugh, was skeptical. She wanted to list their Virginia Village basement apartment in Denver, Colorado, on Airbnb, but he wasn’t keen on welcoming strangers into their space. Finally, he agreed to...

Esports Earnings Show the Scale of the Gaming Industry’s Rise

The video-game industry, often thought of as the domain of teenagers in basements living off cold pizza, is slated to become the primary source of entertainment in the U.S. For skilled players, there’s a lot...

Our Simple Guide for How to Budget

If you’re anything like me, you’re perpetually swinging between vowing to cut all unnecessary spending cold turkey and humming “Treat Yo’self” as you order your third UberEats meal in 12 hours. Which one you’re doing...

How to Use a Credit Card Without Going Into Debt

Your first credit card just arrived in the mail. Congratulations! Or my condolences. It all depends on what you do next. Credit cards can get a bad rep — and deservedly so if you consider that...

8 Jobs for Retirees Including Side Gigs and Remote Work

Older workers are re-entering or staying in the workforce in the highest numbers in decades. And many of them are giving the gig economy a shot. According to the latest workforce projections by the Bureau...

Trade Jobs Are Hot Career Options. This Crane Operator Makes $100K

After dropping out of high school, Freddie Cruz found himself delivering the same milk he drank in the school lunch rooms. It was an inauspicious end to what once appeared to be a bright...

I’m Retiring With Student Loan Debt of $84K. Help!

Dear Penny, I owe about $84,000 in student loans, and for several years I’ve only paid the interest because it was what I could afford. I currently pay $224 per month. I’m 60 years old...

Interview with Chris Guillebeau, Author of ‘100 Side Hustles’

Chris Guillebeau remembers clearly the sense of freedom he felt the first time he earned money on his own terms, not his employer’s. It was circa 1998, Guillebeau was in college and was working the...

Why Cash and Piggy Banks Offer the Best Money Lessons for Kids

Liz Frazier is pictured with her two children. Photo courtesy of Liz Frazier When you buy food with a swipe of a card and pay bills with a click of a button, what are...

The Budget Mom Shares Her Budget-By-Paycheck Method

Zero-based budgeting. The 50/30/20 rule. The cash envelope method. There’s no shortage of useful budgeting methods, but what works for one person may not work for the next. That’s something Kumiko Love, an accredited financial counselor and founder...

Managing Money Her Own Way

Kumiko Love is known online by the moniker The Budget Mom, but money management didn’t always come natural to her. Having a finance degree didn’t make her immune to money issues. Not long after graduating...

This Woman Bounced Back From Budgeting Failures and Became The Budget Mom

Kumiko Love is known online by the moniker The Budget Mom, but money management didn’t always come natural to her. Having a finance degree didn’t make her immune to money issues. Not long after graduating...

Amazon Delivery Service Partner Program Pays Workers $10k to Quit

Amazon is continuing its trend of disrupting industries. Its sights are now set on courier services, and there’s a lot of money up for grabs — at least in the short term. Amazon recently announced...

How Do You Find Your Dream Job? Here’s How a Park Ranger Got His

In his dream job as a Florida park manager and “burn boss,” Tony Clements wears a lot of interesting headgear. A Florida Scrub Jay bird mask when entertaining kids, a gorilla head while goofing...

We Took Our School Shopping List to 5 Stores. This Store Was Cheapest by...

Some of the links in this post are from our sponsors. We provide you with accurate, reliable information. Learn more about how we make money and select our advertising partners. Let’s cut to it: Back-to-school...
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