Sell Used Clothes to These 6 Stores to Make Money. Here’s How.

Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overflowing, right? Well, there’s a solution to that problem: selling your used clothes.  It’s a win-win, and you don’t have to wait for a...

These Stores Offer Free Shipping, No Minimum Order Required

We’ve all been there: You finally find an item you’ve been looking for online, and it’s on sale for $5! You add it to your cart, go to check out — and realize you...

Ever Wondered How to Become a Notary? Here’s the Scoop

Jon Snedeker didn’t become a notary public because it was his lifelong dream. He did it because it was a requirement for the loan officer job he landed fresh out of college. It wasn’t until...

6 Mileage Tracker Apps That Will Track Your Mileage and Expenses

If you’re a Lyft or Uber driver, you probably already know how important it is to track your work-related mileage and expenses.  You need that information to appease the IRS gods come tax return time...

The U.S. Census Bureau Is Now Recruiting for 2020 Census Jobs

People walk through Time Square in New York City. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder The 2020 census requires a massive, temporary workforce to get every American counted. A job that once involved clipboards and file...

Veterans, Join This Virtual Career Fair Presented by Hire Heroes

Military service members, veterans and spouses can attend this job fair without ever leaving home. Hire Heroes USA is holding a free virtual career fair on Aug. 15 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. EST...

24 Inexpensive Ways To Create Your Own DIY Spa Day

Want to know a secret? I’ve never had a professional massage. I totally get why they’re appealing, but they’re just not my jam. Manicures, on the other hand?  Heck, yeah. My tombstone will read, “How do...

The 60/20/20 Budget Is Perfect If You’re Struggling to Save Money

Michaela Estes and Alexandra Vincent/The Penny Hoarder I always thought the right budget breakdown was the tried-and-true 50/30/20 method, where 50% of my monthly take-home pay goes toward living expenses, 20% toward savings and...

9 Moves to Make Now

How important is a credit score?   If your credit score is not so great, you’ll quickly see how it affects your financial situation, from interest rates on credit cards to your eligibility for a mortgage....

How to Pay off Credit Card Debt When You Have No Idea Where to...

We know how incredibly easy it is to rack up credit card debt.  More than 40% of American households carry a credit card balance, with an average balance of more than $9,000, according to a...

How a Money Buddy Can Help You Reach Your Financial Goals

Sha'Kreshia Terrell and Sau-Sha Hill decided to become accountability partners in 2014 to encourage each other to pay off their debt. Chelsea Purgahn for The Penny Hoarder The temptation of chocolate cake is real,...

Is Travel Insurance Worth It? Here’s How to Decide

Travel planning is complicated. Between packing, finding flight or train routes, arranging accommodations, locating someone to watch your pets and water your plants and all the other 10,000 details that go into business and pleasure...

How to Budget as a Freelancer: A Quick Guide

As a freelance writer, I have a good idea of how much money I’ll bring in every month — but my estimate is rarely perfect.  Sometimes I don’t get as many assignments as I had...

7 Smart Ways to Save Money

Although the days are still warm and you’re in full summer mode, retailers are already preparing for back-to-school season. You can’t walk into a store or flip through an ad without noticing the shift. Gone...

Want to Get Paid to Write Books? Try These 7 Publishers

I remember the first book review I ever wrote. The year was 1999 and my second grade teacher, Mrs. Sanderson, had just assigned the class a morning journal entry with a topic of our...

Heat Wave! Here’s How to Stay Cool Without AC When It’s Hot Outside

With temperatures hovering somewhere between “hot” and “inferno” in much of the U.S. this summer, you might be wishing you’d sprung for that apartment with central air conditioning — or at least one of...

8 Ways to Find Low-Cost and Free Mental Health Services

When you have poor or no health insurance, you might prioritize other issues over mental health care. This could mean ignoring undiagnosed issues or skipping treatment you know you need.  Even if you don’t suffer...

Is it a Good Alternative to Health Insurance

If you’ve heard ads for Medi-Share, you might be intrigued by its promises to cover your health care costs. Curious? We looked into the details to find out how Medi-Share works — and whether it’s...

Mark Your Calendar for Your State’s Tax-Free Weekend (or Week)

Back-to-school shopping may be exciting for the kids who’ll get new gear, but less so for the parents who have to pay for it all. The National Retail Federation estimates the average household with kids...

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...

14 Incredibly Easy Ways to Get Free Books for Kids

What’s better than curling up with a good book? Or, better yet, a series of books? “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Baby-Sitters Club” or “The Boxcar Children,” anyone? But books can get pricy. How can...

How to Store Fruits and Vegetables and Stretch Your Food Budget

Americans waste a lot of food.  In fact, 31% of retail and consumer food goes uneaten, according to the USDA. That’s almost a third. It’s easy to understand why.  We’ve all been there — you go grocery...

29 Real Work-From-Home Companies (That Regularly Hire!)

When you want to start working from home, it can be hard to know where to begin. The sheer volume of job opportunities available online can make the process overwhelming.  To make things a little...

How to Decode Food Expiration Labels

Here’s one stupidly simple way to cut your food costs at home: Stop throwing away so much food. That may seem obvious, but you could actually be tossing perfectly good food without realizing it.  If you’ve...

5 Online Flea Markets Where You Can Find Deals on Treasures

Where can you find antique Pez dispensers, hot vintage heels and (finally!) the perfect lamp to match your weirdly patterned bedspread — all on sale for just a few bucks? I’ll give you a hint:...

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...

Travel for Only $1: How to Score the Cheapest Fares on BoltBus and Megabus

If you live in a major city, you’ve likely heard of BoltBus and Megabus, as well as their rock-bottom $1 bus tickets.  Both companies make money by charging more for premium schedules, meaning you can...

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...

Refurbished vs. New Electronics: How to Choose Wisely

Shopping for electronics can be exciting. Are you finally replacing that laptop that sounds like a small prop plane when it’s thinking? Or maybe you’re ready to try something new. Whatever the case, you have...

What You Can Expect From Amazon Prime Day 2019

Tina Russell/The Penny Hoarder Amazon has confirmed the rumors and announced its fifth annual Prime Day celebration will happen on July 15 and July 16. The site promises more than 1 million deals over...

How to Become a Medical Coder and Get a Job in the Growing Field

After two years of following a doctor around the office as a medical assistant, Raina Diaz was ready for a change. “I wanted to be part of the back end of the medical field,” says...

Here’s How to Save a Ton of Money With Meijer mPerks

No matter where you fall on the couponing spectrum, it’s always nice when a store makes saving money a little bit easier.  So we love Midwestern superstore Meijer’s mPerks, which tracks in-store rewards, coupons and...

Are Nickels Worth Money? Why Saving Them Could Pay Off

While conventional personal finance wisdom generally discourages hiding your savings under your bed, there’s one way that doing so might be a sound strategy. Although it’s possible to make money by hoarding pennies or by...

How to Become a Wedding Planner Without Any Experience

I’ve often dreamed of becoming a wedding planner.  I love weddings, and I love — love — making things pretty and organized.  So I’ve always wondered: What’s it take to be a wedding planner?  Is there some...

Why These 6 Shops Should Be Your Go-To

Truth time: My wardrobe embarasses me. It’s not because I dislike the things I wear — it’s because I have so many things I don’t wear. Since cleaning out my closet and attempting a capsule wardrobe...

How to Make Money Through Ink Cartridge Recycling

It’s easy to let empty printer cartridges pile up. You don’t want to trash them because you know they’ll end up in a landfill, but refilling them is too messy. So they slowly accumulate...

How to Get the Best Prices For Aluminum Can Recycling

You can make money selling wine bottles and corks, but what about soft drink and beer cans and bottles? Yes, you can make money through aluminum can recycling, as well. Let me tell you a...

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...

3 Yogis Share Their Advice

Whether we’re talking hatha or Ashtanga, yoga is hot. More than 20 million Americans practice this ancient fusion of exercise and spirituality, fueling a multi-billion-dollar industry. For many new yogis, falling in love with yoga is...

Here’s Exactly How to Shop for Car Insurance in 2019

If you’re like me and you’re trying to figure out how to shop for car insurance, you’re probably familiar with how confusing everything can be. A premium? A deductible? What in the world is liability?...

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...

Heading to College? Here’s Your Guide to Types of Student Loans

It’s no secret that the cost of education has skyrocketed in America and continues to be a core issue with which politicians, educators, activists and students grapple. The average total tuition and fees plus...

4 Clever Ways to Cut Costs

Getting engaged is amazing, but the thrill of the engagement can last just a few hours before conversations turn toward the next step: wedding planning. You might be overjoyed while still feeling a rising...

A Look Inside the Online Rewards Platform

Have you got a little free time — a little nervous energy? Are you looking for a way to earn some money for completing simple tasks, like taking online surveys, watching videos, shopping or...
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