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5 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Identity theft can ruin your credit and worsen your financial well-being, even when you've been diligent with your money matters. Take these five steps to protect yourself now.

Expecting a Baby? Don't Make These 4 Common Money Mistakes

There's nothing like the excitement of a child being born, but all that emotion can blind people to more practical matters. From buying too much stuff, to not saving for college, here are four common financial pitfalls to avoid when you're expecting a baby.

5 Ways Kids Stress Your Finances (and What You Can Do About it)

DealNews' recent survey taught us a lot about the financial stress facing families today. Not surprisingly, having kids is crazy expensive; but would you believe it also breeds a sunnier outlook on money matters?

24 Easy Ways to Spring-Clean Your Finances

Cleaning up your finances can only help your life run more smoothly. And what better time to do it than when you're already spring-cleaning? Every time you have five minutes or so, complete at least one of these 24 easy ways to master your money, until you've done them all.

Shop Wisely With These 6 Great Store Credit Cards

You have to be diligent in how you use and pay for the purchases you make with a store credit card, if you want to realize the greatest savings and benefits. To ensure you get the most out of your shopping trips, here are six of the best store credit cards available.

6 of the Best Credit Cards for Cashback

Some cardholders prefer to earn cash that they can use toward any purchase they choose, whether it's the electric bill, dinner, or a travel expense. For consumers that like cash back rewards cards, these are six of the best credit cards for cash back that are currently available.

4 Tips for Getting Last-Minute Deals on Holiday Travel

At this point, it's extremely late to be booking a flight for Christmas. But if you haven't already bought your holiday plane tickets, don't freak out just yet! Here are four ways procrastinators can save money on last minute holiday air travel.

The Skinny on Credit Scores: 10 Signs That You're a Credit Superstar

Those with good credit scores are getting the best interest rates and terms when applying for mortgage loans, credit cards, and even car insurance. So, do you know how your credit score stacks up? Read on to find out why you should try to get as close to 850 as you can, and about 10 signs that you have good credit.

When Is it Worth Paying for a Rewards Credit Card?

It can be difficult figuring out which rewards credit cards can provide the biggest bang for your buck, and whether those annual fees and expenses are worth the benefits you get. If you aren't yet sure whether you should pay for rewards credit cards, here are some things to consider.

3 Simple Rules to Protect Your Credit Score While Holiday Shopping

If you don't keep your credit score top of mind during the holiday shopping season, you could start the New Year with a dipping (or diving) credit score. Follow these three simple rules to protect your credit score during the holidays.

The 10 Best Credit Cards for Travel Rewards

Travel rewards credit cards provide a wealth of perks and benefits that can enhance any travel itinerary. If you fly a lot for work or plan a road trip in the future, consider taking one or more of the 10 best credit cards for travel along for the ride.

Is Your Holiday Spending Way Over the Top? 11 Bad Habits to Avoid

Even if things seem stable in your family right now, don't throw caution and dollars to the wind on holiday shopping just yet. Use our handy checklist to see if you're a holiday overspender.

Why You Should Say No to Layaway (And What You Should Do Instead)

The promise of layaway is alluring. What you would have to pay in cash — or put on a credit card, hoping to be able to pay it off when the bill comes — you can string out with regular payments over a couple of months. So what's the catch? Here's what to watch out for with layaway programs.

Is it Cheaper to Repair or Replace These 9 Electronics & Appliances?

Buying new stuff is expensive, but in today's consumer landscape, it's sometimes cheaper and more sensible than repairing a soon-to-be obsolete product.

What Are Your Lifetime Debt Costs, And How Can You Lower Them?

Debt can be as useful as it can be dangerous, but most people have no idea how much the years of paying interest on debt can add up over a lifetime. We spoke to Credit.com about how to improve credit scores and manage lifetime debt.

Fine Print Nightmare: 5 Services That Profit From Confusing You

Some business have excessively complicated pricing structures or billing procedures, which result in them pocketing extra cash when customers don't (or can't) make the smartest shopping decisions. So what's a savvy shopper to do? We've rounded up five commonly confusing services and talked about how you can save despite the obstacles.

Et Tu, Home Depot? What to Do if You Are the Victim of Credit Card Fraud

Are you a recent victim of credit card fraud, like the just-announced hack at Home Depot? Have you noticed suspicious charging activity on your statement? Credit card fraud can be stressful, but we've come up with a few tips to help you prevent identity theft from taking a toll on your credit history.

Can Apple Make Mobile Payment Work, and Can it Save You Money?

The iPhone 6 and Apple Watch got much of the attention at yesterday's Apple keynote address, but Apple's mobile payment platform Apple Pay could be the real game changer in the retail world to emerge from the event. It could benefit consumers like you with savings, speed, and security — if Apple can succeed where many others have failed.

VIDEO: How Do You Feel About Store Credit Cards?

A new report from CreditCards.com finds that, on average, store-based credit cards hold a 23.23% APR. That means you'll get hit with a $23 interest fee for every $100 you put on the card! In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts discuss if there are any benefits to signing up for a store credit card.

VIDEO: How Much Money Do You Have In Your Pocket, And Why?!

A recent study by Bankrate.com revealed that 80% of Americans carry less than $50 in cash at any given time. In this brief — yet lively — video, our experts reveal how close we are to a cashless society, and the pros and cons of ditching the bills.

9 Surprising Perks You Didn't Realize Your Credit Card Offers

Better known credit card rewards include cashback and points you can use to "shop" through catalogs. But some companies go a bit farther and offer perks that many shoppers don't know about. Check to see if your credit cards carry any of these money-saving bonuses.

11 Tech Shopping Myths Busted

The Internet can be a priceless research tool for separating fact from fiction, but when not used correctly, it can also help spread all types of myths that could result in consumers spending more money than they should. From overused buzzwords to high-priced TV cables, we shine light on 11 of the most common tech myths that people still fall for.

What the Heck Is 'Friendly Fraud' and Why Is it Costing Retailers $11.8 Billion?

The words "friendly" and "fraud" may not seem to go together, but friendly fraud — also known as chargeback fraud — is a real problem for a lot of online merchants. And thanks to heightened awareness of actual fraud, friendly fraud has become increasingly easy for cardholders to commit.

How to See Summer Blockbuster Movies without Breaking the Bank

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the cinema, so long as the A/C is working. But the "full movie theater experience" — complete with popcorn, soda, Snow Caps, and the like — can be pricey. Thankfully movie theater deals and discounts abound, and we've got some tips on how to enjoy the big screen films for little cash.

Stores Offer Black Friday Previews and Early Access in Exchange for Loyalty

A new trend has emerged for this year's shopping season: stores will dangle early access to Black Friday sales, in exchange for loyalty program registration. Already, Lowe's, Sears, and Target have pushed "sneak peeks," promising either a preview of the store's Black Friday ad, or actual advance access to the deals themselves. But are any of these promotions worth it?

The 8 Best Store Credit Cards with Perks

Store credit cards usually aren't the best credit cards to have, especially if they offer just 3% back for purchases at flagship stores and only 1% when you shop elsewhere. But for people who frequently shop at one store and pay their balances in full each month, the perks of using a specific retailer’s credit card can be worthwhile. We researched the eight best store credit cards to own.

10 Ways to Save to Pay off Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt can put recent grads behind in their new adult lives, so any way they can pay it off more quickly is beneficial. Here then are a few basic cost-cutting measures that will add up to savings that can be put toward paying off student loans as quickly as possible.

Top 5 Rewards Credit Cards for Gassing Up at the Pump

As we mentioned in a feature from yesterday, gas prices will continue to rise next year, and already, the average American spends approximately $1,600 per year on gas for their car. Rather than just accept this growing expenditure, take a look at these five rewards credit cards with no annual fees that will help you save on your purchases at the pump throughout the year.

How to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays

It's so easy to overspend during the holiday season if you aren't careful; constantly making purchases throughout the month can add up. But nobody wants to kick off the new year with a load of debt! Be wise about your shopping habits this year by keeping in mind a few of these tips to avoid overspending.

Best Deals for Credit Cards Come from Credit Unions

Two years ago, the rules for credit cards changed dramatically. Now a new study shows that while things have gotten better for consumers, the best changes have come from a specific type of card that offers lower interest rates and fewer fees. Consumer advocate Mitch Lipka explains.

Savings accounts that force you to save

Saving up for a big ticket item? In order to help, we've dug up accounts that automatically deposit money into your savings when you do everyday things like use your debit card or pay your bills online. So whether you're saving for a short-term goal, like a new computer, or just looking to fatten your emergency funds, these methods are a fool-proof way for the lazy person to save money, all FDIC-insured.