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The Ascent Articles

Learn more about applying the principles of money management to help stay in control of your finances.

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Feb. 26, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

Sharing a Hulu Account With People Outside Your Household to Help Them Save Money? Your Account Could be Terminated

Hulu updated its terms to inform users that they're not allowed to share their accounts with people outside their homes. Find out what can happen if you do.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

My Credit Score Is 700. Will I Get a Good Rate on a Loan?

A credit score of 700 could put you in a strong position to get approved for a loan. But will you get the best rate? Read on to find out.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Lyle Daly

Ranked: 5 Popular Side Hustles I've Actually Tried

Side hustles are often recommended to increase your income. Read this firsthand experience to see what several popular side hustles are really like.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

AT&T Will Reimburse Customers for Massive Feb. 22 Outage

Were you affected by the major AT&T outage last week? You may be eligible for compensation. Read on to learn more.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

5 Valuable Tax Credits You Should Know About in 2024

Tax credits can save you big money. Here are some potentially lucrative ones you may be eligible to claim this year.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

United Joins American Airlines in Increasing Checked Bag Fees

When flying with United, many passengers will now pay $5 more each way to check a bag. Discover how you can get a $5 discount on this fee or avoid it entirely.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

3 Surprising Stats: The Real Cost of Daycare in America

While daycare can be more affordable than what it costs to hire a nanny, it's expensive. Here are a few shocking facts about the cost of daycare in the U.S.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Do You Have $30,000 to Put Down on a Home? If Not, Here Are Your Options

Data points to $30,000 as the median home down payment late last year. But you can potentially get away with putting down a lot less. Here's how.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Kimberly Rotter, AFC®

How Your Kid Could Have an Excellent Credit Score by Their 18th Birthday

Want to jump start your child's credit score, even if they haven't reached their first birthday yet? Learn how here.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Your HSA Is More Than Just Another Bank Account. Here's Why

HSAs offer a world of benefits. Read on to see what they entail.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Ranked: The 5 Best Kirkland Products at Costco

Costco's Kirkland brand offers a lot of value. Read on to learn about some of the best Kirkland products out there.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Improving Your Home? Here's Why You Really Need to Keep Records

Maintaining records of home improvements could spare you a tax bill down the line. Read on to learn more.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Ben Gran

Never Overlook This Key Factor When Choosing Between a Hybrid and an EV

Range anxiety is real. Before you buy an electric vehicle, see how long it takes to charge an EV at home and what your options are for faster EV charging.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Ben Gran

Ranked: The Most Scandalous Taboo Topics About Money

Are old-fashioned money taboos and social stigmas holding you back? See how to improve your finances by ignoring taboos.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Jordi Lippe-McGraw

The Most Effective Ways to Compare Daycare Options and Save Money

Discover how to find the perfect daycare that balances quality and cost effectively. Click for tips on choosing the best care for your child.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

My Personal Information Was Compromised in an Online Data Breach. Here Are the Steps I Took to Protect Myself Once I Found Out

Hearing your personal data was compromised is no fun. Read on to see what to do if this happens to you.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Do You Need Life Insurance if You Only Have Pets and Not Human Dependents?

Many people buy life insurance to protect a child or spouse. But what about your pets? Find out if life insurance is a necessity for pet owners.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Christy Bieber

My 3 Favorite Perks of My Sam's Club Membership

I've been a Sam's Club member for a long time, and here are the three top benefits of my membership. Could they convince you to join?
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Ashley Maready

3 Reasons I Opted for an Airbnb Stay for My Hawaiian Vacation

For longer stays, vacation rentals can be a great way to save. Learn why else this writer skipped hotel bookings for her dream trip.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Lyle Daly

Over Half of All Drivers Miss Out on This Easy Insurance Savings Opportunity

There's a simple and underused way to save on car insurance. Discover what it is and why you should do it regularly.
Feb. 26, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

This Is The Easiest Way to Save Money on Streaming Service Costs

Sick of spending a bunch of money on streaming app subscriptions? You're not alone. Find out one way to trim your spending without ditching these apps.
Feb. 25, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

There's a Dead Tree on My Property I'm Not Allowed to Remove, Even Though It Might Cause Damage. Here's Why

I'd love to remove a potential hazard from my property. Read on to see why I can't.
Feb. 25, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Facing a Huge Home Repair? Here's Why It Could Pay to Put It on a Credit Card

Home repairs can be expensive. But in some cases, a credit card may be your best bet for paying for one. Read on to see why.
Feb. 25, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

4 Underrated Costco Services That Can Save You Money

Are you using all of the available Costco membership perks? You may be ignoring valuable Costco services and discounts. Find out how to save more money.
Feb. 25, 2024 | By Lyle Daly

3 Little-Known Drawbacks of CDs

Interest rates are high right now, and CDs let you lock one in. Make sure you know about the little-known drawbacks of CDs before you do.