Angelica Leicht is a writer and editor who specializes in personal finance content. She tackles everything from interest rate trends and racial biases in mortgage lending to the role of fintech in lending practices. Her work has appeared in publications such as Interest, Bankrate, The Spruce, Houston Press, and VeryWell, among others.
Angelica's Recent Articles
4 Better Options Than a Bank Account for Growing Your Money
Jun 24, 2022
Frustrated by small returns on the money in your savings account? You have lots of other options for putting your money to work.
Tired of Earning Low Interest on Your Savings? 4 Safe Ways to Earn 2% or More on Your Money
Jun 24, 2022
Your savings account is important, but it's not usually the best way to earn money on the funds in your account. Find out more.
Is Your Budget Feeling the Burn? Here Are 6 Ways Inflation Is Affecting Your Money.
Jun 20, 2022
Everything from groceries to gas is costing a lot more right now -- but that's just one of the ways that inflation is affecting your …
Stimulus Update: There May Still Be Hope for Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments in 2022. Here's Why
May 19, 2022
Lawmakers allowed the expanded Child Tax Credit benefits to expire in late 2021, but there may still be hope for an agreement -- and more …
Stimulus Update: Nearly a Dozen States Are Preparing to Send More Money to Residents
May 17, 2022
While there's no more federal stimulus money in the works, residents of these 11 states could still be getting a hefty cash boost in 2022. …
Stimulus Update: Lawmakers Push for More Direct Payments to Americans as Gas Prices Continue to Soar
May 11, 2022
Lawmakers have introduced two different bills that would help Americans afford the steep price of gas at the pump. Read on to find out more …
Stimulus Update: Millions of Americans Will Qualify for More Stimulus Money in 2022. Are You One of Them?
May 5, 2022
The federal government hasn't approved more stimulus money, but there are several states offering direct payments to residents right now. Read on to find out …
Stimulus Update: Don't Overlook This $8,000 Child Tax Credit Benefit
Mar 2, 2022
Cash-strapped and hoping for more stimulus money? An overlooked Child Tax Credit benefit may be able to help.
Stimulus Update: Monthly Cash Payments May Return for Children and Families -- But With a Few Big Changes
Feb 22, 2022
A new program could offer a financial boost to millions of families each month, but it would come with some big changes.
Stimulus Update: Not Sure if You Got All the Stimulus Money You're Owed? Here's How to Check
Feb 9, 2022
Think you may be owed more stimulus money than you received in 2021? Well, there's a simple way to check.
Stimulus Update: 4 Reasons Americans May Need More Stimulus Money in 2022
Jan 28, 2022
Lawmakers may not be in a hurry to send out more stimulus money, but Americans may need more financial help in 2022. Here are four …
Stimulus Update: Extra Stimulus Money Is Coming for Residents in These 4 States in 2022
Jan 26, 2022
The federal government may not be on board with more stimulus money, but these four states are stepping in to offer residents financial relief in …
Stimulus Update: 4 Reasons You May Need to Repay the Child Tax Credit Money You Received in 2021
Jan 19, 2022
Did you receive any advance Child Tax Credit money in 2021? If so, you may be on the hook to repay it during tax season …
Stimulus Update: California Has Issued Its Last Round of Stimulus Money, but More Checks May Be Coming in 2022
Jan 14, 2022
The final round of state stimulus checks have been issued to California residents who qualify, but there may be more money headed your way in …
Stimulus Update: These 5 Groups Will Be Getting More Stimulus Money in 2022
Jan 12, 2022
Hoping for more stimulus money in 2022? These five groups will be getting an extra financial boost from the federal government this year.
Stimulus Update: Missed Your Stimulus Payments? Here's How to Claim the Money You Qualify for in 2022
Dec 28, 2021
It's unclear whether we'll get more stimulus money in 2022, but if you're missing your 2021 payments, you can still claim what you're owed. Here's …
Stimulus Update: Want to Claim the Other Half of the Child Tax Credit? Keep an Eye Out for This Important Letter
Dec 24, 2021
A letter from the IRS may land in your mailbox later this month, and you need to keep it on hand to claim the other …
Stimulus Update: The 2022 Child Tax Credit Battle Rages On, Despite New Study Showing the Benefits for Kids and Families
Dec 17, 2021
Lawmakers are still at odds over the proposed 2022 extension of the Child Tax Credit, despite a new study showing that the money helped millions …
Stimulus Update: Lawmakers Warn That Ending the Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Will Spell Disaster for Families
Dec 10, 2021
The battle over the extension to the Child Tax Credit rages on -- and now multiple Democratic lawmakers are speaking out.
Stimulus Update: Millions of Americans Petition for More Stimulus Money as Inflation Takes a Toll on Finances
Nov 30, 2021
Inflation may cause this to be the most expensive holiday yet, and now millions of Americans are calling for more stimulus money to help.
Stimulus Update: Some Families Are Getting $1,800 Checks Next Month. Are You One of Them?
Nov 24, 2021
Thousands of families will get an extra $1,800 in Child Tax Credit money next month. Here's who will receive it -- and why.
Stimulus Update: New Study Shows How the Child Tax Credit Money Has Directly Benefited Kids
Nov 11, 2021
Whether or not the enhanced Child Tax Credit benefits will continue past 2021 is still unclear. What is clear, though, is that kids have greatly …
Stimulus Update: How to Easily Sign Up for the Child Tax Credit Payments Before It's Too Late
Nov 5, 2021
Are you hoping to take advantage of the monthly advance Child Tax Credit payments? If so, you better move quickly before time runs out.
Stimulus Update: 4 Ways the Child Tax Credit Has Benefited Families in Need
Oct 28, 2021
Whether the Child Tax Credit will continue past 2021 remains to be seen. What is clear, however, is that the money has already been a …
Stimulus Update: 5 Reasons Your October Child Tax Credit Payment Hasn't Arrived Yet
Oct 25, 2021
Wondering why you haven't received your October Child Tax Credit payment yet? One of these issues could be causing delays.
Stimulus Update: Was Your October Child Tax Credit Payment Lower Than Expected? This Could Be Why
Oct 20, 2021
If your most recent Child Tax Credit payment was for less money than expected, there's a simple explanation for why that is.
Stimulus Update: 33% of Americans Want the New Child Tax Credit to Be Made Permanent, Poll Shows
Oct 7, 2021
As lawmakers are debate over whether to continue the enhanced Child Tax Credit benefits, a new poll shows that 1 in 3 Americans want them …
Stimulus Update: More Pandemic Relief Money Is Headed to Residents of These 5 States
Oct 5, 2021
In need of an extra financial boost due to the pandemic? If you live in one of these five states, you may have another check …
Stimulus Update: You Don't Want to Miss the Child Tax Credit Deadline That's Just Days Away
Oct 1, 2021
Want to opt out of the last three Child Tax Credits? If so, you need to move quickly or you could miss an important deadline.
Stimulus Update: If Your Child Tax Credit Payment Was Less This Month, This Could Be Why
Sep 29, 2021
Was your most recent Child Tax Credit check for less money than you expected? If so, this could be why.
Stimulus Update: Heads Up, Parents: An Extra $500 Tax Credit Payment May Be Headed Your Way Soon
Sep 23, 2021
Parents with older teenagers or young adult children could have an extra $500 headed their way soon. Here's what the money is for -- and …
Stimulus Update: Missing Your September Child Tax Credit Payment? You Aren't Alone, According to the IRS
Sep 21, 2021
Is your latest Child Tax Credit payment missing from your bank account or mailbox? You aren't alone. Here's what we know about the delay in …
Stimulus Update: Some People Will Be Getting an Extra $600 From the Federal Government -- Here's Why
Sep 10, 2021
Another $600 is coming for certain groups who have had to foot the bill for pandemic-related expenses. Here's who's getting the money -- and why.
5 Lessons I Learned From Selling a Home in a Red-Hot Housing Market
Sep 5, 2021
Homes across the nation are in high demand. If you're thinking about selling yours to capitalize on the red-hot housing market, here's what you should …
5 Lessons I Learned From Buying a Home in a Red-Hot Housing Market
Sep 4, 2021
The demand for housing is still going strong. If you're thinking about buying a new home, you need to be prepared for the challenges you'll …
Stimulus Update: If You Had a Baby in 2021, You Can Get the Child Tax Credit Money Now. Here's How
Sep 3, 2021
Did you have or adopt a baby in 2021? You may be eligible to take advantage of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments right now. …
Consumer Confidence Regarding Jobs and Business Has Dropped to a 6-Month Low Due to the Pandemic
Sep 2, 2021
Not feeling great about the economy right now? You aren't alone. Consumer confidence levels are at a six-month low when it comes to jobs and …
Stimulus Update: New Study Shows the Child Tax Credit Money Is Making a Big Difference for Minority Households
Aug 27, 2021
The money from the Child Tax Credit is helping millions of families with children, but it's having a significant impact on minority families in particular. …
Stimulus Update: Update This Info With the IRS or You Could Miss an Important Child Tax Credit Deadline
Aug 24, 2021
Do you receive paper checks from the IRS for the monthly Child Tax Credit payments? If so, make a note of this important deadline, or …
Stimulus Update: Missing Your August Child Tax Credit Direct Deposit Payment? This May Be Why
Aug 20, 2021
Some families are missing their direct deposit payments for the August Child Tax Credit. If you're wondering where your payment is, here's what may have …
4 Side Hustles That Earn $20,000 a Year
Aug 18, 2021
Taking on a side hustle in your spare time can be a great way to achieve your money goals -- especially when your side gig …
Stimulus Update: Food Insecurity, Other Financial Hardships Decline After Child Tax Credit Payments
Aug 17, 2021
A new study shows that the money from the July Child Tax Credit has been a buoy to families in need. Here's what the cash …
If You're an Extrovert, This $1,000 Side Hustle Is Perfect for You
Aug 15, 2021
Extroverts looking to make some extra cash can put their people skills to work and make $1,000 a month with this gig.
Stimulus Update: A Glitch Stopped the First Child Tax Credit Payment From Being Issued to Some Families
Aug 6, 2021
An IRS glitch caused certain households to miss out on the July Child Tax Credit payment. If your money is still missing, it could be …
Stimulus Update: From Deadlines to Payment Dates, Here Are the Answers to Your Child Tax Credit Questions
Aug 4, 2021
Need to know when the next Child Tax Credit check is slated to arrive, how to claim the money as a non-filer, or how to …
Stimulus Update: Study Shows Millions at Risk of Missing Out on Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments
Jul 30, 2021
Money has been rolling out for the Child Tax Credit advance payments, but some of the most at-risk households are at risk of missing out.
Stimulus Update: You Have 1 Week Left to Meet This Important Child Tax Credit Deadline
Jul 27, 2021
An important deadline is looming for the Child Tax Credit advance payments. Here's what you need to know.
Stimulus Update: The IRS Wants You to Watch Out For Child Tax Credit Scams
Jul 23, 2021
The IRS just started issuing the monthly Child Tax Credit payments, but scams are already running rampant. Here's what you need to know.
5 Tips for Seeing Alaska on a Budget
Jul 22, 2021
A trip to Alaska should be on your bucket list, but it can come with a high price tag. These five tips can help you …
Stimulus Update: What to Do if You Haven't Received Your Child Tax Credit Payment Yet
Jul 20, 2021
The IRS has begun issuing the first round of Child Tax Credit payments. If your monthly payment is missing, here's what you should do.
Stimulus Update: Not Sure if You're Eligible for the Child Tax Credit Payments? Here Are 2 Ways to Check
Jul 13, 2021
The monthly Child Tax Credit payments are rolling out soon. Here are two ways to check whether you're eligible to receive them.
Stimulus Update: Update This IRS Info Now or You May Have to Pay Back Part of the Child Tax Credit
Jul 5, 2021
Make sure you change this information now -- or you could be stuck with a big tax bill thanks to the Child Tax Credit payments.
Stimulus Update: 5 Things to Know About the Child Tax Payments That Are Just 2 Weeks Away
Jul 2, 2021
The start of the monthly Child Tax Credit payments are just two weeks away. Here's what you should know about this round of money headed …
Stimulus Check Update: How the New Unemployment Data Might Affect the Push for a Fourth Direct Payment
Jun 25, 2021
The latest unemployment numbers are out, and while there's good news for job-seekers, this data could get in the way of a fourth stimulus check.
From Crypto Art to Sports Memorabilia: The Rise of Risky Alt Investing
Jun 19, 2021
Stocks aren't the only investment that's in high demand. Investors are looking for new ways to earn money, and they're betting big on alternative investments.
Stimulus Check Update: How to Track and Claim Your Missing Stimulus Money From the IRS
Jun 18, 2021
If you're still missing your third stimulus payment, here's what you need to know about tracking and claiming your money.
Stimulus Check Update: Do Americans Need a Fourth Stimulus Check? This Bank CEO Doesn't Think So
Jun 11, 2021
Democratic leaders and Americans across the nation are still pushing for a fourth round of stimulus checks, but one bank CEO says more money isn't …
Stimulus Check Update: What We Know About the Possibility of a Fourth Direct Stimulus Payment
Jun 8, 2021
There are a lot of misconceptions about a possible fourth stimulus payment. Here's what we know so far on the topic of another direct payment.
Stimulus Check Update: Here's What the White House Is Saying About a Fourth Round of Stimulus Payments
Jun 7, 2021
Wondering where Biden stands on a fourth stimulus check? Here's what the White House has to say on the topic of more direct payments.
Stimulus Check Update: New Data Could Support a Push for a Fourth Round of Stimulus Checks
Jun 4, 2021
A new analysis clearly shows that the last two stimulus checks helped households in need, but is it enough to propel a fourth round of …
Stimulus Check Update: Here's How Americans Spent the Third Round of Stimulus Money
May 19, 2021
Curious about how other Americans spent their stimulus money? The data shows a surprising spending trend occurred with the last round of stimulus checks.
Stimulus Check Update: 9 Ways the New Stimulus Bill Would Put More Money in Your Pocket
May 17, 2021
President Biden hasn't proposed a fourth stimulus check yet, but there are quite a few ways the new stimulus bill would put more money in …
Stimulus Check Update: U.S. Food Insecurity Rates Dropped Significantly After Third Round of Checks
May 12, 2021
Hunger has been a serious issue during the pandemic. Luckily, new data is showing that stimulus checks have helped to fill pantries and bellies across …
Stimulus Check Update: Direct Payments Worth $3,600 May be Headed Your Way Soon
May 5, 2021
The fourth stimulus check may not be in the works yet, but thousands of dollars in stimulus money could still be headed your way soon.
Stimulus Check Update: Millions Sign Petition Urging Congress to Issue $2,000 Monthly Checks to All Americans
May 3, 2021
Many Americans are still holding out hope for a fourth stimulus check, and now some are calling for Congress to take even more drastic action.
Stimulus Check Update: Haven't Gotten Your Third Stimulus Payment? Here's How the IRS Wants You to Claim the $1400
Apr 27, 2021
If you haven't received your third stimulus payment yet, you may have to take special steps to get your money. Here's what the IRS wants …
Stimulus Check Update: How a Fourth Stimulus Check and Other Federal Payments Could Head Your Way in 2021
Apr 21, 2021
A fourth stimulus check is still up in the air, but other federal payments could be headed your way in 2021. Here's what could happen.
3 Obstacles Getting in the Way of Your Financial Independence
Apr 15, 2021
Reaching financial independence is a lofty goal. If you're struggling to get from point A to point B on your financial freedom journey, consider these …
Stimulus Check Update: Have Questions About Your Veteran Stimulus Money or Plus-Up Payments? We Have Answers.
Apr 14, 2021
Stimulus money is still being sent out -- and now extra payments are being added to the mix. If you have questions about your still-missing …
Stimulus Check Update: Everything You Need to Know About the Extra Money Coming From 'Plus-Up' Payments
Apr 7, 2021
A new batch of stimulus money is going out this week, and it includes extra money for some Americans who have already gotten their stimulus …
Stimulus Check Update: Do You Have Questions About a Possible Fourth Stimulus Check? We've Got Answers
Apr 2, 2021
The IRS isn't done distributing the third round of stimulus checks, but some lawmakers are already pushing for more. Here's what we know about a …
Stimulus Check Update: Is Your $1,400 Payment Missing? 7 Reasons You Haven't Received the Third Stimulus Check Yet
Mar 31, 2021
Millions of stimulus payments have landed in bank accounts and mailboxes across the nation. If you're missing your check, here's what may be causing the …
Stimulus Check Update: Millions Waiting on Checks as Fourth Stimulus Direct Payment Gains Support From Lawmakers
Mar 29, 2021
Millions of Americans are still waiting on their third stimulus payment to arrive as talks of a fourth stimulus payment pick up steam. Here's what's …
Stimulus Check Update: Is Your Third Stimulus Payment Less Than You're Eligible For? The IRS Says This Could Be Why
Mar 25, 2021
Nearly 130 million stimulus payments have rolled out to qualifying Americans, but not all of those checks or deposits were for the amount recipients expected. …
6 Ways to Financially Prepare for Quitting Your Job
Mar 23, 2021
Quitting your job can sometimes lift a huge weight from your shoulders, but it can also be messy. If you want to wave goodbye to …
Stimulus Check Update: Still Missing Your $1,400 Payment? Here's Why Your Stimulus Might Be Delayed and How to Track It
Mar 23, 2021
Millions of Americans have already received their $1,400 stimulus payments, and there will be more on the way this week. Is yours headed to your …
Stimulus Check Update: Paper Checks Are Being Sent Out; Here's What to Watch for if You Expect One
Mar 19, 2021
More than 150,000 paper stimulus checks were issued this week, well ahead of schedule. If you're waiting on a payment via the mail, you could …
When Will You Get the Third Stimulus Check?
Mar 10, 2021
Biden's COVID relief bill, which includes a new round of stimulus checks, is gaining traction. Here's when you can expect your $1,400 payment.
Want to Take a Career Break? Make These 7 Money Moves First
Mar 9, 2021
Ready to temporarily call it quits with your job? A sabbatical can be a great way to cut down on your stress, but you'll need …
Stimulus Check Update: What Comes Next for $1400 Direct Payments, Extra Unemployment Benefits
Mar 3, 2021
Senate lawmakers will begin debating President Biden’s $1.9 billion stimulus package today. That could mean big things for your bank account in the near future.
5 Financial Steps You Should Take Before Having Kids
Mar 2, 2021
If you think you want kids in the future, start preparing now so you're ready for the expensive and rewarding venture.
When Should You Revisit Your Financial Plan?
Mar 1, 2021
A financial plan can help you meet your financial goals. Here's what you need to do to stick to your budget and stay on track.
Stimulus Check Update: House to Vote on $1,400 Direct Payments This Week
Feb 22, 2021
President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package will get a big push from lawmakers this week when the House votes on whether to advance the bill …
Adopting a Dog? Here's How Much It Will Really Cost You
Feb 18, 2021
Adopting a puppy can be worth every penny, but it can also stretch your budget to the max. If you want to adopt a dog, …
Stimulus Check Update: House Committees Advance Key Provisions Including Direct Payments, Housing Assistance
Feb 16, 2021
President Biden's stimulus package isn't ready to be signed yet, but lawmakers are getting closer to approving those $1,400 direct payments to Americans in need.
Treasury Secretary Tells G-7 to 'Go Big' on Financial Support in Order to Promote a Lasting Economic Recovery
Feb 14, 2021
As millions of Americans await news of the next stimulus check, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks out about the need for more stimulus money.
Looking for Love Online This Valentine's Day? Watch for Romance Scammers Lurking in the Shadows
Feb 13, 2021
If you're sick of being single, there's nothing wrong with swiping right on a dating app. Just watch out for romance scammers as you look …
5 Financial Moves You Should Make Before Your 40s
Feb 13, 2021
If you’re in your 30s, retirement is a lot closer than you think. Be sure to prepare for the next decade of your life by …
Stimulus Check Update: House Clears the Way for Stimulus Checks and Advance Child Tax Credits to Move Forward
Feb 12, 2021
Lawmakers are making headway on the COVID-19 relief package, which means that stimulus payments and increased jobless aid could be on the way soon.
Stimulus Check Update: Third Payment Could Include Big Changes for Dependents
Feb 8, 2021
Lawmakers will begin hammering out the details of the stimulus package this week, which could include some big changes to dependent stimulus payments.
4 Easy Ways to Bulk Up Your Bank Account
Feb 3, 2021
There are plenty of bank accounts on empty right now. If you’re trying to add a few bucks to your bank account, here are four …
Daily Stimulus Update: Stimulus Checks Could Be Smaller for Families Making More Than $150,000
Feb 1, 2021
A third round of stimulus checks has been proposed, but there could be some big changes coming for higher-income households. Here’s what you need to …
3 Big Financial Surprises Coming in 2021 and How to Prepare for Them
Jan 21, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on many people's finances. If you're trying to get back on track, here are three financial surprises you should …
Filing Taxes to Get Your Stimulus Check? You May Be Waiting Longer Than Planned
Jan 16, 2021
The IRS has delayed the start of tax season to Feb. 12, which means it might take longer to get your refund -- or your …
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