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April 16, 2024 | By Matt Frankel, CFP®

Does TSA PreCheck Really Make a Big Difference at the Airport?

Does TSA PreCheck really save you time? And is it worth the cost? Keep reading to find out.
April 16, 2024 | By Christy Bieber

Does Your Income Make You Upper, Middle, or Lower Class?

If you make between $58,021 and $94,000, you're middle class. Find out what the earning distribution looks like for upper, middle, and lower class.
April 16, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

3 Ways My Costco Membership Saves Me Money as a Parent

If you're a parent, you may want to consider a Costco membership. Read on to see why.
April 16, 2024 | By Steven Porrello

Costco Is Having a Big Sale on Outdoor Gear. Don't Miss These 5 Discounts

If you're the outdoorsy type, Costco is running a sale for you. Check out the five best items from its epic sales event.
April 16, 2024 | By Christy Bieber

3 Signs You Absolutely Shouldn't Shop at Costco

Costco can be a great place to save money, but shopping there isn't right for everyone. Here are a few signs you should steer clear of the warehouse club.
April 16, 2024 | By Ben Gran

These 10 Side Hustles Pay an Average of $148 per Day, Research Shows

A new study from NetCredit found that the top 10 side hustles pay $148 per day. See how you can make extra cash with a side hustle.
April 16, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

5 Ways to Save Big on Your Next Target Run

Being a savvy Target shopper could result in big savings. Read on to learn more.
April 15, 2024 | By Chris Neiger

5 Successful Financial Habits of Baby Boomers

Older Americans have a lot of financial wisdom. Read on to find out some money habits boomers have that we can all learn from.
April 15, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

Ranked: The Cheapest and Most Expensive States for Child Care

The average parent spends $321 weekly on daycare nationwide. But, this cost differs significantly in some states. See what soon-to-be parents should know.
April 15, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

4 Shocking Stats About Child Care Costs in America

Many adults don't know how much it costs to raise children before becoming parents. You may want to review these shocking child care stats before having kids.
April 15, 2024 | By Matt Frankel, CFP®

Do You Travel More Than 3 or 4 Times Per Year? Here's One Smart Financial Move You Need to Make

An annual travel insurance policy can be a tremendous asset. Here's why you might need one.
April 15, 2024 | By Christy Bieber

My Husband and I Have These Money Conversations Every Year. Should You Do the Same?

My husband and I want to make sure we're on the same page about money and making progress in building our net worth. Find out how we do it.
April 15, 2024 | By Kailey Hagen

Want to Be Rich? Having These 3 Things Makes It Easier

Building wealth is a process for most people. Take a look at three things that can make it a little easier.
April 15, 2024 | By Jordi Lippe-McGraw

4 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming Self-Employed

Discover one writer's four crucial lessons learned from transitioning to self-employment. Dive in for insights for how to get ready for your journey.
April 14, 2024 | By Natasha Etzel

Here's Why Chocolate Might Get More Expensive Than Ever

Have you noticed higher price tags when buying chocolate at the grocery store? You're not imagining a price increase. Find out why cocoa prices are rising.
April 14, 2024 | By Chris Neiger

72% of Americans Say the Economy Is in Fair or Poor Condition. Here's Why

Two years of high inflation has soured Americans' view of the economy. Read on to find out how to improve your financial situation.
April 14, 2024 | By Ben Gran

How to Stop This One Big Expense From Wrecking Your Budget in 2024

Americans are spending a surprising amount of money on dining out. See what a new survey from Empower has to stay about America's restaurant habits.
April 14, 2024 | By Matt Frankel, CFP®

I Just Took a 3-Night Royal Caribbean Cruise -- Here's What I Loved, and What I Didn't

There are pros and cons to taking such a short cruise. Keep reading for one experienced cruise-goer's take.
April 14, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Men Are Happier With Their Finances Than Women, Data Shows. Here Are 2 Reasons Why

Men have more financial satisfaction than their female counterparts. Read on to see how you can improve yours.
April 14, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Don't Make These 3 Financial Mistakes as a Stay-at-Home Parent

Taking a career break to raise children? Read on for some major pitfalls to avoid.
April 14, 2024 | By Steven Porrello

3 Good Reasons to Get Car Insurance Through Costco

Costco members get exclusive discounts on CONNECT car insurance. Read on to learn how much you could save on this essential expense.
April 14, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Here's Why Your Groceries (and Other Purchases) Could Get More Expensive

Tired of paying a premium for groceries and products? Unfortunately, your costs might rise due to a specific trend. Read on to learn more.
April 13, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

The 3 Underrated Financial Benefits of Stay-at-Home Parenting

Being a stay-at-home parent could actually do some good things for your household finances. Read on to learn more.
April 13, 2024 | By Maurie Backman

Costco Just Increased Its Dividend. Does That Mean Membership Fee Hikes Are Off the Table for Now?

Costco recently opted to share more wealth with stockholders. Read on to see why that could bode well for members who are worried about seeing their fees increase.
April 13, 2024 | By Christy Bieber

Planning to Rent Forever? Here's How You Can Become Rich Anyway

It's easier for homeowners to become wealthy, due to forced savings and property appreciation. Learn how renters can achieve the same.