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How to Financially Prepare for an Extended Work Leave How to Financially Prepare for an Extended Work Leave

How can you prepare for your spouse to leave the workforce due to a disability? That’s what we’re discussing this week.

What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance What You Need to Know About Flood Insurance

Millions of homes may have been damaged by Tropical Depression Florence, which swept through the Carolinas just over a week ago. With flood waters still high, it’s hard to assess the damage just yet; still, an economic research firm put out a preliminary estimate that Florence has caused around $40 billion in damage,…

How to Tweak Your Budget As Your Family's Needs Change How to Tweak Your Budget As Your Family's Needs Change

How will your budget change as your financial responsibilities shift? That’s what we’re looking at this week.

Questions to Ask Yourself to Live a Better Financial Life Questions to Ask Yourself to Live a Better Financial Life

If you’re reading TwoCents, then you’re probably looking for advice to live a better financial life. You may want to be more responsible with your money, or learn how to invest better, or simply have a daily reminder to look after your money.

Decide Which Stocks You Want to Buy 'On Sale' Decide Which Stocks You Want to Buy 'On Sale'

We’ll start with a given: You can’t time the market. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do some proactive planning before the market inevitably falls again.

Chase Sapphire Card Users Can Earn 60,000 Points by Opening a Checking Account Chase Sapphire Card Users Can Earn 60,000 Points by Opening a Checking Account

In a bid to draw in wealthier millennial clients, Chase is offering Sapphire card holders (Reserve or Preferred) who open a bank account 60,000 bonus points, worth up to $900 in travel money reports CNBC.

Credit Freezes Will Soon Be Free Credit Freezes Will Soon Be Free

With the one-year anniversary of the Equifax breach just behind us, here’s a reminder that you will be able to freeze your credit reports and sign up for year-long fraud alerts for free starting Sept. 21 thanks to a federal law passed earlier this year.

What to Do if You Default on Your Student Loans What to Do if You Default on Your Student Loans

Defaulting on student loans has become an inevitability for a certain proportion of borrowers: According to a report from the Urban Institute, 1 million borrowers default on their loan payments each year—defined as not having made a payment in nearly a year—and around 40 percent are expected to default by 2023.

Save Money by Embracing the 'Pain of Paying'  Save Money by Embracing the 'Pain of Paying' 

If you’re trying to get your spending in order, one of the more powerful ways to do so is to embrace the “pain of paying,” as Joe Pinsker writes in The Atlantic. That means, for one, paying for things with cash instead of credit. Because credit cards allow us to buy now and pay later, we tend to feel better about our…

How Do You Customize Mint? How Do You Customize Mint?

One of the best and most aspects of Mint is that you can create categories for essentially anything to track your spending. There are your standard expenditures like housing and transportation, sure, but if you want to pay closer attention to your Sephora habit, for example, or how much your spending at the lunch spot…

Your Credit Card Debt Is Worse Than Your Mortgage Debt Your Credit Card Debt Is Worse Than Your Mortgage Debt

A mix of credit types is a boon to your score—10 percent of credit score is determined based on the types of credit lines you have open.

How to Get Your Boss to Take Your Goals Seriously  How to Get Your Boss to Take Your Goals Seriously 

How can you push your boss to give you more responsibility and/or more money instead of just keeping the status quo? That’s what we’re discussing today.

Prioritize Building Up Your Cash Reserves Prioritize Building Up Your Cash Reserves

As we’ve covered, the current bull market’s longevity has people worried. It all has to end some time, and some economists are predicting a recession by the end of 2020. Assuming that holds true, that gives you around two years to get your finances in order. What should you be prioritizing?

Automate Your Credit Card Payments Already Automate Your Credit Card Payments Already

Impulse spending, emergencies, buying too many things we just don’t need—all of these are reasons we typically think of to explain why people make late credit card payments.

When to Buy Travel Insurance When to Buy Travel Insurance

When you’re planning a vacation, scheduling excursions and picking which restaurants you’ll dine at each night isn’t so much a chore as an exciting part of the trip. But there’s one more consideration you’ll have to make that’s less fun, confusing and potentially expensive: Travel insurance.

Can You Increase Your Social Security Checks in Retirement? Can You Increase Your Social Security Checks in Retirement?

If you have a few years of very low earnings, is it possible to increase your Social Security payments once you’ve already started taking them? That’s what we’re discussing this week.

You Can't Time a Market Correction, But Don't Freak Out  You Can't Time a Market Correction, But Don't Freak Out 

The stock market just hit the longest bull run in its history, and that’s got people spooked.

JP Morgan Is Offering No-Fee Stock Trading JP Morgan Is Offering No-Fee Stock Trading

Chase customers are getting a one-of-a-kind new perk next week: at least 100 free trades per year in an investing platform they can access from their bank accounts.

How the Student Loan Grace Period Works How the Student Loan Grace Period Works

Most graduates have a six-month grace period after college before they need to begin to make their monthly student loan payments.

How to Save for Retirement in Your 20s Without a 401(k) How to Save for Retirement in Your 20s Without a 401(k)

How can you save for retirement when your job doesn’t offer a 401(k)? That’s what we’re discussing this week.

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