General Money Tips


How to Beat a Traffic Ticket – 7 Tips for Fighting Fines

Knowing how to beat a traffic ticket doesn’t just save money on the fine, it keeps insurance costs low. These tips for fighting fines aren’t just about hiring traffic ticket specialists or paralegals; they include what you can do to beat your speeding ticket in traffic court. “While many people instinctively want to ‘beat the system’ after receiving a traffic […]


Giving Teens an Allowance – Money Management Tips for Parents

A parent asked me about giving her 13 year old teenager $50 a week for an allowance. Since I’m no expert on teens and money management, I asked the creator of KidsSave for her input. Here, Karyn Hodgens offers some practical tips on giving teens an allowance… This was my reader’s question: “I give my 13 year old $50 a week for allowance, and […]


Getting a Payday Loan? How to Avoid Borrowing a Paycheck Advance

Money problems can make people consider getting payday loans, or borrowing a paycheck advance. Payday loans are small, short-term loans with high interest rates, which makes them a bad idea; here are eight ways to avoid borrowing a paycheck advance. “When many people get into a financial bind, they go to a payday lending store and borrow a few hundred […]


Manage Medical Debt – 5 Ways to Pay Health Care Costs

Are you drowning in debt because of medical bills? Here are five ways to manage medical debt and pay your health care costs, from financial planning enthusiast and writer Clark Chambers. “In the ongoing recession, many Americans are struggling to pay their bills and mortgage,” says Chambers. “Expensive medical bills go unpaid because they take a backseat to basic necessities – gas, […]


Help Figuring Out Your Finances for Widows

If you need help figuring out your finances because you’re a widow, these three tips and five common money personalities will help.  Figuring out your financial situation after a spouse dies is difficult — and may be the last thing you want to deal with! But, it has to be done. Here’s what money expert Pam Stearns says about money issues after your husband […]


How Good Debt Helps You Achieve Your Financial Goals

Knowing what good debt is, how to get into good debt, and how to manage various aspects of good debt will help you invest wisely, save money, and pay off your bad debt. To achieve your financial goals, you need to get into good debt and avoid bad debt — which is what financial expert Charles Sizemore explains here. “Debt is not inherently good or bad; it […]


How Compound Interest and Simple Interest Rates Work

This simple, easy comparison of compound versus simple interest rates includes two tips for maximizing the benefits of compound interest. Financial expert and author Adam Goodman also describes two surprising facts about compound interest… Before the tips, a quip: “Many of the biggest and most far-reaching investments we make in our lives are investments that have little or nothing to […]