Would You Go into Debt for Great Wedding Photos?

Last month, reported on one of the saddest side effects of inflation: “Around 39 million Americans feel pressured to overspend on celebrations like weddings and other happy events.”. Well, the results are in. Many have succumbed. Just about 8 in 10 marrying couples expect to blow their wedding...
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Inflation is Making Americans Sick

Too much stress can kill you. New and old research agree that too much stress can hurt a person’s health. So far this year, inflation has been one of the top concerns for Americans. Many are struggling to afford life’s basic necessities and with that level of financial hardship,...
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Don’t Get Stuck Paying More with These 6 Hidden Travel Fees

If you’re planning to travel soon, you’re probably eager to get out of town, kick back and explore a new destination. But don’t be too quick to book the first flight or resort you find that offers a great price. The total cost may include hidden travel fees, also known as “drip pricing.”

5 Extra Expenses to Plan for When You Return to the Office

After more than two years of working remotely, many employees now find themselves returning to the long-lost office where they once spent their workdays. Whether you have to reluctantly drag yourself back or you’re eager to socialize face-to-face with coworkers again, one thing is certain: You’ll definitely feel the pinch of rising inflation and higher monthly costs.

Parents Fear They Can’t Afford to Pay for College

What Americans struggle to pay for today directly impacts their children’s future. Financial service company Discover recently released a study of more than 1,000 parents with kids ages 16 to 18. More than 3 in 5 respondents say they’re worried about affording to send them to college. Those parents’ main concerns are rising tuition and the strain inflation has had on their savings – both valid reasons.

These 4 Gas Apps Can Help You Save at the Pump

A few months ago, we all gritted our teeth when filling up as gas prices climbed to new heights. Now the national average for gas as of June 22 is around $5 a gallon, according to GasBuddy. California average gas prices are the highest in the country, topping more than $6 per gallon.

The Pandemic Created a Roadblock to Retirement

Americans dipped into retirement savings to make ends meet during the pandemic’s peak. More than two years later, many can’t afford to replenish those funds. Inflation in the U.S. is the highest it’s been in four decades. After watching their dollars’ value shrink, workers expect to outlive their savings.

5 Red Flags You May Be a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

In 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received more than 63,000 reports of health care fraud totaling $17 million. One type of health care fraud is Medical identity theft, which is when thieves use your health insurance or Medicare number to receive medical treatments, prescriptions and other health plan benefits under your name.

7 Quotes on Money from the Famous Fathers of Music

As another Father’s Day power-tools its way into the chaos of 2022, the usual quotes on money from Founding Fathers such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams just seem too tame. But there are other fathers out there too – music icons famous for being one of...

5 Financial Secrets that Can Ruin Your Marriage

People who find their spouse or partner financially irresponsible are 10 times more likely to end the relationship or marriage, according to the 2019 PolicyGenius Couples and Money survey. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that many people with excessive debt or other financial woes try to hide money troubles from a spouse, significant other or prospective marriage partner.

Don’t Be Fooled by These 6 Government Impostor Scams

Government impostor scams decreased in 2021 after peaking during the pandemic, but scam victims still lost twice as much money that year to fake government agents, according to new research from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). With government impostor scams, someone claims they’re with a government agency so they can...

Americans are Back to Their Bad Credit Card Spending Habits

Proof of the financial fallout from the past several years is starting to show in a startling way. Credit card debt and interest rates are both heading to record-high numbers – and it’s bad news for everyday Americans. Newly released research from personal finance site WalletHub reveals credit...

New Survey Finds Pay and Power Key Factors in the Great Resignation

One in five employees say they plan to switch jobs within the next year, according to the 2022 PwC Global Workforce Hopes and Fears online survey of more than 52,000 workers from 44 countries. The new survey indicates the Great Resignation, the mass exodus of workers looking for higher-paying, more fulfilling jobs, is still going strong.

Financial Stress is at an Eight-Year High – and Inflation is the Top Concern

A new study says that employees are burnt out at work. Not because of the job – salaries aren’t keeping up with rapidly rising inflation. BrightPlan surveyed 1,500 U.S. workers and found that financial stress is hurting employees’ mental and physical health. Pollsters from the California-based financial wellness group report that 72 percent of employees are stressed over money.

6 Ways Being a Caregiver for An Aging Parent Can Take a Financial Toll

When it’s necessary to take care of Mom or Dad as they age, maybe you’re ready to step up with hands-on care or financial contributions. If so, you’re not alone. Around 68% of family caregivers taking care of an older parent or other adult contribute directly to that person’s expenses or provide financial support, according to “The journey of caregiving: Honor, responsibility and financial complexity,” a report from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Age Wave.