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How to make a budget in 5 simple steps

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Creating a monthly budget can help you track your spending, save money and reach your financial goals. However, many Americans don’t budget their money, perhaps because …

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Thanksgiving 2020 spending up 53% despite smaller gatherings, survey finds

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Thanksgiving is a time for gathering over a meal with friends and family, but the holiday will look a lot different this year as a result …

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Here’s how the pandemic is hitting minorities disproportionately

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused financial hardship for many, but it’s disproportionately affecting people of color, a September 2020 LendingTree survey of more than 2,000 Americans …

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6 improvements that can make your home more sustainable

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Modern technology has allowed for homes to be more sustainable than ever with energy-efficient appliances, insulated windows and doors, water-conserving fixtures and sleek solar panels. The …

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How to get out of debt if you don’t make much money

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Internet financial “gurus” tell you to cut back on lattes and avocado toast if you want to get out of debt. But if you’re barely making …

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Guess how many couples start married life with wedding debt

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When a couple says their wedding vows, they commit to a lifelong union of their aspirations, life goals and finances. However, many couples kick off married …

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Here’s where distance learning may work best this fall

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American schoolchildren transitioned to remote learning in spring 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and it looks like some school districts will be resuming online instruction …

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Should you consolidate debt during the coronavirus pandemic?

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The coronavirus pandemic has left tens of millions of Americans out of work, and the financial ramifications of staying at home has plenty of consumers worried …

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Can’t pay your bills? Here’s how to prioritize them

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When you’re struggling to make ends meet, bills like a mortgage, auto loan, credit card and more can pile up. It’s easy to lose sight of …

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US tourist destinations most vulnerable to a COVID-19 slowdown

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The coronavirus pandemic has upended the travel industry worldwide, and it’s unclear when travel and tourism will get back to normal. The consequences of a travel …

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Most American taxpayers will qualify for the full stimulus check

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The coronavirus pandemic has pummeled the finances of millions through lost income and plummeting investments. In response, the federal government is issuing up to $1,200 for …

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Can’t pay bills because of Covid-19? Here are some loan alternatives

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As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, multiple banking regulators, including the Federal Reserve and the FDIC, are urging banks to consider lending small personal loans …

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The states that social distancing is hitting hardest

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Social distancing, which is said to help stop the spread of viral diseases like COVID-19, is the simple voluntary act of people staying away from each …

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63% of Americans say coronavirus has impacted finances

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic, and its effects can be felt throughout all aspects of life. The empty office spaces, barren grocery store shelves …

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Too broke to date? A third of single Americans say yes

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When it comes to dating and money, there are two primary camps: those who can’t put a price on love, and those who can. Hopeless romantics …

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The cities where seniors have the most debt

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Many retirement-age Americans carry debt that looms over their finances, making it difficult to stop working and truly enjoy their golden years. A LendingTree study found …

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7 of the smartest money moves you can make in January

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The New Year is upon us, and many Americans will boast ambitious resolutions: they may want to gain 15 pounds of muscle at the gym, get …

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5 tips for thrifty holiday gift giving

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The holiday season is supposed to bring tidings of comfort and joy. But for many, the Christmas spirit is overshadowed by burdensome shopping lists and pricey …

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7 ways to save on holiday travel this year

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Spending time with family over the holidays is priceless. For many, it’s well worth the time, effort and money spent traveling cross-country, just to spend a …

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Here’s how social media tricks you into overspending

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Retailers have slid into networks like Facebook and Instagram so subtlely that you may not have even noticed them. Maybe your favorite actor promoted a new …

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Is a recession looming? Here’s what to do with your money if you’re worried

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Few words evoke as much anxiety and dread as “recession,” but the reality is that recessions are part of the business cycle. Right now, Americans are …