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Average Salary in US, by State, Profession, Age, Sex & More

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Good news for American earners: Despite how broke many of us feel, the average salary in the U.S. has increased 41.0% over the past decade, from …

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Love & Debt Fill the Air as Wedding Season Approaches

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As the months grow warmer, so do hearts — wedding season is approaching. But it’s not just love that’s in the air during holy matrimony; debt …

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58% of Renters Have Disliked a Landlord, & One-Third Say They’ve Experienced Rent Discrimination

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Renting has its pluses and minuses. While it’s nice not to have serious financial skin in the game if, say, your house’s foundation starts crumbling, it …

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25 Cheapest Places to Live in Washington, From Retirement Havens to Nature Getaways

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Washington is a state of dichotomies: high tech companies and agriculture, densely packed coastal cities just two hours from Olympic National Park’s wide-open landscapes, international seafood …

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Average Funeral Costs in the US (& How to Pay for One)

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Life is expensive. And unfortunately, with a wide array of funeral-related costs, so is death. So much so, in fact, that some people turn to funeral …

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25 Cheapest Places to Live in California

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Frankly, when it comes to affordable places to live, California as a whole does not readily spring to mind. In fact, according to MERIC data from …

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Running Out of Money? Focus on Getting These 10 Things Done First

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There’s no feeling in the world quite like running out of money before your next paycheck hits — and it’s not a good sensation. It can …

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10 Travel Destinations Inspired by Your Favorite TV Shows

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More than ever, travelers are taking inspiration from their favorite streaming and TV shows when choosing their next travel destination — a trend known as set-jetting. …

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Help! I Got Scammed! What Do I Do Now?

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You might associate scams with far-fetched ruses about foreign “princes” or emails, full of misspellings, that claim to be from your bank. And you might think …

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64% of Those Who Ask for Lower Real Estate Fees are Successful

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For more than 100 years, property sales have taken place with the guidance of real estate agents. (The National Association of Realtors was founded in 1908, …

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I Make $90,000 a Year. How Much House Can I Afford?

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I Make $90,000 a Year, How Much House Can I Afford? Earning $90,000 a year puts you in a good position to afford a home priced …

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Consumers Lost Billions to Fraud from January to September 2023

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In the first nine months of 2023, consumers reported losing $7.0 billion to fraud — on pace to be the highest since the Federal Trade Commission …

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States Where Marriage & Divorce Are Most Common

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Divorce can be disastrous — not just emotionally, but financially. And while auto insurance might be the last thing on your mind during such an eruption, …

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25 Cheapest Places to Live in Wyoming

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With big skies, low population density, and no individual state income tax, it’s no surprise Wyoming beckons. Still, some Wyoming cities (like Casper) are more affordable …

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Can I Refinance My FHA Loan This Year?

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For first-time buyers — or anyone facing financial hurdles — getting an FHA loan can help make homeownership a reality. With insurance from the Federal Housing …

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Business applications finally see an increase after pandemic lows

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More than three years after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many business owners still face challenges related to the “new normal” and consumers’ continued behavioral …

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Do you need credit card counseling? How to tell

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Credit counseling services can be a smart way to access professional financial advice at a low cost — or, in some cases, even for free. Usually …

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Which do you actually need: Nonprofit credit counselors or debt relief companies?

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When you’re struggling with debt, a little bit of help can go a long way — and a lot of help can go even further. But …

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Calculator: How high will your FHA loan closing costs be?

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It’s not news that FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans can be a great way for first-time homebuyers to break into the market. They’re government-backed and tend …

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Watch out! Payday loans are still around … and they cost more than ever

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Payday loans are called that because they’re meant to be paid back the next time you get a paycheck. They’re generally for small amounts, and usually …

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How much will moving to Virginia set me back?

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Average Cost of Living in Virginia: $48,249 per year Good news for those drawn to the land of America’s forefathers: All told, Virginia’s cost of living …

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Banking on Biden’s student loan relief? How to find other ways to pay off those loans

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With the pandemic-related pause on federal student loan repayment ending on September 1, 2023 (and first payments due October 1), you may be wondering if there …

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Can I afford to live in Pennsylvania?

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Average Cost of Living in Pennsylvania: $49,040 per year On a cost of living level, Pennsylvania is about midway down. According to the 2022 MERIC cost of …

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From patios to poofs: These are the best times of year to buy furniture

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The best time of year to buy furniture depends on which kind of furniture you’re talking about. Here are some rules of thumb to keep in …

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Can I actually afford to live in Oregon?

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Average Cost of Living in Oregon: $47,779 per year Oregon may be one of the most beautiful states in the union, but unfortunately, it’s not one …

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You’ll never guess how much it costs to live in Georgia

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Average Cost of Living in Georgia: $43,482 per year If you’re considering relocating to Georgia, here’s some good news for your monthly budget: Georgia enjoys the fifth-lowest …

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How much does it cost to live in Illinois?

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From the bright lights and big cities to the endless waving seas of agricultural fields, Illinois truly has something for everybody — which is probably why …

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Can you really afford to live in Florida?

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Average Cost of Living in Florida: $50,689 per year If you dream of days spent on sandy Florida beaches, your wallet is in luck. Florida residents …

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Just how much will living in D.C. set you back?

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Ah, the nation’s capital. Known for its unparalleled cultural attractions — many of which are free — along with its professional-yet-swank mid-Atlantic attitude, D.C. is a …

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Free entertainment & more ways to live a fun, frugal lifestyle

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Here are five tips on how to be more frugal and save money — without giving up all the fun (and caffeine) in your life. 1. Reform Fixed …