Amy Fontinelle is a personal finance writer focusing on budgeting, credit cards, mortgages, real estate, investing, and other topics.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, your extra student loan payments could be going to waste.
Sometimes paying a mortgage during retirement can be financially viable.
With the right documents, a financial advisor can help you with short and long-term money goals.
First step? Budget. But many other considerations follow...
There are good, and not so good, ways to come up with a down payment to buy a home.
Can you help your aging, financially struggling parents without compromising your future financial security?
Scammers defraud seniors of billions of dollars per year, but you can take preventative steps.
They face unique challenges from admissions to graduation. But there are ways to cope.
Getting a policy early in life costs less than when you’re older and leaves options open.
Refinancing or consolidating your student loans can lower payments but change important terms.
Both Roth IRAs and traditional IRAs can help you save for retirement. But they have different rules.
When you start earning your first paycheck, work toward setting yourself up for lifelong financial security.
Before saying 'I do' again, explore a prenuptial agreement, revising your will, estate plan or trust.
Know your partner’s finances; create a cohabitation agreement to mitigate risk.
Does remarriage help or hurt a student’s college financial aid package?
Should you choose term or permanent life insurance? It depends on what you’re insuring against.
Opening new credit cards can sometimes help, not hurt, your credit score.
Parents plan to spend savings on themselves; long-term care and medical expenses may deplete what is left.
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