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Fly Now, Pay Later: Are Travel Loans a Good Deal?

Dreaming of a spring getaway with white-sand beaches and a cool drink in your hand? A search for airline tickets can bring your dream down to earth, if the steep fares charged by many airlines outstrip your savings. What if you could book your trip today and pay for it […]

What the (Almost) End of Credit Card Signatures Means for You

The major credit card networks — including American Express, Visa, Discover and Mastercard — will no longer require signatures on transactions in the U.S. beginning this month. Retailers can still require signatures if they so choose, though some have already stopped the practice of asking shoppers to sign for their items […]

3 Ways Parents Can Help Grown Kids Own a Home

When responsible first-time home buyers need help buying a home, the family bank can sometimes lend a hand. Younger home buyers face a mountain of obstacles, including rising home prices and interest rates, too few homes for sale and unpaid college debt. Student debt is a major source of trouble. […]

Your Parents’ Financial Advice Is Probably Wrong (for You)

Debbie Heffernan Gallant followed her dad’s advice to invest in his favorite mutual fund when she opened an IRA in 1984. “The great part of the advice was opening an IRA at age 21 before I even had graduated from college, plus putting money in the stock market,” she says. […]

Good Driver, Bad Credit: What Makes Your Car Costs So High

Car owners with poor credit can pay hundreds — if not thousands — more to drive than those with good credit. This plays out in two important ways: higher rates on car loans and, in most states, higher insurance premiums. In fact, having bad credit can raise your insurance quote […]

How Schools Can Teach Kids To Be Smart Consumers

Most financial literacy efforts in schools don’t improve people’s behavior later in life. That could be because we’re focusing on the wrong things. Trying to teach teenagers how to shop for a mortgage, for example, may be an exercise in futility. The information simply isn’t relevant to them — yet. […]

Help Your Partner’s Credit — Without Harming Your Own

When you get married, your credit files stay single. And if one spouse has a good credit score and the other does not, it’s particularly important to maintain your credit histories’ separate status. There are ways to provide help if your credit-challenged mate wants it, but in a way that […]

How Latino Credit Unions Clear Banking Barriers

Latino-friendly credit unions aim to help people who have traditionally been underserved by the American banking system. This includes immigrants, especially from Latin America, who often avoid banks. But a bank account means having a safe place to keep cash and pay bills (regardless of your citizenship or immigration status). The […]

Ask Brianna: Help Your Parents Based on Need, Not Your Guilt

“Ask Brianna” is a column for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. […]

3 Money Lessons We Can Learn From ‘Roseanne’

On March 27, the Conner family is coming back to prime time, thanks to the revival of ABC’s “Roseanne.” The popular sitcom starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman as husband and wife Roseanne and Dan Conner ran for nine seasons before its final episode aired more than 20 years ago. […]