Abby HayesAbby Hayes is a freelance copywriter and blogger who writes on everything from personal finance to health and wellness. She spends her spare time bargain hunting and meal planning for her family of three.

Barclay’s Bank Review

Voted one of the best banks in America by Money Magazine in 2012, Barclays Bank is a great option for a high-yield online savings account. Relatively new, Barclays’ online division for US customers offers some of the highest savings account yields out there. Even though Barclay’s online banking option is new, the bank itself is […]

Published or Updated: April 28, 2015

4 COBRA Alternatives That Could Save You Money

If you’ve ever been laid off or left your job voluntarily, you may have looked into COBRA — and found that it would cost you a small fortune to continue your health insurance, especially since the government no longer subsidizes COBRA costs. Luckily, there are alternatives in today’s insurance market. Here’s what you need to […]

Published or Updated: August 28, 2013

4 Options When You Can’t Open a Bank Account

According to CNN Money, about 15% of bank account applicants are denied regular savings and checking accounts because of their banking history. Banks usually get information about this history from a company called ChexSystems, which maintains a file of information on your checking account history similar to your credit report. ChexSystems, which is governed by […]

Published or Updated: October 2, 2015

28 Ways a Library Can Save You Money

Interested in saving some money while becoming a better-educated (or better-entertained, or better-employed, or just all-around better) person? Check out your local library. While libraries started as a place to borrow books, they’ve evolved into much more. And all the offerings from your local library, used correctly, can add up to some serious savings back […]

Published or Updated: September 4, 2013

Planning for College Costs

It’s never too early to start thinking about how you will pay for your children’s college education. The process can be complex, but we break it down to help you get a handle on planning for college costs. Set Goals As parents, we have goals and dreams for our children. We want our kids to […]

Published or Updated: September 4, 2013

How Interest Rates Affect How Much Home You Can Afford

The state of the housing market is the talk of the town. Home prices are beginning to rise, and with them, mortgage rates are rising, as well. While interest rates are still quite low, they’re climbing back from the historic rock-bottom they’ve been sitting at since the housing market crash of 2008. But what do […]

Published or Updated: September 4, 2013

8 Tips for Choosing an Excellent Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home? You’re about to make one of life’s biggest and most important financial transactions, and you don’t want to go through it alone. A good real estate agent can make all the difference. They will no the market backwards and forwards. They will have a network of contracts to help you […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2013

Work from Home Jobs – The Definitive Guide to 29 Legit Home-Based Careers

If you’re one of the many modern men or women who dream of working from home, you’re in luck! This huge list of work-from-home jobs gives you about a million (well, actually 29, to be exact) options to choose from. Some of these jobs are entrepreneurial in nature, while others are simply “regular” jobs that […]

Published or Updated: August 5, 2013

5 Steps to Choosing Your First Credit Card

While it’s true that many 18-to-24-year-olds regularly overspend, it’s also true that many young adults try hard to avoid debt — especially credit card debt. Liz Weston in a MSN Money article outlines the reasons young people hate credit cards: they don’t want the temptation to overspend and have seen credit card debt wreck the […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2013

Advertising Disclosure: The credit card and savings account offers that appear on this site are from companies from which receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site, including, for example, the order in which they appear on category pages. does not include all credit card companies, banks, or all available offers, although best efforts are made to include a comprehensive list of offers regardless of compensation.