The Best Way to Get Your Credit Score

The undisputed best way to get your credit report comes from the only source that’s truly free: AnnualCreditReport.com. It’s easy and free because it’s guaranteed by law. Unfortunately for consumers, getting your credit score is not as easy as obtaining your free credit report. The world of credit scores is still a bit like the […]


The Pros and Cons of Self-Employment

How many Americans would you guess are self-employed? One out of 10? One out of five? It’s actually about one out of three. According to the Freelancers Union, 42 million people identify as independent workers, which includes freelancers as well as consultants, traditional business owners and independent contractors. Many more Americans likely wonder if they should […]


9 Ways Credit Cards Can Save You Money

Ask anyone why they use credit cards, and I bet no one would reply “to save money.” Most are likely to think of fees, interest and debt before suggesting credit cards as a money saver. But there are many ways credit cards can help you save. Some of them are little-known, but experts have been taking […]


How to Get Health Insurance if You’re Self-Employed

Shopping for health insurance if you’re self-employed is a lot like purchasing other types of insurance. There are many terms to understand, coverage types to compare, and options for where to buy a policy. But buying health insurance feels different than searching for auto insurance — after all, both your health and financial well-being depend […]


PowerWallet Review: Create Budgets, Track Spending, and Find Deals

Hate logging into all your different credit card, bank, and investments accounts to check on bills, balances, and transactions? Online budgeting tools help solve this problem, and PowerWallet is one of the latest entries to the market. PowerWallet does much of what other online budgeting tools do, but includes additional ways to save money with […]


12 Financial Rules of Thumb You Should Ignore

First, your return to shore was not part of our negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply and you’re not. And thirdly, the code is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the Black Pearl, Miss Turner.–Captain […]