6 Ways to Bolster Your Emergency Fund by $500

If you’re just scraping by financially, it doesn’t take a lot for a money crisis to go down. According to research by Elevate’s Center for the New Middle Class, among non-prime Americans (aka those who have below a 700 credit score and little or no savings), a whopping 69 percent couldn’t cover an urgent $500 emergency. What’s also scary...

With Money Goals, Multitasking Pays Off

Tackling money goals one at a time cost financial literacy expert Barbara O’Neill at least $1 million. That’s how much O’Neill, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University, figures she lost by starting saving for retirement only after she had created an emergency fund, bought a car with cash and purchased a home. “I tell students that eventually, 30 years later, I...

Which Chase Sapphire Banking Customers Will Get a 1099-INT?

If you sign up for the new Chase Sapphire Banking checking account, you’ll get 60,000 bonus Chase Ultimate Rewards points. But you’ll also get something that doesn’t come with your other points- and miles-earning activities: taxable interest income. The Chase Sapphire Banking account requires you to have $75,000 in qualifying deposits. Whether it’s in savings accounts, money markets, CDs or other...

A Government Program Gives Kids and Educators Free Entry to National Parks

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a bold mission: Get every kid into a national park. For free. The program behind that goal is called Every Kid in a Park. It was launched in 2015 by President Barack Obama to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Every Kid in a Park grants free access to...

How to Protect Your Travel Rewards From Being Stolen

Stolen travel rewards are a hot commodity on the darknet. Hackers typically steal points by obtaining a traveler’s login credentials through phishing and data servers. While all of it might seem a little far-fetched for the average internet-browsing traveler, the risks are real. An August 2018 study by Comparitech found that more than a dozen rewards programs (Delta Air Lines...

What It Costs to Fly With Your Pet in the Plane Cabin

When you are traveling with your pet, the in-cabin pet fee could be as much as your ticket. But some airlines offer affordable options for traveling with your furry friends. No matter which airline you choose, confirm availability of pet space before booking tickets. It’s common to limit the number of pets per plane. Here are what some of the major...

What You Need to Know About the Mobile Passport Control App

When you come home from a long, international trip, the last thing you want to do is wait in airport lines. Thankfully, the Mobile Passport Control app (MPC) is here to help. The app, launched in 2014, is the result of a partnership between the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. MPC handles the administrative...

Target: $5 off a $20 Book Purchase + Extra 15% off!!

November 26, 2018 | GretchenAdd to my favorites (Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.) WooHoo! Through December 1st, you can get $5 off when you spend $20 on a printed book purchase at Target! PLUS, today only, you can...

Big Savings on Hasbro Games, Nerf, Playskool Toys, and more!

November 26, 2018 | MegAdd to my favorites (Note: The links in this post are affiliate links, and we will be compensated when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Read our disclosure policy here.) Amazon is having a HUGE Cyber Monday sale on games and toys today, including popular brands like Hasbro, Nerf, and Playskool! A lot of...

ALL the Cyber Monday Deals from Today!

November 26, 2018 | GretchenAdd to my favorites {Psst! Have you joined our new Facebook group yet? If you want to never miss a HOT deal again, go check it out!! We post ALL the best deals almost as soon as they go live — especially the time-sensitive ones that you might miss!} Hottest Deals Electronics Deals Book/DVD Deals Clothing Deals Games/Toy Deals Office/Art Supplies Deals Household & Kitchen Deals Health...