Credit Info

3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

If you’ve never actively worked to improve your credit, a credit score might seem like black magic. You may understand that scores run from 300 to 850, but that’s where most people’s knowledge ends. When you don’t understand the forces at work, it’s easy to assume you have little immediate control over where you land ... Read more

Trends

Mint Money Diary: Impulsive Spending

Occupation: Data Analyst Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 31 Location: Menlo Park, CA Paycheck (BiWeekly): $1,700 after auto-savings, 401k, ESPP purchase, renters & auto insurance and health care removed I have everything removed automatically as I have trouble with in-the-moment spending. It is better for it to never hit my debit account at all. Monthly Expenses ... Read more

Early Career

The Best and Worst Jobs for Work-Life Balance

When it comes to picking a career, it’s not all about money. Everyone has a threshold where the salary they make just isn’t worth the stress, uncertainty and long hours their job demands. We all need a balance between our work and our personal life. With some careers, achieving that harmony is easy – with ... Read more

Travel Tips

7 Tips on How to Plan a Luxury Vacation [Video]

While traveling on a shoestring budget is fun and challenging in its own right, treating yourself to a luxury vacation is something we all that dream about. I mean who doesn’t like to be pampered every now and then? You may think that high-end resorts in exotic destinations are a dream that will never come ... Read more

Housing Finances

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5 Reasons Buying a Home Is Better Than Renting

If you’re looking for a place to live, you may be trying to decide whether it’s better to buy or rent. Renting does have its advantages: there’s less upfront investment and you can move when your agreement or lease is up without having to sell. However, for most people, it’s a much better option to ... Read more

Early Career

How to Find Work-Life Balance in a Demanding Field

When I was a teenager studying journalism at Indiana University, I dreamed of mixing things up in the newsroom of a major publication. I imagined myself trading barbs with my co-workers, asking hard-hitting questions and standing up to the editor-in-chief if they tried to neuter my story. I was going to be a grizzled, street-smart ... Read more

Trends

Mint Money Diary: Side Hustle & Habits in Colorado

  Occupation: Account Services & Freelance Writer Industry: Digital Marketing Age: 39 Location: Longmont, CO Paycheck (3): $4,700/mo includes salary and three freelance clients (side hustles) Monthly Expenses Rent: $900 Car loan: $275 Credit card payment: $450 All other expenses Utilities: $225 on average Phone: $65 Donations: $50 Health, Vision & Dental: $182 Streaming services: ... Read more