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Top 7 Cheap and Healthy Food Swaps
Aug 25, 2016

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on food in order to live a healthier lifestyle. In fact, it’s possible to make nutritious meals and save money on groceries at the same time. If  you’re trying to cut some of the high-calorie and high-sodium foods out of your diet, here are seven healthy food swaps you can make that won’t break your budget. Read More...

Personal Loans
Top 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Co-Sign a Friend’s Loan
Aug 25, 2016

Co-signing your friend’s loan might seem like a nice thing to do. But it can put many things in your life at risk, including your finances, your credit score and even your friendship. While it’s possible to co-sign a friend’s loan and never face any negative consequences, it might not be worth it. Check out five reasons why you shouldn’t co-sign a friend’s loan. Read More...

Mortgage
15 Things to Know Before Moving to California
Aug 25, 2016

If the thought of enduring another snowy winter fills you with dread, you might be considering moving to California. Millennials taking tech jobs in high-cost-of-living San Francisco aren’t the only ones heading for the Golden State. The state’s population grew by over 5% between 2010 and 2015. Tempted? Here are 15 things to know before moving to California.  Read More...

Mortgage
Renting in Chicago
Aug 24, 2016

Preparing to move to Chicago? Although it’s known as the “Second City,” Chicago is currently the third largest city in the United States. Renters make up a large percentage of the population and if you’re planning to become one of them, it’s best to know what’s in store for you before you get there. Check out our guide to what people encounter while renting in Chicago. Read More...

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Countries with Free College

Aug 31, 2015 The rising cost of tuition and fees at US colleges has rendered college unaffordable for many families. The average US college student now…

Personal Finance
How Much Does Adding a Teenager Increase Your Insurance?

Aug 12, 2015 Most teenagers dream about the day the get their driver’s license and are able to take their first car out for a spin by themselves. For…

Mortgage
5 Reasons Why Your First Home Should be an Investment Property

Apr 01, 2016 If you’re young and you're looking to purchase a new home to live in, maybe you should consider turning your first home into an investment…

Mortgage
Top 10 Best Cities to Be a Real Estate Agent

Oct 21, 2015 Across the country, real estate markets are much healthier than they were a few short years ago, when a housing bubble precipitated a much…

Personal Loans
How to Write a Personal Loan Agreement

Jan 28, 2016 Negotiating a loan with a friend or family member can be a great alternative to high-interest forms of consumer credit. Formalizing that…

Data Articles and Studies

Mortgage
The Happiest Places in America – 2016 Edition
May 27, 2016

Though the U.S. doesn’t rank as the happiest country in the world (that honor goes to Denmark) Americans report high levels of life satisfaction. The U.S. ranked 13th in a recent World Happiness Report that looked at 156 countries. But how do individual counties within the U.S. stack up in the happiness stakes? Let’s take a look. Read More...

Mortgage
The Best Cities for Women in Tech
May 25, 2016

Women in the U.S. tech industry have long faced major disparities in both employment and pay. Last year, SmartAsset’s analysis of Census Bureau data found that women hold less than 26% of tech jobs in the U.S. and on average earn just 85% of what men in those positions earn. We further found that in many top tech cities, the numbers are worse. In San Francisco, for example, just 21% of tech workers were women. Read More...

Mortgage
The Income Needed to Pay Rent in the Largest U.S. Cities
May 25, 2016

Big-city living comes with quite a few perks. Grocery stores and shopping centers are often in walking distance and there are usually plenty of restaurants, bars and activities close by. But when you live in a city with a high cost of living, you have less purchasing power. You might spend a lot more on housing, food and healthcare than you would if you lived somewhere else. Read More...

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Personal Finance
SmartAsset Talks to Patrice Washington of Real Money Answers (Video)
Mar 05, 2015

Patrice Washington says she is an accidental personal finance blogger. Regardless, it’s a role she seems born to play, and one she’s certainly making the most of! Patrice is now much more than a personal finance blogger, she is a personal finance educator, author and advocate. You can see, hear and read Patrice pretty much everywhere from the Steve Harvey TV and radio show to her own books on personal finance. We caught up with Patrice in New Orleans for this edition of SmartAsset Talks. Read More...