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Nerd Wallet: When leasing a car is the more frugal option

Car buying has changed enough over the years – Americans are buying more expensive cars, financing larger amounts and taking out longer loans – that leasing may no longer be …


Nerd Wallet: It’s time to let go of shame over your debt

Stigmas about debt can be counterproductive, clouding our judgment and making us too embarrassed to seek help when we need it.


Nerd Wallet: 5 financial tasks you should tackle by year-end

The end of the year is a good time to mark some items off your financial checklist, like these: reviewing beneficiary designations, updating contact information and visiting your safe deposit …


Nerd Wallet: What to do if your parents need financial help

Sometimes, it’s parents who turn to their kids for financial help; here’s how to think it through.


Nerd Wallet: How to choose the right health plan

Picking a health plan is complicated, but these tips can help you choose the right insurance for your needs.


Nerd Wallet: Will you get what Social Security promises?

The official Social Security estimate of your future benefits may be too low if you’re young and too high if you’re approaching retirement.


Nerd Wallet: In ‘SIM swap,’ criminals really have your number

In SIM swap fraud, criminals take over your phone number by duping your mobile carrier, which can unlock financial, email and social media accounts.


Nerd Wallet: Wake up to the truth about ‘dream schools’

If you’re choosing a university, you should know research has shown that its selectivity has little bearing on the value of the education.


Nerd Wallet: The 6 biggest retirement mistakes, and 1 defense

Getting professional advice can help you avoid the worst of these retirement blunders, and help ensure your money lasts as long as you do.


Nerd Wallet: Moving to escape taxes? Make it a clean break

Your former home state could use a residency audit to challenge your move as a tax dodge unless you cut your ties the right way.


Nerd Wallet: Why streaming services are the new credit card rewards binge

When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and …


Nerd Wallet: How to mess up a variable annuity

These retirement-related insurance products are easy to misunderstand, with potentially costly consequences, but you can avoid or correct these common mistakes.


Nerd Wallet: Don’t be duped by these phone and email scams

Learn which phone and email scams to watch for right now and how these crooks pull them off.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Nerd Wallet: 3 steps to keep ‘solo agers’ happier and safer

Planning can help ‘solo agers’ – people growing old without children they can rely on for help – avoid isolation and exploitation.


Nerd Wallet: How to nag new coworkers to save for retirement

Giving new colleagues some friendly advice about 401(k)s and similar plans can help set them on the road to a healthy retirement.


Nerd Wallet: 3 sites to help aging parents organize details

As your parents get older, you can help them organize their paperwork and provide ready access to crucial details with three sites that focus on making transitions easier.


Nerd Wallet: Make your money last in retirement

To increase your chances of maintaining a comfortable income stream in retirement, you can trim expenses, boost guaranteed income and pick a safe withdrawal rate from your savings.


Nerd Wallet: Don’t believe these Social Security myths

Getting the most out of Social Security means disregarding some of the most common myths, particularly about when to file.


Nerd Wallet: What will long-term care cost you?

Most people over 65 will eventually need some form of paid care; here are some ways to plan ahead.


Nerd Wallet: Making ‘good enough’ choices can pay off

If you’re overwhelmed by trying to make the ‘best’ choices for your financial products, try making good ones instead.


Nerd Wallet: Let’s get real about health costs in retirement

Health care costs in retirement may be more predictable, and less scary, than you think.


Nerd Wallet: The life-changing magic of working a bit longer

Delaying Social Security benefits even a few months can have a positive impact on your standard of living in retirement.


Nerd Wallet: Is better credit worth exposing your bank data?

Two Experian credit-building products require people to link bank account information for a lift to their credit scores, but the benefit might not be worth the risk.


Nerd Wallet: Income can peak before you’re ready

Your income is likely to peak years, if not decades, before you retire, so take that into account as you plan.


Nerd Wallet: How debt ‘solutions’ could dig you in deeper

Paying off high-rate debt such as credit cards with lower-rate loans may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to understand the pros and cons before borrowing money to repay …


Nerd Wallet: Five travel rewards myths that could cost you

There’s definitely a learning curve involved when it comes to frequent traveler programs and credit cards, but the upside can be big if you love to travel.


Nerd Wallet: What students can learn from the days before college loans

Without access to student loans, college students in the 1960s and earlier had to work, rely on support from their parents or find scholarships.


Nerd Wallet: How to know when it’s OK to spend

The ability to delay gratification is important for building wealth. But gratification delayed too long can leave us unhappy with the results.


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019

Nerd Wallet: How your tax refund could improve your credit

Money can’t buy you a good credit score, but you might be able to use your income tax refund strategically to polish your credit.


Nerd Wallet: How to give money advice that sticks

If you’re tempted to offer money advice to friends or family, the first step is to make sure they want it.