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The High Cost of Sleep Deprivation

We all know sleep is important, but it seems that these days more and more people are being deprived of it. I recently experienced this at FinCon, a conference that financial bloggers from around the country look forward to each year (by look forward to, I mean anxiously count the days until we can all nerd out over personal finance…

The FAFSA Does NOT Equal Free Money

Long before I was a personal finance writer, I developed a personal finance pet peeve. This pet peeve started during college and grew to epic proportions as I became more embroiled in the world of personal finance and particularly student loans. Want to know what it is? The widely accepted notion that the FAFSA = free money. I can completely…

Years After the Great Recession, Positive Financial Habits Emerge

The past few years have been pretty tough for many Americans’ finances. The Great Recession of ‘08 led to a drastic increase in foreclosures, job cuts for experienced professionals, and a near impossible job market for new graduates. And now, 5 years later, though many are still struggling with debt and worries about future retirement, positive signs are emerging. As…

CFPB Warns Against “True Cost” of Credit Card Promotions

It’s no secret at the ReadyForZero office that math isn’t my strongest subject (though I’m on a mission to never say “I’m bad at math” again). I’m fine with basic math and budgeting, but as soon as I have to start calculating deferred interest, compound interest, and the like, my brain wants to shut down. That’s how just a few…

Generation Mortgage: Why Gen X Is In More Debt

One thing I notice when reading the news is that people love comparisons – especially when it comes to debt. We compare “good debt” to “bad debt”, we compare levels of debt from year to year, and we compare generation to generation to see who really has it the worst. While comparisons are important for understanding the problems that need…

Are You One Of 800,000 Americans Who Could Benefit From HARP?

With the prevalence of phone and internet scams these days, it’s no wonder that most consumers have a total lack of trust for any financial product or incentive that comes their way. Unfortunately, that means consumers can also miss out on financial incentives that could actually benefit them. Case in point: The Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) According to an…

Will A Day Come When Our Entire Daily Lives Are Scored?

Scoring can be a double-edged sword. It’s useful for the scorer because it allows them to evaluate how much a person has learned or how well they’ve done – and it can be used as a predictor for future behavior. We see this in test scores in the classroom, scores in competitions, and credit scores that allow a lender to…

APR Hikes Loom, Furthers Incentive To Pay Debt Off Faster

As if we needed another reason to kick debt to the curb, there’s rumbling in the market that a hike in the federal funds rate (and thus too the prime rate) could be coming. That would lead to higher monthly payments for anyone with variable interest rates on their debt. Higher monthly payments = less of your monthly payment going…