August 21st, 2014

What’s the Best Financial Advice You’ve Ever Received?

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We always knew our members were a credit-savvy bunch…but now we have proof! Recently, we asked our readers to share the best financial tip or advice they’ve ever received. More than 80 of you entered our contest. We’ve collected some of our favorite suggestions to share here on our blog. Keep reading for some financial tips and advice from Credit Karma members just like you!

To make it even more fun, we randomly selected two entries to win a Credit Karma T-shirt. Congrats to Ellis from Wareham, MA, and Pam from Plummer, ID!

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July 21st, 2014

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Each month, Bankrate’s Financial Security Index attempts to capture the American financial climate. The biggest, and most concerning, takeaway from the June survey is that half of Americans have no more than a few months’ expenses saved away.

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January 15th, 2014

Credit Karma Tips & Resolutions 2014 — Part 3

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We love Aathavan’s tip, which he actually got from his mother when he was a kid. On our Facebook page, we try to put up an inspiring/clever money quote each Monday. It should come as no surprise that many famous quotes encouraging saving and exercising self-control, as the lack of restraint typically leads to debt.

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September 20th, 2013

Link Roundup: 5 Ways to Stay Motivated While Saving

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated While Saving "Saving money is a long and sometimes difficult process, so while you’re on the road to reaching your goals, it’s important to stay motivated. Here are some tips on how to stay focused and enthusiastic." My Bank Tracker

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April 8th, 2013

Make a College Savings Plan for Your Kids (or Yourself) on a Budget

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Even if your child hasn’t yet learned to walk, it’s never too early to start saving and budgeting for his or her college education. In these tough economic times, when it comes to creating and adhering to a successful savings plan for college, you may need to work over the long term to save enough money. In order to get a substantial head start on the rising cost of tuition, it’s a good idea to have several eggs in your basket when you're budgeting for college.

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September 17th, 2012

Uncommon Financial Self-Improvement Advice

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The funny thing about personal finances is that things that don't seem to be directly about money often have a huge effect on your personal finances and general well-being. When one talks about financial self-improvement, the automatic assumption is that they will be talking about money. It could be about better ways to save money, better ways to invest money, better ways to spend money, but it almost always will have something to do with money.

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June 18th, 2012

What To Do With “Windfall” Cash

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No matter how little I've had, there have always been times in my life when I'll find myself with a little extra cash. The strangest was a literal "Pay it forward" moment in college when a guy in a business suit walked up to me on the street, handed me twenty dollars, said "Pay it forward," and walked away.

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May 14th, 2012

Could an Online Savings Account be Right for You?

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What are the reasons that people use savings accounts these days? Is it to establish a rainy day fund, to save up to buy a house, or maybe saving money for your child’s college fund? The main purpose of a savings account is to put your money away in a risk-free account and have it earn interest and grow.

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May 7th, 2012

Savings Habits of Americans & Barclays New Online Savings Account

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Did you know that 62 percent of American adults consider themselves “savers” instead of “spenders”? Things may be looking up for those living paycheck to paycheck. The vast majority (80 percent) of U.S. adults are able to save money right now, according to a survey performed by Harris Interactive on behalf of Barclays.

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March 27th, 2012

What Is a Roth IRA?

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Guess what? I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription... is more Roth IRA education! When Good Financial Cents blogger Jeff Rose asked a class of graduating college seniors if they had ever heard of a Roth IRA, out of the 50 class participants, no one raised their hand. (To be frank, I wouldn’t have been raising my hand in my day, either.)

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