Can you believe the national average interest rate for savings accounts is just 0.09%? Yes, you read that right: 0.09% (not 0.9%). Leaving your money in a savings account is a terrible way to get decent returns on your investments when there are so many better (and higher paying) options available. Many of these alternatives also won’t charge you a dime to manage your savings account, something traditional banks still inexplicably do. If you’d like to start reaping the rewards of saving, then here are some alternatives you should ditch your … [Read more...] about Top 6 Excellent Alternatives to Low Interest Savings Accounts
The following is a gues post by Tiffany Wagner. If you'd like to contribute a guest post to Money Q&A, be sure to check out our guest posting guidelines. Your credit score sets the boundary between getting approved or declined for a loan or credit card. It determines your creditworthiness and interest rates. Lenders use your credit score as one of the critical deciding factors to let you borrow money to purchase a house or car, rent an apartment, or take out a school loan. The scores set by most lending platforms like Credit … [Read more...] about 7 Poor Financial Habits that Spoil Your Credit Score
Raising the minimum wage isn't always the best course of action for the American economy as a whole. The recent push to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour has many negative effects that few people take into consideration. There are effects of raising the minimum wage. There are many negative effects of raising the minimum wage in the United States, in fact. Does the minimum wage need to increase? Maybe it does. Does it need to more than double, jumping to $15 per hour across the country? Probably not - I think that it’s a bad idea. There … [Read more...] about The Negative Effects of Raising Minimum Wage in America
If you were suddenly incapacitated or unable to make decisions on your own due to injury or illness, how would you continue managing your finances? This isn’t an easy situation to think or talk about, but it’s absolutely necessary for most adults to consider because you never know if/when it could happen to you and you should be prepared no matter how small the likelihood of it occurring may be. When an adult is incapable of managing their own finances – oftentimes due to dementia, brain injuries significantly impacting the individual’s … [Read more...] about What Is a Financial Power of Attorney and How Does It Work?
Searching for gifts for those close to you is a challenge for many people. You may have bought a gift and then seen something else that you know they would really love and bought that too. Before you know it, you have spent more money than you can afford, and it can take a while to clear the debt. You need to work to practice gift giving on a budget. Most financial advisors suggest that you spend no more on a gift that you can pay off in one or two months. Gift giving on a budget does not mean choosing cheap gifts that lack quality or … [Read more...] about How to Handle Gift Giving on a Budget
When you’re in college, you have so many opportunities to go and have fun, explore the world, and open your mind. However, most of these things come with a price tag. As a college student, money will be tight for quite some time. Even if you have a job, college is expensive, and unless you received a full scholarship to the school of your choosing, be prepared for hefty bills and not a lot of disposable income. If you’re smart about your money, though, you can save a little bit, pay your bills, and still enjoy your time. Follow our six … [Read more...] about 6 Money Tips for College Students