Should I Use My Stimulus Check for Debt? 3 Questions to Ask

The latest round of coronavirus stimulus checks will be landing in many of our bank accounts or mailboxes soon (if they haven’t already). Should you use the money to pay off debt? Our Penny Hoarder philosophy typically would be a…

5 Ways to Clean Up Your Budget and Get Back on Track

Remember your budget? You know, that spreadsheet that’s been collecting dust? That app you haven’t logged into in months? If this sounds like you, your budget could use a little attention. Don’t just spend the spring deep cleaning your house…

25 Fun Staycation Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

It’s no secret that planning a staycation instead of a vacation is a money-saving move. You don’t have to shell out money for plane tickets and a rental car. You can sleep in your own bed rather than book a…

Sell Used Clothes to These 6 Stores to Make Money. Here’s How

Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overflowing, right? Well, there’s a solution to that problem: selling your used clothes. It’s a win-win, and you don’t have to wait for a spring-cleaning binge to get…

This Map Shows Exactly What Your State Pays Unemployed Workers

Depending on which unemployment program you’re on and where you live, you can expect about $490 to $800 per week from jobless benefits, according to a new analysis of unemployment benefits data conducted by The Penny Hoarder. That won’t change…

How a Goodwill Letter Got a $10,000 Debt Wiped Off My Credit Report

My parents were in the middle of a long, drawn-out divorce when I left for college. My tuition got tied up in the legal battle. This led to a lot of confusion and ended with me leaving school early, holding…

These Enterprising Students Show How to Start a Food Delivery Business

Instead of turning to Uber, Lyft, DoorDash or Grubhub, these college students started their own food delivery businesses to make money and show their entrepreneurial expertise to potential employers. Two met a demand created by the COVID-19 pandemic, while two…

Dear Penny: My Boyfriend Is Deep in Debt. He Thinks It’s a Joke

Dear Penny, My boyfriend of two-ish years lives with me in my apartment. We cohabitate very well, but we're looking to move out of state together at some point.  The problem is, he has debt from credit cards from many…

Food Truck Owner Does Successful Pandemic Pivot

A Greek dessert served at the 776 BC Olympic Games has been transformed centuries later to enable a struggling food truck business to become a nationally-distributed food manufacturer. The ancient dessert, called Loukoumades, is similar to a doughnut but is…