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…

Beat Financial Stress with These Simple Self Care Habits [Infographic]

On top of the damaging health effects so many have experienced due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the negative impacts of the virus don’t stop there—it’s also introduced financial instability to countless individuals in America. Whether you missed out on…

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…

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…

What to Do If You Have an Eviction on Your Record

The best way to deal with an eviction is to fight it before you’re forced to leave your home. Not everyone who fights will win, though. And after you’re evicted, the nightmare isn’t over. Having an eviction on your record…

‘Napkin Finance’ Review: 4 Things I Learned From This Book

As a bookworm and a personal finance nerd, I love reading a good book about money. That’s why I was so excited when The Penny Hoarder launched a virtual book club in January to read and discuss personal finance books.…

The Budget Mom’s Secret: Managing Money Her Own Way

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in June 2019. Kumiko Love is known online by the moniker The Budget Mom, but money management didn’t always come naturally to her. Having a finance degree didn’t make her immune to money…