How to Prevent Identity Theft (From Someone Who’s Been Through It)

My name is Tiffani Sherman. The real Tiffani Sherman. Not the one who recently applied for unemployment benefits, an SBA COVID loan, five credit cards, a payday advance, two loans, and opened two bank accounts. That wasn’t me. It also…

How to Make a Career Change After Years at the Same Job

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in December 2018. After 10 years in human resources at a nonprofit, Laura Niebauer Palmer figured she wouldn’t have any problem finding a new HR job when she and her husband moved from…

I Paid Off $12K Debt in 12 Weeks. Here’s Exactly What I Did

My 2020 New Year’s resolution was to become debt-free. But we all know what happened next. COVID-19. Just to be clear, I’ve been lucky during the pandemic. I’ve kept my job. I haven’t gotten sick. I haven’t lost income. I…

How This College Student Built a Spray Tan Business for $300

Vanderbilt University senior Hunter Skidmore has gone from being a part-time lifeguard to a spray tanning entrepreneur profiting $125 to $275 a week with a steady hand and a machine she bought for $300. When she learned in August that…

How I Used the 4-Gift Rule to Save Money This Christmas

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in December 2017. Those of us who have planned princess-worthy tea parties for a daughter’s first birthday understand the value of a theme. But I might be one of the few who believe…

How Tori Dunlap Is Using TikTok to Teach Financial Feminism

In one of Tori Dunlap’s most popular TikTok videos, she calls out her male University of Portland classmates who never thought she’d be this successful. “To all the finance bros at my college — this one’s for you,” the video…

Here’s What to Know About Family Caregiver Rights and Benefits

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in October 2018. Usha Tewari has two full-time jobs, but she only gets paid for one of them. Tewari works as an administrator for the Orange County Property Appraiser in Orlando, Florida, but…

How to Find Your Unclaimed Money for Free (It Takes 30 Seconds)

I recently discovered $81.13 of free money online. It took me 30 seconds to find and three minutes to claim. OK, OK: Technically, it wasn’t free money. At some point in my life, I earned it. I handed it over…