What is the Average Cost of Divorce?

An uncontested DIY divorce could cost $300. For a messy, high-stakes parting, add zeros (knowing that the sum will be short of Jeff Bezos’ $38 billion). When the nuptial knot frays, average divorce costs add up to several thousand. Specifically, $13,000, on average, when a full-service lawyer handles the split, Nolo found. But all kinds … Read more

33 Ideas for Saving Money While Dorm Shopping

Every year, millions of students go to college in the United States. Whether they are entering college for the first time or returning for their sophomore, junior, or senior years, they’re looking for ways to save on dorm shopping. After all, since they’re not working or they’re only working part-time, and they have to take … Read more

Important FAFSA Deadlines to Know

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA®, is a form students can fill out each school year to apply for grants, work-study, or federal student loans from the government for higher education pursuits. By not filling it out, or missing the FAFSA deadline, students may not receive financial aid that could help them … Read more

Is It Smart to Finance a Wedding?

A wedding day is a milestone for many people. It’s a day that’s dreamed about and planned for. It can also be expensive. The Knot’s annual survey of recently married couples finds that average wedding costs rose each year until 2020 when Covid-19 restrictions put a hold on wedding plans for many couples. In 2019, … Read more

Average Cost of a Wedding in 2021 – OMG

Dress? Check! Rings? Check! Masks? It’s no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has totally upended the wedding industry. Both state- and federal-level mandates have imposed restrictions that would rightfully make any wedding planner throw in the towel. But with 93% of couples originally set to wed in 2020 still intent on holding their nuptials, most … Read more

Foreclosure Rates for All 50 States in June 2021

This is up roughly 41% from June last year when foreclosure activity remained at an exceptionally low level due to the pandemic-related moratorium on foreclosures. The Biden administration’s final extension of the moratorium ends on July 31, 2021. (Note: The deadline to request mortgage payment forbearance has also been extended to September 30, 2021.) It … Read more

Where Do You Pay off Student Loans?

Looking for the right place to pay off loans? Unfortunately, there’s no blinking neon sign for borrowers to “Repay Loans Here.” Instead, borrowers may have to go old school, and make a phone call to meet their new best friend—the student loan servicer. It all starts with contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center to … Read more

Typical Retirement Expenses to Prepare For Like a Boss

Sleeping in until noon. Spoiling the grandkids with gifts and freshly baked cookies. Traveling around Western Europe to sip wine and eat croissants. Many people dream about how their retirement years will play out. These goals are 100% attainable—as long as retirees have saved enough during their working years. Unfortunately, not all Americans know what … Read more

The Navy Student Loan Repayment Program is Awesome

The U.S. Navy offers service members a proud and venerable tradition, having patrolled the seas since its inception in 1775. Almost 250 years later, the Navy still offers its sailors a remarkable life experience, a chance to serve the country, and a host of benefits that make life somewhat easier for military personnel. One perk … Read more

When Will Social Security Run Out?

The Social Security program aims to provide retirement and disability benefits to workers and their families. Workers pay into the system, the government holds onto the money, and the money earns interest. When workers reach eligibility, the government returns money to them. Essentially, this system relies on a steady stream of workers. But can Social … Read more