Saving

Which Superhero Are You, When It Comes to Saving?

Which Superhero Are You When It Comes to Saving? :: Mint.com/blog

Are you a superhero with your money? You are? Great! But here’s the thing — there are so many superheroes, and so many different ways to handle funds, that considering yourself a monetary superhero might actually be considered a form of self-loathing. With that in mind, we thought we’d gather up a few popular heroes...  Read more

Investing

How to Start Investing: Part 3

How to Start Investing - Part 3 :: Mint.com/blog

Happy Financial Literacy Month! Welcome back to MintLife columnist Matthew Amster-Burton’s three-part series on how to be a great investor. Week 1: Before you invest Week 2: The secret of great investing Week 3: Staying in the game In addition to this column, I write a food blog. Sometimes. Let’s see…it’s currently April, and the...  Read more

Housing

5 Tips to Avoid Hiring Movers

5 Tips to Avoid Hiring Movers :: Mint.com/blog

Let’s face it: moving is expensive. Hiring movers certainly has its benefits, but the costs add up. If you can’t afford to hire a moving company, here are six tips to get you through your move: Make Estimates Plan ahead to avoid paying more money to move than you initially thought you would. Make a...  Read more

Investing

4 ETFs You Should Consider Owning Now

4 ETFs You Should Consider Owning Now :: Mint.com/blog

The appeal of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs, for short) is simple: They trade like stocks, but contain a basket of assets, much like a mutual fund. This provides instant diversification, without the need to research every last stock or bond. For example, an S&P 500 ETF covers all (or most) of the stocks on the...  Read more

How To

How to Make Smart Wardrobe Purchases That Will Last (infographic)

How to Make Smart Wardrobe Purchases :: Mint.com/blog

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the average American spends over $1400 on buying clothes and related items per year and it’s been estimated that most people only wear 20% of the clothing they own. Want to look great, keep the closet clutter to the minimum, and stop wasting money on unworn items? The key is...  Read more

Consumer IQ

5 Easter Budgeting No-No’s

5 Easter Budgeting No-Nos :: Mint.com/blog

Whether you’re religious or not, Easter can be an incredibly fun time of year — delicious candy, beautiful eggs, fluffy bunnies, and pastel everything. But if you’re not careful, it can also be an expensive time of year. A lot of things that people love to do to celebrate Easter will come back to bite...  Read more

Housing

Real Estate Q&A: Mortgage Rate Buydowns and Parent-to-Child Property Transfers

What are Mortgage Rate Buydowns? :: Mint.com/blog

Zillow real estate investment writer and long-term investor Leonard Baron, MBA, is answering questions from MintLife readers. If you have a question about investment properties, cash flows, insurance, mortgage financing, homeowners associations, renting versus owning, foreclosures and more, drop Leonard an email. Comparing Mortgage Rate Buydowns Missy of Fairfax, VA asks: I’m refinancing and have some...  Read more

How To

DIY Easter Treats for Everybunny’s Basket

DIY Easter Treats for Everybunny's Basket :: Mint.com/blog

Filling up your child’s Easter basket can be an expensive endeavor. Americans will spend $2.2 billion on chocolate bunnies, jelly beans and other East candy this year, according to the National Retail Federation. If you’re in the market for something a little more creative, why not try your hand at a few do-it-yourself Easter treats?...  Read more