How To

How to Extend the Life of Food On Its Last Leg

How to Extend the Life of Food On Its Last Leg :: Mint.com/blog

During your next fridge or pantry cleanout, think twice before tossing out some not-quite-fresh foods. By some estimates, Americans throw away a quarter of the food we purchase. In 2012, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, food waste totaled some 36 million tons. But at least some of that may be foods that don’t need...  Read more

Investing

Top Picks for 529 College Savings Plans

Top Picks for 529 College Savings Plans :: Mint.com/blog

Last time I took a close look at 529 college savings plans, it was 2010. I can still hear the faint echoes of “California Gurls” and “Bad Romance,” probably because DJs won’t stop playing those songs. Since my last 529 checkup, the news is mostly good for college savers. There are still bad plans out there,...  Read more

MintFamily

MintFamily With Beth Kobliner: What to Expect When You’re Accepting — A College Cost Checklist for Parents

A College Cost Checklist for Parents :: Mint.com/blog

The families of John Hancock College Preparatory High School, on Chicago’s South Side, are lucky to have Hector Gonzalez, a 32-year-old family outreach coordinator. When I met him on a listening tour with the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability a few years ago, I was absolutely blown away. Hector was engineering a college turnaround...  Read more

Saving

What Jay Leno Can Teach You About Saving

What Jay Leno Can Teach Us About Saving :: Mint.com/blog

Recently, Jay Leno retired from the Tonight Show (again). But don’t worry about him going broke anytime soon. The man has hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank, the result of a life-long financial plan that can work for you too, even if you’re not in line to host a late-night talk show on...  Read more

Credit

Which Credit Bureau Will Give Me the Best Report?

Which Credit Bureau Will Give Me the Best Report? :: Mint.com/blog

I received the following question last week from one of my Twitter followers and I think the answer will benefit the Minter community. “John, I was trying to get a copy of my credit report and wanted to ask your opinion as to which credit bureau is the best of the three? And, if there...  Read more

Housing

Real Estate Q&A: Should I Skip Mortgage Payments If I Want a Loan Modification? Does Flood Insurance Offer Enough Coverage?

Do I Have to Stop Making Mortgage Payments to Get a Loan Modification? :: 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. Loan Modification Megan of Reno, NV asks: I am current on my mortgage but...  Read more

Consumer IQ

3 Ways to Get Better Customer Service

3 Ways to Get Better Customer Service :: Mint.com/blog

Customer service isn’t what it used to be. You’ve probably heard your parents or grandparents say it — heck, maybe you’ve said it — but other than vague memories of the way things were, you had no proof. Well, now you do. A new survey by Arizona State University reviews historical data on the customer...  Read more

Trends

Obama Proposes the End of Pennies

Obama Proposes the End of Pennies :: Mint.com/blog

Chances are, you have more than a few pennies hanging around the house. In fact, you might even have a whole jar of them, stashed away somewhere and collecting dust. What are you planning to do with them? Most likely, not a whole lot. In this age of everything costing more and more every day,...  Read more