Credit

What to Do If You Have Duplicate Credit Reports

What to Do If You Have Duplicate Credit Reports :: Mint.com/blog

“John, I was at a car dealership last weekend looking for a new car.  The dealer said he might be able to get me a zero percent financing deal if I had high enough credit scores.  I gave him permission to pull my credit report and check my score. When he did he came back...  Read more

Consumer IQ

Personalize Your Life With These 7 Free Apps

Personalize Your Life With These 7 Free Apps :: Mint.com/blog

We don’t want to get all mushy or anything, but you’re one-of-a-kind! And that means you have unique wants and needs. There are a lot of mobile apps out there focusing on personalization, and some do a better job than others. We pulled together seven of our favorites – each one will help you customize...  Read more

Planning

When to Expect Your Tax Refund (and how to spend it!)

When To Expect Your Tax Refund (and how to spend it!) :: Mint.com/blog

It’s that time of year again…tax season! By April, most Americans have filed, and those expecting a refund are probably wondering when it will arrive. The following infographic helps give you a better idea of when you can expect your tax refund, as well as provides some guidance on what you should (or shouldn’t) do...  Read more

Credit

10 Signs You are Addicted to Credit Cards

10 Signs You are Addicted to Credit Cards :: Mint.com/blog

For some, a credit card is just another wallet-burning mechanism, similar to cash, that must be used to satisfy some personal need or desire. But what happens when the magic plastic is no longer available? Can you move on with everyday life without any interruptions? Or does your world suddenly come crashing down right before...  Read more

Saving

3 Ways to Budget for a One-Time Expense

How to Budget for a One-Time Expense :: Mint.com/blog

Even if you’re an old hand at budgeting, you probably get tripped up by the occasional “unexpected” expense. One-off expenses like car registration fees, annual HVAC maintenance appointments, and even routine medical expenses can throw even the most detailed budget for a loop. If you’re ready to be better prepared – instead of being surprised...  Read more

Housing

Real Estate Q&A: Rental Property Improvements and Condo Hotels As An Investment

Real Estate Q&A: Rental Property Improvements and Condo Hotels As An Investment :: 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. Rental Property Home Improvements Marsha of Atlanta, GA asks: “I just closed escrow on...  Read more

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