On Black Friday in 2015, there were 49,000 sale items. This year, BlackFriday.com predicts that 2016 deals will reach 52,000. If the thought of nabbing one these crazy deals makes you as giddy as a five-year-old on Christmas Eve, then the following tips will help you make the most of Black Friday shopping at Rent-A-Center. With a little pre-planning, getting deals in time for the holidays can be easy — because Magic Happens Here. Read Story
Whether you’re gearing up to buy presents for the holidays, saving for a vacation in the new year, or aiming to make a bigger donation to your favorite charity, here are nine quick ways to put some extra cash back in your pocket. Try these strategies before the holiday bustle and you might just decide to make them part of your year-round savings plan.Read Story
With the right apps, your smartphone can become a miniature personal assistant that reminds you of appointments, remembers birthdays, tracks fitness goals, and helps with even more. With the addition of money management apps, it can also become a personal financial advisor that can help set your budget, provide at-a-glance spending info, and offer saving tips.
Like any favorite app, the best money management ones make life easier by streamlining often complicated processes to save time and, in this case, money. Here are some free apps that can help you manage money (although some have in-app purchase options that unlock more advanced functionality).
Preparing for disasters like earthquakes, fires, or floods can help your family recover faster while also providing peace of mind. Part of that prep work includes creating an emergency binder containing the paperwork you would need in case of a crisis. Here are some tips on how to do that.
From accepting a new job to having a new baby, major life milestones often come with a change of address. Whether you’re moving across town or to another state, getting your personal items from here to there in a reliable yet inexpensive manner is always the goal. Here’s how to relocate without breaking the bank.
Itemizing has the potential to make a big difference on your income taxes. Itemizing refers to listing certain tax deductions as their own line items, rather than opting for a standard deduction on your tax return. There are scenarios where this extra step can be worth the pain. And though you may have already filed this year, here are the three things you need to know about how tax deductions can impact your tax refund next year.
It’s never too early to start teaching your kids the value of hard work. Doing so helps them develop a healthy attitude toward their chores and the priceless skill of saving for the future. Here are a few age-appropriate chores and chore charts to inspire your kids to get their work done.
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Ads promising to fix your credit score are everywhere, but improving this three-digit number is not a mystical art form or an advanced science. In fact, you can do it yourself: all it takes is some time and a bit of fiscal elbow grease. A credit score is determined by your payment history and debt, and it is used by banks to determine whether you qualify for a loan and what interest rate to charge you (the higher the credit score, the lower the interest rate). A score between 300 and 629 is considered bad credit, a score between 630 and 689 is considered average, and a score between 690 and 719 is considered good. Anything about 720 is excellent. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to get — and keep — a credit score that is as high as possible. Here are five steps toward a higher score.
Between the food and the décor, entertaining can be costly without a plan. Rent-A-Center offers four holiday party ideas for people on a budget.
Scout for Sales
Sales are everywhere this time of year. They start before Thanksgiving and roll on till after the New Year — so whatever you’re in need of, you’ll probably find it if you spend the time to shop around. Start with grocery store circulars for savings on food. When you enter a crafts supply store, there’s usually a paper with discounts listed at the door. And online sales can save you big — if you have the patience to look around.