Trying to get a handle on your finances? There are plenty of excellent podcasts you can enjoy making your commute more useful!

9 Must Hear Podcasts on Money Debt and Investing

Trying to get a handle on your finances? Not sure where to invest your hard earned savings? If you don’t feel like you can afford a financial adviser there are plenty of excellent podcasts you can enjoy making your commute more useful:   Continue reading

Here are some smart ways to prepare your life for unexpected.

10 Steps to Financial Independence: Step 7

Life is full of unexpected situations.

You lose your job without notice.

Your car breaks down.

You hurt yourself.

Your roof starts leaking.

Or maybe something terrible happens, like you dying.

Thankfully, there are ways that you can provide a safety net for yourself and your family: savings and insurance.   Continue reading

Here are 14 times when you should spend a little extra to save your money.

14 Times Spending Less Can Cost You More

We are all trying to stretch our dollars, but there are times when it is okay to spend a little extra can actually save your money. Many super-cheap items just won’t last as long, or won’t even work at all. So for the person who has a hard time parting from every penny, here are 14 times when opening your wallet is the right move.   Continue reading

The Oscar-nominated film The Big Short shows the collapse of the US economy in 2008. PocketGuard explains some key financial terms and events.

A Little History of The Big Short: Part Two

Banks love leveraging because it allows them to earn more money. The downside is that if some of the mortgages default, they do not have the money to cover the losses or lend out any more money.   Continue reading

The Oscar-nominated film the Big Short shows the collapse of the US economy in 2008. PocketGuard explains some key financial terms and events.

A Little History of The Big Short: Part One

The Oscar-nominated film The Big Short follows the lives of several American financial experts who predicted the collapse of the housing bubble in 2008. Many people saw felt that that collapse was completely unexpected by anyone. But, as the film shows, several people who were skeptical of the prevalent opinion that the financial system was too big to fail.

While the film is primarily character driven, an understanding of the key financial terms and events can help keep the story flowing so you can focus on the moral struggle the characters face as they contemplate profiting from the collapse of the US economy.

Here is what you need to know.   Continue reading

Whether you are just clearing some clutter or getting your pad ready for BBQ season, there may be a way to spring some extra money in your pocket.

6 Ways to Cash in on Spring

Spring is a time of new life and rebirth. But it also is the time that most people start digging through all the things that they stored in winter and start asking, «Why on Earth did I keep this?»  Continue reading

Having a good credit score is an essential part of life as an adult.

10 Steps to Financial Independence: Step 6

Having a good credit score is an essential part of life as an adult. Credit scores not only help lenders determine whether or not they will loan you money, but they also affect interest rates on important purchases such as a car or a house. Creating and maintaining a good credit score is crucial, because without one, or with a bad score, you run the risk of not qualifying for a loan.

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PocketGuard for Android is here!

Say Hello to PocketGuard for Android

Over 165 million Americans everyday use smartphones to stay in touch and help manage their lives, including managing their money. The IOS-community has enjoyed the benefits of using our app for their personal finance management, and now PocketGuard is available for Android users too!   Continue reading

Here are some certifications that you can get online to give your paycheck a kick.

6 Certifications That Pay

You finally did it – you went to college, got your degree, and found a job. No more studying for you, right? Not exactly.

More and more, having a degree in a given field is the minimum requirement. Employers are looking for extra certifications and education that can strengthen your position and demonstrate flexibility. If you are already working, adding certifications to your resume can bump your salary significantly, often paying for themselves in a matter of weeks or months.

If you can’t take time off work to attend a course, here are some certifications that you can get online to give your paycheck a kick.

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Studying is a full-time job, but what student couldn't use a little extra cash in their pocket?

15 Best Jobs for College Students

Studying is a full-time job, but what student couldn’t use a little extra cash in their pocket? Finding a part-time job can not only pad your pocket, it can beef up your resume and demonstrate to employers that you can handle more than one thing at a time. Here are part-time jobs that don’t require a college degree and allow some flexibility so you can focus on your education.

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