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How to Put Your Tax Refund to Work for You

If you’re eagerly anticipating a tax refund in the coming weeks, you have good reason to be optimistic: The IRS reports that about 77% of tax returns filed last year…

4 Cheap Ways to Be an Eco-Conscious Traveler

Whoa. The onus of reducing the carbon impact of travel rests on many shoulders, from corporations to countries. But the fact remains that the decisions of individual travelers matter as…

Travel Insurance Might Not Cover COVID-19 — Unless You Upgrade 

When traveling during the COVID-19 era, it can make sense to have travel insurance. These days, trips have been canceled for all sorts of COVID-19-related reasons, beyond actual illness, such…

First-Time Home Buyers Faced Headwinds Again in Q4

A striking lack of affordability held steady for first-time home buyers in the final quarter of 2021. After a slight uptick in listings in the third quarter, the number of…

6 Ways Technology Is Evolving Travel in 2022

For the athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, travel entailed … robots. Everywhere. These machines prepared and served noodles, rice and burgers, and roamed hallways to take the…

Made Green Upgrades in 2021? Don’t Miss These Tax Credits

Many Americans have woven green practices into their everyday lives — from recycling to going paperless and even cutting back on meat consumption. Switching to clean energy or purchasing an…

Smart Money Podcast: Why to Sell Your House, and Managing Investment Fees

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion with NerdWallet data writer Liz Renter about why now might…

Viral Savings Challenges That Pay Off

If the idea of saving for tomorrow seems difficult, the right money challenge can inject excitement, push competitive buttons and increase your savings.

How COVID Grants, Relief Programs Impact 2021 Business Taxes

Businesses buoyed by coronavirus relief funding may face a new wave of uncertainty this tax filing season as rules about how that money should be reported on federal and state…

Ending Your Car Lease Is Tricky, But Can Still Pay Off

That car you leased three years ago probably has become a cash cow. But deciding what to do with that equity — and what to drive next — has become…

Why You (and I) Should Name a ‘Trusted Contact’

For the past few years, financial services companies have been bugging me to name a “trusted contact.” Banks, brokerages and insurers increasingly want to have someone to call or email…

Can Your First Credit Card Be a Travel Card?

Maybe you love to travel and the thought of a shiny, metal card that gets you free flights is dazzling. Maybe you’re a pragmatic college student planning to study abroad…

Lock In Your Access to Hotel Refunds as Travel Remains Iffy

Worried you might need to cancel your hotel stay last-minute? If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that nothing is for certain — not even the room you booked. Sometimes…

How to Choose a Seat on a Plane

What used to be a simple part of purchasing an airline ticket has become a hot mess in recent years. Should you pay for more legroom? Should you pay at…

How One-Income Couples Can Remain Equals

Some couples mutually decide that they want to have a one-income household. But for others, the decision is made for them. The COVID-19 pandemic has left many in this situation,…