Make Your Brand Loyalty Pay Off

Blogger Dani Austin of Dallas, Texas, logged into her Southwest Airlines account a few days before the end of 2019. Shortly after, she and her husband, Jordan Joseph Ramirez, flew to Las Vegas (and back home) in less than 72 hours. The spontaneous trip was part of a last-ditch attempt to try to earn the … Continued

Overshopped in December? Try These 3 Strategies to Recover

Christmas, Hanukkah and the holiday season have come and gone — likely taking quite a bit of your cash with them. You can’t magically make more money appear in your bank account. And it’s definitely too late to ask Santa for a check. But here are three of the next best things you can do. 1. Adjust … Continued

Shoppers Share Black Friday Strategies That Actually Work

If at first you don’t succeed, talk to someone who has. Black Friday is arguably the biggest discount day of the year, but making the most of it requires some practice, planning and strategy. So ahead of Black Friday on Nov. 29, we talked with shoppers and shopping experts to hear their best — and worst — … Continued

Stop Doing These 4 Things Online — Immediately

If you’re like many people, you might sign up for an online account at your gym, download the local movie theater’s app and share a cat video on Twitter all before 9 a.m. — and all without thinking twice. But when navigating the internet, security experts say, a little bit of deliberation often pays off … Continued

Neutralize the Digital Threat You Carry Everywhere

Your smartphone is your confidante, your hand-held connection to the world — and one of your biggest vulnerabilities. Scammers can take advantage of day-to-day tasks that seem innocuous, like checking a bank balance or charging a phone at a public USB port, to exploit personal information for their profit. To keep that data safe, start … Continued

These 3 Tricks Can Help You Shop Less

Shopping can be a form of relaxation, an entertaining way to spend time or even a hobby. But it can turn into an expensive habit. Whether you sometimes give in to a weakness for designer handbags or brand-name shoes, here are three ways to help you manage the urge to spend. Pick the tactic that … Continued

How to Stem ‘Subscription Creep’

From Netflix, Spotify and Amazon Prime to Blue Apron, Birchbox and beer of the month, your debit or credit card statements are likely littered with subscriptions that are costing you dearly. Not that all subscriptions are bad. You might be happy to pay a monthly fee to work out at the gym or type in … Continued

Don’t Let Instagram Envy Get You Into Debt

When was the last time scrolling through Instagram made you feel better? If you’re like me, the puppy photos on your feed momentarily boost your mood, but the parade of carefully selected and artfully edited experiences leaves you feeling depleted. How can these people afford to travel to New Zealand? When will it be your turn to … Continued

5 Ways Your Friendships Can Blossom on a Budget

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. You do not … Continued

7 Ways to Save at Disneyland — No Magic Required

Prepping your wallet for a trip to see Mickey Mouse is no walk in the park. There will be tickets, souvenirs and food to buy. So to make your visit to California’s Disneyland more of a fairy tale and less of a financial nightmare, try these seven ways to save money. While the tips below focus … Continued