How to Build a Home Office Without Breaking the Bank

For about six months beginning in January, James Hulett’s garage became his home office. His company sent him home earlier than most workplaces in an effort to keep the coronavirus from spreading. “I have a 3-year-old son who’s way into tools, so he would be [in the garage] finding tools to take them inside and … Continued

How to Bank When You Can’t Go to the Bank

It’s a tough time to do your banking if you prefer going to a branch. Hours have been cut at many locations, and social distancing guidelines mean bank lobbies are limiting traffic — assuming they are open at all. For customers who absolutely need to visit branches, banks are taking steps to prevent the spread … 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

How to Get the Most out of Online Reviews

In the world of online shopping, often buyers will purchase an item only after they see that other people also like it. And the easiest way to find out consumer sentiment? You guessed it: reviews. Many online purchases are based on careful consideration of star ratings and product reviews left by complete strangers. Some 82% of … 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

With Mobile Pay, You Can Go Without a Wallet at Checkout

When you’re at the checkout line this holiday season, you could juggle your bags and dig into your purse or billfold for your credit or debit card. Or you could use that phone you’re already clutching, or that new smartwatch strapped to your wrist. Many stores now accept mobile wallets, a technology that lets customers … Continued

How Not to Be a Knucklehead on Venmo

Venmo takes the anxiety out of splitting brunch and utility bills. With a linked bank account and someone’s username, you can send and request cash in a few taps. But some wonder if the app makes it a little too easy for people to hit each other up for money. Just ask Soham Maniar of … Continued