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In this series, NerdWallet interviews new homeowners across the country about their unique homebuying journeys and the financial decisions that helped them get there. As a real estate appraiser, Elvia…

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You transformed your dingy basement into an entertainment room, guest quarters and a three-quarter bath. Yay! Dream realized. What’s more, the makeover helps boost your home’s value. But increased value…

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“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…

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The average household led by a retiree makes $48,000 annually before taxes and spends roughly $46,000 a year. That’s according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) measure of the…

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Amazon. Chipotle. GoPro. These household-name businesses were launched thanks to investments by the founders’ parents. But parents also have sunk plenty of money into their offsprings’ doomed enterprises, sometimes endangering…

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Your credit score isn’t an arbitrary three-digit number. It’s based on a summary of your history with credit — and it sends a strong signal about how you’re likely to handle…

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The July edition of Charlotte Restaurant Week runs July 20-29 at 124 restaurants in nine counties offering menus of three courses or more at dinner for $30 or $35 per person.

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Some interns spend their days fetching coffee. Others get their hands on something even hotter: their first 401(k). Not so long ago, scoring an internship that actually paid might have…

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In this series, NerdWallet interviews new homeowners across the country about their unique homebuying journeys and the financial decisions that helped them get there. The Atlantic in 2014 declared that…

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In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt using a combination of commitment, budgeting and smart financial choices. Responses have been edited for length and clarity. Jessie…

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Tile, typically a bathroom and kitchen flooring essential, has been used in more home-design applications in recent years. Today’s hardwood-simulating planks, subway and marble-look tiles, as well as other new…

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Most people expect their spending to go down in retirement — in fact, the rule of thumb is typically that you’ll spend just 70% to 80% of your pre-retirement income. Yet…

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Henry Gambell was comfortable gambling in Texas Hold’em tournaments, but placing bets in the options market? Not so much. That is, until he answered a routine in-house service call while working…

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If you’ve never talked about retirement with your spouse, you’re not alone. But it’s a crucial conversation if you want your retirement dreams to become reality. Thirty-six percent of couples…

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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…

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Paying down credit card debt with a high-interest rewards card is like hammering a nail with a screwdriver. Possible? Sure. But it’s not the best tool for the job. With…

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July brings a large helping of savings: Fourth of July deals, Black Friday in July sales and ice cream freebies. Make the most of midsummer sales with our guide for…

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“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…

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Expect to pay more for federal student loans this coming school year. All interest rates for student loans in the federal direct loan program are increasing by 0.60 percentage points…

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MOORESVILLE – Nailed It Do-It-Yourself Studio Mooresville is set to open at 248 N. Main St. on July 6.

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STATESVILLE – Iredell Health System has announced the recipients of its Nursing Excellence Award for 2018. Mary Nance and Lisa Warren were honored at the Iredell Health System nursing awards banquet last month. Each year, Iredell Health System recognizes nurses who inspire others through com…

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You might not use the word “good” to describe student loans, but not all of them are bad. A truly bad loan has high interest rates, few repayment options or…

The vacation packages featured by Costco Travel make a familiar, super-sized promise to Costco shoppers: You can save by prioritizing quality and buying in bulk. And for value-seeking travelers looking for a little bit of luxury, the…

Whether you’ve won the lottery, inherited a fortune or sold your business, landing a financial windfall can drastically improve your financial outlook. But the sudden wealth can also leave you…

Home improvements can rejuvenate a stale dwelling. But remodeling and renovations could set you back thousands of dollars for each room. A “midrange minor kitchen remodel” — including hardware, countertops, flooring and…

Your taxes in retirement may be a lot more complicated than taxes while you’re working. Social Security checks may or may not be taxed, depending on your income. You’ll pay…

Federal Reserve rate hikes, such as Wednesday’s one-quarter percentage point increase, often lead to higher annual percentage yields on certificates of deposit, or CDs. APYs on long-term CDs at many online…

See the impact on: Your retirement savings Your investing strategy Your savings accounts Your CDs Your mortgage Your home purchase Your credit cards The Federal Reserve raised the federal funds…

Cosmetic advertisements are everywhere — YouTube tutorials, Instagram posts, traditional print media — making them hard to avoid and even harder to resist. But if you bought every colored mascara…

Summer jobs for teens are an endangered species worth saving. These seasonal jobs offer more than a paycheck. Summer employment can: Improve academic performance, especially among lower-income teens. Teach important…

Jordan Sowhangar found her career calling in high school — and she jokingly says her father receives the credit or the blame. While she originally thought she’d follow in his…

The recipe for the perfect foodie vacation is simple: Combine equal parts adventure, conversation and well-loved regional specialty dishes — and a dash of surprise and delight. If you love to eat…