Liz Weston

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This Year, Resolve to Leave No Gift Card Unused

Years ago, a friend who needed cash sold me a $100 Nordstrom gift card. I wish I knew where the heck I put it. Gift cards are a popular holiday…

Why a 401(k) Rollover to an IRA Could Be a Mistake

If you leave a job or retire, you’re often encouraged to roll over your 401(k) or other workplace retirement account into an individual retirement account. That might not be the…

A Year-End Checklist to Make the Most of Retirement Savings

Age brings unique opportunities and obligations, including some important year-end tasks that can help you make the most of your money. For people 50 and older, here are some to…

8 Rules for Saving, Borrowing and Spending Money

The best personal finance advice is tailored to your individual situation. That said, a few rules of thumb can cut through the confusion that often surrounds money decisions and help…

How to Maximize Your ‘Health Span’

We’re living longer on average, but the number of years we’re healthy hasn’t kept up. This lagging “health span” translates into more time living with serious illness and disabilities at…

Smart Money Podcast: Travel Tips, and Finding the Right Financial Advisors

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about holiday travel. Then we pivot to this week’s money…

3 Times You Need Money Advice From a Human

You can now manage most aspects of your money without ever consulting another human being. You can budget, borrow, save, invest, buy insurance, prepare your tax return and create a…

How to Talk Money With Your Parents This Holiday

Holiday gatherings may present an opportunity to talk to your parents about important money issues, such as estate planning or long-term care. The need to discuss this stuff may feel…

Reluctant to Retire? 3 Signs You’re Ready

Many people don’t have much choice about when they retire. Illness, job loss or caretaking responsibilities push them out of the labor force, ready or not. But some people have…

Smart Money Podcast: The Benefits of Being Boring With Your Money, and Why to Make a Will ASAP

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about the benefits of being boring with your money. Then…

When a Will Won’t Work

A will allows you to distribute your worldly goods, select a guardian for minor children and name an executor to carry out your wishes. But you should be aware of…

Money Mistakes Could Signal Dementia Risk

Some of the early signs of dementia are financial: forgetting to pay bills, for example, or having trouble calculating a tip. People who develop dementia also are more likely to…

Smart Money Podcast: Holiday Shopping Scams, and Paying Off Law School Debt

Welcome to NerdWallet’s Smart Money podcast, where we answer your real-world money questions. This week’s episode starts with a discussion about scams consumers might encounter when holiday shopping this year.…

How the Toy Shortage Could Affect Your Holidays

Many popular toys may sell out long before the holidays, thanks to ongoing pandemic-related disruptions. This could be a disaster — or a great opportunity to reshape how we celebrate.…

4 Ways to Fortify Your Finances Against Natural Disaster

Emergency preparedness experts recommend that you have a “go bag” and a “stay bin” for disasters: kits with supplies to help you survive a few days if you have to…

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