Slow Day: Week 21 – Money Saving Mom®

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and…

The government expands access to student loan forgiveness—just read the fine print

Christina Dragonetti knows the application for student loan forgiveness she submitted on Wednesday amounts to a sort of Hail Mary. “I fully expect for it to get rejected,” the 39-year-old said. Nonetheless, Dragonetti rushed to apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a program that allows certain public servants to have their federal student loans forgiven…

Zillow begins rollout of significant Premier Agent changes | 2018-05-25

Back in April, Zillow Group announced it was rolling out changes to its Premier Agent program. Now, those changes have begun. Zillow previously disclosed that it would soon bring several significant changes to its Premier Agent program “over the next several months.” Now, reports have reached HousingWire that this rollout has begun. The new changes…

Why mutual fund managers on a hot streak may be too good for your money

“Hot hands” — in sports, business, and investing — don’t last forever. But why? One explanation is that it’s not because outstanding money managers lose their touch (though, of course, that sometimes happens). Instead, the hot hands of even the best investors must eventually cool because their success attracts too much money and eventually overwhelms…

Freddie Mac: Homebuyers are resilient despite housing market challenges | 2018-05-25

Although homebuyers struggle with affordability and low supply, a healthy economy and strong consumer confidence are expected to lead to an increase of sales, according to Freddie Mac’s newly released monthly outlook for May. Last month, Freddie Mac’s outlook indicated that low housing inventory was responsible for a struggling housing market, and this has now…

6 things NOT to buy at Memorial Day sales

Memorial Day is the new Black Friday — but that doesn’t mean it’s the best time to buy everything. Originally a holiday devoted to mattress sales, in recent years retailers have morphed the holiday weekend into a bigger sales weekend to mark the halfway-point to Black Friday. Consequently, there are plenty of great deals to…