Finance for New Adults

Becoming an adult can be a frightening time in your life. Being financially independent requires a lot of know-how. In this section we'll examine many of the financial aspects related to becoming an adult.

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Student loans aren't free money. If you're tempted to buy a car with your financial aid check, you might want to do the math first.

By Cherise Threewitt

Teens should know both the practicalities and philosophy of taxes. Learn what your teen should know about taxes in this article.

By Contributors

You spent your childhood wanting to be just like them. Then, during your teenage years, you did everything you possibly could to be nothing like them. Somewhere along the way, though, you did, in fact, become your parents. How did that happen?

By Sara Elliott


Now that you're all grown up with a place of your own, the first place to go shopping is your parents' house, of course. From dishes and clothes to special antiques, these 10 things should definitely make the move with you.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a difficult one for both children and parents. Fortunately, there are movies out there that compress the long and rocky road to adulthood into a 90-minute, family-friendly story that gives parents and teens something to talk about.

By Heather Kolich

Dating is already stressful enough without having to worry about money. What are you going to wear? Where will you go and what will you say? But when you're working with a tight budget, you can still be creative and have a fun time on your date.

By Jane McGrath

If you don't have a bank account, that doesn't necessarily mean you can't get a loan to cover bills or major expenses. What types of loans are you eligible for, even without a bank account?

By Jennifer Sellers


A new city means exciting new experiences. It also means facing the unknown, which can be a bit scary. Don't worry; there are future friends in that crowd of strangers. We'll help you find them.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Sometimes people need to settle down or start over. It's best to do those things as cheaply as possible, so we've compiled a list of the 10 U.S. states with the lowest cost of living.

By Josh Briggs

Home, sweet home just isn't as cozy without any electricity. It takes a little effort to pick the best utility providers and have the services turned on, but these modern amenities make life much sweeter!

By Echo Surina

Rent or mortgage payments will undoubtedly be your largest single housing expense, but utilities will typically come in second -- sometimes a close second. Don't get left with a bill you can't handle.

By Julia Layton


They're not extravagant but efficiency apartments do offer affordability and convenience. We'll show you how to get the most from the limited space.

By Sara Elliott

If your apartment complex catches fire or floods in a natural disaster, you may be surprised to find out how little of your property is covered by your landlord's insurance policy. But we've got you covered. Here are the easy-to-understand components of renter's insurance.

By Sara Elliott