September 25, 2017 in Smart Money

The Basics Series

There are 11 topics of personal finance that every consumer deals with — from car loans to taxes. To educate you so that you can make smart choices, we’ve created the Basics.

In each Basics section, you’ll find:
  • A thorough discussion of the topic written in step-by-step style.
  • Links to Bankrate calculators, surveys and decision tools, set in the context that you need to use them.
  • Money-saving advice.

The Basics were written by Bankrate’s experts on each topic and are updated whenever there are changes in laws or financial practices. If you have a question or comment for the editors or writers, please write to us here.