Build a better budget
Creating a solid budget can help you take control of your money, feel more confident in your spending, and give you peace of mind with your saving. Experts Mary Wisniewski and Hanneh Bareham break down common strategies and let you in on the secrets to making a budget you'll actually stick to.
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Calculate your budget
Find a budgeting app
Customize your own budget with our exclusive template.Download now
Breaking down the basics
Spoiler alert: You need to learn about money if you want to make it work for you. But where should you start? Introducing Bankrate Basics—courses designed to give you the essentials of important money topics in a fast and fun way.
In less time than it takes to watch your favorite reality TV series, you can learn all about investing, student loans, homebuying and more! We can't promise any table-flipping drama, but we can promise some solid lessons packed with actionable tips.
Grab some popcorn (or a pencil!) and get ready to learn. We're going back to the basics.
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Save for emergencies the right way
The last thing you want to worry about during an emergency is how much money you'll need. In this course, money experts Mary Wisnewski and Ashley Parks explain some emergency fund basics, compare saving strategies and even share their favorite savings apps.
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Find an account
See your savings grow
Start your emergency fund
Download our free savings strategies worksheet and customize your plan.Download now
Downsize your debt
There is a way to conquer debt and get your finances back in the black. In this course, experts Ashley Parks and Sarah Foster show us how to pay off debt through some tried and true strategies.
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Access debt management tools
Should you consolidate? Download our flow chart to find out.Download now
Learn to invest with the best
Get in with investing. In this course, Mercredes Barba and Ashley Parks break down the basics of how investing works, from the stock market to overall best practices.
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Calculate your earnings
Explore top brokers
Get our Golden Rules of Investing in a free downloadable PDF.Download now
Retire on the right track
Will you be ready to call it quittin' time… For good? Experts Adam Auriemma and Hanneh Bareham teach us how to save, where to save, and some good spots to settle down for retirement.
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Find your plan
Find a retirement spot
Download our timeline and see if your savings are on the right track for retirement.Download now
Study up on student loans
As if choosing a degree wasn't hard enough, student loans are confusing all on their own. Experts Ashley Parks and Hanneh Bareham share all their best tips for tackling student loan debt, help you compare your options and even share student loan tips for tax season.
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Compare student loan rates
Read more about student loans
Find your repayment strategy
Get our free study guide to keep track of all your student loans needs.Download now
Learn the keys to buying a home
Figuring out where you're going to live—and how you're going to pay for it—can be stressful. That's why experts Adam Auriemma and Hanneh Bareham are here to show you how to buy a home, get a mortgage and so much more.
Learn more about homebuying
Compare mortgage rates
Get the info you need
See what you can afford
Keep track of your homebuying journey with our free printable worksheet.Download now
Refinance with confidence
If you want a new mortgage but don't want to move, a refinance can help! Hanneh Bareham, Zach Wichter and Dr. Sanchez Fair explain the refinancing process from beginning to end, with some of the top tips you need to know.
Learn more about home refinance
Explore refinance resources
Compare refinance rates
Calculate your refi
Download our free refinance checklist to make sure you stay on track.Download now