Nancy Mann Jackson

Career and Finance

Freelance journalist Nancy Mann Jackson writes regularly about personal finance, small business, healthcare and education. Her work has appeared in Entrepreneur, CNNMoney.com, Bankrate, Working Mother and many other publications. She lives in Alabama with her husband and their three boys.

Should You Close a Credit Card Account?

If you’re no longer using a particular credit card, there are financial benefits to keeping it open — as long as it’s free. But if it’s costing you unnecessary fees (or tempting you to spend), make sure to close it correctly or you could hurt...

How to Boost Your Credit Score

If your credit score is under 700 (the number considered prime), you’re not alone. More than 55 percent of Americans have subprime credit scores, according to the 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. But low scores don’t have to be permanent. In...

Get the Most From Your Tax Refund

So you’re getting a refund. And you’re imagining how you’ll celebrate: Fund your next vacation, maybe? Or buy a new spring wardrobe? While it’s certainly okay to treat yourself, it’s a good idea to make the most of your tax refund — after all, it...

6 ‘Good’ Credit Card Moves That Are Actually Terrible

Credit cards can cause problems for those who overcharge and can’t pay their bills on time, but they can also be valuable tools for building credit history and reaping rewards. But to maximize credit cards as a valuable financial tool, you must...

How Much Should I Spend on a House?

Your house is likely to be the biggest purchase you will make in your life, and you may spend years paying for it. Getting a mortgage to purchase a home can be a wise financial decision since you’re building equity and getting nice tax...

A Glossary of Basic Mortgage Terms: From Escrow to Title

It can feel like mortgage lenders and real estate agents speak a secret language. If you’re planning to buy your first home — or your first in a while — you’re bound to hear unfamiliar terms during the mortgage process. Here’s a cheat sheet to...

10 Flexible Side Gigs to Bring in Extra Income

Making extra money is always a bonus. No contest. Even better? When you can do it in your pajamas or while binge-watching Broad City. Whether it’s because you can’t currently expect to make more at your day job or need an extra few thousand to...

Home Buying 101: How to Get a Mortgage

For many people, buying a home is the biggest financial move they’ll ever make. Most homes are bought with mortgage loans, which let you buy property and come with tax-deductible interest. If you’re in the market for a new home, especially if...

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