Top 10 Personal Finance Articles of the Month — November 2017

It’s time again for my favorite feature here on Dyer News: a look at my top 10 personal finance articles of the month. With the holiday shopping season upon us, it’s no surprise that this edition includes plenty of posts on how to save, earn, or avoid wasting money while shopping. Additionally a trio of smartphone and app-related articles caught my attention this month along with a few evergreen entries.

As usual, this month’s list includes a couple Dyer News Top 10 mainstays as well as a few first-timers. Without further ado, below is my list of the top 10 personal finance articles published in November of 2017, along with their title, author, and the site they originally appeared on.

Holiday Shopping and Spending

Deferred Interest Credit Cards: Don’t Fall For This Trick Over The Holidays — Lindsay VanSomeren, Wisebread

When it comes to holiday shopping, no money down financing offers can often look appealing. Unfortunately they can also be sinister and potentially more damaging than they may appear at first glance. As Lindsay points out, signing up for a deferred interest credit card offer this holiday season could actually be a lump of coal you’ll want to avoid.

Went Overboard on Black Friday? Four Ways to Fix Things — Donna Freedman, The Simple Dollar

November traditionally marks the start of the holiday shopping season, kicking off with the infamous Black Friday. Known for offering deals, the retail event is also known to lead some ill-advised purchases. If you overdid things between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Donna has a few tips for surviving the rest of the season and getting your finances back on track.

How to Make Some Extra Cash Over the Holidays — Leigh Anderson, TwoCents

By now, you hopefully have your holiday budget all mapped out. But, if you’re looking to boost that budget a bit and/or have some extra savings for the new year, there are a few ways you can make some quick cash. In this piece, Leigh highlights a few different ideas including picking up some seasonal work or renting out a room to holiday travelers.

This is What You Should Do with Any Cash You Get for Christmas — Mike Brassfield, The Penny Hoarder

While we all want to be thoughtful about the gifts we give and expect the same in return, sometimes it’s nice to just get cash. Of course, although you could easily earmark this found money for a number of fun things, there are in fact some smarter options. As for Mike, he suggests placing those gifted funds in a high-yield savings account.

Smartphones and Apps

Should You Buy, Lease, or Finance Your Next Smartphone?  —Kyle Burbank, Money@30

One popular item sure to be on the lists of many this holiday season is a new smartphone. Moreover, considering that new models like the iPhone X and Google Pixel 2 were recently released, there’s a good chance you have your eye on a new phone for yourself as well. This can lead to a growing dilemma: should you buy, lease, or finance your new device? Kyle explores the pros and cons of each option so that you choose which path makes the most sense for you.

Google’s New Data-Tracking App Could Save Money on Your Mobile Bill —Michael Simon, PCWorld

Part of selecting a new phone plan is considering how much data you plan on consuming. For many, this can actually be a pretty tall task as few of us truly have a grasp on how using our favorite apps and visiting various sites affects our data allotment. Well, as Micheal reports, Google has a new app out that will help you better understand your data plan and hopefully allow you to save money.

9 Smartphone Apps That Can Help You Manage Money Easier— Kelan & Brittany, The Savvy Couple

While the new Google app mentioned above has the potential to help you save, there are a number of other apps expressly built for that purpose. From applications that help you build and stick to a budget to those aimed at earning you cash back, you might be surprised at how many great, free apps are out there. To start you off, Kelan and Brittany recommend nine of their favorites.

Personal Finance Tips

It’s Time to Build a Better Emergency Fund — Miranda Marquit, The Balance

Emergency funds are a perpetual topic in these monthly roundups — and for good reason. With new statistics on how few Americans can cover small, unexpected expenses seemingly being released all the time, a reminder to prepare yourself is always welcome. But one thing we don’t talk about as often is how you can use your emergency fund in a way that allows it to grow while still being there if you need it. With that in mind, Miranda lays out her plan for a better emergency fund.

My Healthy Money Habits —Jenn Piccolo-Dabal, The Piccy Penny

Having an emergency fund is just one of several money habits that can help protect you from unexpected setbacks and prepare you for the future. It’s also important to understand and maintain your credit, create a budget, and live within your means. In this piece, Jenn (who incidentally is new to finance blogging after having been recently laid off) takes a look at few other healthy money habits as well as some tools to help you adopt them yourself.

Small Business Taxes: A Primer — Jonathan Heller, CNET

Speaking of starting a new gig, one of the biggest challenges for small business owners or the self-employed is navigating the world of business taxes. As the end of the year approaches, this topic becomes an even larger concern with quarterly taxes due in January and yearly returns due in April. To help make sense of it all, Jonathan provides a primer that includes everything from understanding the self-employment tax to what you can legally write off.

Thanks for checking out my top 10 personal finance articles published last month and congratulations to all of the bloggers who made the list. To find more of these great articles on a daily basis, be sure to follow me on Twitter @jondyer9 and of course visit

Also published on Medium.


Jonathan Dyer

I'm a small town guy living in Los Angeles looking to make solid financial decisions. I write for a number of finance websites, including HuffingtonPost and Business2Community. I founded in 2015 to focus on personal finance and the emerging FinTech markets.

Other Articles by Jonathan Dyer

Credit Bureaus Once Again Extend Free Weekly Credit Reports

An offer that was introduced at the beginning of the pandemic has once again been extended. This week, the three major credit bureaus in the United States — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion — announced that they'd be continuing their free weekly credit report program for consumers. Now, the feature will be valid until the end of 2023. Prior to the pandemic, consumers were entitled to download a copy of their...

Marriott Bonvoy Unveils New Cobranded Cards From Amex, Chase

In a much-expected move, Marriott Bonvoy has announced the launch of two new cards that will join their cobranded line up. These cards are the Marriott Bonvoy Bevy American Express card and the Marriott Bonvoy Bountiful Card from Chase. Both the Bevy and Bountiful cards earn 6x Marriott Bonvoy Points on purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties, 4x points on purchases at restaurants worldwide as well as at U.S. supermarkets (up...

Small Business Banking App Lili Introduces Lili Academy

Oftentimes, when people think of the "entrepreneur spirit," they assume it means striking out completely on your own. While setting your own course and working for yourself can be key reasons why individuals elect to start a small business, the truth is that there's no shame in seeking some help. Luckily, there are now a number of free resources entrepreneurs can utilize to help teach them important business topics and...