James Ellis

James Ellis is a Staff Writer for ValuePenguin, covering credit, banking, travel and other personal finance topics. He previously wrote for Newsweek, Men's Health, and other nationally-published magazines.

How Netflix's Price Hike Changes the Streaming Landscape

Is now the time to make the switch to a new streaming service?

Hospitals Now Post Their Prices Online, But Patients Remain in the Dark

More information isn't always better. Here's why the recent rule does anything but empower patients.

Government Shutdown Stops Routine Food Safety Inspections

Here’s what the deadlock in Washington means for your stomach.

How the Federal Government Shutdown Affects You—Even If You Aren't a Government Worker

You don't have to work for the government to feel the sting of the shutdown.

Millennials Feel They Have No Problems Qualifying for a Mortgage

Are they headed for a rude awakening?

So How Do You Make That Amazon Gift Return, Exactly?

More packages are returned before Christmas, so here's how to make sure you get the refund you deserve.

Experian’s New Platform to Boost Millennials' Credit Scores

A new credit model aims to help those with thin credit histories to potentially save thousands.

How the Affordable Care Act Repeal Affects Your Healthcare Coverage

A recent decision by a federal judge places the insurance of millions in potential jeopardy.

Financial Resolutions for the New Year That You Need

No matter where you are in life, you can make 2019 the year you set yourself up for success.

Here's How Much Debt Most of Us Pick Up During Christmas

New reports pinpoint the price tag of holiday cheer and what you can do to avoid spending too much this year.

Most Parents Want to Skip Christmas for a Vacation

One survey shows the majority of parents would rather pass on the Yuletide cheer this year.

A New Study Reveals How Much It Costs to Delay Retirement Savings

Americans are losing a surprising six-figures by not saving early enough.