How to Use Your Tax Refund to Build Credit

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How to Use Your Tax Refund to Build Credit

How to Use Your Tax Refund to Build Credit

Do you look forward to tax time? For some, it’s exciting because you know you’ll get a refund. It’s found money, like that $20 bill you find in the pocket of a coat you haven’t worn in a long time. But what to do with found money? Usually our thoughts go to all the cool… Read More

Costco’s New Visa Credit Card: Here’s What We Know

Credit Cards

Costco’s New Visa Credit Card: Here’s What We Know

Costco’s New Visa Credit Card: Here’s What We Know

Costco on Monday announced agreements with Citi and Visa to replace American Express as the exclusive co-branded credit card issuer and credit card network in its U.S. warehouse stores. The 16-year-old relationship between Costco and American Express expires March 31, 2016, so shoppers won’t begin to experience the effect of this change until next year. At… Read More

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

Identity Theft

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

Forgot Your Password? Don’t Worry — It’s in Your Skin

It was a moment out of science fiction. All eyes were on Kaspersky Lab researcher Povel Torudd as he sat center stage at the Kaspersky Security Analyst Summit in Cancun, Mexico, recently, waiting to become a cyborg. Torudd volunteered to have a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip implanted in his hand by a professional body… Read More

3 Credit Card Math Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

Credit Cards

3 Credit Card Math Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

3 Credit Card Math Mistakes That Are Costing You Money

Twenty years ago when Michael Riley first released his Credit Card Math tutorial, most people had no clue how interest on credit cards work. In fact, his revelations about how credit card interest and payment methods worked were considered so shocking that they ended up being featured in a national news program’s investigative report. Fast… Read More

25 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

Personal Finance

25 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

25 Ways to Spend Less on Groceries

If you’re a family of four with pre-teens and consider yourself “thrifty,” you may have spent $654.90 on groceries last month. On the other hand, maybe you live large — or as the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, “liberal” — and spent $1,303.20 for the month. Those numbers come from the USDA estimates for the average cost of… Read More

Buying a Home? Be Ready for These Closing Costs

Mortgages

Buying a Home? Be Ready for These Closing Costs

Buying a Home? Be Ready for These Closing Costs

For most of us, there’s no bigger purchase than buying a home. And with big purchases, even minor fees can carry a big price tag. Before signing the paperwork and taking on a mortgage, it’s a good idea to get educated about the process. Many people either don’t know or forget to factor in the… Read More

4 Reasons You Could Be Denied a Mortgage

Mortgages

4 Reasons You Could Be Denied a Mortgage

4 Reasons You Could Be Denied a Mortgage

So, you’ve thought about whether renting or buying your next home is the right decision for you. If you decide to buy a home, you’ll likely have to prepare for financing your purchase with mortgage payments. Here’s where things can get a bit tricky. While getting a hold of the costs involved with home buying can… Read More

17 Proven Ways to Save on Travel

Personal Finance

17 Proven Ways to Save on Travel

17 Proven Ways to Save on Travel

Spring and summer vacations are lifesavers after a long, dark winter, though the cost of travel can make planning a trip stressful. But don’t let a tight budget keep you from having a getaway. There are ways to do it for less that won’t diminish your experience. In fact, some may enhance it. 1. Be Flexible on Travel Dates… Read More

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