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

4 Big Refinancing Questions Answered

Mortgages

4 Big Refinancing Questions Answered

4 Big Refinancing Questions Answered

You may have heard about it on the news, your neighbors may be bragging about it or you could have even received eligibility notice in the mail — but what is the real deal behind refinancing? Before you crunch your personal numbers and weigh the costs and benefits of refinancing your mortgage, you need to be… Read More

5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

Students

5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

5 Student Loan Terms Every Borrower Should Know

If you have student loan debt, you’ve probably noticed that your loans have a language all their own – and the last thing you want to do is spend your free time learning it. The good news is that you don’t need to be fluent in loan lingo in order to navigate the world of education debt… Read More

I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

Personal Finance

I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

In early December 2014 I went to the doctor for a twinge. Fifty-six days, two surgeries and countless tests later I’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I could recount for you all the co-pay and medication costs, but let’s talk about all the things I bought that insurance doesn’t come close to covering: $99 –… Read More

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

Identity Theft

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

When a widespread data breach happens, children are often the most at risk for identity theft. Their clean credit histories make them targets for identity thieves to steal information and open new lines of credit. After the Anthem data breach, millions of children in the U.S. had their personal information exposed, making them vulnerable to… Read More

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Credit Score

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Mobile alerts from your credit card issuer can do much more than alert you to possible fraud. You can use that information to help you improve your credit. First, a word about how credit scores work. The two biggest factors are paying on time (35%) and the amount of credit you use relative to your… Read More

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

Credit Cards

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

Last year, Apple captured the imagination of technology enthusiasts and credit card users alike when it introduced its Apple Pay mobile payments system. No longer would credit card users need to carry around a bulging wallet filled with myriad credit cards — their smartphones could simply be waived in front of a payment terminal. That payment process has… Read More

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