How to Pick the Right Credit Card for You

Credit Cards

How to Pick the Right Credit Card for You

How to Pick the Right Credit Card for You

Choosing a credit card can be difficult. There are dozens of issuers and hundreds of credit cards on the market. Each card has its own term, conditions, rewards, and benefits, so which ones are important to consider? Like most products, it depends on how you are going to use it and what you can get…. Read More

Can Paying Off Debt Hurt My Credit?

Managing Debt

Can Paying Off Debt Hurt My Credit?

Can Paying Off Debt Hurt My Credit?

Whether you recently repaid a loan or are starting a plan to reduce your debt, there are a few things you should know. First, do a happy dance for achieving or taking steps toward reaching a financial goal. (Pause for happy dance. OK, continue reading.) Second, understand what paying off debt means for your credit… Read More

3 Costly Credit Card Mistakes

Credit Cards

3 Costly Credit Card Mistakes

3 Costly Credit Card Mistakes

For those of us who use credit cards responsibly, there are lots of benefits to be had. Credit cards offer security and convenience that cash does not. But when you don’t use credit cards responsibly, you can rack up fees and easily damage your credit scores. Credit card debt is one of the biggest sources of consumer… Read More

How to Dig Out of Holiday Debt

Managing Debt

How to Dig Out of Holiday Debt

How to Dig Out of Holiday Debt

The holiday season is a wonderful time, but many families charge too much on their credit cards when they buy gifts, throw parties and travel to visit family. That leaves many of us waking up after New Year’s Day to a mountain of credit card debt. Rather than resign ourselves to paying high interest rates… Read More

The Identity Theft Lessons We Learned in 2013

Identity Theft

The Identity Theft Lessons We Learned in 2013

The Identity Theft Lessons We Learned in 2013

This has been a supremely active year in the data privacy sector. National Security Agency spying regularly captured headlines as new details emerged about the NSA dragnet. The British phone hacking scandal continued to unfold as trials marched on and press employees pleaded guilty. And, of course, data breaches hit companies in all industry sectors…. Read More

The Scariest Identity Theft Stat

Identity Theft

The Scariest Identity Theft Stat

The Scariest Identity Theft Stat

Identity theft victims suffered more than $24.7 billion in direct and indirect losses in 2012 — that’s more than the combined $14 billion in losses consumers experienced from other types of theft (burglary, motor vehicle theft and other property theft) in the same period. The Bureau of Justice Statistics highlighted these and other staggering statistics… Read More

5 Purchases to Squeeze In Before the End of the Year

Personal Finance

5 Purchases to Squeeze In Before the End of the Year

5 Purchases to Squeeze In Before the End of the Year

With only about a week to go before the end of the year, you may be thinking you’re all done shopping until 2014. However, don’t let the books close on 2013 without considering these last-minute purchases. 1. Make your health insurance plan official If you signed up for health insurance through one of the government exchanges,… Read More

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Save You Money

Personal Finance

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Save You Money

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Save You Money

Whether it’s responsible money management, weight loss or a healthier lifestyle, New Year’s resolutions usually become a thing of the past by February when the holiday festivities are over, the dust has settled and life is back to normal. However, with a little determination and consistency, resolutions can help you save $1,000 or much more. 1…. Read More

6 Cheap Ways to Escape the Cold

Personal Finance

6 Cheap Ways to Escape the Cold

6 Cheap Ways to Escape the Cold

With the colder months often come the winter blues. One of the best cures is dreaming of vacations to warm locales. But you may be thinking there’s no way you can actually afford a winter getaway. In fact, there are budget-friendly vacation options. Plan your travel now so you have someplace to go when the dreary, short… Read More

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