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Jeanine Skowronski

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Jeanine is an editor and reporter at Credit.com. Prior to joining us, Jeanine’s work was featured by TheStreet, Newsweek, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, MSN, Fox Business, Forbes, CNBC and various other online publications. Follow her at @JeanineSko

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Identity Theft

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Beware: Scammers Love Valentine’s Day, Too

Valentine’s Day can certainly be stressful. Whether you’re at a loss for what to buy your love or you’re the lamenting the lack of one, you also have to watch out for scammers this time of year. “Scammers play on emotion … and romance is certainly a strong emotion,” the Better Business Bureau said in... Read More

What Happens If You Go Over Your Credit Card Limit?

Credit Cards

What Happens If You Go Over Your Credit Card Limit?

What Happens If You Go Over Your Credit Card Limit?

Credit cards certainly have their limits, but it is often possible to go over them. Thanks to new restrictions in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, some issuers have stopped allowing cardholders to spend beyond their credit limits. But others still offer what’s essentially a credit card version of overdraft coverage. This option,... Read More

Help! I Just Tanked My Credit

Credit Score

Help! I Just Tanked My Credit

Help! I Just Tanked My Credit

It can happen to anyone, and when it does, it’s usually at the most inopportune time. You start to search for a new home or, finally have the funds together to buy a new car when — bam! — an unpaid medical bill you didn’t know about enters collection or a payment on a store credit... Read More

5 Fast Ways to Tank Your Good Credit Score

Credit 101

5 Fast Ways to Tank Your Good Credit Score

5 Fast Ways to Tank Your Good Credit Score

Building a good credit score takes time and effort. Damaging your credit, unfortunately, is a different story. There are few major faux pas that could cause a stellar credit score to plummet seemingly overnight. Here are the big missteps to watch out for. 1. A First Missed Payment Payment history is the most important component of major... Read More

The New Credit Card That Lets You Spend Over Your Limit

Credit Cards

The New Credit Card That Lets You Spend Over Your Limit

The New Credit Card That Lets You Spend Over Your Limit

Credit cards give people a certain amount of flexibility when it comes to financing purchases, but there are generally limits to how much you can spend. One issuer, however, is easing these traditional restrictions for a new credit card. American Express recently launched the SimplyCash Plus Business Credit Card, a no annual fee credit card that lets business owners spend beyond their... Read More

Help! I Can’t Fix My Bad Credit

Credit 101

Help! I Can’t Fix My Bad Credit

Help! I Can’t Fix My Bad Credit

You’ve actively tried to improve your credit. You’ve pulled your free credit reports, checked for errors and identified what was holding you back. But even though you’ve instituted some good behaviors, like addressing that old collection account or making minimum payments on your credit card account, your bad score just won’t budge. What should you do... Read More

7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

Credit Score

7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

7 Signs You Have Bad Credit

Maybe you’re busy. Maybe you’re afraid of what you’ll see. Whatever the case, it can be all too easy to turn a blind eye to your credit report. Fortunately (or, perhaps, unfortunately), certain red flags can let you know that something is really amiss — and that your credit score has entered the danger zone. (Bad... Read More

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