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Jeanine Skowronski

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Jeanine Skowronski is the former Executive Editor of Credit.com. Her work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, American Banker, TheStreet, Newsweek, Business Insider, Yahoo Finance, MSN, Fox Business, Forbes, CNBC and various other online publications. Follow her at @JeanineSko

50 Things Anyone Dealing With a Debt Collector Should Know

Managing Debt

50 Things Anyone Dealing With a Debt Collector Should Know

50 Things Anyone Dealing With a Debt Collector Should Know

Getting a debt collection call is never fun. Even in a best-case scenario — it’s your debt and you can pay — that outstanding account can cause a headache or two. And if the debt’s contentious, not yours or just too darn high, the situation can become (or at least feel) a lot more dire.... Read More

4 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Build Credit (For Real)

Credit Score

4 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Build Credit (For Real)

4 Ways Your Credit Card Can Help You Build Credit (For Real)

For plenty of people — and millennials especially — a credit card is a scary prospect. And we get why: Phenomenal spending power plus itty-bitty charging restrictions equals a major opportunity to go into debt. But if you’re foregoing credit cards completely, you could be making it harder on yourself when it comes to another important facet... Read More

These Popular Hotel Credit Cards Just Got Sweeter Signup Bonuses

Credit Card Reviews

These Popular Hotel Credit Cards Just Got Sweeter Signup Bonuses

These Popular Hotel Credit Cards Just Got Sweeter Signup Bonuses

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Right on the heels of its forthcoming Platinum card makeover, American Express is upping the ante on two... Read More

50 Things to Do If You Plan to Sell Your Home This Spring

Mortgages

50 Things to Do If You Plan to Sell Your Home This Spring

50 Things to Do If You Plan to Sell Your Home This Spring

Have you heard? It’s a seller’s market. Well, in most zip codes at least. But a hopping homebuying season doesn’t necessarily mean your home will go well over asking price. There’s still plenty a seller must do if they want to get the best price for their soon-to-be-former digs. Here are 50 things to do if you... Read More

3 Home Improvements That Can Ultimately Save You Some Money

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3 Home Improvements That Can Ultimately Save You Some Money

3 Home Improvements That Can Ultimately Save You Some Money

Spring has officially sprung, which means plenty of house hunters and home sellers are ’tis-ing the season. But if you’re settled in your humble abode, the warm weather can serve as a different inspiration. Yup, it’s the home improvement season, too. Of course, major renovations aren’t in everyone’s budget and it’s best not to go into... Read More

How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Score Better Credit

Personal Finance

How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Score Better Credit

How Your Tax Refund Can Help You Score Better Credit

If you’re getting a tax refund this year, you’ve got three major options when it comes to using the money: You can save it. You can invest it. Or you can splurge. But break things down a little further, and that check (back) from Uncle Sam can help you build credit, too. For serious. Here are six... Read More

9 Signs You’re on Your Way to a Perfect Credit Score

Credit Score

9 Signs You’re on Your Way to a Perfect Credit Score

9 Signs You’re on Your Way to a Perfect Credit Score

Hey, there, overachiever. Are you really trying to attain a perfect credit score? Here’s the thing: You don’t need to. Any score over 760 will pretty much net you a lender’s best rates and terms. Plus, even if you do score that elusive 850, you probably won’t keep it for long. Credit scores are mercurial:... Read More

7 Simple Hacks for Building Better Credit

Credit 101

7 Simple Hacks for Building Better Credit

7 Simple Hacks for Building Better Credit

Sure, credit-scoring models are complicated (all that algorithm-ing and such). But, when you get right down to it, the secret sauce to building good credit is actually pretty straightforward: Take a whole bunch of on-time loan payments, keep a pinch of debt, stir in some new accounts, and let the thing bake. Seriously — building and... Read More

50 Ways House Hunters Can Get Ready for Homebuying Season

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50 Ways House Hunters Can Get Ready for Homebuying Season

50 Ways House Hunters Can Get Ready for Homebuying Season

Spring will very soon have sprung — which means “For Sale” signs will be in full bloom — and if you’re hoping to buy a home this year, get ready for a competitive market. Thanks to the Federal Reserve’s continuing rate hike teases and some economic improvements, you can expect to run into plenty of other... Read More

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