Can Improving Your Credit Actually Be Fun?

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Can Improving Your Credit Actually Be Fun?

Can Improving Your Credit Actually Be Fun?

Your credit is one of the most important things in your life. Just like you might use your blood pressure or body weight as an indicator of your physical health, your credit (including your credit report and credit score) is an indicator of your financial health. But there’s a problem: People often don’t like talking... Read More

How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Credit Blues

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How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Credit Blues

How to Avoid the Post-Holiday Credit Blues

January is always an interesting time because it feels like a new beginning: we’re starting a whole new year, full of exciting possibilities. For some people, though, January isn’t just about the possibilities; it’s also about dealing with the credit score impact of your decisions during the holidays. Purchases made on credit cards, for example,... Read More

5 Credit Mistakes You’ll Regret Immediately

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5 Credit Mistakes You’ll Regret Immediately

5 Credit Mistakes You’ll Regret Immediately

We all make mistakes and have regrets — those extra pieces of pie over Thanksgiving come to mind! — however, some regrets last longer than others. Credit mistakes can make you regret the error of your ways for years to come. Avoid these common credit mistakes and you’ll have one less area of regret in your life.... Read More

The Email Mistake That Can Hurt Your Credit

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The Email Mistake That Can Hurt Your Credit

The Email Mistake That Can Hurt Your Credit

Every time I look at my inbox, I almost always have about half a dozen new emails from retailers that want me to buy their stuff. And these retailers often use amazingly compelling subject lines so that I feel like I have to click and see what unbeatable deal I’m missing. Now, as we head... Read More

Are You Getting Better at Paying Your Mortgage?

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Are You Getting Better at Paying Your Mortgage?

Are You Getting Better at Paying Your Mortgage?

After years of bad news, foreclosures, awful stories of homeowners having to abandon homes and mortgages they couldn’t afford, we are now seeing some good news come out of the home lending world. TransUnion, one of the major credit reporting agencies, recently looked at how Americans have been keeping up with their mortgage payments and... Read More

Money 101: How to Get Your Credit Ready for College

Credit 101

Money 101: How to Get Your Credit Ready for College

Money 101: How to Get Your Credit Ready for College

For many students, the beginning of your college career is also the beginning of your transition to adulthood. You will likely have more freedom — and responsibility — than you have ever had before. One of the most important aspects to being an adult is planning ahead and living with intention, especially when it comes... Read More

3 Things I Hate About Student Loans

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3 Things I Hate About Student Loans

3 Things I Hate About Student Loans

Hate is a word I rarely use in my posts. I like to remain upbeat and inspirational. And then I read the latest report on Household Debt and Credit published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which said that outstanding student loan debt in the U.S. reached $1.16 trillion as of December 2014,... Read More

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

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