How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

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How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

It’s a question I get asked more often than you might think: How can I tell if I have a credit score? It’s a basic question, but it’s about a pretty complex topic. It’s not always so easy to understand your credit and how much it can affect our lives these days. So with that… Read More

Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

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Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

With summer upon us, and the much-deserved vacation time that comes with it, I often get questions from friends about timeshares. Is it a good idea? How will it affect my credit? What should I watch out for? As anyone who has had the pleasure of sitting through a timeshare sales pitch can attest to,… Read More

Should Data Breaches Scare You Away From Online Shopping?

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Should Data Breaches Scare You Away From Online Shopping?

Should Data Breaches Scare You Away From Online Shopping?

After the recent data breaches of high-profile companies, it seems many shoppers view online shopping as more risky. A new USA Today poll says that 24% of Americans have curbed their buying online because of these recent incidents. Unfortunately, even if you’re a careful online shopper (or even a careful in-store shopper), you’re not guaranteed to… Read More

My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

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My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

It’s always distressing to be rejected for a credit line, but perhaps the worst is when you find that you’ve been reported as dead. However outrageous it may sound, this does occasionally happen, and I’ve helped several of my own clients through the process of correcting this error. Being reported as dead can happen to… Read More

Why You Should Make Time to Check Your Credit

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Why You Should Make Time to Check Your Credit

Why You Should Make Time to Check Your Credit

I have to warn you: I sometimes try to be lighthearted and fun in my blog posts, but I really feel that this very serious topic deserves a very serious tone. You’ll thank me for this later. I write and speak about credit a lot and I frequently hear this excuse from people – “But… Read More

4 Credit Tips to Help You Survive Black Friday

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4 Credit Tips to Help You Survive Black Friday

4 Credit Tips to Help You Survive Black Friday

Black Friday: At the best of times, it’s a highly anticipated party-like atmosphere in which you get some or all of your holiday season shopping done at ridiculously low prices. At the worst of times, it’s a spaghetti mess of mile-long line-ups and frenzied grabbing of the last item on a shelf, and then hours… Read More

6 Signs You Might Be an Identity Theft Victim

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6 Signs You Might Be an Identity Theft Victim

6 Signs You Might Be an Identity Theft Victim

Last year, there were an estimated 12.6 million victims of identity theft, a number that has grown steadily over the years. If someone steals your identity and uses it to commit fraud, the sooner you catch the problem, the sooner you can work to resolve it. So here are some signs that you might be… Read More

4 Credit Lessons to Teach Your Teen

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4 Credit Lessons to Teach Your Teen

4 Credit Lessons to Teach Your Teen

As parents, we want to build up our kids so they can live their best lives. We want to guide and educate them so they can succeed. One of the areas where we can help our kids is credit. As children enter their teen years, they start thinking seriously about the future and preparing for… Read More

Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

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Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

Is Your Credit Score a Trick or a Treat?

When you were a kid on Halloween, you ran from house to house, filling your Halloween bag with candy. And then when you got home, it felt like a free-for-all buffet of sugar when you dumped your haul on the living room floor to get a closer look. Your candy could be triaged into the… Read More

How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

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How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

How Your Middle Name Could Hurt Your Credit

In the movie “J. Edgar,” there is a scene when the main character is denied credit at a men’s clothing store because “John Hoover” owes the store money. Dicaprio’s character explains that he was named after his father, John, but he also sometimes goes by the name Edgar. When pushed to choose just one name,… Read More

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