In a YouTube video released Thursday, hacking group Anonymous claims to have compromised Donald Trump. Just two weeks after Anonymous promised a war against the leading Republican presidential candidate, the group released documents that allegedly include Trump’s Social Security number, cellphone number, birth date, children’s names and other pieces of personal information. The group said in the video... Read More
It was a tough choice when I decided to leave New York City last year, just six years after I moved there. But, like a lot of people my age, I was seeing my future in New York as plagued with constant money frustrations. The cost of the city isn’t easy to ignore. Every New Yorker... Read More
I’ve planned four bachelorette parties in the past five years (and attended five, including my own). I have the planning part down to a science. But this time around I had a little surprise — my credit score dropped 24 points when I checked it on my way home Sunday night. Now, I should preface this... Read More
As soon as my husband and I pulled up to see the house we’d eventually buy, it already had a good vibe to it. A blue house with a red door— just like the one I grew up in. It struck a sentimental note with me immediately. After living in one-bedroom apartments for the past... Read More
FICO scores are credit scores, but not all credit scores are FICO scores. Sounds like one of those confusing logic puzzles, right? But it’s a basic must-know when it comes to understanding credit scores. There are many different credit scoring models and FICO is a company that actually provides several different versions to lenders. In fact,... Read More
Like baseball, apple pie and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, finding errors on your credit report has become a national pastime — it’s just a pastime that no one really enjoys. According to a report from the Federal Trade Commission, one in five Americans have errors hiding on their credit reports. Seems like a large... Read More
My mom taught me an important financial lesson when I was younger — never buy when things are in-season. Though she may not have explicitly told me this, the shopping bags full of clearance decorations a week after Christmas and the bags of pink Hershey bars a week after Valentine’s Day were example enough. My mom is a deal... Read More
I’ve never considered myself a credit card rewards master. I don’t do any of the “hacks” that can help you earn more rewards. I don’t apply for a bunch of new credit cards every year to game the sign-up bonus system. And I don’t strategize and analyze every purchase to make sure I’m getting the... Read More
Keeping a wedding on budget is hard work, but not impossible. I can attest to that — I got married in April and I was able to do it without going into debt. In fact, I saved too much and ended up ahead of the game. First, a few caveats. My husband and I had some... Read More
To the uninitiated, home renovations sound daunting and conjure painful images of burning cash. But don’t let that scare you. Many projects can be done in a day, and if you’re smart about it, says Kerrie Kelly, founder of Kerrie Kelly Home Design Lab, they’ll boost curb appeal without breaking your budget. “Whether it’s something... Read More
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