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Naomi is a freelance journalist who reports on personal finance and health news and how it will affect your life today. Her work has appeared on bankrate.com, getrichslowly.org, moneyrates.com, mainstreet.com, dealnews.com and bottomlinepublications.com among many other websites. She never writes about it if she hasn’t seen it or tried it first-hand!

Shhhh! The Credit Card Secret That Could Boost Your Credit

Credit Score

Shhhh! The Credit Card Secret That Could Boost Your Credit

Shhhh! The Credit Card Secret That Could Boost Your Credit

Even if you have a good credit score, you may still want to find a way to inch that magical number higher, especially if you are in the market for an auto loan or a mortgage in the near future. Even at a 700, an extra twenty points or so could easily bump you into a lender’s... Read More

Do You Need a Checking Account to Have Good Credit?

Credit Score

Do You Need a Checking Account to Have Good Credit?

Do You Need a Checking Account to Have Good Credit?

Since our credit scores are tied so heavily to our finances, you might be wondering if it’s essential to use a checking account at a bank or credit union to have a good credit score. This is a good question, especially if you handle most of your financial obligations using prepaid debit cards and money... Read More

3 Reasons to Get a New Credit Card Before 2017

Credit Cards

3 Reasons to Get a New Credit Card Before 2017

3 Reasons to Get a New Credit Card Before 2017

There’s a lot to think about if you’re considering signing up for a new credit card — do you want a basic one or one that comes with cash back rewards or travel rewards? Can you afford an annual fee (and will it even be worth it if you can)? But have you ever thought about... Read More

What Does Halloween Have to Do With Insurance Deductibles?

Personal Finance

What Does Halloween Have to Do With Insurance Deductibles?

What Does Halloween Have to Do With Insurance Deductibles?

During the Halloween season, pranks like an egged car or a broken window from a smashed pumpkin often become more common. If any of these, or another damaging prank, happens to you, you may want to consider whether or not to make a claim on your auto or homeowner’s insurance policy if your home or... Read More

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

Credit 101

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

Can I Fix My Credit in a Week?

If you’re getting ready to apply for a car loan, mortgage or credit card, you may have heard it’s a good idea to check your credit before doing so. But, waiting until the last minute to check your credit before applying may have you surprised — if you find you have low credit scores for... Read More

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Credit 101

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Why Are Credit Reports So Hard to Understand?

Does trying to read your credit report feel like you are reading another language entirely? This is a perfectly normal reaction when reading one of your reports for the first time or if you are not in the habit of reviewing your credit reports regularly. “While your credit reports may be hard to read at... Read More

How Your Credit Affects the Down Payment You’ll Need for a Car

Auto Loans

How Your Credit Affects the Down Payment You’ll Need for a Car

How Your Credit Affects the Down Payment You’ll Need for a Car

The estimated average new car price in America was $34,264 in July 2016, and has steadily risen, according to Kelley Blue Book. Because the typical car down payment advice is to put down 10% to 20% of the loan amount ($3,426.40 to $6,853.80 for the average new car price above), you might be wondering how much money... Read More

4 Ways You Can Wind Up With Bad Credit & Not Even Know it

Credit Score

4 Ways You Can Wind Up With Bad Credit & Not Even Know it

4 Ways You Can Wind Up With Bad Credit & Not Even Know it

Did you just check your credit scores and find out the numbers are much lower than you expected? “While you might remember missing a payment or defaulting on a loan, there could be many other reasons your credit score can take a dive while you are unaware,” said Cary Carbonaro, managing director at United Capital Financial... Read More

3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

Credit Score

3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

3 Ways Parents May Accidentally Harm Their Child’s Credit

It’s possible, and sometimes common, for teens and young adults to unknowingly damage their credit, as they aren’t fully aware of how their spending habits are truly affecting them. But sometimes it can go a step beyond youthful mistakes and parents are the ones ultimately prompting the damage to their child’s credit. (You and your... Read More

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