I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

Personal Finance

I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

I Spent $352 on the ‘Extra’ Costs of Being Sick

In early December 2014 I went to the doctor for a twinge. Fifty-six days, two surgeries and countless tests later I’ve been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I could recount for you all the co-pay and medication costs, but let’s talk about all the things I bought that insurance doesn’t come close to covering: $99 –… Read More

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

Identity Theft

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

3 Ways to Protect Your Kids From ID Theft After Data Breaches

When a widespread data breach happens, children are often the most at risk for identity theft. Their clean credit histories make them targets for identity thieves to steal information and open new lines of credit. After the Anthem data breach, millions of children in the U.S. had their personal information exposed, making them vulnerable to… Read More

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Credit Score

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Mobile alerts from your credit card issuer can do much more than alert you to possible fraud. You can use that information to help you improve your credit. First, a word about how credit scores work. The two biggest factors are paying on time (35%) and the amount of credit you use relative to your… Read More

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

Credit Cards

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

4 Alternatives to Apple Pay

Last year, Apple captured the imagination of technology enthusiasts and credit card users alike when it introduced its Apple Pay mobile payments system. No longer would credit card users need to carry around a bulging wallet filled with myriad credit cards — their smartphones could simply be waived in front of a payment terminal. That payment process has… Read More

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