Chase Tries New Way to Explain Prepaid Cards

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Chase Tries New Way to Explain Prepaid Cards

Chase Tries New Way to Explain Prepaid Cards

The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released a model for better disclosing the terms and fees of prepaid cards after finding a lack of uniformity in how card issuers present this information is making it difficult for people to comparison shop for prepaid cards. The same day Pew released its model, Chase announced it would adopt... Read More

Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

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Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

Is Your Kid’s Credit Score Higher Than Yours?

Let’s imagine you’ve done what you can to teach your college student about responsibly using credit — and have tried to help that young adult work toward good credit scores. And it has worked — she behaved responsibly as an authorized user on your credit card. Good habits, instilled early, can pay big dividends later.... Read More

4 Credit Cards for Drivers

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4 Credit Cards for Drivers

4 Credit Cards for Drivers

Americans’ love affairs with their cars seem likely to continue for a long time. Between vehicle purchases, fuel and maintenance, drivers can spend a substantial portion of their income on private transportation. Fortunately for them, the banks offer a variety of credit cards designed to meet their needs and offer rewards tailored to drivers. How... Read More

Will Opening Credit Cards Help My Credit?

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Will Opening Credit Cards Help My Credit?

Will Opening Credit Cards Help My Credit?

Before applying for a new credit card, you have to ask yourself a few questions, the most important being, “Why do I need this?” As with anything, there are some exceptions, like if you’re financing a large purchase, using credit in an emergency, or aiming to build credit responsibly (ideally by charging no more than... Read More

ARM vs. Fixed-Rate Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

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ARM vs. Fixed-Rate Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

ARM vs. Fixed-Rate Mortgages: What’s Right for You?

When it comes to buying a house, you have to make lots of decisions. You have to figure out which neighborhood you want, which school district, how much of a down payment to make, etc. One of these decisions is whether you will take out a fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage. The Difference A fixed-rate mortgage... Read More

Could You Afford an Average Home in These Cities?

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Could You Afford an Average Home in These Cities?

Could You Afford an Average Home in These Cities?

Just how big does your paycheck need to be to purchase a home in one of 25 major U.S. cities? According to a new report by HSH.com, an online mortgage and consumer loan information site, it depends. The cost of owning the roof over your head fluctuates considerably from city to city. A hefty $115,500 annual... Read More

5 Ways Renters Can Protect Themselves

Personal Finance

5 Ways Renters Can Protect Themselves

5 Ways Renters Can Protect Themselves

Many people dream of one day having a home of their own. But since buying a home can be very expensive, on the road to making that dream a reality, we rent. There are pros and cons for both living situations. As a renter, you may not have to worry about maintenance but you do... Read More

The Best Ways to Buy in Bulk

Personal Finance

The Best Ways to Buy in Bulk

The Best Ways to Buy in Bulk

For some people going to the grocery store is torture. For me, it’s just expensive. No matter how short my list or determined I am to stick to that list, I always overspend. Sure I enjoy the gourmet cheese or suddenly necessary bag of clementines, but these extras don’t last very long and I am... Read More

9 Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Personal Finance

9 Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

9 Tips to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

Food is one of those variable expenses that can definitely hit your budget below the belt. I mean, have you seen the price of beef lately? According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average U.S. household spent about $4,000 on groceries in 2012. The good news is that couponing, shopping... Read More

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