Can Debt Collectors Call Your Workplace?

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Can Debt Collectors Call Your Workplace?

Can Debt Collectors Call Your Workplace?

You already know that potential employers can find out a bit about your debt when a credit report check is part of the application process. But can a debt collector call your employer to ask questions about your job? A reader, Kimmie, posed this question on our blog recently: Does a collection agency have the right... Read More

5 Credit Tips for College Students

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5 Credit Tips for College Students

5 Credit Tips for College Students

There’s a lot to worry about when you’re in college. There are classes, friends, internships and parties to worry about. But what many of us probably should have been thinking about a lot more was our credit. In fact, now that we’re older and wiser, there are a lot of things we wish we would have... Read More

A College-Level Course on Personal Finance

Personal Finance

A College-Level Course on Personal Finance

A College-Level Course on Personal Finance

Credit.com Contributor Mitch Weiss recently released a book to help readers become better informed on basic personal finance issues. The Life Happens Course Book delivers nitty-gritty financial know-how on everything from student loans to mortgage loans, and auto leases to apartment leases. It explains the difference between credit cards and debit cards, budget plans and career plans.... Read More

12 Tips for a Hoax-Free Holiday

Identity Theft

12 Tips for a Hoax-Free Holiday

12 Tips for a Hoax-Free Holiday

In song, the 12 days of Christmas include partridges, turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, geese and swans. In reality, scammers fly high on unsuspecting pigeons vulnerable to their holiday hoaxes. To avoid getting plucked, follow these tips for safe spending and a hoax-free holiday: 1. Pay attention to website URLs. Online searches can lead... Read More

A Cellphone Gotcha That Can Wreck Christmas

Personal Finance

A Cellphone Gotcha That Can Wreck Christmas

A Cellphone Gotcha That Can Wreck Christmas

Buying a cellphone today means buying data. That’s not easy: consumers must make judgments about how reliable the data service is where they will most likely use it, and on how much data they will use. For the most part, consumers are woefully under-informed on those two critical criteria. Before you go out and get... 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

Confused by Credit? You’re Not Alone

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Confused by Credit? You’re Not Alone

Confused by Credit? You’re Not Alone

To anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by credit reports, credit scores, debt management, budgeting, choosing credit cards or applying for loans: It’s OK. You’re not alone. Because personal finance touches most aspects of life, there are myriad tools for understanding and managing it, and if any of it seems confusing, there’s certainly something or... Read More

Why You Should Get Your Kid an iPad for Christmas

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Why You Should Get Your Kid an iPad for Christmas

Why You Should Get Your Kid an iPad for Christmas

There isn’t a holiday season that goes by that most parents aren’t treated to the seasonal joy of caroling neighbors and cajoling children. There’s always something  your kids want that you don’t want to give them, whether because it’s too expensive, too mature or too hard to find. But this year, you should seriously consider... Read More

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