Can You Really Repair Your Own Credit for Free?

Credit Score

Can You Really Repair Your Own Credit for Free?

Can You Really Repair Your Own Credit for Free?

You have probably heard the advice not to waste money on credit repair. You’ve been told there is nothing they can do that you can’t do on your own. But there you are staring at your credit report or your credit score and you have no clue what to do next. That’s when the idea... Read More

Can You Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company?

Credit Cards

Can You Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company?

Can You Negotiate With Your Credit Card Company?

So you’re wondering if you can negotiate with your credit card company? The short answer: it depends. Credit card companies may negotiate on some things — credit line increases, due dates and even minimum payments. But other things — like special offer terms — aren’t really negotiable. The key is understanding what you can negotiate... Read More

Should You Tell a Co-Worker What You Make?

Personal Finance

Should You Tell a Co-Worker What You Make?

Should You Tell a Co-Worker What You Make?

One of the more commonly touted tactics to combat wage inequality is to advise people to openly discuss their salaries with co-workers and perhaps even friends. Last week President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss salaries at work. In an article discussing the move, Fortune magazine suggested that... Read More

How Debt Can Actually Lower Your Taxes

Personal Finance

How Debt Can Actually Lower Your Taxes

How Debt Can Actually Lower Your Taxes

Debt is not necessarily the most terrible thing ever. Sometimes, debt is a good thing — it can help you fund college, build credit and can even help you save money on your taxes. Taking on debt can be beneficial in many ways — student loans are an investment in your future, for example —... Read More

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

Identity Theft

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

Will the Internet Ever Be ‘Safe’?

This one really hurts. In the past few months, consumers have been deluged with one reason after another to fear technology and transactions. Target. Neiman Marcus. Michaels. Millions of stolen credit cards. Millions of passwords leaked and lost by Adobe. Net users are used to, and perhaps growing numb to, the constant bad news. But... Read More

Does Your Credit Score Really Matter?

Credit Score

Does Your Credit Score Really Matter?

Does Your Credit Score Really Matter?

Do you use credit cards? Would you like to own a home or a car someday? If you want access to those and other loan products, you’ll likely need a decent credit score. The better your score, the more affordable the loans will be. Even if you’re not concerned with the ability to get loans... Read More

Help! I Hate My Credit Card

Credit Cards

Help! I Hate My Credit Card

Help! I Hate My Credit Card

Some people just don’t get along with their credit cards. Maybe it’s the fees and interest charges, or perhaps they are infuriated by indifferent customer agents. At the same time, many of these aggravated credit card users still rely on cards for the convenience and security that can’t be matched by cash, checks or debit... Read More

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