5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

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5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

5 Everyday Things That Hurt Your Credit

Here’s one of the tricky things about credit scores: They’re about more than credit. Sure, it’s extremely important to make loan payments on time and use credit cards responsibly, but there are plenty of non-credit things that can do serious damage to your scores, potentially making it more difficult to get loans at an affordable… Read More

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

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A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A Washington state mom owes nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check for her children’s school lunches, Reuters reported Oct. 3. North Thurston High School officials in Lacey, Wash., sent the unpaid amount to a debt collection agency months after the check failed to clear Christina Johnson-Conley’s account, though the school had sent Johnson-Conley multiple… Read More

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

Personal Finance

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

How to Deduct Your Moving Expenses

Getting a new home — whether you decide to buy or rent is a big choice. If doing so requires moving to a new town, the decision may be even more difficult. Packing up and leaving an old home behind can be labor-intensive and expensive. Some of your moving bills should and can be trimmed. If you… Read More

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

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Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Why Americans Are a Huge Target for Credit Card Fraud

Put yourself inside the mind of a cyber-criminal for a moment. You could try to hack businesses based in any country in the world and steal their customers’ credit card information, so where would be the best place to commit your crime? If you are smart, you will try to penetrate the most vulnerable security systems. Unfortunately for Americans, the weakest links… Read More

3 Costs Homebuyers Might Not See Coming

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3 Costs Homebuyers Might Not See Coming

3 Costs Homebuyers Might Not See Coming

You’ve got a lot to think about when you are buying a home. From calculating how much house you can afford to deciding what you are looking for in a property, it’s important to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything. Consider the following extra costs often incurred when buying a new home so you won’t be… Read More

Is a Balance Transfer Right for You?

Credit Cards

Is a Balance Transfer Right for You?

Is a Balance Transfer Right for You?

When you’re already in financial trouble, getting a new credit card may seem impractical. And certainly opening up additional lines of credit can sometimes lead to a deeper hole of debt. On the other hand, switching your balance from one card to another can help lower your monthly expenses and buy you time to aggressively pay… Read More

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

Personal Finance

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

11 Hidden Perks at Your Local Pharmacy

Think pharmacies are only about antibiotics and condoms? Think again. You can get vaccinations, blood pressure readings, specially packaged medications and many other perks. In some cities you can even see a doctor in the drugstore. How convenient is that if it turns out you need a prescription? Here’s an all-too-typical scenario: Your child wakes… Read More

The Most Ticketed Cars

Personal Finance

The Most Ticketed Cars

The Most Ticketed Cars

There are all sorts of theories about which cars police officers are most likely to pull over, but cars aren’t breaking speed limits — drivers are. Rather than being cop magnets, certain cars get labeled as ticket targets because of the drivers they tend to attract: fast ones. On Insurance.com’s list of cars that get the… Read More

5 Ways to Update Your Home on the Cheap

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5 Ways to Update Your Home on the Cheap

5 Ways to Update Your Home on the Cheap

Ever look around your home and think of all the things you would like to fix? Or watch an HGTV show and wonder which changes the professionals would make if you and your home got the chance? While buying a home to meet all of your wants may not be financially possible, there are plenty… Read More

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