3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

Credit Cards

3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

Even though college campuses aren’t the playgrounds they used to be for card issuers recruiting customers, a lot of consumers still get their first credit cards as students. That means a lot of first-timer mistakes people make with credit cards coincide with a time in their life when they are just getting familiar with (or… Read More

The Slacker’s Guide to Saving for Retirement

Personal Finance

The Slacker’s Guide to Saving for Retirement

The Slacker’s Guide to Saving for Retirement

Now more than ever, our lives are filled with competing obligations. Every day we divide our time between work, caring for our families and friends, volunteering, improving our educations, running errands and working out — among many other things. It can be exhausting! At the end of the day, most of us just want to… Read More

4 Ways That Getting Out of Debt Can Go Terribly Wrong

Managing Debt

4 Ways That Getting Out of Debt Can Go Terribly Wrong

4 Ways That Getting Out of Debt Can Go Terribly Wrong

Debt isn’t something that can be fixed quickly. It takes time, perseverance, commitment to self-improvement and sometimes, a lot of trial and error. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize this and wind up devising some terrible plans to get themselves out of debt. So, to help you from making the same mistakes, I’ve listed four… Read More

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Identity Theft

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Reports: Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile Users

Credit card hackers are targeting Starbucks gift card and mobile payment users around the country — and stealing from consumers’ credit cards — with a new scam so ingenious they don’t even need to know the account number of the card they are hacking. Criminals are using Starbucks accounts to access consumers’ linked credit cards. Taking advantage… Read More

Paying Off Debt? How to Avoid Burning Out

Managing Debt

Paying Off Debt? How to Avoid Burning Out

Paying Off Debt? How to Avoid Burning Out

When you have a large amount of debt, it can feel like you will never be free of it. Even if you get yourself motivated to pay it off, it can be hard to stay motivated. While living on a tight budget can seem doable in the short term, to succeed long term, it’s important… Read More

Why Are My Credit Scores So Different?

Credit Score

Why Are My Credit Scores So Different?

Why Are My Credit Scores So Different?

Q. I checked my credit reports. I have scores of 683, 720 and 735. Is that considered good credit, and why are the scores different? A. We’re glad you’re keeping tabs on your credit. One big reason your scores are different is because they have been calculated using information from three different credit reporting agencies,… Read More

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

Credit Cards

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

The logistics of closing a credit card are actually quite simple: Call your card issuer’s customer service phone number and request an account closure. Whether you should be closing that account is a more complicated matter, and it’s a decision during which a lot of consumers make choices based on misconceptions that could damage their… Read More

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