Are You in Denial About Your Debt?

Managing Debt

Are You in Denial About Your Debt?

Are You in Denial About Your Debt?

Between housing and car payments, student loans, credit card spending, medical expenses or a lack of financial literacy, getting into debt is easy, common, and likely keeping you from getting rich. Getting out of debt may seem tricky, but the key step to remember is coming clean about what you owe.  Here are the important... Read More

Your Commute Is Bad for Your Wallet & Health

Personal Finance

Your Commute Is Bad for Your Wallet & Health

Your Commute Is Bad for Your Wallet & Health

Commuting is a necessary evil for workers across the country. But it’s a costly practice, both for your pocketbook and your health. It’s estimated that 10.8 million Americans commute more than an hour each way to work, according to Reuters. About 600,000 workers have 50-mile or more “megacommutes” that take a minimum of 90 minutes. Kay... Read More

How to Overhaul Your Budget

Personal Finance

How to Overhaul Your Budget

How to Overhaul Your Budget

Making a budget can seem easy — you basically decide how much of your income should be allotted to the different types of spending you do each month. The best budgets are honest and frequently re-evaluated. While it’s a good idea to look over your budget every so often just to make sure you are... Read More

Are There Better Options Than Rent-to-Own?

Personal Finance

Are There Better Options Than Rent-to-Own?

Are There Better Options Than Rent-to-Own?

“You can take home a brand-new, 42-inch flat-screen today for only $25 a week!” Sound familiar? Looks can be deceiving, especially in the world of rent-to-own, where consumers can end up paying double or triple the normal retail price to purchase goods. Nevertheless, the industry is going strong, with 4.8 million customers and $8.5 billion in annual... Read More

The Best Summer Credit Card Rewards Offers

Credit Cards

The Best Summer Credit Card Rewards Offers

The Best Summer Credit Card Rewards Offers

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here —British Airways Visa Signature Card from Chase, Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa Signature Card, Premier Miles & More World MasterCard From Barclaycard and Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Card From Chase. Disclosure: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] As... Read More

Credit.com in the News 6.6.14

Personal Finance

Credit.com in the News 6.6.14

Credit.com in the News 6.6.14

Do you know how debit and credit cards are different when it comes to consumer protections? Credit.com Co-Founder and Chairman Adam Levin explains where you should be extra careful using your debit cards. Whether you’re a new grad, looking to buy your first home or just in need of some financial advice, Gerri Detweiler, Credit.com’s... Read More

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

Managing Debt

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

5 Steps to Negotiating a Debt Settlement

Once you are deep in debt, it may feel like there is no way out. Even as you make payments, you might not be seeing your total balance go down, and bankruptcy can have a large negative impact on your credit. There is another option — forming an agreement with your creditors to reduce what... Read More

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