7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

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7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

7 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

Let’s say you know you want good credit, but you also know you do NOT want the most ubiquitous credit product around. No way do you want a credit card. Perhaps you follow a certain personal finance guru’s advice to avoid them. Or maybe you’ve gotten in trouble with them before and don’t want to… Read More

How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

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How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

When you have bad credit, it can feel like no one will give you a loan, even though you can’t rebuild your credit history without one. Secured credit cards can offer a way out of this conundrum because issuers typically approve nearly all applicants for these kind of cards, regardless of credit history. But in order to open… Read More

5 Credit Cards to Help You Build Credit

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5 Credit Cards to Help You Build Credit

5 Credit Cards to Help You Build Credit

Do you need to build your credit? Perhaps you are a young adult who has never had a credit card, or maybe you are a new arrival to the U.S. without a credit history here. Others may need to build credit after having gone decades without applying for any type of loan. Thankfully, the right credit… Read More

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

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How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

How Your Cellphone Can Help You Build Credit

Mobile alerts from your credit card issuer can do much more than alert you to possible fraud. You can use that information to help you improve your credit. First, a word about how credit scores work. The two biggest factors are paying on time (35%) and the amount of credit you use relative to your… Read More

Does Bad Credit Last Forever?

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Does Bad Credit Last Forever?

Does Bad Credit Last Forever?

There’s no sugarcoating it: Going through foreclosure, bankruptcy or debt collection is unpleasant. When going through financial problems, it may seem like things are far from getting better, including your credit score, but having a few bad marks on your credit history doesn’t mean you’ll never bounce back. Eventually, negative items will age off your… Read More

How to Maintain Good Credit Without Debt

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How to Maintain Good Credit Without Debt

How to Maintain Good Credit Without Debt

Credit is a system of trust, and that trust can only be established through experience. It doesn’t really matter how you get started — a credit card, student loans, a personal loan, asking someone else to co-sign a loan or add you as an authorized user to their credit card — but you have to… Read More

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

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How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

If you’re looking to build or rebuild credit, some of the first suggestions you’ll hear is to apply for a regular or secured credit card or ask to become an authorized user on someone else’s card. But there’s often little said about how to do it if you want to stay away from plastic. What… Read More

How to Make Your Good Credit Score Even Better

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How to Make Your Good Credit Score Even Better

How to Make Your Good Credit Score Even Better

If you have good credit, it’s something to be happy about. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. In a recent Credit.com survey, most respondents said they felt a sense of pride the last time they saw one of their credit scores, but they’re also interested in improving. (It was a survey of 2,206 U.S…. Read More

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