The Tricks to Getting Approved for Your First Credit Card

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The Tricks to Getting Approved for Your First Credit Card

The Tricks to Getting Approved for Your First Credit Card

There’s a lot to consider when applying for a credit card, especially if you’ve never had one. “New cardholders should focus on building a good credit history with their first card while avoiding taking on more credit than they can afford to repay,” Bruce McClary, the vice president of communications for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling,... Read More

How to Use Your Wanderlust to Build Credit

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How to Use Your Wanderlust to Build Credit

How to Use Your Wanderlust to Build Credit

Love to travel? Good news: There are ways to put that wanderlust to use with a travel rewards credit card. Though travel rewards cards aren’t the easiest to get approved for as they require an excellent or good credit score, those who are able to snag one can use it to build better credit. (Just remember, before you apply it’s... Read More

How to Use Your Shopping Addiction to Build Credit

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How to Use Your Shopping Addiction to Build Credit

How to Use Your Shopping Addiction to Build Credit

If you love to shop, you can use your fashion sense to build or even rebuild your credit. Store-branded credit cards are some of the easiest cards to qualify for and are often extended to those who have bad credit because they have lower criteria than traditional credit cards. Using them, especially if you’re loyal to a particular store, can bring... Read More

5 Ways New Grads Can Screw Up Their Credit

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5 Ways New Grads Can Screw Up Their Credit

5 Ways New Grads Can Screw Up Their Credit

Graduation can be an exciting and exhilarating time, but if you thought the era of grades and scores was over, I have some bad news: It’s not. While the As and Bs are behind you, they’ve been replaced with another number … a tricky little three-digit number called your credit score. Your credit score is... Read More

How to Build Credit Without Student Loans

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How to Build Credit Without Student Loans

How to Build Credit Without Student Loans

College graduates saddled with student loans may find this hard to believe, but there is one upside to having to pay back all that debt: It helps you build credit. That may seem like a small consolation — particularly if the balances you owe are even average — but credit can be hard to come by. Of course,... Read More

How to Use Your Cable Bill to Build Credit

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How to Use Your Cable Bill to Build Credit

How to Use Your Cable Bill to Build Credit

Cable companies aren’t in the habit of reporting your payments to the credit bureaus, at least when it comes to your traditional credit reports. But if that’s something you want, there is a way to get those monthly bills to help your credit score. Simply put, consider paying for cable with your credit card. Unlike cable providers, credit... Read More

I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had a Credit Card. Should I Get One?

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I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had a Credit Card. Should I Get One?

I’m 27 & I’ve Never Had a Credit Card. Should I Get One?

Considering all the debt disasters young people witnessed and read about during the financial crisis, it’s unsurprising that credit cards aren’t a popular financial product among today’s 20- and 30-somethings. Several surveys of millennials have found that consumers that age are often debt-averse and favor other forms of payments over credit cards. As someone who... Read More

How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

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How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

Having good credit is imperative to unlocking many financial opportunities in life, including lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards and mortgages. The key to getting that high credit score is to start building credit at a young age. That’s why adults as young as 18 might want to consider getting a credit card... Read More

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