How I Got My Credit Score to 847

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How I Got My Credit Score to 847

How I Got My Credit Score to 847

Before I had a credit card — before I even knew what a credit card was — I knew credit card debt was something to be avoided at all costs. I hadn’t yet graduated from banking of the piggy variety, and my mom already had me thinking about debt. She used my childhood curiosity as… Read More

How Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

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How Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

How Some Divorced Parents Hurt Their Credit

When parents fall behind on their child support payments, they may be surprised to learn those delinquent payments can appear on their credit reports. What does that mean for their credit scores? A Credit.com reader asks: I recently pulled my reports and was shocked to see the State of MO is listing my child support… Read More

How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

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How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

How to Tell If You Have a Credit Score

It’s a question I get asked more often than you might think: How can I tell if I have a credit score? It’s a basic question, but it’s about a pretty complex topic. It’s not always so easy to understand your credit and how much it can affect our lives these days. So with that… Read More

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

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The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

The American Dream: Is It Within Your Reach?

What’s your vision of the American Dream and what are you doing to achieve it? In the new 2014 Credit.com American Dream Survey, we found that most are optimistic about their prospects for achieving their version of the American Dream, but some groups are definitely more confident than others. The majority of those surveyed chose one… Read More

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

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How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

How Do I Convince a Credit Bureau I’m Alive?

Although most of us who check our credit reports are doing it to make sure credit bureaus are correctly reporting our debts and payment records, one Credit.com reader, Denise, says she’s having trouble convincing a credit bureau she’s alive: Experian shows that I’m deceased because when I closed my Kohl’s charge card, the rep. accidentally marked me… Read More

What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

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What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

What Happens if I Never Check My Credit Report?

There’s no good reason to make your life more difficult, but that’s exactly what can happen if you never look at your credit report. Pulling your credit report may not be the most exciting thing on your to-do list, but it’s easy and it’s free. Not to mention that if you never take the time to review… Read More

Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

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Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

Can a Timeshare Hurt My Credit?

With summer upon us, and the much-deserved vacation time that comes with it, I often get questions from friends about timeshares. Is it a good idea? How will it affect my credit? What should I watch out for? As anyone who has had the pleasure of sitting through a timeshare sales pitch can attest to,… Read More

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

Personal Finance

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

How Couples Can Stop Fighting About Money

A young, married (happy) couple who were expecting a baby began a discussion about financial priorities this way: He got a bonus, cashed it and surprised her with a new state-of-the-art TV. When he told her the “good news,” she burst into tears, which progressed to sobbing. They had no washer or dryer, and she… Read More

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