Will Getting Married Hurt My Credit Score?

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Will Getting Married Hurt My Credit Score?

Will Getting Married Hurt My Credit Score?

Getting married doesn’t affect your credit score per se. The major credit reporting agencies, for instance, don’t combine your credit history with your significant other’s once you say “I do.” But, if you have a spouse or soon-to-be-spouse whose credit is less than stellar — or downright “horrible” like John Rampton’s wife Kristy’s was before... Read More

Can My Valentine’s Bad Credit Hurt Me?

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Can My Valentine’s Bad Credit Hurt Me?

Can My Valentine’s Bad Credit Hurt Me?

Don’t worry too much if your Valentine discloses their credit score is in rough shape this weekend — their bad credit isn’t technically contagious. “Everyone has their own credit report, so your significant other’s credit history won’t be combined with yours,” Rod Griffin, director of public education for Experian, said in an email. (And, yes, this tenet is... Read More

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

Personal Finance

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

5 Common Money Fights Couples Can Avoid

Relationships almost always come with their fair share of disputes, but fighting about money can be another animal entirely. Managing joint finances is rarely easy, but keeping the lines of communication open can go a long way. Take a look at the most common money fights couples have and consider which strategies can help you... Read More

4 Money Differences Between Married and Divorced People

Managing Debt

4 Money Differences Between Married and Divorced People

4 Money Differences Between Married and Divorced People

People make dating decisions based on dozens of factors: shared interests, friendliness, clever online dating profiles, attractiveness and so on. What people don’t do: “Our personal finance habits complement each other, and we have similar debt levels — let’s date!” That would be a little ridiculous. But personal finance should factor into long-term relationships, because... Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

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5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

5 Ways to Avoid Bad Credit After a Breakup

Forget the “till death do us part” mantra — cohabitation has become the new normal in the U.S. Most millennials will move in with a significant other before marriage, and a high percentage of them will end up packing their boxes to leave. A National Center for Health Statistics report found that of those who... Read More

3 Ways Love Can Affect Your Credit Scores

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3 Ways Love Can Affect Your Credit Scores

3 Ways Love Can Affect Your Credit Scores

Falling in love may make your heart sing, but it won’t make a bit of difference in your credit scores — those generally stay separate. That’s unless you feel moved to do something like … co-sign a loan, sign up for credit jointly or use a lot of your available credit to finance a big... Read More

Don’t Let Credit Kill the Romance!

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Don’t Let Credit Kill the Romance!

Don’t Let Credit Kill the Romance!

Valentine’s Day is a day of hearts and flowers and romance. It’s a day when we tell that other person how special they are. All of their quirks and habits are, for one day, swept under the carpet and we bask in the warm glow of mutual attraction. But for the other 364 days of... Read More

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