Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

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Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

Has your credit card been declined when you tried to pay something? Then you know how embarrassing it can be. You’ll probably assume that it was declined because of insufficient funds. But what if your credit card issuer completely shut down your account and you don’t have that credit limit? Sure, this doesn’t really happen that often. But it’s still... Read More

What Should I Do if I Lost My Social Security Card?

Identity Theft

What Should I Do if I Lost My Social Security Card?

What Should I Do if I Lost My Social Security Card?

You might not use your Social Security card every day, but you do need to use it occasionally. If you lost your security card, you’ll need to request a replacement form for a Social Security card from the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can apply online by choosing the replacement tab for your lost security card.... Read More

Experian Boost vs. UltraFICO: Which is Best for You?

Credit Score

Experian Boost vs. UltraFICO: Which is Best for You?

Experian Boost vs. UltraFICO: Which is Best for You?

Picture newlywed and honeymoon-bound George Bailey walking into the Bailey Building and Loan with his picture-perfect wife Mary, hard-earned $2,000 in hand. Now see him lending his friends and neighbors all of those dollars to keep the good old Bailey Building and Loan afloat when there was a run on the bank. Fortunately, George and... Read More

Introducing Credit Tips with Tiff

Credit Tips with Tiff

Introducing Credit Tips with Tiff

Introducing Credit Tips with Tiff

You’ve got credit questions and we’ve got suggestions. Every day, we get dozens of questions on our blog—more than we can possibly respond to personally. That’s why we’ve brought in Tiff. She has more than a decade of experience working at financial institutions and has plenty of insight to offer, no matter your credit question.... Read More

What Car Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

Auto Loans

What Car Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

What Car Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know

Car insurance can be confusing. First, there are all the policy considerations: Do you want a policy with comp and collision? How much liability should you carry? Do you need uninsured motorist coverage? Even once you make decisions on all these things, the bill that arrives can be difficult to understand—exactly what goes into the... Read More

8 Credit Rules Everyone Should Follow

Credit 101

8 Credit Rules Everyone Should Follow

8 Credit Rules Everyone Should Follow

Credit cards are easy to come by and even easier to use. If you let your spending get out of control or take on too many loans, you could face big money troubles. On the other hand, you want to spend enough to improve your credit and keep it in a good range. Here are... Read More

I Was Denied an Auto Loan. Now What?

Auto Loans

I Was Denied an Auto Loan. Now What?

I Was Denied an Auto Loan. Now What?

You’re in the market for a new car but you’ve been denied an auto loan. Now what? Here’s what you need to know about why you may have been denied and what to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Why Do I Keep Getting Denied for Auto Loans? Unfortunately, there are many reasons... Read More

October 15 Tax Filing Deadline

Taxes

October 15 Tax Filing Deadline

October 15 Tax Filing Deadline

The annual deadline to file your federal income tax return is typically April 15. If you miss this deadline, there can be consequences, but the type of penalty depends on several circumstances, including: Did you request a tax extension? Do you qualify for a refund? Do you owe taxes? Here’s everything you need to know... Read More

How Does a HELOC Affect a Credit Score?

Credit Score

How Does a HELOC Affect a Credit Score?

How Does a HELOC Affect a Credit Score?

Yes, home equity lines of credit (HELOC) can have an impact on your credit score. Whether that impact to your credit score is negative or positive depends on how you manage your HELOC. It also depends on your overall financial situation and ability to make timely payments on any amount you borrow via your home equity line of credit.... Read More

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