Credit 101

Our Credit.com experts are here to provide you with a practical, real world credit education. They’ll teach you credit basics such as: what is a credit report & score, how to shop for credit & score is & how to understand & compare APRs. They’ll also brief you on the type of credit products available and how to evaluate which one is right for you.

What Does Charged Off as Bad Debt Mean?

What Does Charged Off as Bad Debt Mean?

What Does Charged Off as Bad Debt Mean?

Making payments late or missing payments completely spells bad news for your credit rating. When you miss too many payments, your creditor may charge off the debt. When your debt is charged off as a bad debt, don’t fool yourself into thinking it goes away. A charged off debt can lead to harassing phone calls... Read More

Does Getting Rejected Hurt Your Credit?

Does Getting Rejected Hurt Your Credit?

Does Getting Rejected Hurt Your Credit?

Does Getting Rejected Affect Credit Score? Applying for credit takes at least a bit of work—you may need to gather income documents or fill out a paper or online application. And you probably have some hopes resting on this process, such as getting a new vehicle or a new credit card. So, disappointment is understandable if the... Read More

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

15 Tips to Protect Your Credit While Traveling

It’s finally time to go on that vacation you’ve waited for all year. Whether you’re headed on a relaxing trip or a wild adventure, your credit cards will be the last thing on your mind. While you’re preparing for your big trip, figuring out how to protect credit your cards while traveling should be on your to-do... Read More

How Is a Fraud Alert Different from a Credit Freeze or Lock?

How Is a Fraud Alert Different from a Credit Freeze or Lock?

How Is a Fraud Alert Different from a Credit Freeze or Lock?

Hackers steal more than 250,000 records globally every hour. And improvements in technology make it easier—not harder—all the time for cyber thieves to access your personal and financial information. While identity theft is a scary thought, you aren’t helpless. The three major credit bureaus—Experian, Equifax and Transunion—offer three ways to help you protect yourself from... Read More

7 Ways to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any

7 Ways to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any

7 Ways to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any

Credit is one of those things you don’t want to be without. But, as we all know, the credit game is definitely a Catch-22. You need a good credit history to snag the best deals on loans, yet it’s very difficult to get credit without a borrowing history. 1. Become an Authorized User If a friend... Read More

Credit Tips and Trends with Experian’s Rod Griffin

Credit Tips and Trends with Experian’s Rod Griffin

Credit Tips and Trends with Experian’s Rod Griffin

Credit.com recently had the opportunity to sit down with Experian Director of Consumer Education and Awareness Rod Griffin. Rod helps Experian help consumers better understand and manage their personal finances and protect themselves from fraud and identity theft. In April 2016, The Institute for Financial Literacy named Rod its “Educator of the Year.” Our goal... Read More

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

What Is a Soft Credit Check?

A soft credit check is when someone looks at your credit, either for informational or promotional purposes. Your credit score has a great deal of impact on your life. That’s why it’s a good idea to stay on top of your credit. This means you should take full advantage of the fact that the three major credit bureaus-Experian, TransUnion... Read More

Is Credit Card Interest Tax Deductible for My Business

Is Credit Card Interest Tax Deductible for My Business

Is Credit Card Interest Tax Deductible for My Business

Individuals and businesses use credit cards every day. Both earn rewards points that make paying for needed items easier. But if you’re a business owner, your business credit card has expenses and fees attached to it. Thankfully, some of those expenses and fees are tax deductible on your business taxes—including the credit card interest. Some business... Read More

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

Keeping up with bills is not an easy or a fun task. For most people, managing finances comes without any training. Add that to living from paycheck to paycheck and it’s easy for bills to get past you. If you get too far behind, sometimes the only way out is to consider bankruptcy. One of... Read More

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The Credit.com editorial team is committed to providing our readers and viewers with sound, well-reported and understandable information designed to inform and empower. We won’t tell you what to do. We will, however, do our best to explain the consequences of various actions, thereby arming you with the information you need to make decisions that are in your best interests. We also write about things relating to money and finance we think are interesting and want to share.

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Credit.com’s journalism is largely supported by an e-commerce business model. Rather than rely on revenue from display ad impressions, Credit.com maintains a financial marketplace separate from its editorial pages. When someone navigates to those pages, and applies for a credit card, for example, Credit.com will get paid what is essentially a finder’s fee if that person ends up getting the card. That doesn’t mean, however, that our editorial decisions are informed by the products available in our marketplace. The editorial team chooses what to write about and how to write about it independently of the decisions and priorities of the business side of the company. In fact, we maintain a strict and important firewall between the editorial and business departments. Our mission as journalists is to serve the reader, not the advertiser. In that sense, we are no different from any other news organization that is supported by ad revenue.

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