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Why I Ditched My Department Store Credit Card

I remember when I opened my first department store credit card in Manhattan nearly 20 years ago. At the time, you were allowed to open a line of credit for $1,000 on the spot whether or not they eventually approved your card, which took several...

7 Credit Score Myths Debunked

Your credit score is more important than ever, as loans and credit have become increasingly hard to come by. Credit scores determine whether you can finance a car or a house, get an apartment and possibly whether you will be hired for your next...

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Dear Visa, It’s Been Fun but...

Dear Visa, It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you this: I think we need some time apart.  Our whirlwind affair has been nothing short of thrilling. And there was a time when I really needed you. I know that. How would I have paid for my car, my...

Infographic: Add It Up—What Goes into Your Credit Score?

What's a good score? Aside from the VantageScore, which accounts for a small percentage of credit reports, most scoring models don't veer far from FICO's 300 to 850 range.

6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Now

Improving your credit score does require some patience and perseverance -- a significant increase can take 12 months or more, according to experts. But it’s worth the effort. A jump of even 100 points can translate into thousands of dollars in...

Surprise! 9 Credit Card Perks

Credit card companies have got you covered in ways you may not know about. Taking advantage of all these hidden perks may save you hundreds of dollars a year. People often forget about these perks because they may not take the time to read more...

How I Ditched My Debt for Good

If you're in debt, you may have experienced this before: the moment when you get yourself together and finally sit down to tackle your debt you're thinking, “Yes, this is it, I got this!” But then it happens--you're suddenly surrounded by...

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