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What You Need to Know About VantageScore

When you think “credit score,” you’re probably thinking of FICO, the granddaddy of scores. But there’s a relatively new kid on the block called VantageScore. Here’s what you need to know: VantageScore crunches the same data as FICO, but with more...

Credit Score Number Crunching

How big a difference does a higher credit score make, really? Let’s crunch some numbers--with help from Frank Donnelly, CFP, President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Metropolitan Washington. Susie and Jane each take out a $200,000...

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Do You Take a Hit When You Marry Bad Credit?

What happens to that stellar score if the man of your dreams has nightmare credit? Nothing—at first. Getting married alone doesn’t impact either of your credit histories; your reports and scores remain separate (even if you change your name)....

Reap the Rewards of Good Credit

You know that good credit will help you get the best rates on loans (natch)—but what if you’re already stuck with high rates due to a bum credit history?Good news! Improving your credit score can help you refinance or renegotiate for better terms...

3 Best Cash-Back Cards

Upgrade your ho-hum credit card to one that puts money in your pocket. Card experts Erica Sandberg and Ben Woolsey of CreditCards.com name the three best cash-back cards. Chase Freedom Visa has no annual fee and gives unlimited 1% cash back on...

The Truth About My Debt

My husband and I paid off $30,000 in credit card debt after we were married. What got us, and kept us, in that much debt? A flawed sense of what was normal, i.e. entitlement. We didn’t walk around feeling “entitled” to anything—not consciously....

How to Get to the Other Side

What would help you get out of debt? When we asked 3,700 DailyWorth readers, in the recent survey we did with SavvyMoney, a surprising 34% said they wished they had a debt coach. Why? “Because it’s easy to get stuck on the minutiae of paying down...

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