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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...

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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...

Web Tools for an Effective Debt Diet

If you want to get out of debt, but you’re finding hard to make a plan (or stick to one), these three sites can help. Right now. If you want to get out of debt, but you’re finding hard to make a plan (or stick to one), these three sites can help....

Exercise Your Banking Options

With Bank of America announcing that it will soon charge a fee for debit card use, you may be worried that your bank is next—and if so, what can you do? According to consumer banking experts, you’ve got several choices. Stay where you are, but...

Making Your Budget Work

Our top budget question is, “How do I get started?” The second: “How do I stick to a budget?” The truth is, you don’t have to “stick to a budget”; it’s already there (money’s coming in, bills are going out, right?). But you need to make a...

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