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How to Deal With Debt Collectors

You don't have to be a hot financial mess to have collection accounts ruining your credit. Rosemary had great credit scores until a $46 medical bill went into collections. Her scores plummeted by more than 100 points and she was turned down for a...

The Greatest, Most Underused Credit Card Perk

Price matching is not a new credit card perk, but it’s one that consumers often overlook — potentially forgoing $1,000 or more in holiday savings. Some call it price matching, some call it a price guarantee, but no matter the name, many credit...

Don’t Go Broke This Holiday Season

Finding it hard to feel festive when all you can think about is that fat credit card bill or those student loans you’re (still) paying off? Unfortunately, you’re not alone: three in four American households are currently saddled with some kind of...

How Will Declaring Personal Bankruptcy Affect My Business?

“I’m only 29 years old, but I purchased a car with a high-interest rate and am now behind in my payments and may have to declare bankruptcy. I finally settled down in Georgia after moving from one state to another trying to find the right career....

4 Ways You May Be Unknowingly Hurting Your Credit

Tammy listed her son as an authorized user on one of her credit cards to help him build his credit history. When they checked his credit scores, however, Tammy saw the balance she was carrying on the card seemed to be hurting, not helping, his...

Reap More Rewards From Your Credit Cards

In a few weeks, my husband, daughter and I will be stretched out in our lie-flat business class seats on a flight to London. Once we land, we’ll be spending six nights at a luxury hotel — and then moving on to another, even more luxurious inn in...

Don’t Want Your Identity Stolen? Better Do This

Linda Foley of San Diego didn’t think twice about filling out the tax forms her employer handed her. That is, until a credit card company called her to confirm her change of address — and she hadn’t moved. That’s when she learned her employer had...

How I Paid Off $440,000 in Debt

I’ve just de-boarded a multi-year financial roller coaster from hell.  In 2005, when my career as a creative director and tech writer took off, I was an über consumer, and things were good. Credit, and a lot of it, was available to me with...

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