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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...

4 Hacks to Boost Your Credit Score Quickly

Losing points from your credit scores is all too easy — and getting them back is hard. But if you know how credit scoring works, you can hack the process to rehabilitate your numbers faster. Here are four effective strategies to do just that. Pay...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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