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Is Your Bank Account Keeping Up With You?

Significant life events trigger changes in our spending behavior. For the recent grad, jeans and tees make way for suits and dress shirts. A couple with a newborn may need a larger car to accommodate a car seat. And empty nesters might look to...

How We Paid Off $440,500 in Debt

Americans owe more than $11 trillion in consumer debt, including almost $857 billion in credit card debt. For many households, all those monthly payments and skyrocketing interest rates are crippling — making it hard just to purchase necessities,...

Anatomy of a Credit Report: What You Should Know

When you’re trying to build your credit — or just being vigilant about avoiding identity theft — it’s important to check your credit report regularly. Each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion) will...

I Had My Identity Stolen

How 5 Identity Theft Victims Rebuilt Their Credit -- and Their Lives

How I Paid Off $30,000 in Debt in 18 Months

By the time I was 26, my finances were a complete wreck. I was $30,000 in debt with no savings, but plenty of bad money habits.   How did I get into that position? For the most part, it was unconscious spending. The $29,500 I earned as an...

Pay Off Your Debt for Good This Time

There is an enemy amongst us, my friends. Its name? Revolving Debt. You might know it by other names: Plastic fantastic, Charge! or “passport to debt slavery.” Whatever you call it, credit card debt has the power to take over your personal...

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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...

How to Strategically Manage Your Debt

Debt. Funny how four little letters can feel so dirty. Most of us have it in one shape or another, but none of us like to talk about it. Debt can get us into trouble, especially if it is unplanned and uncontrolled. And some of us can’t help but...

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...

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