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You won’t make it through life without encountering at least a few tricky money-related issues. The goal is to make the solutions as simple as possible.
We recently introduced the Money Talks News Solutions Center, a place you can go to get help with anything from debt to finding a better mortgage. You’ll see it above every article on the site in the thin black line above, under the sharing buttons. It’s also on the right side of our home page.
To ensure the best solutions for every money-related issue, we’ve teamed up with some of the biggest names in personal finance. Here’s a quick summary of what you’ll find.
Help with credit card, tax and student loan debt
You’ll note there are separate buttons in the Solutions Center for credit card debt, tax debt and student loan debt. Each will take you to a unique page containing resources for do-it-yourself solutions, as well as links to get professional help from our debt partner, Debt.com.
If you need professional help, you’ll also find a form you can fill out to talk to a professional in each of these areas. There’s never an obligation, and initial consultations are always free.
Help with your credit history and credit score
Click the “credit restoration” button in the Solutions Center for advice and help to repair your credit history and raise your credit score.
You’ll see links to stories like “Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?” and “10 Little-Known Actions That Sabotage Your Credit Score.” You’ll also find a form that will put you in touch with a professional credit restoration company.
As I’ve said in many stories over the years, you should never need to hire a pro to help with credit repair because there’s nothing they can do for you that you can’t do yourself for free. But if you insist on hiring help, at least you can trust that our partner Debt.com won’t rip you off.
The “collector harassment” button is for those being hounded by debt collectors. Click it to be taken to stories like “The Ultimate Guide to Debt Collection” and “4 Steps to Get Debt Collectors Off Your Back.”
Many people don’t realize they can get free legal representation from a consumer lawyer if debt collectors use abusive tactics, something all too common in debt collection. Filling out the form on this page will hook you up with one, free.
Find a better credit card
Click the “credit card” button to be taken to a credit card search from our credit card partner, Informa.
Using the best credit card for your situation means lower interest rates, free flights and hotels, or maximum cash back on everyday purchases. Most Americans don’t shop their plastic, and as a result, pay too much in interest or fail to optimize their rewards.
It only takes a few minutes to shop your cards. Do it every now and then.
Find a better mortgage
Borrow $250,000 with a 30-year, 4 percent fixed-rate mortgage, and over the life of the loan you’ll pay $179,674 in interest. But increase the rate to 6 percent, and you’ll pay $289,595. That’s a difference of nearly $110,000, enough to help you retire earlier, start a business or put your kids through college.
If you’re shopping for a mortgage, either for a purchase or refinance, click the “mortgage” button to instantly shop the best rates and terms. It will take you to a mortgage search tool from our partner Informa.
Cut the cost of insurance
Insurance is one of those things we need but hate to deal with. Result? We pay too much because we rarely shop it. Whether it’s home or car, click the “insurance plan” button and our partner Insurance.com can show you if there’s a company out there that can beat what you’re paying now.
Find a better savings account
Savings accounts are paying next to nothing these days, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. The “savings account” button will take you to a tool from partner Informa that will help you find the best rates on CDs, interest checking and money market accounts.
Find a better car loan
Click the “car loan” button to be taken to a Car Loan Search from our credit card partner, MoveCU.
When it comes to car loans, as well as many other types of loans, credit unions tend to have the lowest rates, which is why we teamed with them. For more on credit unions, see Should I Look to Credit Unions for Loans? and 9 Reasons Credit Unions Are Better Than Big Banks.
Want to lower your stress and keep your finances on the road? Grab the wheel and take control by setting savings goals, then tracking your expenses.
Click the “budget” button, and you’ll be taken to our partner PowerWallet. You give it your bank account information, set some goals, and it will keep track of where your money is going, as well as offering coupons and ideas to save more and spend less. And it’s totally free.
We get compensated
Like many websites that use affiliates, we may be compensated by businesses that provide the goods or services we recommend. That said, your trust means everything to us. That’s why we check out the companies we recommend and never recommend any company lightly.
Got other issues?
Our mission is to make money simple. One way we do that is to be your one-stop shop for money-related news, information and assistance. Unlike companies with proprietary products to pitch, we put you first by choosing partners that deliver the best possible solutions for any money-related issue.
While we may be compensated by partners, we never pick them based on what they’ll do for us. We pick them based on what they’ll do for you.
Is there a problem you’re experiencing we don’t have a solution for? We’d love to hear from you. Click here and tell us what’s on your mind.