6 Ways to Get Your Official FICO Credit Score for Free
6 Ways to Get Your Official FICO Credit Score for Free
on July 22, 2017

You can now see the same credit information that lenders, insurers and landlords use to evaluate you. But you must know where to look if you want it for free.

Ask Stacy — 8 Tips to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any
Ask Stacy — 8 Tips to Get Credit When You Don’t Have Any
on July 14, 2017

This young reader wants to know how to deal with a common credit conundrum: How are you supposed to build a credit history when you keep getting turned down for lack of a credit history?

Credit Scores Hit New Highs — Learn How to Boost Yours
Credit Scores Hit New Highs — Learn How to Boost Yours
on July 11, 2017

The average FICO credit score continues to climb. Here’s what is behind the trend — and what you can do to boost your own credit score.

7 Reasons Your Card Will Be Declined (and How to Avoid It)
7 Reasons Your Card Will Be Declined (and How to Avoid It)
on July 11, 2017

Used to be, exceeding your limit or spacing out your bill were about the only ways your plastic would be rejected. Not anymore.

Beware This Common Retail Credit Card Promotion
Beware This Common Retail Credit Card Promotion
on July 7, 2017

Many shoppers fail to understand deferred-interest financing. Here’s how to avoid being surprised by the terms of a store credit card.

What to Do If Debt Collectors Come Calling — Even When You Don’t Owe Money
What to Do If Debt Collectors Come Calling — Even When You Don’t Owe Money
on July 5, 2017

You can turn the tables on aggressive debt collectors. You may even get a lawyer to fight for you for free. Here’s what you should know — even if you have no outstanding debts.

Mortgage Down Payments — How Low Should You Go?
Mortgage Down Payments — How Low Should You Go?
on July 5, 2017

The traditional mortgage down payment of 20 percent is dying out. In fact, many buyers put down next to nothing. Here’s how to determine the best route for you.

How the Latest Credit Report Changes Impact Your Score
How the Latest Credit Report Changes Impact Your Score
on July 5, 2017

Some negative information is being removed from consumers’ credit reports starting this month.

Student Loan Rates to Jump This Weekend
Student Loan Rates to Jump This Weekend
on June 30, 2017

College costs continue to rise, and will jump again on Saturday. Consider whether expenses like loan interest are worthwhile, and explore these alternatives.

The Best Credit Cards for Insuring Your Rental Car
The Best Credit Cards for Insuring Your Rental Car
on June 29, 2017

How you pay for a rental car directly affects whether you end up wasting or saving hundreds of dollars, if not more. So choose your plastic wisely.

5 Lies Credit Repair Companies Tell (and How to Fix Your Score on Your Own)
5 Lies Credit Repair Companies Tell (and How to Fix Your Score on Your Own)
on June 27, 2017

Credit repair companies promise the sun and the moon, but they may instead be taking you for an expensive ride.

Is It OK to Retire With Debt?
Is It OK to Retire With Debt?
on June 20, 2017

Some money experts argue that retiring with certain kinds of debt is not such a bad thing. But their advice doesn’t necessarily apply to the average retiree.

Should Your Credit Card Retire When You Do?
Should Your Credit Card Retire When You Do?
on June 15, 2017

Using credit cards in retirement can give you a surprising number of financial options during your golden years.

This U.S. City Helps Workers Pay Off Student Loans
This U.S. City Helps Workers Pay Off Student Loans
on June 9, 2017

A Tennessee city’s newest workplace benefit is a student loan repayment program aimed at helping workers tackle their education debt.

How to Buy a House — Getting the Best Deal on a Mortgage
How to Buy a House — Getting the Best Deal on a Mortgage
on June 7, 2017

If you’re thinking of buying a house or refinancing a home loan, these tips could save you thousands of dollars.

The 10 Most Common Credit Card Sins
The 10 Most Common Credit Card Sins
on June 6, 2017

These common missteps can wreak havoc on your credit score, your finances and your access to loans. Here’s how to avoid them.

How Your Credit Score Changes Once Negative Info Disappears
How Your Credit Score Changes Once Negative Info Disappears
on June 5, 2017

Wonder what happens when negative information is purged from your credit history? We have the answers.

The Common Credit Card Mistake That Might Boost Your Risk of Fraud
The Common Credit Card Mistake That Might Boost Your Risk of Fraud
on June 4, 2017

Tens of millions of Americans are using a feature that offers convenience with a big trade-off. Here’s how to keep your credit card safe when shopping online.

Would Proposed Federal Law Give High-Interest Lenders a ‘Free Pass’?
Would Proposed Federal Law Give High-Interest Lenders a ‘Free Pass’?
on May 31, 2017

Republicans say their Financial Choice Act will benefit consumers, but one provision of the legislation is stirring up controversy.

What Your Credit Card Says About Your Self-Image — and How It Can Cost You
What Your Credit Card Says About Your Self-Image — and How It Can Cost You
on May 30, 2017

The middle class is smitten with a flashy type of credit card that often comes loaded with annual fees. Don’t buy into this trend blindly.

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