7 Simple Methods to Sidestep a Debt Trap
7 Simple Methods to Sidestep a Debt Trap

on September 15, 2017

It doesn’t take much to slip from some debt into unmanageable debt. These tips will help keep you from falling into the fiscal depths of despair.

Ask Stacy: How Can I Help My Fiance’s Credit?
Ask Stacy: How Can I Help My Fiance’s Credit?

on September 15, 2017

This reader has an excellent credit history and score, but the man she’s about to marry doesn’t. How can she help him?

After Equifax Data Hack, Should I Freeze My Account?
After Equifax Data Hack, Should I Freeze My Account?

on September 14, 2017

If you’re concerned about identity theft following the credit bureau’s massive data breach, this is a tool that could protect you — but use with caution.

The 3 Most Common Credit Card Fees — and the Keys to Avoiding Them
The 3 Most Common Credit Card Fees — and the Keys to Avoiding Them

on September 13, 2017

The vast majority of credit cards charge these fees — and they’re steep. Find out how to banish them from your statements for good.

Beware These 5 Sneaky Credit Card Company Tricks
Beware These 5 Sneaky Credit Card Company Tricks

on September 7, 2017

Credit card companies love to dangle juicy offers. Find out how to sort out deals from duds.

Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?
Ask Stacy: Can I Repair My Own Credit?

on August 27, 2017

Maintaining a clean credit history is important. Here’s a simple, step-by-step guide to make sure yours is in top shape.

3 Credit Cards That Let You Pay Off Debt for Free
3 Credit Cards That Let You Pay Off Debt for Free

on August 22, 2017

You have more options than ever for paying off debt without losing a single cent to interest charges or transfer fees.

10 Purchases You Shouldn’t Make With a Credit Card
10 Purchases You Shouldn’t Make With a Credit Card

on August 22, 2017

Credit cards offer many conveniences and protections, but sometimes it’s simply safer to keep the plastic tucked away. Here are 10 such situations.

Stop and Think: How Much House Can You Really Afford?
Stop and Think: How Much House Can You Really Afford?

on August 15, 2017

A house is a big investment. Here’s how to figure out if you can afford the one you want, and what to do if you can’t.

Ask Stacy — How Can I Rebuild My Credit After a Bankruptcy?
Ask Stacy — How Can I Rebuild My Credit After a Bankruptcy?

on August 11, 2017

Starting out or starting over: Not easy, maybe, but simple.

Ask Stacy — How Can I Get a Higher Limit on My Credit Card?
Ask Stacy — How Can I Get a Higher Limit on My Credit Card?

on August 4, 2017

This reader wants to increase his credit line to build his credit, but his bank isn’t cooperating. The solution is simple …

Ask Stacy — Can I Really Get a No-Cost Mortgage?
Ask Stacy — Can I Really Get a No-Cost Mortgage?

on July 28, 2017

Some mortgage lenders claim you can refinance to a lower rate at “no cost.” Don’t believe them.

6 Simple Steps to Giving Your Teen Credit
6 Simple Steps to Giving Your Teen Credit

on July 25, 2017

Here’s the safe and sane path for parents to help teenagers to financial responsibility.

9 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money, and 4 Better Options
9 Dumb Ways to Borrow Money, and 4 Better Options

on July 24, 2017

Of all the ways to waste money, giving it to someone like a high-interest lender, pawnbroker or loan shark is one of the worst. Here are loans to avoid, and some better alternatives.

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.

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