Ask Stacy: If My Debt Is Sold to a Collection Agency, Do I Still Have to Pay It?
Ask Stacy: If My Debt Is Sold to a Collection Agency, Do I Still Have to Pay It?

on April 20, 2018

The internet says there’s a legal loophole allowing you to dodge your debts. Here’s what I say.

1 in 4 Consumers Make This Costly Credit Card Mistake
1 in 4 Consumers Make This Costly Credit Card Mistake

on April 19, 2018

A lot of people with credit cards are making this key — and expensive — error.

The Top 6 Credit Cards to Use When Renting a Car
The Top 6 Credit Cards to Use When Renting a Car

on April 18, 2018

Paying for a rental car with the right kind of plastic can spare you insurance costs — including future rate hikes.

The Easiest Way to Improve Your Credit Card Terms
The Easiest Way to Improve Your Credit Card Terms

on April 9, 2018

Credit card holders can benefit from higher limits, lower rates and waived fees. Yet, few try to get them. Here’s how to separate yourself from the crowd.

The 4 Simple Keys to My Flawless Credit Score
The 4 Simple Keys to My Flawless Credit Score

on April 4, 2018

My FICO credit score is a perfect 850. Here’s how I did it — without resorting to all sorts of tricky maneuvers.

2 Things You Must Weigh Before Tapping Record-High Home Equity
2 Things You Must Weigh Before Tapping Record-High Home Equity

on April 3, 2018

Americans are sitting on more “tappable” home equity than ever. At the same time, borrowing is growing both costlier and trickier. Here’s the scoop.

2 Ways Your Favorite Credit Card Could Be Costing You
2 Ways Your Favorite Credit Card Could Be Costing You

on April 2, 2018

Credit cards are a prime example of how being loyal to a brand or a company can hurt you. Here’s what you should do instead.

Saturday School: What Is Libor?
Saturday School: What Is Libor?

on March 30, 2018

Anyone who has shopped for an adjustable-rate mortgage has probably heard of a rate called Libor. Watch this video to find out what it’s all about.

7 Ways Your Rewards Credit Card Is Costing You Big Bucks
7 Ways Your Rewards Credit Card Is Costing You Big Bucks

on March 13, 2018

So-called “rewards” credit cards can cost you a bundle if you aren’t careful. Weigh the following before signing up.

Ask Stacy: Should I Get a Reverse Mortgage?
Ask Stacy: Should I Get a Reverse Mortgage?

on March 5, 2018

For some, reverse mortgages are a perfect way to get extra retirement income. But they’re not for everyone.

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier
7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

on March 2, 2018

Here’s how to free yourself from your biggest debt faster than you would think possible.

9 Key Questions to Test Your Credit Card IQ
9 Key Questions to Test Your Credit Card IQ

on February 28, 2018

Know the answers to these common credit questions, or it could cost you.

Should You Use a Credit Freeze to Protect Yourself?
Should You Use a Credit Freeze to Protect Yourself?

on February 26, 2018

There are the conventional ways to protect yourself from data breaches. And then there’s the nuclear option — a credit freeze. Here are the pros and cons of each approach.

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 February 21, 2018

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

7 Quick Ways to Raise Your Credit Score
7 Quick Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

on February 20, 2018

Get your sagging score into shape this spring by taking these steps.

6 Ways to Build Your Credit Score Without a Credit Card
6 Ways to Build Your Credit Score Without a Credit Card

on February 19, 2018

Signing up for a credit card isn’t the only way to boost your credit score. Here are some card-free ways to raise your financial standing.

Ask Stacy: Should I Get a Debt Consolidation Loan?
Ask Stacy: Should I Get a Debt Consolidation Loan?

on February 16, 2018

One way to get ahead of debt is to borrow in the form of a debt consolidation loan. But before you go down this road, there’s something you need to do first.

State by State: Where Americans Are Best and Worst at Managing Debt
State by State: Where Americans Are Best and Worst at Managing Debt

on February 12, 2018

Data from more than half a million borrowers shows that people lower-income states often manage their debt better than those where incomes are higher.

Ask Stacy: Which Are Best — Banks or Credit Unions?
Ask Stacy: Which Are Best — Banks or Credit Unions?

on February 9, 2018

Bank or credit union? There’s a simple answer as to which is best, and there’s a simple reason why.

11 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit Score
11 Surprising Ways to Wreck Your Credit Score

on February 6, 2018

A seemingly small stumble — such as forgetting to return library books — can cause your credit score to plummet.

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