Raise Your Credit Score in 2014
in 5 Steps

By Karen Carlson Poor credit could be costing you thousands of dollars a year. If you’ve suffered from a ‘so-so’ or even poor credit score for most of your life, make a commitment to yourself to raise your credit score in 2014. 1. Face your credit history and score: Like many things in life, the [...]



 Raise Your Credit Score in 2014 in 5 Steps

By Karen Carlson Poor credit could be costing you thousands of dollars a year. If you’ve suffered from a ‘so-so’ or even poor credit score for most of your life make a commitment to yourself to raise your credit score in 2014. 1. Face your credit history and score: Like many things in life, the [...]



 How to Get Out of Debt

By Lauralynn Schueckler The recent recession affected the financial lives of people all over the country. The recession led to much higher rates of unemployment and underemployment. Because of this, many people needed to rely on credit cards to meet all of their financial obligations and pay for emergencies that arose. While this may have been [...]



 Have Residency, but No Credit?

By Erica Sandberg Dear Erica, I am a permanent resident with a Social Security number, but no credit. How can I start or build credit? – Mario  Dear Mario, Almost everyone has to jump over a hurdle or two to get their very first unsecured credit card. Issuers are sensible for being discriminating — wouldn’t you be? [...]



 Credit Cards Can Be Friend or Foe
to College Students

 By Gail Cunningham While parent’s mail boxes are filling with credit card bills from summer vacations and back-to-school shopping, their college-aged child is likely receiving offers for credit cards of their own. Due to the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act), young adults under the age of 21 applying for [...]



 The Value of Credit Counseling in Everyday Life

By Lauralynn Schueckler Credit counseling is often an overlooked free financial tool in our busy everyday lives. We need good credit for everything these days as we transition to less and less cash in our lives. The truth is good credit is not only for financing, but it’s also essential in setting up utilities, getting [...]



 How to Rebuild Credit After Bankruptcy

By Barb Miller Most people I work with are very concerned about improving their credit scores post-bankruptcy. This is a good thing since nearly all important transactions like finding a job, buying insurance, financing a car or home, or even renting an apartment may well depend on your credit score. The good news is you [...]



 Clearing Up the Considerable Confusion
in Plastic Terminology:Prepaid Debit Cards,
Debit Cards, Secured Credit Cards, Prepaid Credit Cards, Unsecured Credit Cards, Charge Cards,
Gift Cards

By John Ulzheimer Ok, I get it…the world of financial services can be complicated and confusing. It’s hard to calculate APRs, and it’s hard to forecast interest paid on long term credit card debt. And, according to a recent survey by VantageScore Solutions and The Consumer Federation of America, consumers don’t know very much about credit [...]



 The Main Ways to Raise Your Credit Score

By Mark Foster  There are various factors involved in raising a credit score, but when it comes down to it just two key factors are responsible for an incredible 65% of your score – how timely you pay your bills and how much you owe. The less you owe, the better your credit score. The credit scoring [...]



 How to Start Reducing
Your Credit Card Debt

By Melinda Opperman If your credit card debt is keeping you from reaching your personal financial goals, and you’re ready to concentrate on paying off your credit cards, here are a few tips to help you get started. 1. Make a budget. If you haven’t already made a budget this is a great first step [...]