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Pay Off Your Debt for Good This Time

There is an enemy amongst us, my friends. Its name? Revolving Debt. You might know it by other names: Plastic fantastic, Charge! or “passport to debt slavery.” Whatever you call it, credit card debt has the power to take over your personal...

Why I Ditched My Department Store Credit Card

I remember when I opened my first department store credit card in Manhattan nearly 20 years ago. At the time, you were allowed to open a line of credit for $1,000 on the spot whether or not they eventually approved your card, which took several...

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How to Strategically Manage Your Debt

Debt. Funny how four little letters can feel so dirty. Most of us have it in one shape or another, but none of us like to talk about it. Debt can get us into trouble, especially if it is unplanned and uncontrolled. And some of us can’t help but...

Dear Visa, It’s Been Fun but...

Dear Visa, It’s with a heavy heart that I tell you this: I think we need some time apart.  Our whirlwind affair has been nothing short of thrilling. And there was a time when I really needed you. I know that. How would I have paid for my car, my...

Infographic: Add It Up—What Goes into Your Credit Score?

What's a good score? Aside from the VantageScore, which accounts for a small percentage of credit reports, most scoring models don't veer far from FICO's 300 to 850 range.

Surprise! 9 Credit Card Perks

Credit card companies have got you covered in ways you may not know about. Taking advantage of all these hidden perks may save you hundreds of dollars a year. People often forget about these perks because they may not take the time to read more...

6 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score Now

Improving your credit score does require some patience and perseverance -- a significant increase can take 12 months or more, according to experts. But it’s worth the effort. A jump of even 100 points can translate into thousands of dollars in...

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