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How to Get Your First Credit Card

You probably won’t remember getting your first credit card as much as you do other firsts in life: Date, job, getting your driver’s license, buying a home, and others. But it could set the path for how some other life decisions play out. Your

Can Business Card Cards Hurt Your Personal Credit Score?

A business credit card can be an invaluable tool for business owners. It can allow them to put expenses on credit that can be paid later when they’re paid by customers, making cash flow problems easier to manage. But if not used well, a

Does It Matter Which Debts You Pay off First? It Depends.

Having too many debts can be overwhelming. Which do you pay first? Does it matter? Should you pay the creditor that screams the loudest first? Not necessarily. Some debts should take precedence over others because they can have worse consequences than others. Here are

Is It Better to Pay off Your Credit Card or Keep a Balance?

Credit card users can find themselves looking for every trick in the book to improve their credit score. The biggest and the best way is to pay the balance in full and on time each month. Lesser steps can help also, but the small

The Complete Guide on How Debt Impacts Your Credit Score

The average indebted household that doesn’t pay credit cards in full each month carries $8,683 in credit card debt. Eventually, that debt affects the card members’ credit scores. A credit score impacts the ability to borrow money, leading to higher interest rates, bigger down

How to Negotiate a Settlement With Collection Agencies

Debts from student loans, credit cards, healthcare, mortgages, auto loans and other daily bills of life can add up. Sometimes a debt collector may be called to ask you for the money owed. Negotiating a settlement with a collection agency can help you solve

How to Tell If You’re Getting Ripped Off at a Car Dealership

The internet has made car shopping easier, allowing consumers to compare prices, review a car’s features and buy online without ever stepping into an auto dealer’s showroom. But there are still tricks car dealers use to rip people off, whether in the showroom or

5.5 Million Could Get Credit Score Boost With Tax Liens Removed

If your credit score jumped 20-40 points last summer, you may see another boost in May as the credit reporting agencies finish changes to remove incomplete identifying information from credit reports. On April 16, the credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian and TransUnion implemented the

How Federal Reserve Interest Rates Affect Your Credit

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates in March to their highest level in a decade, and more increases are on the way. Higher interest rates will affect consumers in many ways — including car and home loans, though most borrowers who have those loans

A Secret Your Credit Card Company is Unlikely to Tell You (Unless You Ask)

Being at the bottom of a pile of credit card debt can be overwhelming. Making just the minimum monthly payment can be difficult, putting the long-term goal of paying off the credit card completely almost too far to see. Chances are your credit card