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What Are Your Debt Relief Options?

Consumers looking to get out of debt have several options. In fact, the wide range of services can be overwhelming if you’re not sure what you need. And some products and services that claim to relieve debt can cause additional harm to your credit and move you further away from your goals. To help clear […]

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What to Expect from Credit Counseling

Offered by nonprofit agencies, credit counseling is a free service designed to help people take charge of their credit card debt and work toward financial stability. Some worry the process may be invasive or intimidating, but it’s anything but. Here’s what you can expect from credit counseling with a certified counselor. Objective Guidance Because they […]

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Snowballs and Avalanches: 2 Popular Ways to Pay Off Credit Card Debt

Trying to pay off large amounts of credit card debt can feel overwhelming, especially if you only make minimum payments on your accounts. But it can be done. The key is to accelerate your payments by paying more than the minimum so your balance goes down faster. There are two popular methods to doing this: […]

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Online or Phone Credit Counseling — What’s Right for You?

Credit Counseling is a free service offered by nonprofit credit counseling agencies — like Take Charge America — that helps consumers find solutions for their credit card debt. The process includes reviewing a consumer’s income, expenses and debts, formulating a workable budget and developing an action plan to tackle credit card debt. At Take Charge […]

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How to Calculate Your Credit Score

sYour credit score is a critical piece to your personal financial puzzle. It helps determine your creditworthiness and what terms you qualify for on new credit and loans. Your 3-digit credit score ranges from a low of 300 to a high of 850. The higher your score, the more likely lenders will offer you their […]

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How to Rebuild Your Finances After Bankruptcy

Although declaring bankruptcy can provide relief from the worries of unmanageable debt, many consumers are left wondering when and if they will be able to secure new credit at reasonable rates. Your credit report will reflect the consequences of bankruptcy for 7-10 years. But that doesn’t mean it will take that long to rebuild your […]

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6 Tips to Rent an Apartment with Bad Credit

Your credit score is about more than obtaining credit at reasonable rates. It can also affect your ability to do other things such as get a job and rent a place to live. Having bad credit makes it more challenging — but not impossible — to rent an apartment. Let’s review some tips on how […]

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Teach Your Teens These Credit Card Lessons

Giving teens a well-rounded financial education includes helping them understand credit cards. From the pros and cons of credit card usage, to how they differ from debit cards, giving your teen an understanding of the potential risks and rewards of using credit cards can help them avoid costly mistakes in the future. Let’s take a […]

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5 Fun and Educational Financial Apps for Kids

When it comes to teaching kids about money and financial topics, there are more resources available than ever before, including apps. Chances are your kids spend plenty of downtime looking at their screens, so why not make that time productive with apps and games that teach them about money management, banking basics, investments, and more? […]

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Adding an Authorized User — What You Need to Know

If you have a credit card in good standing, chances are you have received communication from the credit card company offering you the opportunity to add an authorized user to your account. It’s a quick, easy process. But there can be real financial consequences if you’re not careful about who you allow to charge on […]

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