5 Essential Tips for Managing Your Credit Score

Your good credit enables much more than granting you amounts of money you can spend and pay back over time. It follows you into everything from renting an apartment to getting a job. It determines the interest rate you will pay on credit cards, financing and loans. It can even alter how much companies charge […]

Bad Credit: What You Need to Know About Buying a Car with Poor Credit

Bad credit is generally defined as a credit score in the low 600’s, specifically at or under 629. There are many reasons that can contribute to low credit, but the bottom line is that if you don’t have a good credit score, it can be difficult to purchase the items you need. You may need […]

Is it Ever Wise to Owe Money to a Creditor?

Credit and debt have developed a bad reputation in the consumer market. Many consumers actively work hard to pay down debt balances and dream of becoming debt-free. However, debt and credit are not always a bad thing. In fact, they can be used advantageously in different situations. But first you have to understand what situations […]

4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Score

Your credit score is an important part of your life. Not only can it determine whether you get a loan and how good of an interest rate you get, it also can be a factor when renting an apartment, getting an insurance policy and even applying for certain jobs. Because of the huge impact it […]

Plastic Money: Top Tips for First Time Credit Card Holders

Many financial experts don’t really like credit cards because of how many people suffer from credit card debt. However, it can be a beneficial tool if used properly, especially for anyone desiring to increase their credit score. A high credit score will allow you to buy a home, settle in a location and continue working on […]

Building Credit: Tips for Buying Smart on Your First Car

Buying your first car is a great way to start building credit. Even if you have cash in the bank, a car loan will establish your credit history for the future. Many first car purchases must deal with a zero or blank credit score. Unlike the person with poor credit, the first-time borrower must do […]

Tips to Get Your Credit Card Balances Under Control

Are you planning to buy a house or rent one? If so, then you need to be sure you have a decent credit score. If you have a lot of credit card debt here is a personal finance strategy to help manage both your debt and your credit score.  Using Personal Loans to Reduce Debt A personal loan is an […]

Ending Credit Card Debt … Choosing The Right Option

It will come as no surprise to you, that all around the world consumers are collapsing under the pressure of credit card debt. This makes people desperate and in turn they may become easy victims of fraudulent credit card settlement companies. Don’t learn the hard way that settlement companies aren’t magical and can’t make credit card debt vanish overnight. But you […]

Acquiring Credit and Credit Reports

Acquiring a Credit History Young people either fresh out of high school or college may have difficulty acquiring their first credit card because they do not have a credit history yet. It may be easiest to get one through your own bank or credit union where you already have an account. Or you can apply for […]

8 Ways to Stick to Your Financial Resolutions

Do you make financial resolutions every New Year that you’ll get your finances under control? Do you break them just as often? Here are a few tips to help you meet your financial goals this year. Some are fairly simple ideas from a different perspective, while others will take effort that is well worth it […]