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A 12-Month Plan to Raise Your Credit Score in 2017

Are you ready to finally gain control of your credit scores in the new year? Working to improve your credit is an admirable resolution, and

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When Credit Card Rewards Become Dangerous

As a credit card rewards expert and frequent traveler, I like to stay on top of the changes in the rewards industry. As part of

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Can the GM BuyPower Card Help You Save on a New Car?

We’ve all heard of earning cash back, airfare, and hotel stays with credit card rewards, but what about a new car? The GM BuyPower card

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Is a 700 Credit Score the Magic Number?

The two most popular credit scoring brands, FICO and VantageScore, both feature a current credit score range of 300 to 850. It’s common knowledge that

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What Is ChexSystems?

Most of us have heard of Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian – the trifecta of credit bureaus that impact everything from credit card applications to car loans.

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Your Credit Card Minimum Payment Is Just That — a Minimum

When finances become tight it can be quite tempting to cut back on your credit card payments. After all, if you send in a small

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How to Spot Student Loan Forgiveness Scams

After completing college, you may feel overburdened by your student loan costs, but don’t fall victim to student loan forgiveness scams that offer false promises

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Applying for a Credit Card After Bankruptcy

There’s no two ways about it: Nothing is going to ding your credit score harder than filing for bankruptcy. But after you declare bankruptcy, you

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Can I Pay My Taxes With a Credit Card?

Owing money to the tax man is never fun, but that’s especially true if your tax debt comes as a surprise. Perhaps you thought you

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New Year’s Credit Resolutions That Could Change Your Life

If you think this article’s title sounds a little dramatic, that’s by design. But the truth is, the condition of your credit actually has a massive

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Can I Pay My Auto Loan With a Credit Card?

Can you pay your auto loan with a credit card? Well, yes… technically you can. Most lenders won’t allow you to use a credit card to pay

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Why Is Credit Utilization Such a Big Deal?

Credit scores can either save you a ton of money or cost you just as much. Ultimately it’s your own credit management habits that will determine

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Five Signs You Shouldn’t Use a Credit Card

Despite the bad rap they’ve gotten over the years, credit cards really do offer benefits you can’t get with other forms of payment. While most

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How Big Should My Down Payment on a Car Be?

Reader Jimmie wrote in with a good question about the ideal down payment on a car: I’m going to buy a new car in several

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Should You Get a Secured Business Credit Card?

Getting a new business idea off the ground isn’t easy regardless of how prepared you are. But the challenge becomes greater when you don’t have

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Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card Review

The is the card of choice for travelers who regularly stay at Marriott hotels. It offers 5 points per dollar on Marriott purchases; 2 points

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Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card Review

The is a versatile cashback card that offers 3% back on Amazon purchases; 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores; and 1% back everywhere

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BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card Review

The offers 1.5 points for every dollar spent and 20,000 bonus points to new customers who spend $1,000 within the first three months of opening

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