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About to Buy a House? Put Your Credit on Lockdown

Buying a house can be both an exciting and simultaneously stressful experience. One reason the home buying process tends to be so stressful for many consumers

Best Airline Credit Cards of 2017

Hey, frequent travelers! If you’re hitting the road (or the sky or sea) without a travel rewards credit card, you’re missing out. The top airline

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A Simple Guide to Getting Maximum Value from Your Credit Cards

Sometimes, the simplest questions are just perfect. How do people even use credit cards without messing everything up? A reader we’ll call Jean sent that

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When Is It Safe to Close a Credit Card?

You work hard to maintain good credit scores, but the truth is that even one seemingly innocent mistake has the potential to undo your efforts.

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Your ‘Magic’ Interest Rate: Figuring Out Debt vs. Savings

When people first become acutely aware of their personal finances, they’re usually hit with a cavalcade of seemingly incompatible goals. They usually have a number

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Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards for 2017

Carrying a credit card balance can have a significant impact on your finances. While most consumers focus on APR (annual percentage rate), credit card interest

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Best Credit Cards for College Students in 2017

When students head off to college, it’s often their first time managing their own finances — and that includes using a credit card. The best

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How to Use a Zero-Sum Budget to Pay Down Debt

While there are plenty of different budgeting strategies to try, my personal favorite is the zero-sum budget. This type of budget isn’t hard to implement,

The Best Credit Cards for Bad Credit

If your credit needs some work, don’t give up! Making on-time payments — and keeping your credit utilization low — is the best way to

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Best Credit Cards of 2017

From rewards cards to cash back, travel, and balance transfers, there are a ton of credit card options to choose from. To find the best

Best Business Credit Cards of 2017

Whether you’re a business owner, freelancer, or sole proprietor, a business credit card should be a part of your financial strategy. The right business card

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Don’t Expect God Alone to Fix Your Financial Problems

Let’s start this off with a disclaimer: I’m not the world’s most religious woman. I believe in God – the idea that we have a

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What Your Credit Report Says About You Behind Your Back

No one enjoys being judged, especially by credit reports. Of course, that’s exactly why your credit reports and credit scores exist — to give others

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Best Cash Back Credit Cards for 2017

Cash back credit cards make it easy to earn rewards for the purchases you make every day. In most cases, you’ll earn a percentage of

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Best Rewards Credit Cards of 2017

If you want to earn rewards quickly (who doesn’t?), it’s important to choose a card that aligns with your spending habits and goals. With the

Best Travel Credit Card for 2017

Summer is almost here and that means we’re about to enter peak travel season. Whether you’re planning a family vacation or looking to travel for business, there’s

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A New Credit Score Is Coming: What You Need to Know About VantageScore 4.0

A new credit score will be finding its way to a credit bureau near you very soon. VantageScore Solutions, a joint venture of the three

Best International Credit Cards With No Foreign Transaction Fee

If you’re planning a trip overseas, be aware: most credit cards charge a 1-3% fee on purchases made outside the U.S. Between hotel stays, dining,