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6 Credit Traps That Await Divorcing Couples

The divorce itself doesn’t affect your credit score, but watch out for these common scenarios that most definitely do. Just as your credit scores don’t merge when you get married, they don’t experience any automatic hit or boost when you divorce. The divorce itself is not factored into your credit score whatsoever. However, the process of untangling financially from your ex could leave a mark on your credit file for …Read More

4 Times to Consider Using a Credit Card for Black Friday Purchases

Although it’s nearly second nature for most consumers to pull out a credit card for their purchases, it may not always be the best idea for everyone. This can be especially true around the spend-happy holidays when we’re less inclined to stay on budget in the face of seemingly unbeatable sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.   At the same time, you don’t necessarily need to leave your credit …Read More

3 Ways Your Credit Cards Can Make Halloween More Affordable

For many people, October means the arrival of cooler weather, the beginning of the autumn season, and the start of the endless fall of leaves that must be raked. But for others — of all ages — October means just one thing: Halloween.   Yes, Halloween isn’t just for the kids these days; nearly 70% of consumers plan to celebrate Halloween this year, and they’ll spend an estimated $9 billion …Read More

#AskanExpert: Why is a Home Equity Loan so Hard to Get?

Q. We’ve used our credit cards too much and gotten ourselves into a stressful situation. We make a decent income, but the monthly payments are putting financial strain on our budget. We would like to get a home equity loan to pay off all these cards and just have one payment, but we do not qualify for a new loan due to our debt-to-income ratio. Not too long ago, my …Read More

Saving on Your Summer Vacation with Smart Credit Card Use

For many people, it takes all year long to save up for that special summer vacation, be it a romantic trip for two or an adventure for the whole family. But a lot can happen before summer comes, and that vacation fund can often get trimmed to take care of other necessities. Thankfully, there are ways to save on your summer vacation — and your favorite credit card may be …Read More

Can I Pay My Taxes with a Credit Card?

As the holiday haze starts to lift and spring begins peeking over the horizon, the realities of being in a new fiscal year start to hit us all — right in the pocketbook. Somewhere between Valentine’s Day and Easter, the commercials for tax preparation providers take over the airways, and we start keeping watch for the W2s and 1099s soon to be hitting our mailboxes. For some consumers, tax time …Read More

Ask an Expert: How do I begin to build credit?

Q:  How do I begin to build credit? Dear Reader, Building your credit, whether you are starting from scratch or recovering from past financial mistakes, requires time, dedication, and a strategy. Since you have already taken the first step by asking yourself this question, we will look at some of the next steps you can consider.   One credit building option to consider is a secured credit card. Secured credit …Read More

An Explanation of Your Credit Card’s 4 APRs

The Fine Print of APRs Whether we like it or not, the whole wide world seems to be filled with fine print. Even a receipt from the donut shop has its own share of tiny script laying out the rules and limitations on your purchase. But while it’s usually perfectly safe to ignore the fine print that comes with your morning bear claw, sometimes the paperwork is just as important …Read More

Ask an Expert: Should I try to move a negative mark on my credit report to my business credit report?

Q: Should I try to move a negative mark on my credit report to my business credit report? Dear reader, Small business experts always recommend separating business from personal finances so you don’t have to rely on personal credit to finance your business. Also, keeping them separate can help you prevent business liabilities affecting your personal life. Still, this can be tricky to do for small business owners. As you’ve experienced, …Read More

Ask An Expert: How can I build credit if I have no credit history?

Q. How can I build credit if I have no credit history? Dear Reader, Establishing your credit history for the first time can seem like a daunting task. Your lack of credit history tells creditors that you have no experience with credit and they may not want to risk lending you money. So how do you break the cycle? Well, your best option is to apply for a secured card. …Read More