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#AskanExpert: What Happens If You Pay All But One Credit Card?

Q. What will happen if I do not pay off one American Express credit card? I have three other credit cards that I am currently paying off, but American Express wants $5,000 paid all at once. Dear Reader, It is hard to adequately predict what will happen if you do not pay your American Express card. However, I can tell you what to expect in general terms. If your American …Read More

5 FAQs on How to Improve Your Credit Score

A common question people often ask is, “How can I improve my credit?” Since credit can impact many things, including: employment, down payments, interest rates, utility deposits, and even car insurance, improving your credit can help you in a lot of ways. With all of the information floating around out there, we want to make sure you have all the correct answers to the questions below!   5 Frequently Asked …Read More

Ask an Expert: Is a Debt Management Plan Right for Me?

Q. What types of situations are recommended for Debt Management Plans? How much debt do I have to have? Dear reader, A Debt Management Plan (DMP) is a service offered by credit counseling agencies, where they will work with your creditors and establish a payment plan that will help you repay your debt in full. It may be a debt repayment option, if you have considerable credit card debt and you …Read More

Ask an Expert: Is it ok for the Collection Agency to do this?

Q. Is it ok for the collection agency to do this? My husband and I are trying to get out of roughly $50k worth of credit card debt. We are considering refinancing our home and using the equity to pay the debt. However, three years ago my husband moved out of his apartment in Seattle to the Midwest with me. He gave his notice to the apartment complex and paid the …Read More

The Benefits of Credit Counseling

NFCC-certified consumer credit counselors are experts that can tailor confidential programs to meet the specific financial needs that you may be facing. They are equipped to help you with an array of financial issues,whether you need help paying off debt, managing your student loans or help understanding your specific financial situation. They are here to help so you can get on the road to financial freedom. Services available at our …Read More

“Spring Cleaning” Your Wallet

From the birds tidying up their nests to the gardeners preparing their land, spring is the time that we clean away the cobwebs of winter and get ready for the year ahead. But while many of us take part in an annual spring cleaning of our homes, few of us extend that same principle to one of our messiest places: our finances.   Cleaning Up Your Finances The idea of …Read More

Ask an Expert: What is a Charged Off Account?

Q. What is a charged off account on my credit report? Dear Reader, Seeing a charged off account on your credit report can be a bit confusing because the term is not self-explanatory. It doesn’t help that “charged off” is used interchangeable with “written off,” which in many scenarios means that the account has been paid off. In this context, charged off refers to an account that has become so …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

When Should You Consolidate Credit Card Debt?

The Reality of Using Credit Cards Between card designs, rewards programs, and one-step purchasing, it can be easy to become credit card complacent, so comfortable swiping for everything that you start to overlook the fact that credit cards are a form of debt. Every time you use your credit card, you borrow the money for each purchase from the issuing bank — and you are responsible for paying that money …Read More

Ask an Expert: How do I pay my credit card debt when my wages are garnished?

Q: How do I pay my credit card debt when my wages are garnished? Dear reader, I’m sorry to hear that you are having to deal with a wage garnishment while trying to keep your credit card payments on track. Paying your credit card debt when your wages are garnished can be very tough because you have limited options. However, you can carefully plan and enlist the help of NFCC certified …Read More