5 Ways to Get a Free Credit Score


The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003 guaranteed the right of every American consumer to see a copy of their credit report from each of the three main credit bureaus every 12 months. But the law said nothing about credit scores. For years, the only way to see your credit scores was by paying for them, but recent developments makes getting your credit scores for free fairly easy. Here are five ways to do so.

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10 Things People with Good Credit Avoid


A credit score of 800 or more seems like an unattainable goal to most people. Despite the challenges, it is possible to earn a credit elite status and join a group of financially strong consumers. Although there is no magical formula to success, there are a few roadblocks members of the 800 Club avoid.

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Is Luxury Living Hurting Your Credit?


A large home or “McMansion” is often seen as an American status symbol, a supersized American dream. For many, it’s a sign of success, but appearances can be deceiving. Living the luxurious lifestyle can cause major financial strain, especially if your income and budget are not equipped to handle the costs. Borrowing beyond your means can lead to serious consequences, including:

  • An overextended debt-to-income ratio and credit utilization ratio
  • The inability to save for emergencies and retirement
  • A failed budget
  • High credit card balances
  • Long-term credit damage
  • Foreclosure

If living large is putting you out of your means, it probably means it isn’t worth it. Here are three questions to ask yourself as your shop for a new property that may help you avoid major problems in the future.

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5 Credit Tips You Should Follow in Retirement


If you’re retired, your income and wealth are probably at comfortable levels and credit may be in the back of your mind. However, credit is still important for you — it determines what you pay for insurance, if you can lease easily, or turn on utilities without substantial down payments and whether credit card issuers will keep credit limits at current levels.

Here are five things you can do to help maintain your credit health.

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5 Ways to Save on Sending Your Kids to School


It’s no secret that kids are expensive, and that can be especially true during back-to-school time. While you may be excited about their return to class, the additional costs of education could cost you more than a few dollars — and credit score points. Dipping into savings or relying on credit cards for back-to-school shopping can leave you vulnerable to unforeseen costs, high debt and accruing interest.

You can approach the 2016-2017 school year with caution by looking for savings in the following five areas.

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