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9 debt myths debunked
Did you hear the one about how making even a small payment will stop debt collectors in their tracks? If you believe that, you need some myth-debunking.
You can now #buy through social media
But do you really want to? In-stream purchasing lets you buy stuff by posting a simple hashtag. It's quick, convenient and potentially dangerous.
Steps to protect finances of those with Alzheimer's
If a loved one with Alzheimer's forgets to pay bills or is spending money recklessly, there are ways to protect their credit and financial security.
Don't let a rental scam spoil your vacation
Recognize these warning signs so vacation rental scammers don't make your deposit -- and your plans for a relaxing holiday -- vanish.
Minimum payments only: Score killer?
'Let's Talk Credit' expert Jane McNamara
Making only minimum payments on a high balance can cripple your credit score if your financial situation worsens.
Pre-screened offers don't guarantee card approval
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
All those enticing zero percent card offers that come in the mail don't mean that you'll be approved for them.
Yes, you can negotiate medical debt, but...
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
If you want to end collection calls over past-due medical bills, you can negotiate to pay less, but be prepared for consequences.
Is an award flight tax-deductible?
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
A flight taken for business is covered under the IRS Code, but not if that flight was purchased using frequent flier miles or points.
Data broker lifts veil on personal, financial data
One of the largest data brokers lifts the veil on its vast trove of consumer data and is now allowing people to see just how much it knows about them.
Cashless tolls trigger rental car fees
Increasingly, toll highways lack a cash lane, leaving you at the mercy of the rental car company's electronic toll collection fees.
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