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How to avoid crushing student debt
Saving early, shopping for colleges, applying for grants and scholarships, and working part-time while in school are a few steps that may ease long-term financial burdens ... (See More)
6 ways to outsmart data collectors
You can't stop data collectors from harvesting information on what you buy, how much you make and even how healthy you are. But you can limit what they see ... (See More)
Should you get a personal line of credit?
Personal lines of credit are becoming more common for bridging short-term gaps in cash flow. Compare them first with other forms of credit, though ... (See More)
‘Opening credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Angrily closing unused card can hurt credit score
After applying for a new balance transfer card, only to discover the credit limit too small, he closed the account in anger and now wonders if he acted too fast. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Using points when holiday award seats are full
There are a number of creative ways to use credit card points or perks to travel cheaply during busy periods. More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Be careful with inheritance, spending before bankruptcy filing
If you're about to file for bankruptcy, but know you're about to inherit some money, what do you do? Can you spend the inheritance? More...
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Why does negative info stay on your credit report for 7 years? No one knows
Why do unpaid loans take seven years to expire from your credit report? Industry experts don't know how the period came to be embedded in the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Even one of the authors of the 1970 law isn't sure.  More...
3 tips for the travel rewards newbie
If you want to start making the most of your credit card's travel rewards program, here are three things blogger Sienna Kossman learned along the way that help her get the most out of hers. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 9/18/2014
National Average
15.06%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance Transfer
12.73%
Business
12.80%
Student
13.27%
Cash Back
14.94%
Reward
15.04%
Airline
15.46%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
28.00%