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Building Rebuilding Credit

8 tips for better credit and better health

Do you wish you and your family had leaner bodies and fatter wallets? You might think accomplishing either one of those would involve a lot of grueling work, but that's not always the case. The good news is that making some simple changes in your life can improve both your physical and financial health. Here are [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy, Building / Rebuilding Credit
Should you get a credit card after bankruptcy?

If you've recently had a bankruptcy discharged, your mailbox may be filling with new credit card offers. Although it seems counterintuitive, some companies actually seek out and market their cards to recently bankrupt individuals. That may be due in part to the fact that once you've declared bankruptcy, the law limits how quickly you can [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
What's a credit builder loan?

Looking for a quick way to re-activate or build credit without a credit card? Consider a credit builder loan. "A credit builder loan is actually a loan. It just happens to have the by-product of helping to establish or re-establish credit," says John Ulzheimer, credit expert at CreditSesame.com. "You might pay $100, $95, $75 a month, [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
Sworn off credit cards? It could hurt your credit

Up until age 40, Ian Levinson had credit. "I had credit cards and I maintained perfect credit on credit cards for personal and business use," says Levinson, who owns Cloud House Pottery in Delray Beach, Fla. Levinson, who grew up in Southern California, opened a new bank account after moving to Sedona, Ariz., in 2006. He used a [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
Co-signing a loan? Better be aware of the consequences

So you have excellent credit? Good for you. A credit score of 700-and-above makes it easier and less expensive for you to buy a home, lease a car, start a business, or obtain any other type of financial credit. But you can degrade or even ruin that credit -- or take a big hit in the pocketbook [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
The Freshman $1000: How to help your college student with credit card debt

Instead of gaining the infamous freshman 15 of extra pounds, your student has fallen prey to the Freshman $1000 by quickly running up credit card charges soon after arriving on campus. But unlike other mistakes that your student is bound to make, getting into debt and missing payments can affect his future for years to [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
Running up the credit score

Valerie Howard of Nashville started planning her financial life at age 14. Now, at age 22, she has two credit cards, a car, a house, a healthy 401(k), and a good credit score. A good credit score is something you may not think about -- until you need it to get the best credit card, buy [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
Best credit cards after bankruptcy

More than 1.4 million Americans claimed bankruptcy during the preceding year as of September 2011 (the latest statistics available), punctuating the frustration many Americans felt at the height of the economic crisis. Filing for bankruptcy protection under either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 requires overcoming extreme emotions. We fear the social stigma of being classified [...]

Categories: Best Credit Cards, Building / Rebuilding Credit
How $5 ruined my credit score

CardRatings.com asked readers to tell us how they helped or hurt their credit scores. This story from reader Melinda Graham of York, Pa., shows how a little bill can cost you big money. In the fall of 2008, I got a flu shot at my doctor's office. A few weeks later, I got billed $5 for [...]

Categories: Building / Rebuilding Credit
Rebuilding credit with the best credit cards

According to federal court records, Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings outnumbered Chapter 13 filings more than two to one during 2011. Home foreclosures and insurmountable medical bills topped the reasons why many Americans are seeking this last resort for debt relief. Even if you've been dutifully paying your credit card bills every month for years, defaulting [...]

Categories: Credit Cards for Poor Credit, Secured Credit Card Offers, Building / Rebuilding Credit, Credit Report, Best Credit Cards, Credit Scores, Debit / Prepaid Credit Cards
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