House of cards: 7 signs your household is too dependent on credit Written by Richard BarringtonIn the popular Netflix series "House of Cards," Kevin Spacey plays a character who builds a career by carefully layering one deception on top of another, much like someone building a house of cards. For too many American households, the tools of deception are not playing cards but credit cards, and it is the worst [...]
Is owning a credit card even necessary? Written by Jennifer Goforth GregoryMost of us reach into our wallets to pull out a credit card to buy a plane ticket or a pair of shoes we found online without even thinking about it. But for millions of people without a credit card, each of these purchases isn't as simple. People opt to not have plastic in their [...]
Should you use peer-to-peer lending to pay off your credit cards? Written by Maryalene LaPonsieWhen Matt Jabs compared the interest rates on his three credit cards and auto loan with those offered through a popular peer-to-peer lending site, it was a no-brainer to use the service.
"All were at a higher interest than the interest rate through Lending Club," he said. "It also simplified my repayments."
As the founder of websites [...]
Does your credit pass the stress test? Written by Lynnette Khalfani-CoxSince April is National Stress Awareness Month - and Financial Literacy Month too - now is the perfect time to identify the personal finance issues that could cause stress for you and your loved ones.
Money problems of all kinds are a major source of anxiety and stress for many Americans. Anxiety and stress can lead [...]
5 financial Band-Aids that can make the bleeding worse Written by Doresa BanningYou've resolved to improve your financial situation this year. Maybe you want to pay off a loan, knock off some credit card debt or boost your credit score. Way to go!
As you set out to accomplish your goal, beware and avoid options that seem like quick fixes. Often, they only help at the surface temporarily, [...]
Good credit gone bad: 3 things you must do Written by Beth Orenstein
You've been good. Your credit cards are current. Up until now you've had stellar credit and you've been able to charge purchases to your credit card without giving it a second thought.
Now, it's uh-oh time.
You didn't see your employer headed for financial trouble. You're hanging on, but you've taken a huge pay cut.
Or, you weren't [...]
Dying with debt: Will your children inherit your obligations? Written by Constance GustkeWhen Lisa Boesen's parents died a few years ago, they left $60,000 in credit card debt. Lisa and her two siblings were surprised, but they had never discussed their parents' finances. Within a month, creditors began aggressively calling. One credit card company, which repeatedly called Boesen trying to negotiate a payment, ended up putting a [...]
7 steps to stress-free holiday spending Written by Beverly Blair HarzogDo you usually end up in credit card debt after the holidays? If so, then make a vow right now that this will be the year you change history. It won't be easy, but you really can get through the holidays without buying stuff you can't afford. How? By following this simple, 7-step plan to [...]
5 credit card traps that can ruin your retirement Written by Beverly Blair Harzog
Your golden years should be filled with things you've always dreamed about. Maybe it's a cruise to the Mediterranean with your significant other. Or maybe you're just looking forward to having the time to attend your grandson's baseball games.
These dreams can quickly turn into nightmares if you aren't careful about the way you handle credit [...]
CardRatings.com Poll: 36% of Consumers Have Student Loan Debt on Credit Cards Written by Beverly Blair HarzogWith the soaring cost of a college education, it's getting harder and harder for students to be completely debt free when they graduate. Many students do get loans through private or federal sources but some still use their credit cards to help them make ends meet.
Recently, CardRatings.com teamed up with Chef2Chef.net, a culinary community and [...]