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Financial Literacy

Mother knows best: Your first personal finance teacher

Whether they intended to or not, Mom and Dad gave you your first lesson in personal finance. Hopefully, one or both of them took an active role in teaching you about money. And let's go one further and hope that the experience was a positive one that you chose to model later in life. According to [...]

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Does your credit pass the stress test?

Since 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 [...]

Categories: Debt, Financial Literacy
7 worst credit card habits

Likely you've done it -- lost your credit card bill under a pile of papers and by the time the bill surfaces, it's past due. Guess what: You've just committed one of the seven deadly sins of credit card use - and the costs will add up. Yes, the best credit cards are a convenient way [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy, Tips
Are you passing bad credit habits on to your kids?

You might think your credit and financial habits are nobody's business but your own. But whether you like it or not, your kids - especially teenagers and college students - watch your financial behaviors and learn a lot from you. For better or worse, our offspring often mimic our financial traits and money-management patterns in ways [...]

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5 financial Band-Aids that can make the bleeding worse

You'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, [...]

Categories: Debt, Building Credit, Tips, Financial Literacy
6 critical lessons to teach your teen about credit

If you're the parent of a teenager, at some point he or she is going to ask you about two things that may make your heart skip a beat: getting a driver's license, and getting a credit card. Before your son or daughter can get behind the wheel of a car with a license, he or [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy, How Cards Work
Shaky job? 7 ways to manage your credit

Credit cards are never more dangerous than when you're unemployed. Of course, if you're underemployed, they're rather dicey as well. If you don't dread carrying credit card debt and being unemployed, you can always ask someone who's part of the 9.1 percent of the labor force that's out of work. It's simple math. When your income [...]

Categories: Balance Transfer , 0 APR Cards, Financial Literacy, Tips, Low APR
Credit in TV land: Are sitcom stars good role models?

Every year at about this time, pretty much since TV was invented, the summer of reruns ends and a new fall programming season begins. Turn on the TV and you'll likely find a variety of new episodes from ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX that present realistic life dramas that sometimes poke fun at that great [...]

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How to teach your teen to handle credit

You've watched as your child took his or her first steps, endured the first haircut and learned to ride a bike. Now your little one has grown into a teenager and you've decided he or she is ready to take on the personal financial responsibility of that first credit card. What's the best student credit [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy
5 ways to ruin your credit by age 25

Credit seems like one of those things that should develop slowly--the fine wine of your finances. Those small actions you take every day would collect over time so that, in a few years, your high credit score would help you sail through that new car purchase, apartment lease or mortgage application. That may be true for [...]

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