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Age-by-age guide to teaching kids about money Written by Geoff Williams If you're a parent who has ever made any questionable financial decisions, like buying a car you really couldn't afford or skipping a bill payment in order to buy a new sweater, you've promised yourself - my kids are not going to make the same mistakes. But your kids probably aren't listening to you now when ...
Credit card guide to Spring Break: 6 things to know before you go Written by Geoff Williams Your bags are packed, your reservations are made, and spring break looks like it's going to be legendary. But legendary can go both ways. So the question is, will you remember your vacation because it was one of the best weeks of your life, or the worst? After all, while there are many factors that can ...
What does credit card rental car insurance cover? Written by Satta Sarmah-Hightower Most of us have been there, standing in line at the rental car counter when the agent asks whether you'd like to purchase insurance. You hesitate, wondering if saving $25 a day is worth the risk, but then you remember that your credit card covers you - or does it? It's always important to read the ...
What does the fine print say on a credit card agreement? Written by Timothy O' Connor Ah, the "fine print." Overly complicated and wrapped in eye-straining, microscopic font. Where else can you find phrases like "in accordance with law" and "terms shall remain in force"? Yet the fine print should never be ignored, especially in certain areas of life such as medicine, contracts and, especially, credit card agreements. "What's at stake with my ...
Make a new year resolution for your credit health in 2019 Written by Susan Manning Your health often tops New Year's resolution lists each year, but remember to include  your credit card health as part of your improvement plan. According to Melanie Lockert, founder and author of Dear Debt, "…The stress of being in debt and having to pay it back can be so pervasive. When I was paying off my ...
11 tips to protect your credit this holiday season Written by Susan Manning Your credit score can tank as fast as the holidays approach if you're not careful. You get in the spirit of the season, feeling grateful for friends, family and… plastic and suddenly things are out of control. Freezing the cards no longer deters you because nowadays you can swipe, slide, tap, enter or scan credit cards. ...
5 unconventional ways credit cards can save you money Written by Brooklyn Lowery It's coming. That moment when you realize it's time to buy a new car, pay for your child's education, retire, replace your refrigerator… and the list goes on and on. It's a fact of life that major expenses are going to come up. They just do. Sometimes you get years to plan ahead – as ...
How do credit cards affect your credit score? Written by Satta Sarmah-Hightower Your credit score - that, single, all-important number - has an enormous impact on your financial future. But too many people don't understand how this number is formulated or how their actions will help or hurt their score, especially when it comes to credit cards. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just more than 70 percent ...
What to know before applying for your first credit card Written by Jennifer Doss Credit cards are powerful financial tools that can open doors when used wisely. They can help you build a solid credit history, which in turn can help you do everything from secure a car loan at a better interest rate to getting a mortgage on a new home in the future. But how exactly should ...
What military credit card features do you need to know? Written by Timothy O' Connor Military families face unique challenges - physically, emotionally, logistically and financially. Long separatithons. Multiple moves. One or both parents working amid hostile environments and cycles of rapid redeployment. According to the 2015 Blue Star Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 56 percent of active duty military personnel said stress over financial issues was a "Top 5" stressor for ...

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