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How to Build Good Credit

Submitted by Thuong Thien on Friday, November 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

You likely know the pivotal role good credit plays when you try to buy a house or a car. It’s likely too that you don’t buy houses and cars every day, so maintaining a credit rating seems like a back-burner need. Not so, and here’s how to keep your rating up.

Marital Money Disputes

Submitted by Joseph A. Clark on Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

Sadly, many marriages today end in divorce, with tiffs over money most often to blame. But as you join your life to another, there are smart ways to make your financial lives run well and free of discord.

How to Use Card Points

Submitted by Sophia Bera on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ah, weddings. If you’re a young adult, as much as you enjoy seeing your friends get married, you must think about how much attending all those ceremonies will cost you. One secret to getting a price break on some of those good times: the benefits of your own spending, thanks to credit card points.

Are You Safe From ID Theft?

Submitted by Sheila Handrick on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Among experiences you sure don’t want, you open your credit card bill and find a long column of strange charges. Or you try to file your federal tax return and the Internal Revenue Service responds that you already filed and supposedly received your refund weeks ago. How can you protect your identity from falling into the wrong hands?

Money Planning in 9 Steps

Submitted by Jeff Rose on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 3:00pm

Everybody wants a solid financial plan, yet more than 40% of Americans don’t have one. Unless you develop a formal strategy – such as a written plan – you might well find any financial goal elusive. Here are nine tips for planning.

Bad $$ Ideas of the Young

Submitted by Kimberly J. Howard on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 3:00pm

You found the one to start a life with. You now share home, love – and your financial backgrounds with your new partner and family. Here’s what to know and how to tackle debt, budgeting and other aspects of your newly merged money matters.

Using Credit Cards Wisely

Submitted by Mary Beth Storjohann on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

Did you know that the average adult in the U.S. carries $5,596 in consumer debt? That fact alone might account for credit cards’ bad rap. Your careless use of credit can wreak havoc on your finances in a variety of ways.