Credit Sesame – Free Credit Score

September 25, 2020

Let’s face it: there are many aspects of your finances that are critical to your current life, as well as the future. And that definitely holds true of your credit score. If you don’t know your credit score and/or can’t remember the last time you checked it, now’s the time to take action. There are many ways to obtain your credit score for free, with the Credit Sesame free credit score service at the top of the list. Before we
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How to Best Manage Credit Card Debt

September 18, 2020

In a perfect world, you’d never find yourself carrying credit card debt. Instead, you’d pay your balance in full each month and start fresh. Even if this is your goal – even if it’s something you’ve been able to do in the past – you never know what the future will bring. If you’re facing credit card debt, it’s important that you take the right steps at the right time. Doing so will put you on the right track to
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Credit Report Red Flags: Look for the Following

August 15, 2020

There is nothing better than reviewing your credit report and liking everything you see. This is sure to put your mind at ease from a financial perspective. But what happens if something doesn’t look quite right? Should you take action or wait to see what happens? As a general rule of thumb, if something looks out of place on your credit report there’s a good chance it is. And for that reason, you should contact the appropriate credit bureau (Equifax,
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The Importance of Checking Your Credit Score

August 9, 2020

When was the last time you checked your credit score? Can you remember, or was it so long ago that it has slipped your mind? While there’s no good reason to check your credit score every day of the week, you should get into the habit of doing so regularly. Generally, twice a year is more than enough to stay informed. Here are some of the many times you should check your credit score (even if you’re not scheduled to
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5 Things You can do Today to Boost Your FICO Score

March 25, 2020

What do you see when you look at your FICO score? A score that is just about as good as it can get? One that can stand some improving? FICO scores range from 300 to 850, with the majority of scores falling between 600 and 750. If this sounds familiar, you may be looking into the things you can do to boost your score. While nothing comes fast or easy in regards to your credit score, there are small changes
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Could You Benefit from a Balance Transfer Credit Card?

December 5, 2019

You’ve finally come to the conclusion that you have entirely too much credit card debt. And while you understand the need to take action, you’re unsure of where to start. Time to learn about the benefits of balance transfer. If your debt is spread across several credit cards, it may make sense to consolidate it. One of the best ways of doing so is with a balance transfer credit card.  While the basic gist is simple to understand, it’s the
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Credit Card Questions to Answer in 2020

November 15, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close and 2020 arrives, there are a variety of finance related questions that deserve your attention. Even if you have positive vibes about the credit card you’re currently carrying, there are a few questions you can address to ensure that you’ll remain in a good spot for the months to come. Here are five credit card related questions to answer in 2020: 1. Is there anything your current credit card doesn’t offer that you want?
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How to Benefit from Your Excellent FICO Score

August 2, 2019

It takes a lot of work to achieve an excellent (or exceptional) FICO score. While it doesn’t come overnight, it’s well worth it in the long run. According to Experian, a FICO score of 800 or higher is considered excellent.  Only 21 percent of people have an excellent credit score, but those who do are in position to take advantage of many benefits. Here are five ways to benefit from an excellent FICO score in the future: 1. Get a
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5 of the Most Commonly Asked Credit Card Questions

March 26, 2019

Maybe you’re interested in applying for your first credit card. Maybe you’ve been using your credit card for as long as you can remember. Or maybe you’re ready to make a change from your current card. Regardless of your situation, there’s a good chance you have a few questions on your mind. Here are five of the most common: Which credit card is right for me? This is a common question asked by consumers who don’t have any experience with
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How to Prepare Yourself to Apply for a Credit Card

January 14, 2019

You’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and you realize there’s no better time than now to apply for a credit card. While this is a big decision, once you know it’s right for you it’s time to take action. This means something different to everyone, but there are basic steps you can take to prepare yourself. Here are four things you should do: 1. Check Your Credit Score This will give you a better idea of the type of
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5 Times it Makes Sense to Cancel a Credit Card

December 17, 2018

There may come a point when you feel that you no longer need your credit card. This happens for many reasons. Maybe you have another credit card with more to offer. Or maybe you’re tired of finding yourself in debt. Regardless of the reason, you have the right to cancel your credit card. However, if you’re not careful with your approach, you could damage your credit score by doing so. Here are five times it makes sense to cancel your
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Top 5 Questions Associated with a Balance Transfer Credit Card

November 26, 2018

Do you have multiple credit cards with a balance? Are you finding it difficult to organize your debt and make regular monthly payments? If you answered yes to these questions, it may be time to consider a balance transfer credit card. The primary purpose of a balance transfer credit card is to consolidate multiple credit card balances, all with the goal of saving money on interest and better organizing your finances. Here are five questions to answer before applying for
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Why Your Credit Application Was Declined and What You Can Do

August 20, 2018

Credit Application Was Declined and What You Can Do It doesn’t matter if you’re applying for a credit card or some type of loan (such as for a car or home), you hope to receive an immediate approval that allows you to move forward with your plans. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. It’s possible your credit application could be denied, thus causing you to change your course and learn more about what went wrong. As disappointing as a denial may
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Why People With Bad Credit Pay Higher Interest Rates

July 29, 2018

Do you have bad credit? Are you concerned about the impact on your finances? Are you worried that it will cost you money both now and over the long run? According to Experian, bad or very poor credit is defined as a score between 300 and 579. While you may feel alone with a credit score in this range, Experian also notes that approximately 16 percent of people are in the same position. One of the primary downfalls of bad
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Best Practices For Paying Your Credit Card Bill On Time

July 20, 2018

Best Practices For Paying Your Credit Card Bill On Time With credit card debt at a record high, there’s no better time than now to review your finances with an eye toward avoiding trouble. Like millions of others, you use a credit card to make a variety of purchases. And like millions of others, you receive a bill once a month. It’s critical to implement a plan for paying your credit card bill on time, every time. Neglecting to do
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How to Avoid Paying Credit Card Late Fees

July 13, 2018

How to Avoid Paying Credit Card Late Fees Upon signing up for a credit card you are provided a list of fees, all of which have the potential to come into play at some point in the future. While you have the opportunity to avoid late fees, this is often easier said than done. A late fee is exactly what it sounds like: a fee your credit card company charges if you don’t make the minimum payment by the due
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Why Some Credit Card Issuers Might Require a Deposit

July 6, 2018

Why Some Credit Card Issuers Might Require a Deposit Depending on your credit score and history, you may find that many (or all) credit card companies are requiring you to make a deposit. A secured credit card is one of the better ways for someone with no credit or bad credit to improve their score, all with the idea of eventually moving onto an unsecured offer in the future. What is a Secured Credit Card? Simply put, a secured credit
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