• beginner's guide to credit cards

    A Beginner’s Guide to Credit Cards: 10 Tips for Responsible Use

    A lot of folks feel conflicted about credit cards, and with good reason. On one hand, if you use credit cards responsibly, they can open a lot of doors. For example, if you have a solid credit history and a high credit score, it will be easier to do...
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    Reverse Budgeting: What Is It? Should You Try It?

    It goes without saying that budgets are an important part of personal finance. Whether you’re paying down debt, bulking up your savings, or just trying to get a better handle on your money, a good budget can be a huge help. While it’s true that budgeting is a key...
  • eight best credit score tracking apps

    The Best Apps and Tools to Track Your Credit Score

    Now more than ever, technology plays a leading role in our everyday lives, from time management to shopping to traveling to finance. Thanks to technology, you can pay bills, check your bank statement, review your credit card purchases, and track your budget — all from your phone! And if...
  • 55 great financial tips

    55 Great Financial Tips

    We’ve built a career on helping people with debt, credit, saving, and budgeting. We’ve worked with people at all stages of their lives, from newly independent college grads to retirees. We’ve helped people improve their credit scores and pay down high-interest credit card debt. And if there’s one thing...
  • save money - don't pay for these nine things

    Trying to Save Money? Don’t Pay for These Nine Things

    When it comes to personal finances, there are some things that you’ll likely always have to pay for: food, housing, transportation, and so on. But if you’re like most people, you’re probably paying for one or two things that shouldn’t cost you money at all. Trying to bulk up...
  • 8 questions to ask before a major purchase

    Big Purchase on the Horizon? Ask These Eight Questions Before You Buy

    Even the most frugal folks out there occasionally need to open their wallets and spring for a big-ticket expense. From major car or home repairs to broken appliances to threadbare furniture and back-achingly worn-out mattresses — there comes a time when a major purchase is a must. But before...
  • identity-theft-tips

    Tips to Keep Your Identity to Yourself

    Identity theft is sneaky. It creeps up on you without any warning to ruin your day and wreak havoc on your most personal information and, inevitably, your finances. In short, you want to do all you can to avoid it and the wreckage identity thieves leave in their wake....
  • financial vision board

    Create a Financial Vision Board to “See” and Realize Your Money Goals

    Seeing is believing, right? In many instances, the answer is a resounding “yes.” In fact, “seeing” your financial goals via strong and captivating imagery is a good start on the road to believing you can solve your money woes and reach your financial goals, whatever they might be. This...
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    Just Say No: Four Reasons to Avoid Credit Card Cash Advances

    If you’re in a tight financial spot, a credit card cash advance can seem like an easy way out: This quick, short term loan can give you access to anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. But that cash comes with some major strings attached —...
  • discovering-identity-theft

    How to Spot Identity Theft

    In today’s world of e-commerce, digital payments and stored passwords, identity theft is an ugly, sometimes life-altering reality. Data breaches threaten to leak our most personal financial information and sophisticated skimmers and hackers are hard at work trying to break into our credit cards, bank accounts, and more. Luckily,...