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Articles in May 2019

  1. 6 Ways to Build Your Credit History

    6 Ways to Build Your Credit History

    When I graduated from college, apartment shopping was a nightmare. I had a good job, a decent entry-level salary and I was only looking for a small studio, yet I couldn’t get approved on my own. Because I had been starkly anti-debt and never had a credit card or car loan, I had something worse than a low credit score--I had no credit at all.

  2. Rewards Credit Cards Overview: 5 Types of Cards and How They Work

    Rewards Credit Cards Overview: 5 Types of Cards and How They Work

    If you have ever wanted to travel the world, earn cash back for a rainy day, or rack up points good for gift cards or merchandise, a rewards credit card might be exactly what you need. After signing up a for rewards card, you can easily earn 1-5 points worth of cash back, gift cards, merchandise, or travel rewards for each dollar you spend.

  3. Swiping With Care: 10 Ways To Use Credit Cards Responsibly

    Swiping With Care: 10 Ways To Use Credit Cards Responsibly

    Swiping a credit card with reckless abandonment may feel fun and carefree — until you get your bill in the mail. The elation you feel with every purchase can quickly turn to despair if you’ve inadvertently stacked up debt you aren’t able to immediately repay. Make your credit cards work for you, not against you, by following these 10 best practices for using credit cards responsibly.

  4. Credit Monitoring vs. Credit Freezes: Which Offers More Protection?

    Credit Monitoring vs. Credit Freezes: Which Offers More Protection?

    If you’re worried about identity theft, it’s essential that you take measures to protect your credit. Two options to consider are credit monitoring and placing a credit freeze on your accounts. While both approaches offer extra security, they’re not interchangeable and they each have their own drawbacks and benefits.

  5. The Best Ways to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

    The Best Ways to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees

    There are the financial aspects of your trip — as in, how much is all of this going to cost? While traveling overseas doesn’t have to be expensive, there are plenty of financial pitfalls to be aware of, and that includes foreign transaction fees.

  6. 8 Cheap Summer Vacation Ideas with Kids

    8 Cheap Summer Vacation Ideas with Kids

    There are plenty of ways to make family memories without spending a bundle. If you’re angling for a summer vacation with kids that won’t blow your budget out the window, consider these low-cost and mid-tier vacation ideas.

  7. Are RFID Blocking Wallets Worth the Effort?

    Are RFID Blocking Wallets Worth the Effort?

    In case you’re wondering how an RFID blocking wallet works, keep in mind that thieves are forced to try increasingly complex schemes as technology improves. RFID blocking wallets, sleeves, and other products with RFID protection block fraudsters from stealing information from RFID-enabled credit cards.

  8. 6 Ways Credit Cards Can Improve Your Financial Life

    6 Ways Credit Cards Can Improve Your Financial Life

    By the time most people reach adulthood, they undoubtedly have some level of familiarity with credit cards. Whether it’s a horror story of someone racking up thousands of dollars of credit card debt or the handful of card offers you receive in the mail on a weekly basis, they’re an integral part of the world’s financial fabric.

  9. What is a Credit Score?

    What is a Credit Score?

    If aliens judged us by our commercials, they’d probably assume everyone were interested in pharmaceuticals, luxury cars, and credit scores. Many advertisements urge viewers to know their credit rating by heart.

  10. Apple Card: Is It Worth the Hype?

    Apple Card: Is It Worth the Hype?

    The Apple Card will be linked to the Apple Wallet app on iPhones, streamlining your experience with Apple Pay. You can sign up for the Apple Card and start using it right away in stores, online, or through the app.

  11. TJ Maxx Credit Card Review

    TJ Maxx Credit Card Review

    If you’re a bargain shopper who lives for deals at stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls, Homesense, and Sierra Trading Post, you may be excited to hear that this collection of stores recently came out with their own co-branded credit cards.


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