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  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  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.


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