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These days, an increasing number of college graduates move back home after they’re done with school. Parents of recent graduates might not have anticipated they’d have roommates again so soon but with the crushing weight of student loans, most grads aren’t in a financial position to strike out on their own. Beyond living with their…

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Here’s a warning a lot of people wish they’d heard earlier: You can lose your home loan pre-qualification and even your loan approval midway through the loan process. Not only that, but you can lose your approval right up until the last minute – when you’ve got your household boxed up and you’re ready to…

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The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (“NFCC”)  previously surveyed peoples’ opinions of their mother’s personal finance skills in a Financial Literacy Survey (“FLS”).  An overwhelming majority, 65 percent, saw their mother as either someone who is intimidated by money, views managing money as a necessary evil, or has never managed money. What mothers may not…

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As Financial Literacy Month is recognized throughout the nation, credit.org and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) are working together to spotlight the results of the 2019 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey. This year’s survey, conducted online by Harris Poll in March 2019 among 2,086 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, reveals prominent barriers to…

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APR on a Credit Card

Understanding interest rates on a credit card is harder than it seems. What is the real interest rate? How often is it applied, and what does it really cost? Credit cards are usually advertised by their APR (Annual Percentage Rate). What does that mean? Interest is the cost of having access to credit—it’s the fee…

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What is a Credit Limit?

A credit limit is the maximum amount of money a lender offers to a borrower. Whether it’s in the form of a credit card, home equity line of credit, or other kind of revolving credit account, there is a maximum amount of money available to the borrower, and that amount is his/her credit limit. The…

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Homeownership is a worthy goal for everyone, but it’s a big process to undertake. If you’ve never owned a home or have been away from homeownership for a while, it can be challenging to know where to begin.  These tips will help you get started: Get your finances in order. This step will be different…

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To generate your first credit score, your credit report will have to have at least one account on which you make monthly payments. The time it takes for your first score to show up will vary based on the credit score model.  For example, the VantageScore model will create your first score in one or…

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6 Fun Ways to Save As a Family

Meeting financial goals as a family can be challenging. But inspiring your family to help and contribute to a financial goal doesn’t have to be a painful process, especially when the result is an exciting family vacation, a new family car, or college savings. In the spirit of America Saves Week, I’ll share some ideas…

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There are three major credit reporting bureaus in the United States: TransUnion™, Equifax™, and Experian™. Each one has its own unique mathematical method of calculating a credit score for the consumer. And each bureau may have slightly different information on how they calculate credit scores that can seem confusing. So, why are the scores different…

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