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A high credit score will make it easier to qualify for mortgages and car loans, start a business, and, in some cases, secure a job. More importantly, a good credit score reflects a secure financial standing, meaning you have fewer money problems to worry about.  Striving for a good credit score is one of the…

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Is Debt Settlement a Good Idea?

Debt settlement is often portrayed by settlement companies as a magic bullet for anyone drowning in debt. But the truth is, debt settlement is only an ideal debt solution if : You have $10,000 or more unsecured debt You’re frequently late on debt payments You’re having trouble making the minimum payment amounts every month You…

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What is a Charged Off Debt?

Did you know that making debt payments on time plays a significant role in your credit score? Missing a payment can bring your score down several points, and the longer you put off making payments, the more your credit suffers. Late payments bring on a slew of penalties, including: Late fees Increased interest rates Higher…

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It’s no secret: whether you’re an incoming college student or their lucky parents, tuition payment strategies are an important topic before school starts.  Student loans are becoming one of the largest types of debt in the nation. For most people, they are often necessary to receive a college education.  If you’re not careful, student debt…

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Homeowners insurance is an absolute must-have, but there are ways to make sure you’re paying as little as possible for this coverage. Even if you’ve already had homeowners insurance for some time, take these steps to reduce your insurance costs: Compare Carefully Whether you’re getting insurance for the first time or renewing for another year,…

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For many people, heading off to college is the perfect time to learn financial basics. Because you can experience the real world while parents oversee from afar, it’s a safe time to learn all there is to know about personal finance. Budgeting, how to manage your credit score and developing savings habits begin to show…

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