Posts Categorized: Credit and Debt

Since 2010, financial institutions are required to get your permission for overdraft protection, a service that you would opt in to receive.  If you’ve opted in, you will be charged overdraft fees if you exceed your account balance. Many banks and credit unions offer overdraft programs, and these can vary by institution. It might seem…

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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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Raising your credit score can make a big difference when it comes to getting a loan, and how much that loan will cost you. If you are getting ready to apply for some kind of credit, or you’ve already applied and have been offered less-than-great terms, it might be worth your while to take some…

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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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Back to school time can be financially challenging, whether the students in your life go to elementary school, college, or somewhere in between. It’s critical to budget carefully to get through the early fall and give your students the best start on their academic year. One thing that is important to note about budgeting is…

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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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For anyone focusing on all the fun of the big day, it’s also important to talk about the more serious conversations that come with wedding planning. It is vital to understand where you both stand on key topics, align on where you want to be in the future and figure out how you plan to…

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Student loans are meant to help college students pay for education expenses. Some people get the idea that they can use student loan funds to buy assets; this is a dangerous practice with many downsides. Recently, surveys hit the news suggesting some borrowers are using their student loan money to invest in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin….

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