Tips to Raise Your FICO Credit Score

Your FICO credit score is one of the major factors a lender will consider when determining whether or not to approve you for credit. There are many things that go into your FICO score, which means that there are things that you can do to improve it. Careful attention to your FICO score can help[…]

Should I Consolidate Or Refinance My Student Loan?

In 2016, the total student debt burden equaled more than $1.3 trillion, with the average college graduate leaving school with an oppressive $37,172 in student loans. These statistics have been on the rise for some time, and have no end in sight. The combination of rising tuition costs and the implications of borrowing for one’s[…]

5 Steps For After You Use a Balance Transfer Card

You’ve been approved for a 0% balance transfer card and have just completed the transfer! Congratulations! You’ve taken a very important first step to rid yourself of credit card debt. However, it’s no time to rest. Although you may save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in interest, the work is not yet over. If[…]

All that you wanted to know about credit utilization

Credit utilization is a frequently used term in any conversation related to credit scores and/or credit reports. In fact, if you’re someone who keenly follows the concept of credit, you must have definitely heard about credit utilization before and would at least have a vague idea about it. What’s meant by credit utilization? Technically speaking,[…]

Lies you tell yourself to pile up credit card debt

Although credit cards may seem like a necessity to many, they actually aren’t! If you’re someone who just can’t do without them, here are the probable lies you may be telling yourself for piling up credit card debt over a period of time: It’s a great deal! Bargains are excellent, but you must never use[…]

Is it Expensive to Refinance My Home?

Home ownership is one of the goals most individuals, both young and old, strive to achieve. In healthy market environments, real estate appreciates in value creating a long-term asset that generates the potential for a substantial return over time. Fortunately, becoming a home owner does not have to be a difficult task in terms of[…]

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How Much Credit Card Debt is Too Much?

According to the 2015 Federal Reserve study, the average US household credit card debt is $15,863, based on a NerdWallet analysis. That amount seems fairly significant to some, not so surprising to others. To a creditor, that looks like a lot of profit! Your interpretation of the average level of household debt is similar to[…]

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Is it Common for Married Couples to have Separate Bank Accounts?

Congratulations! You’ve made the leap into a lifetime together, and now you’ve joined your families, your friends and … your back accounts? Financials are an important topic in any relationship and become even more important as you make big steps towards building a life together. But, how do you do that? Is one joint account the[…]

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How to Pay Off my Student Loans Faster

Student loans are a great investment in your future. By improving your level of education, you can increase your personal skills as well as your earning power. However, education doesn’t come cheap. Some sort of degree or diploma is now viewed as the new high school degree with regards to the educational entry level requirement[…]