Kaycee Cuaira

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Kaycee Cuaira is a Texas-barred lawyer with an affinity for personal finance and planning. She has lived in Brazil, India, and Mozambique but prefers to live in places with four seasons.

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Recent Blogs

Cash But No Credit? How to Build a Good Credit Score

Achieving a good credit score isn’t a mystery, but if you do not have an established credit history, you may not know where to start.  Your credit score is built over time.  Although it can take a number of years to build an excellent credit score, the sooner you get started, the better.

In this blog post, we explain why having a good credit score is beneficial and how you can start building your credit today.

What is an APR? How do APRs work?

If you have ever applied for a credit card or received a credit card offer in the mail, then you know that the lower the APR, or annual percentage rate, the better.

But do you know how APR is calculated for credit cards? And that it impacts the true cost of the things you pay for on a card? Keep reading for a short primer on everything you need to know about credit card APRs.

Different Credit Bureaus, Different FICO Scores

My first introduction to the fact that there are 3 different credit bureaus and they give different scores was a rude awakening: I was getting a loan, and the lender used the lowest of my three credit ratings to determine the interest rate they offered me. I was surprised to hear I had three different credit scores and to find out that most lenders have a preferred credit bureau when they are pulling scores. But the truth is stranger—you could have hundreds of credit scores!  Find out why each score is different and which are the most important ones.

Barclaycard CashForward™ World Mastercard® - Rewards on top of rewards!

If you are like me and love credit cards with cash back rewards, the Barclaycard CashForwardTM World Mastercard® may be a great option for you. Not only do you get cash rewards on every purchase, but you also get $200 in cash rewards if you spend $1000 during the first 90 days, and extra rewards just for redeeming rewards!  Read my full blog post to see why this card is my current favorite.

Can My Student Loans Get Cheaper? Consolidating Student Loans

If you left college with a bunch of debt hanging over your head, you are not alone. Many students end up borrowing to put themselves through degrees they want. But with an uncertain job market and the standard 10-year repayment term of federal student loans, that debt can majorly impede your financial goals.

So what can be done?  One option you have is to consolidate your loans. Keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of student loan consolidation to see if this is the right financial decision for you.