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Protecting Yourself From Credit Repair Scams

In an economy where more and more people are struggling than ever to survive personal financial disasters, advertisements for repairing credit can be very tempting. No matter where you look – TV, the Internet, or radio, there’s always an offer that claims they can miraculously pull you out of your credit slump. The truth is, if there were a quick easy fix that cured credit woes, wouldn’t everyone be doing it? Then again, there are a few credible credit counseling agencies out there that can indeed assist you in clearing up your financial issues.

Tips for Financing College

Congratulations, you’ve been admitted to college! But what now?
 
College is incredibly expensive, with students spending $25,000 - $50,000 a year on tuition alone. Then, there’s the cost of books, housing, food, and more. There is financial aid, but it can often be tricky to land. With the large influx of middle class students, it can be very hard to get the financial aid you need. And it doesn’t mean you have the money to pay for it by any means. But you’re still stuck with a huge bill.
 

Credit Monitoring vs. Security Freeze: Which Should You Do?

Now more than ever, it is important to protect yourself from hackers. With the recent large scale security breaches at Target and other retailers, identity theft has hit home for many consumers. And those who were affected are probably looking into all the ways to protect their credit. 
 

Should You Use a Credit Card to Pay Your Taxes?

If you’ve waited until now to file your taxes, you must be feeling the pressure to finish them fast. With just days to go until the April 15th deadline, it’s time to stop procrastinating and get it done. And the first step is figuring out how to pay your taxes. There are many ways to do it, but using a credit card can be a convenient and easy way to pay them. 
 

How Does Divorce Affect Your Credit Score?

For anyone who’s gotten divorced or is currently in the process of getting one, you know how painful divorce can be. And apart from the emotional strain, you now have to think about your finances too. A common concern among divorcees is what will happen to their finances once they separate. How will divorce affect their credit? Will it be damaged?  
 

Can Healthy Eating Save You Money?

Organic food, juice cleanses, and fancy new diets are all the rage these days. But these cost a lot of money. Organic food can be double the price of normal groceries, and juice cleanses and diets can cost up to hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. As a result, many consumers think that eating healthy is too expensive for them. It sounds much cheaper to stick to the dollar menu at McDonald’s.

Maintaining Your Credit When Unemployed

Unemployment is tough. You have no steady income, and it may be hard to keep up with your bills. In today’s economy, with the high rates of unemployment, you may find it especially difficult to land a new job. And you’re probably more focused on getting yourself out of this situation than maintaining your credit.
 

How to Spot Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud is a big problem in today’s world. And it can be a huge hassle to fix. But in order for you to fix the damage, you must first know that someone is using your credit card. This sounds quite simple, but many people don’t even realize that someone has stolen their identity. And you don’t want to wait until it is too late.
 
So, what should you do to quickly spot fraud?

Should You Freeze Your Credit?

It is important to take secure measures to protect yourself from identity theft. And with all the hackings at Target and other large retail stores, this has become even clearer recently. In the past, you may have thought that keeping your credit card information private and close to you at all times would stop identity theft. But with the new hackings, it looks like that’s not enough anymore. Hackers can get your information simply because you used your credit card. And then they can start running up charges on your existing accounts or opening new ones.
 

Millenials, When Should You Start Saving for Retirement?

For young adults, retirement may seem like a lifetime away. You’re just now starting to build your life, and you probably have rent, utilities, necessities, and other loans to pay off. With a low income and high expenses, retiring is the least of your priorities. So, it’s very easy to forget about saving for the future.
 

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