You’ve likely heard about credit scores before (thanks to all those commercials with terrible jingles), but what do you actually know about them? How long have they been around? And what’s the deal with checking them?
If your regular income source has diminished due to the COVID-19 pandemic, protecting your credit may not be one of your top concerns right now. It’s understandable. When the priority is to take care of the essentials, your credit health can easily slide down a few rungs on the priority ladder. But ignoring your credit now could cause financial harm long after you’ve regained your income.
By Susana Raya
Susan is a financial expert with GreenPath Financial Wellness, the national nonprofit organization that provides financial counseling, education and products to empower people to lead financially healthy lives. Through their work with GreenPath, Susana has helped people with debt and credit management, homeownership education, and foreclosure prevention.
As the pandemic continues, many Americans are trying to figure out how to juggle expenses, get the most mileage out of unemployment, and keep current with housing and other essentials. And while financial relief programs have helped, whether they’ll be extended to provide further aid is uncertain. Continue reading
If you’ve spent months saving for a big-ticket item like a new refrigerator or a giant flat-screen TV, paying for it with cash might be a mistake. Credit cards offer numerous benefits frequently overlooked in the name of “saving money.” But, not using plastic might wind up costing you big. In fact, your 16-digit account number could be the key to unlocking deep discounts, additional buyer protections, and other money-saving perks.
Credit cards offer more than just a convenient way to pay for things in stores and online. There’s also the increased purchasing power and potential for cash rewards that make them attractive. But, it’s the lesser-known and often underutilized credit card benefits that could hold the key to additional savings. A recent J.D. Power study found that only 36% of credit cardholders1 fully understand all their card’s benefits. Surprisingly, such perks can bring the most value to your finances.
Credit cards offer a convenient way to spend and manage your money. Here are some tips to help you make purchases, stay secure and take advantage of the benefits they offer.
When you head into your 30s, your life is filled with more responsibilities. No matter if you’re single, married, or have started a family, making key financial moves can help you take advantage of financial opportunities and weather setbacks when they occur, because they will. Here are 10 steps that can help you build security and reach your financial goals.
For many of us, credit cards are an easy and convenient way to make purchases, doing away with the need for carrying cash or checks. But taking precautions when using them can help guard against credit card fraud.
Credit scores are an area of personal finance that seem a lot more mysterious than they actually are. Many people believe that improving them is a matter of trial and error and, as a result, there’s a lot of “credit score advice” floating around that can end up doing more harm than good. Four common credit score myths have been rounded up and debunked below:
These three little numbers can mean getting the best interest rates on loans, credit cards, insurance, buying a car or house, or even landing a job. The higher your score, the lower rates you’ll enjoy, and vice versa. But if you have questions about how your credit score is determined, or why you have more than one, you’re not alone. Here are answers to some common questions.