You want to raise your credit score so you can get lower credit card interest rates, easier credit, even better job prospects? You need to understand “credit utilization.” It’s a simple ratio of how much credit you have versus how much you use, and it can make up to 20-30% of your credit score.
You probably know that student debt is a trillion dollar problem, but it doesn’t have to be a problem for you. The key is to borrow only what you can afford and pay it back fast and cheap. Here are Jean Chatzky’s favorite tips.
No matter where the road may take you, there are ways to plan smart, save money and keep your finances secure while you’re away. Here are some tips to make your future journeys more enjoyable.
Travel Planning: DIY or Travel Agent?
Thanks to the Internet, many consumers have become well-versed in online vacation shopping to snag the best travel deals. However, sometimes you may want to consider using the services of a travel agent, which can be a real time-saver, and in general, costs about the same as a do-it-yourself booking. Getting that expertise may be worth it when you have specific travel dates and destinations in mind for a special getaway, and you can sometimes save a lot on airline and hotel costs. And don’t forget the travel benefits that may come with your credit card. For instance, SchoolsFirst FCU MasterCard® Rewards Card1 offers both the MasterCard Concierge Service, designed to help you plan and book travel, and Priceless Cities, which offer one-of-a-kind deals on hotels, restaurants and shopping. Both are free.
You know what it’s like: You go to your mailbox or email inbox and see a credit card offer that looks enticing, but without reading the fine print you can’t be sure if it’s one to consider.
Here are some tips to help you decide which offers are right for you, plus how to keep your credit score in mint condition.
Loans help finance some of our biggest goals in life. They can provide access to possibilities that we can’t afford upfront—possibilities like going to school, buying a home or starting a business (to name just a few). Learn more in this video.
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. We’ve rounded up and bunked four common credit score myths.
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?
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:
Recent statistics show that average credit card debt per indebted household is just over $16,000. But it turns out some debt is good. It’s important you know the difference; for example, debt for a want, not a need, is bad debt.
Can borrowing save you money? Smart borrowing can. The difference between a so-so interest rate and a good one can mean thousands of dollars in your pocket, whether you’re financing a home, buying a car, or opening a credit card. Here are four great tips for smart borrowing.