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5 Ways to Save on Summer Travel

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With the weather warming up and images of travel getaways looking even sweeter than before, you are probably looking forward to (or trying to figure out how to afford) getting some vacation time this summer. Even if your trip seems miles or months away, you can start figuring out how to save for it now. No matter what type of ... Read More »

    The States With the Highest Bankruptcy Rates

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    Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans file for bankruptcy. Even though it damages the consumer’s credit for years and many people would do almost anything to avoid bankruptcy, it’s sometimes the best and fastest way for a debtor to recover from financial hardship. It’s not a decision to make lightly, but it’s also an option you don’t want to ... Read More »

      Corinthian’s Failure Is the Government’s Failure, Too

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      No doubt you’ve heard the news: Corinthian Colleges has flipped the switch, leaving its 16,000 current students in the dark. The for-profit “career college,” headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., had been the subject of student and staff complaints, investigations by numerous state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Most recently, it was also ... Read More »

        The Next Big Company to Offer Free College Tuition: Fiat Chrysler

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        Thousands of employees at U.S. car dealerships will have the opportunity to get a free college degree as part of a program announced today by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Strayer University. Employees at Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and Fiat dealerships across the country will have the opportunity to get associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees in disciplines including business administration, ... Read More »

          7 Tips for Moving Back Home

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          With crippling student loan payments and a bleak (yet improving!) job market, the boomerang effect is stronger than ever. In fact, a Pew Research Center study reveals that 36% of young adults between age 18 and 31 in the United States moved back home to live with their parents in 2012. That’s the highest percentage in at least 40 years. ... Read More »

            Secured Card vs. Prepaid Card: Which is Better If You Have Bad Credit?

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            If you have bad credit, finding a credit card can be tough. But not having one can be inconvenient, especially if you travel or shop online. That’s where cards for bad credit come in. They are easier to get than traditional cards, and may provide some of the benefits. The cards in this category fall into two camps: prepaid cards ... Read More »

              I’m Unemployed … Should I Pay Off My Debt?

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              Q. I was out of work so I haven’t been saving for retirement this year. I do have $ 3,500 in a regular bank account and I’m thinking of using it to fund an IRA. I’m also getting a $ 5,000 tax refund and I was going to use that to pay off debt and start an emergency fund. What ... Read More »

                How Do They Decide What My Credit Card Limit Should Be?

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                First you cross your fingers hoping you’ll get approved for the credit card you want. Then you cross them again hoping the credit limit will be generous enough to get you what you want. Maybe you need it to pay for some expensive dental work you have to get done. Or perhaps you are applying for a 0% balance-transfer offer so ... Read More »

                  A Debt Collector Contacted You — Now What?

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                  Every day, hundreds of thousands of consumers are contacted by debt collectors regarding delinquent debts. As a debt collector myself, I can tell you that getting a debt collection call is not on anyone’s list of favorite things and never will be. In fact, it probably ranks dead last. Unfortunately, avoiding a debt collector isn’t the answer, either. While there ... Read More »

                    How Many FICO Scores Are There?

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                    There are hundreds of algorithms companies use to score consumers, and even the most common credit scoring company has dozens of models. Fair Isaac Corp., more commonly known as FICO, has about 50 scores (a 2012 report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau puts that number at 49). How can there be so many variations on a single score? It’s a ... Read More »

                      The 5 Biggest Reasons My Clients Fall Into Debt

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                      In the more than 15 years of experience working in the debt industry, I’ve heard every story under the sun about how someone fell into debt. While there are times when people fall into debt for unavoidable reasons, I do notice a lot of people fall into debt for the same reasons. So in order to help keep you from ... Read More »

                        Homeownership Rate Sinks to Lowest Level Since 1993

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                        The percentage of U.S. residents who own their homes is at the lowest point it has been for more than 20 years, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau. In the first quarter of 2015, 63.8% of people owned their housing units, down from 64.8% at the start of 2014 (these figures are seasonally adjusted). The Census data ... Read More »

                          13 States Where People Have the Best Credit

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                          Good credit is synonymous with opportunity: It allows you greater access to things like apartments, auto loans and mortgages, not to mention more affordable interest rates on credit products. Unfortunately, the majority of U.S. consumers have what’s called a subprime credit score, meaning their credit history makes it difficult or impossible to get some services or receive low interest rates ... Read More »

                            Despite Legal Uncertainties, Some Pot Dispensaries Accept Credit Cards

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                            It’s been more than a year since legal recreational pot sales started in Colorado, and as much as dispensary owners enjoy the booming business, they’re sick of swimming in cash. Though the Department of Justice released regulations last year allowing banks to accept money from legal dispensaries, it’s still a federal crime — the announcement that the DOJ won’t pursue ... Read More »

                              Retirement Account Balances Reach a Record High

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                              It’s no secret Americans aren’t great at saving for retirement. Actually, the research on that is pretty startling, but it seems people who are saving might be getting better at it. Retirement account balances have hit record highs and contributions have increased, according to an analysis from Fidelity Investments, one of the largest mutual fund companies in the country. At ... Read More »

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