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Retail Store Credit Cards: How Many = Too Many?

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“Would you like to save 10 percent on your purchase today by applying for a retail store credit card?” Does that sound familiar? Just about every major clothing and electronics store has promotion aimed at getting people to sign up for a store-specific credit card. But what you don’t know about retail store credit cards could hurt your wallet and ... Read More »

    The Credit Report Has the Wrong Name on It as an Alias. – Paul

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    “Dear Steve, My brother’s name is Chris H and my wife’s name is Carrie H. Some how my brothers credit report has him listed as Chris H AKA Carrie H. They filed a report with the credit bureaus explaining the error but it hasn’t been fixed and this has been going on for quite a while. A friend of my ... Read More »

      How Can I Do Myself What the Credit Assistance Network Wants to Charge Me For? – David

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      “Dear Steve, I found a website on the internet that appeared to offer what I want in doing the heavy lifting of tracking letters to credit bureaus to remove old debts (that are over 7 years) and incorrect data that could be driving my scores down. The website is the Credit Assistance Network. It looked reasonable. Then I saw a ... Read More »

        How Long Will it Take to Get Good Credit After Bankruptcy? – Amy

        “Dear Lewis, My husband and I filed bankruptcy chapter 7 in Dec. 2010 and it was discharged in march 2011. I have previously worked as a bank teller before we moved states( which caused our bankruptcy because we couldn’t sell our house). I have had 2 great interviews for bank teller but my credit report denies me a job. How ... Read More »

          Verizon is Listing Accounts on My Credit Report I Don’t Owe. – Marc

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          “Dear Steve, Checking my credit report I found verizon phone company had 4 derogatory accounts listed ( two had claim skip tracing on them), which I have no recall on. three claim to be accounts started same day in September 2006. I was using AT&T cell phone since 2005 as only phone service. I contacted Verizon customer services and they ... Read More »

            I Make Enough Money And Pay My Bills On Time But My Credit’s Not Great. – Anya

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            “Dear Steve, I make a decent salary (120K) and recently bought a used car (credit pulled) and moved from TX to CO (credit pulled). I have been weighed down by about 17K in debt for several years – just sort going up and down, up and down. I am ready to do whatever it takes to be debt free (I ... Read More »

              I Made Poor Financial Decisions But Learned From It. Now I Want to Rebuild My Credit. – Mike

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              “Dear Steve, Steve, Im a 29 year old father of three. In my early 20’s i made very poor financial decisions. Now I’ve decided to finally grow up and take responsibility for my credit. My rating as of now is 546 according to my report. I applied for a secured credit card with cap 1 and was approved, I also ... Read More »

                We Need to Raise Our Credit Scores So We Can Buy a House. – Cassie

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                “Dear Steve, My husband and I would like to purchase our first home, but are having difficulty getting approved for a loan in the amount we desire and can afford. My husband has bad credit (score 585) and quite a bit of collections on his credit report. It consists of an old unpaid loan, unpaid hospital bills, etc… He has ... Read More »

                  American Express Credit Report Issue by Asset Acceptance. – Bibi

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                  “Dear Steve, Hi Steve! So, I ran my report and saw Asset Acceptance is reporting 3 account balances. I believe they are old Amex accounts that went unpaid. I also believe these accounts are about 7-8 years old. Is there a way I can find out when was the last time these accounts had any transactions? I read somewhere that ... Read More »

                    In Prison and Got Out With Bad Credit. What Now? – Ricky

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                    “Dear Steve, I retired as a Department of Defense Fire Chief – retired early to try and save a marriage – didn’t work – started drinking – 3 DUI’s – went to prison for 4 years – I’m 47 years young. I recently got home and ran my credit report – numerous accounts were added to my report and are ... Read More »

                      The Collection Company Keeps Reposting My Old Gym Membership. – Sherri

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                      “Dear Steve, In 2005 I stopped a gym membership after one year. I did not realize it was a two year contract. My daughter had passed away and I was not going to the gym or anywhere else. The collection agency adds a couple dollars to the debt each month and re-posts to my credit history. Will this debt stop ... Read More »

                        You Really Helped Me Boost My Credit Score. I’m Forever Grateful. – Ericka

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                        “Dear Steve, I have followed your advice before and glad to see a great change in my credit report. I used to have a horrible score of 305, which is the low of the low. When I lost my job in 2007 and my high income, I defaulted on 2 of my credit cards and 2 cell phone companies. I ... Read More »

                          Creditor Keeps Reporting I Owe a Balance on My Credit Reports When I Paid It Off. – Mard

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                          “Dear Steve, I had a total of debts that equal about $5000.00 I paid them all within 1 week which most were in collections,but to make a long story short they took off the balance that I owed on the debts after they were paid and i have all the paper work and documents showing proof that they were paid.About ... Read More »

                            How Do I Get Old Stuff Taken Off My Credit Report? – James

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                            “Dear Steve, Was married………let’s say not anymore. I was awarded the debt. I thought that was bull, so I didn’t pay it. I was young and hard-headed. I want to get this right, but some of this stuff on my credit report is over 7yrs ago. How do I get in contact w/ the lenders to correct this issue by ... Read More »

                              Working on Raising My Credit Score and Need Some Advice. – Shawn

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                              “Dear Steve, Working on my credit to raise my score and need some advice and or assistance. i have pulled my credit reports and i have found a lot of discrepencies and things that should have been romoved . there are things that show an amount but no other information. there are items that are 15years old . can you ... Read More »

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