How Late Can You Be on a Car Payment, Mortgage or Other Bill?

It’s always frustrating to come across a bill and realize it was due yesterday—or last week. If you’re late on a payment or if you miss it completely, you could end up paying late fees and taking a hit on your credit score. It can be especially difficult if you want to apply for a… Read More

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How to Deal with an Underwater Car Loan When You Can’t Sell

According to experts at the automotive website Edmunds, a new car loses up to $7,419 of its value during the first year on the road. Over the next three years, new cars lose an average of $5,976 in value, mostly due to age and wear and tear. This shows just how quickly a fancy new… Read More

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How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

Good credit is crucial to unlocking many financial opportunities in life. When you have a great credit score, you can get lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards and mortgages. Some employers and landlords even check credit reports before they make a job offer or approve a resident application. While developing a solid credit history… Read More

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9 Apps That Will Help You Manage Your Debt

Debt can feel like a terrible thing, but paying off your debts is how you demonstrate that you can successfully manage your finances. Whether you make your debt payments on time makes up 35% of your credit score. Making on-time payments is one of the smartest ways to use your debt to your advantage. If… Read More

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How Do CDs Work?

A certificate of deposit, more commonly known as a CD, is a special type of savings account. You deposit your money into the account and agree not to make any withdrawals for a certain period of time. At the end of that time, you get your money plus whatever was earned in interest back. Want… Read More

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Debt Relief & Credit: What You Need to Know

There’s no single way to get out of debt that’s best for everyone. Each individual case is as unique as you are. It’s important to consider your situation when deciding which debt relief plan is the best option for you. To help you weigh those options, we have provided an overview of some of the… Read More

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1099-C: What You Need to Know about the Cancellation of Debt Tax Form

From early January to mid-February, you might receive a number of tax documents in the mail. They can range from expected W-2s from your employer to forms about mortgage interest you paid. One form that many people don’t expect is the 1099-C. Discover why you would receive such a form and what the IRS expects… Read More

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Top Money-Saving Tips and Tricks to Beat 2020 Holiday Debt

Between Santa shenanigans, special foods, long-distance travel and treats, holiday spending adds up quickly—and so does holiday debt. In 2019, shoppers in the US spent 3.4% more than they did in 2018. Unsurprisingly, they also ended up owing 8% more—roughly $1,325 per adult in 2019 versus just over $1,000 per adult in 2018. Unfortunately, holiday… Read More

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