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How To: Save Money Paying Off Credit Card Debt

Keeping up with your credit card payments is already a challenge, but managing multiple cards on top of your student loans or mortgage can feel impossible. What’s worse is if you have revolving credit card debt; average households owe over $16,000, so even just the monthly interest can be a significant expense!

 

If this sounds like your financial situation, read on! Some strategies for making this debt a lot more manageable are headed your way.

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Millennials: Afraid of Paying with Plastic? Think Again

Millennials—like any other generation—are wary of a number of things… like cable and sketchy Tinder dates. And, as it turns out, also credit cards.

 

In fact, a 2016 Bankrate survey found that only 33 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds own a credit card, which is an alarmingly low percentage. As a 24-year-old, I understand why younger adults who are still trying to get a good grasp on their finances are hesitant to really utilize that piece of plastic. After hearing horror stories of how unpaid bills destroyed someone’s credit score and cautionary tales of drowning in debt, how can you blame us?

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Quiz: How Much do you Really Know about Credit Score?

Your credit score is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of your personal finance portfolio. It has an impact on your ability to secure a home loan, auto loan, and affects your credit interest rate, among other things. It’s important to ensure you have a solid foundation of knowledge about this score so you can achieve your goals.

Take this credit score quiz to test your credit knowledge. To see if you answered correctly, just skip to the end to see the answers.   Continue Reading

Do You Know the Difference between Current Balance and Statement Balance? (You Should)

It’s one of the more confusing things when it comes to your credit card – the difference between current balance and statement balance.

When you check your credit card balance, you’ll typically see two different numbers – a current balance and a statement balance. What’s the difference? And how much do you actually need to pay to avoid interest fees? 53 percent of Americans don’t “completely understand” their credit card terms – don’t be one of them!

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The Ultimate Guide to Your First Credit Card

Are you applying for your first credit card? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

You finally realize you need a credit card – this is a big milestone in your financial life. Your first credit card plays a huge part in building a strong credit history, which makes it even more important to pick the right one.

It’s easy for you to feel lost when the options seem endless. After all, you will have to compare APR, annual fees, minimum payment, transaction fees – things that you might not be familiar with. Fret not, we’ll explain it all here.

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