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.... That seems fishy to me. ~CC, Goose Creek, SC ...

...redit companies are not supposed to guarantee you Credit or a particular interest rate in exchange for an up front fee. So… does this mean Rachel...

... chirps, "Would you like to apply for a store Credit card? You'll save 10 percent on today's purchase!" ...

...st further ravage your Credit score, and soon the Credit repair scammers will be after you, which brings us right back where we started. ...

...000 gigs on Fiverr, which she used to pay off her Credit card debt.   Rent out Your Stuff.  I know the sharing economy has been around since at le...

...re means higher interest charges on home, car and Credit card loans. •Splurge temptation. If you use your tax refund as a windfall for a wise ...

...rairie Du Sac, Wisconsin, because they won Summit Credit Union's "Project Money" contest, decreasing their debts by $29,982 and in...

...vings to pay off your Credit card debt. Pay your Credit cards off from highest to lowest interest. GROCERIES:
Price match to take advantage of a...

...k the bank if it will delete that entry from your Credit file. They have the power to do that –and will if it truly was a one-time blunder. ...

...s that you may be able to claim. ~Elisabeth ...

...ible rather than scrapping them prematurely. ...

...he mom or dad doing the spending, not so much. ...

...ited funds before you send them off to some other Credit card company. ...

.... There are better-smarter-faster ways to pay off Credit card debt that can help you SAVE BIG. ...

...tion they can use to steal their identities. ...

... an old warning with a new twist: bidder beware. ...

...ine. Turns out that is a very important step! ...

...House of Representatives passes a bill called the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights, that would end billing practices consumers have complained about ...

...I want to continue our conversation about rewards Credit cards. As long as you don't carry a balance, you are throwing money away if you don'...

...the "ground" and I appreciate it. ~EL ...

...o hear from me, but for ME to hear from YOU! ...

...e national average, according to Bankrate.com. ...

...about them as we are about our main computers. ...

...arch Group. It sounds dreary, but correcting your Credit report and improving your score is actually a way to save thousands upon thousands of dollars...

... bill enough people 27-cents and it adds up! ...

...been victimized before will fall for it again. ...

...f us. I hope my answers are helpful to you! ~EL ...

...ur family's name and about the dangers of the Credit repair scam. I received a number of follow-up questions from, you, my readers, so here are t...

...use you pay money up front then get NOTHING. ...

... check until you've checked out the charity. ...

...exist anymore, but debtor's rights do....

...tices in times like this, just to name a few. ...

...e where you can get your free report is www.annualCreditreport.com....

... loan you get, and how you manage that loan later....

... are a lot of stories in the news right now about Credit card companies being hard on consumers. If the stories have you vowing to boycott your card,...

.... The key is to know the terms of your deal.) ...

...rt 1) They can then take that data and clone your Credit card with a machine that is readily available over the internet. (Please create link to "...

...if any of these strategies will work for you. ...

...an't tell you how good it feels to be free of Credit card debt. Here are some strategies to help you liberate yourself too. ...

...nce that it plans to raise interest rates on some Credit card accounts. B of A says the move will affect four million cardholders --less than ten per...

...ncovered a slew of benefits you can get from your Credit card company, depending which cards you hold. ...

... you here in this column. Bring it on! ~EL ...

...er sketchy arena) and they would hear pitches for Credit repair. ...

...'s one that I know confounds a lot of people: Credit scores and why your own isn't higher. ...

...e with scores of 720 or even 740 and above. Your Credit score is not static. It changes with every single payment you make –or fail to make. ...

...ne of my "resource columns" –this time on Credit, the topic I get asked about most. I've been doing a lot of these link-packed columns la...

...r a lower interest rate. Use savings to pay your Credit card debt, if you have it. Pay the card with the highest interest rate first. Pay bi-weekly...

...d up being more expensive than a higher one. ...

...e is an easy, satisfying solution, so read on! ...

...ller became. He told me I had to pay via debit or Credit card by this afternoon, but could not provide any documentation as to who he was collecting f...

...ombie debt" because it never seems to die. ...

...itting subject for this week's column....

...on real issues that real consumers are facing. ...

...transmit the required caller ID information. ...

... to the top of ABC's most viewed list....

...ller, smarter instead of harder. ~Elisabeth ...

... write about "un-banks" --in other words, Credit unions. Hey, consider it equal time. It's no secret that banks got a bad rap during the...

... on its own or as part of the econ curriculum. ...

...n improvement?  Share your experience asking Creditors for these favors and whether your score went up in the comments section below.  /ht...

...worthless if your favorite airline goes under. ...

...;ll save $4 per week, $208 per year! ...

...xamples right now that I want you to be aware of. ...

...39;t toast. You mechanic wants more money. Your Credit card company just pulled a bait and switch. And a new friend in Nigeria wants your bank acco...

...r most American families --after houses, cars and Credit. In fact, the average family of four spends $10,692 a year on groceries, according to th...

... out cold calls, use a multi-layered approach. ...

... a dishwasher and microwave to match, right? ...

...hings for the new pad. Many lenders re-check your Credit before closing to make sure everything is in order. A shopping spree can knock 40 or 50 poin...

...ual currency   Services: •Bank services •Credit reporting •Debt collection •Money transfers •Other financial services   After you...

...#34; It's a new service for people with Citi Credit cards, where if you buy something and then the price goes down more than $25, Citi will ...

... you get Credit for less is by maintaining a high Credit score and if you don't understand how they work, that's hard to do. ...

... you to late fees in the short term and tank your Credit score in the long term. You don't want to have a "financial hangover" that lasts...

...pany, stating they have important news about your Credit card interest rate? Who hasn't? Well, guess what? It's not only annoying, it's...

...tion. Sounds melodramatic, but it's true. ...

...may be able to save. Here are some examples. ...

...or Credit cards according to the strength of your Credit score. LowCards.com: Need a low interest rate because you carry a balance?  This is the pla...

..., and, as promised, it will feature a family with Credit card debt, to show that there are savvy strategies even for folks in that tough position. As...

...tips and tricks that will save you big time. ...

...edit for first time homebuyers or the $6,500 Credit for current homeowners who are trading up to another home. So it seems like a good time to s...

...epared if you want to have many happy returns. ...

...sumer contracts --for moving, financial planning, Credit cards, cell phones and almost everything else–contain a sneaky little fine print clause...

...y know how much their customers owe or didn't Credit them accurately for what they've already paid. Oh brother. It seems pretty basic but the ...

...age and twice as likely to be foreclosed on. ...

...ssing up or by hearing from viewers who did! ...

...some books that have inspired and educated me. ...

...ving topics here, just not in bookish depth. ...

...r deceptive practices to try to collect a debt. ...

...ncial Wellness in the Workplace program and other Credit unions have too.  Could financial wellness coaching come to your workplace sometime soon?  ...

...s with the "energy star" rating. The tax Credit is good on qualified windows, roofing, insulation, HVAC systems, and certain fans. Go to EPA...

90. Q&A
...the consumer pulse –and keep them coming. ~EL ...

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...can order your reports FREE by going to www.annualCreditreport.com. ...

92. Q&A
...truck by the fact that the bulk of them are about Credit and debt. That is certainly a grassroots measure of the times we are living in. I hope my a...

93. Q&A
... where we spend the most money: our homes, cars, Credit, groceries and healthcare. In my book I make some very different assumptions about the best ...

...couple of samples. For folks like this I suggest Credit counseling, but the KEY is to seek help from a reputable firm. Details, below. --Elisabeth ...

...esota ...

...myself and share it with you. Here goes! ~EL ...

...ders asking questions. Here are some answers. ...

...ht away to make sure it doesn't linger. Some Credit card companies give as much as 5 percent cash back for grocery purchases… which can, in turn,...

...d and my reality checks to go along with them. ...

...em with more vulnerable friends and relatives. ...

...sts and how long you plan to live in the home. ...

...r call your lender so you have the right data. ...

...he house rather than on the house itself. ~EL ...

...have Credit card debt, it's possible for your Credit cards to work for you instead of you working for them. In other words, get a card that reward...

...more salons do not allow you to add a tip on your Credit card, because they pay fees on each card transaction....

...nsibly and you will save thousands on your future Credit. You will SAVE BIG. ...

...e thousands of dollars –whether by raising your Credit score or other savvy moves—is too pressing to hold for my book’s debut. So each week I’...

...it vary drastically from those with even marginal Credit....

...ic: how to raise your Credit score to SAVE BIG on Credit. As I've been telling you in the past few columns, I recently wrote a book called SAVE ...

...039;s still possible to SAVE BIG!~Elisabeth...

...d have described them as housing, transportation, Credit, staples and healthcare and that would have been more clear. ...

...s, our top two costs. Next week, I'll tackle Credit, groceries and healthcare. Here goes! ~Elisabeth ...

... savings on the big categories like houses, cars, Credit, groceries and healthcare, instead of on the little stuff. I guarantee that every tip in my ...

...of sending in the full payment once a month. ...

...at money-saving information I've gathered. ...

...y AmEx card. Or, if you don't have a Walmart Credit card, you can save 10 cents a gallon by paying with a Walmart gift card. Might be worth stoc...

...eport about you in the past six months. If the Credit bureau says you haven't made your case, and refuses to change your report, you can write ...

...s from happening to others? ~PS: Glen Mills, PA ...

...one about them just randomly going in and doing a Credit check? – S.C. Liberty, MO ...

...real scammers, with all sorts of creative tactics....

...-percent of the active military are in jeopardy. ...

...t other industry offers you something for nothing?...

...re coverage and other ways those folks can save. ...

...'s not charging me any additional money. ...

... after all, I AM "the savvy consumer!" ...

...rue loans, but those loans turn out to be abusive....

...be. Rapid rescoring is a service offered by local Credit bureaus. Unfortunately, it's not available directly to consumers. You'll have to go...

...n about closing costs in my weekly column. ...

...ephants. He carries 17.8 tons of junk mail! ...

.... In exchange, you will receive a commission. ...

...'ll notice that the trick is in the wording. ...

... banks are closed.) The dealership looks at your Credit and makes a guess as to what kind of financing the bank will offer you. That's how your ...

... your computer in order to "help" you. ...

...me right now because so many Americans are having Credit problems in this tricky economy. Don't fall for it. ...

... and proud to give to your friends and family. ...

...out gyms are up more than 90% in the last 5 years....

...ging ourselves plenty lately for our addiction to Credit and how it gives us the ability to get things now that we wouldn't be able to afford unti...

...n a Credit union as it failed, visit the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) HERE to track down your money. Misplaced Pensions If your c...

...is the weaponry you need to face down fraud. ...

... that spell?  If you’re shopping for a new Credit card to use for your holiday shopping this year, it’s likely a regular card with a fat sign...

...can scoop up tax refunds using YOUR good name. ...

..."30 minute" card last for less time. ...

... missed a payment, despite their troubles. So the Credit union approved them for a new mortgage -- the hardest kind of loan to get! "We approved...

...n a Credit union as it failed, visit the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) HERE to track down your money. Misplaced Pensions If your com...

...ead of issuing a recall. Credit: If you pay your Credit card bills biweekly instead of monthly you can finish them off faster because it lowers the a...

.... To find a Credit union near you, visit www.FindACreditUnion.com. Appeal Your Tax Assessment: Savings = $517/year – plus or minus. There is ...

...'re allowed to love hating the IRS again!) ...

...an't tell you how good it feels to be free of Credit card debt. Here are some strategies to help you liberate yourself too....

...eriences and maybe dodge a headache ourselves. ...

...m. "Salesmen become very motivated." ...

...t's easy to find one you can join at www.findaCreditunion.com. ...

...e feds are on it, and have set up a website where Credit union customers can search for their forgotten funds. Click HERE to track down your money. ...

...ature. ďż˝ This process involves going to a bank, Credit union, etc., presenting identification, and then signing the forms in the presence of a bank ...

...mt on a used car. We have not been able to pay on Credit cards for over a year and I live in fear of garnishment which would definately be the end of ...

...t in when you finance a big purchase like a car. Credit life generates hefty commissions for the salesman. It is the most overpriced insurance produ...

... numbers and birthdays listed on applications for Credit with the Social Security Administration's master file of deaths to come up with that numb...

...portant part of your purchase: the mortgage. ...