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How Can I Protect My Credit From My Upcoming Divorce?

A reader writes in looking for advice on how to best protect her credit before she files for divorce after 12 years of marriage.  John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, answers. “John, I will be filing for divorce from my husband of 12 years in the next few months. Almost all of our liabilities… Read More

What If We Could Make Stolen Data Useless to Identity Thieves?

I mentioned in a recent blog that hackers now have so much data, it’s probably only a matter of time before they have their hands on all the data about us that really matters. And they have all kinds of data because they want all kinds of data. It’s not just about credit and debit… Read More

How FICO’s New Credit Score Will Impact Consumers

Fair Issac Corp., the creator of the widely used FICO score, is switching up how it computes credit scores. The new score, known as FICO 9, will be rolled out to the three major credit bureaus this fall. But what does this mean for consumers? The Good News Non-traditional credit, such as your residential rental history,… Read More

Links We Love: 8 Ways to Save Money While Eating Out

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others around the web! This week we’re highlighting how to save money while eating out, the best ways to spend the first ten minutes of your workday, emotions that can sabotage your finances,  financial tips for traveling abroad, five fixes for money… Read More

Should You Co-Sign for Your College Kid’s Credit Card?

There are numerous financial decisions to contemplate when sending a child to college. Beyond crunching numbers to find the best financial aid package and filing the dreaded FAFSA (free application for Federal student aid) you have to determine what meal plan you should purchase and whether or not you should rent or buy books. Parents… Read More

11 Reasons Your Credit Card Might Be Declined

Have you ever stood at the cash register and tried to make a purchase, only to have the clerk hand you your card back and explain apologetically that the transaction was declined? It happens. Despite the embarrassment and inconvenience, the rejection is really meant to protect your account, and to protect the card issuer from… Read More

Financial Basics Every Teen Needs to Know

Right now, driving your son to sports practices and games, hounding him to do his homework, and reminding him that despite being in his late teens, he does have a curfew dominates your daily schedule. But even with the jam-packed schedule, it’s vital that you take the time to talk dollars and cents with your… Read More