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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

What You Need to Know About Protecting Your Child From ID Theft

Both you and your spouse are diligent when it comes to protecting yourself against identity theft. You check your credit reports regularly and make sure there aren’t any suspicious charges on your credit cards after each billing cycle. It’s never occurred to you, however, that your son or daughter’s identity could be stolen. According to… Read More

4 Credit Card Traps College Students Fall For

Unfortunately, the first time many college students use a credit card is after they’ve moved out from mom and dad’s house. They’re told to use it only in times of emergency — but before long, it’s being swiped to pay for new clothes, concert tickets, and orders of chicken strips and tacos at 3 a.m…. Read More

Help! I Just Got Married and My Spouse Is Drowning in Credit Card Debt!

On the first date, you talked about your likes and dislikes. During your second date, you shared your backgrounds and hopes for the future. And on the third, fourth, fifth and all subsequent outings, you spoke about every topic under the sun — except your finances. And unfortunately, it wasn’t until after you said “I… Read More

When It Pays to Make a Balance Transfer

In a perfect world, you’d pay your credit card bill in full each month. But, life happens — your basement floods, your daughter needs braces, your refrigerator dies — and before you know it, you’ve got a balance that you can’t pay off. Fast forward several years later, and you’re still carrying a revolving balance…. Read More

5 Minutes to a Safer Identity

It’s summer. Time to relax and grab a beach read while sipping an umbrella-bedecked lemonade —or perhaps something stronger?!—not scrambling to notify banks, canceling credit cards and placing credit freezes on your credit reports because you’ve been the victim of identity theft. That doesn’t have to be the case, nor do you have to spend… Read More

How to Attend a Wedding Without Going Into Credit Card Debt

We all know that throwing a wedding is a total budget-breaker. But as it turns out, simply attending one hits your wallet hard, too. An American Express Spending & Saving Tracker survey found that guests plan to spend an average of $592 — per wedding — an increase of 10 percent over last year. And… Read More