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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

Links We Love: 10 Smart Ways to Make Yourself Love Saving Money

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others on the web! This week we’re highlighting how to make yourself love saving money, paying for your child’s college education (should you?), an inspiring personal story of nine valuable lessons and things to tell yourself if  your life is a financial… Read More

Do Fun Family Surprises Always Have to Cost Money?

Well, that’s a loaded question. Everyone always wants to buy something new, even if we all know the high from it doesn’t last very long. But kids almost always have a great time at things that don’t cost any money (except gas, if necessary). Things like impromptu visits to a local beach or mountain or… Read More

Is Credit Counseling Right for You?

Whether you want to improve your credit score or pay off a mountain of debt, you might benefit from meeting with a credit counselor. Credit Sesame recently talked to Thomas Nitzsche, a certified financial educator and senior media relations coordinator at ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, about the process. How does credit counseling work? During your… Read More

Links We Love: Declare Your Financial Independence

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others on the web! On this fabulous eve before the fourth of July, we’ve rounded up our favorite Independence Day posts — from declaring your financial independence to throwing a frugal but festive fourth of July party, plus what to buy (and… Read More

What’s the Best Way to Get Out of Credit Card Debt?

By now it should go without saying that being in credit card debt is like plugging a siphon into your bank account. In fact, credit card debt is likely the most expensive debt you’ll ever carry with an industry average 15 percent interest rate. So, what is the best way to get out of credit… Read More

Links We Love: 38 Secrets to Financial Success

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others on the web! This week we’re highlighting a personal manifesto on the secrets to financial success, the success mindset, ways to take a break at work (and still look busy), how to stop overspending, the cheapest places to visit for your… Read More