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5 Essential Habits of Consumers with Excellent Credit Scores

An excellent credit score opens the door to the best financing offers on the market. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of them? Read on to learn the five essential habits of consumers with excellent credit scores.

Ask the Expert: Does My Credit Score Count My Income?

After getting a new job with a much higher salary, a Credit Sesame user writes in to find out if the increase in income will help his credit scores. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, answers.

Smart Ways to Use Your Tax Refund to Pay Off Debt and Raise Your Credit Score

We’re knee deep into tax season and if you’ve played your cards right you should be expecting your refund some time in the next few weeks, assuming you’ve filed your returns already. So what should you do with your newfound windfall? Take a vacation? Make a down payment on a new car? Or, perhaps something smarter? Here are several other options to help you spend your tax refund a little more wisely.

Credit Reporting Overhaul Agreement Will Bring Massive Changes In Credit Reporting

In one of the largest industry overhauls in more than a decade, the three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and Trans Union — will change the way they handle credit report errors and disputes, unpaid medical bills and more. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for, breaks it down and explains exactly what this overhaul entails.

Your One Way Ticket to Jail, the Credit Privacy Number

If you’re wondering what a Credit Privacy Number (CPN) is, and whether or not it can legally be used to escape a bad credit history, read on. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, explains what you need to know about CPNs as well as a word of warning if you’re thinking about using one.

National Consumer Protection Week: A Guide to Your Rights & Consumer Protections

National Consumer Protection Week happens each year during the first week of March, and is a national effort coordinated at the local, state and federal level to educate consumers about their rights so that they can make better decisions when it comes to finances, health, privacy, technology and more. In support of National Consumer Protection

Links We Love: 44 Ways to Make More Money

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others on the web! This week we’re highlighting ways to make more money—44 of them!, the only excuse you need for a frugal wedding, why you should consider an IRS payment plan before paying you taxes with a credit card, the seven

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