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Ask the Expert: Why Do I Have So Many Different Credit Scores?

After getting inaccurate and conflicting information a reader wrote in looking for clarification and an accurate answer about why we have so many different credit scores. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, explains. “John, I’m confused about why I seem to be getting different credit scores from different sources.  I was able to get… Read More

Have You Changed Your Online and Smartphone Security Habits?

On the heels of last week’s announcement that you can now buy things on Facebook with one click, without ever leaving your wall, I have one thing to say: “Ummm…No.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve changed many of my personal security habits since last year’s highly publicized data breaches and social media privacy… Read More

Does Your Age Influence Your Credit Scores?

When we think about credit scores and credit scoring we tend to gravitate toward the areas of the scoring system over which we have control. We can choose to make our payments on time. We can choose to not have a lot of credit card debt. And we can choose to apply for credit only… 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

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

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

What Seniors (and Their Caregivers) Need to Know About Identity Theft

Identity theft can happen at any age, but according to the 2013 Federal Trade Commission Consumer Sentinel Report, Americans ages 60 and over accounted for 20 percent of identity theft complaints. Doug Shadel, Washington state director of AARP and author of “Outsmarting the Scam Artists,” says it’s a “huge problem throughout the United States, including… Read More