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Build Credit: The 30% Rule – Making Sense of Utilization Rates

What do you think is better? Having only one credit card that is near it’s credit limit that you pay in full each month or three to five credit cards with low balances that you pay off each month? If you picked the first option, you might be surprised to…

The Retail Store Credit Card Scam

Been hit up lately by sales clerks promising big savings if you apply for a retail store credit card? Just about every major clothing, electronics, and department store offers a similar promotion: In exchange for applying for a retail store credit card, you will get a discount, coupons, or special…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?

Question: “How many credit cards should I have if I want to earn the best possible credit score? I receive a lot of credit card offers in the mail. Should I apply for them?” Answer: Having the right number of credit cards is a big part of your credit score….

Authorized Users—The Secret to Building Your Score Fast!

One of the first pieces of advice I give to people who have suffered severe financial crises and want to learn how to build credit is to become authorized users on credit cards. Authorized users are allowed to use credit cards but have no contractual obligation to pay the bills….

Teaching Children About Credit Cards

With the past 18 months reminding us to be thrifty, many parents are realizing the importance of teaching children about credit cards. In particular, we need to teach children how to build credit by using credit cards wisely and, perhaps more importantly, how to protect their finances from misuse of…

What Should I Do If I’m Deeply in Debt?

One of my friends just told me that he owes $68,000 in credit card debt. He’s 26 years old. And he has that feeling in the pit of his stomach—you know that feeling. He can’t ever truly relax because he’s so worried. All these questions start racing through his head……

How Can I Get Credit Cards If My Credit Score Is Terrible?

If you have bad credit, it’s critical that you have and use three to five credit cards. The only way credit bureaus will reward you with a high credit score is if you prove that you can responsibly manage debt. This means: Having at least three credit cards, keeping them…

My Wife Won’t Sleep in Our House, by 720 Credit Score

After renting for years, my wife and I just bought a house. It’s our ideal house—exactly what we were looking for in the exact neighborhood we wanted. We have dreams of raising our children there, and we smile thinking about the birthday parties, sleepovers, and graduation celebrations that will fill…

What Are the Credit Cards You Recommend for People With Good Credit?

We went out there and researched the best credit cards on the market, consider things like interest rates, rewards points, fees, and the like. You can see our recommended list of credit cards for people with strong credit here. And keep the following in mind: 1. In our program, we…

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have?

Question: “How many credit cards should I have if I want to earn the best possible credit score? I receive a lot of credit card offers in the mail. Should I apply for them?” Answer: Having the right number of credit cards is a big part of your credit score. Ideally, you…

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