Author: Lauralynn

Lauralynn is the Online Marketing Specialist for Advantage CCS. She is married and has two young daughters. She enjoys writing, reading, hiking, cooking, video games, sewing, and gardening. Lauralynn has a degree in Multimedia Technologies from Pittsburgh Technical College.

Debit Card Versus Credit Card: What’s The Big Difference?

Credit cards and debit cards….they’re all the same, right? Wrong! A credit card is a plastic card whose holder has been granted a revolving credit line (unsecured credit). This piece of plastic provides the holder with the ability to make purchases and/or cash advances up to a predetermined limit. The credit granted can be paid in full by the […]

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How To Search For The Right Nonprofit Credit Counseling Agency

Taking advantage of credit counseling is one of the best ways to avoid years of high-interest payments on credit cards and other debts. A professionally licensed and accredited nonprofit credit counseling agency can even help you avoid bankruptcy. When used correctly, these services are wonderful alternatives for people who find themselves mired in debt that […]

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How To Understand & Get Help With Your Credit Card Bill

Each month, millions of people receive a credit card bill or statement in the mail from their creditors, or they visit the company’s website to get their bills electronically. Even though they submit a payment, they do not necessarily know what all of the fees and sums on the bill mean. Better yet, they may […]

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The Truth About Divorce And Your Debt Responsibility

Divorce can be one of the most mentally and financially distressing events in a person’s life. Strategic debt management and credit counseling options can help alleviate the financial downside of divorce. If you are one of the millions of Americans who has just filed for divorce, you are likely facing emotional suffering. However, you might […]

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What Is A Good Credit Score And Why Does It Matter?

A credit score is a numerical value between 300-850 that someone is assigned to show a potential lender how likely one is to honor their debts. The higher the credit score is, the more trustworthy they appear to the lender. This is also called Creditworthiness in the lending industry. But what is a good credit […]

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What Are The Pros And Cons Of Filing Bankruptcy?

Making the choice to declare bankruptcy is not a decision people should take lightly. For some people, bankruptcy may be the only choice. A certified credit counselor and a bankruptcy attorney can help you find out what your options are and help you decide. Filing bankruptcy could save you from losing your home, your car, […]

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The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Budgeting And Saving

Most people encounter financial challenges at some point in life; some challenges are more easily resolved than others are. When a person’s primary goals are saving money, budgeting to help make ends meet, and to avoid a financial crisis, there are several helpful tips to keep in mind. How to create a basic budget plan […]

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How Stress-Shopping Might Be Hurting Your Wallet

On more than one occasion, you may find yourself overwhelmed by thoughts about a certain aspect of your life. This is generally referred to as stress. People respond differently to these stressful situations. Others opt to enjoy an outdoor activity like hiking, swimming, or something that engages them to be full, making them loosen up […]

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