Some refuse to use credit cards, thinking that if they don’t use them, they won’t get into a difficult financial situation like debt. The truth, however, is that credit cards can be powerful tools if they are correctly used. They can help you build up your creditworthiness and increase your credit score if you use […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
How To Find Out What Is On Your Credit Card Statement
Credit card statements can be confusing. There are minimum payments, statement balances, and interest rates that show up on a monthly bill, among other things. The banks mail some statements to their customers. They deliver others digitally if the cardholder has opted in to receive electronic statements. There are due dates to worry about and […]Continue Reading
Helpful Tips To Understand Your Credit Score
A credit score is an integral part of your credit history and overall is essential for many purchases, loans, and other important financial decisions or transactions. It can help determine a lot of things, such as interest rates that you’ll receive or even if you can rent that apartment that you’ve had your eye on. […]Continue Reading
Can You Go to Jail Because of Outstanding Credit Card Debt?
People have loaned each other money for thousands of years. As a way to hedge against risk and make money, lenders charge borrowers money through the power of interest. Historically, if borrowers didn’t pay lenders back, lenders would primarily be responsible for recouping their losses. In today’s civilized society, we have courts of law that oversee arguments between people. […]Continue Reading
Helpful Tips on How to Use a Credit Card Responsibly
There are some people that refuse to use credit cards thinking that if they don’t use them, they won’t get into difficult situations. The truth, however, is that credit cards can be powerful tools if they are used properly. They can help you build up your creditworthiness and increase your credit score if you use […]Continue Reading
Should Your Teenager Have A Credit Card?
According to TransUnion, 20 percent of people who are between the ages of 13 and 18 have a credit card. However, many parents are still reluctant to give their teen a credit card. There are negatives that come along with it. For example, teens who do not use their credit cards responsibly can potentially ruin their credit […]Continue Reading
6 Things You Need To Know About Interest Rates
Interest rates are an important factor to consider when buying expensive items with a line of credit, applying for a loan, or just using any credit card. In general, those with higher credit scores tend to qualify for a better interest rate than those with lower credit scores. The following are six things consumers should […]Continue Reading
Credit Scores and How They Came to Be
Prior to the creation of credit scores, financial institutions and lenders would often develop their own creditworthiness score to assess the risk of lending to that particular person. This “score” would vary significantly from one lender to the next. The major issue with this innovative method was that it was based solely on the lender’s […]Continue Reading