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Entries by from 05/2012

Survey: Consumers Want to Build Their Credit

| Posted 05.01.2012 | Money

In all, 56 percent of people said they want to build their score but don't know how to do it. In fact, the majority also said that they hadn't taken the time to order a copy of their credit report or credit score at any point in the past 12 months.

5 Credit Card Rules for New Grads

| Posted 05.14.2012 | Money

If you just graduated, you might be looking forward to managing money on your own. Certainly, it's deliciously liberating. But it can also be tricky.

Can You "Sort of" Be an Identity Theft Victim?

| Posted 05.15.2012 | Money

What can you do if someone is not exactly using your information to commit identity theft, but has hijacked some of your personal information? Is there such a thing as "sort-of identity theft" -- or is that like being "half pregnant?"

How I'm Repaying $120,000 in Student Loans

| Posted 05.16.2012 | College

Six months after graduation, my grace period will end, and I will have to start repaying more than $1,000 per month. Here is my strategy for repayment.

Credit Unions Are Easily Forgiven -- Banks, Not So Much

| Posted 05.17.2012 | Money

The Temkin Group, a business that consults on and researches customer experiences, has done a new survey of 10,000 consumers to determine which businesses customers are most and least likely to forgive.

Why We All Need to Think About Alternative Credit

| Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

By Steven Ely Unless they are in trouble, most people don't wake up in the morning thinking about credit. Not even me, and I've spent much of my care...

The Easy Way to Fix a Credit Report Error

| Posted 05.22.2012 | Money

The information in your credit reports is what's used to create your credit scores, so you don't want to let mistakes on your credit reports potentially throw your credit scores out of whack. Here's how to dispute credit report mistakes, step-by-step.

6 Things Your Car Insurer Doesn't Want You to Know

| Posted 05.24.2012 | Money

Car insurance is something of an opaque industry. We know we have to pay the bill every month; we just have no clue how the carrier arrived at that rate.

7 Things You Can Do to Cut Your Student Debt Load Now

| Posted 05.29.2012 | College

People who return to school after age 40 have fewer years of employment to help repay expensive school loans, and they also need to be setting money aside for retirement. One way to compete is to minimize your costs from the outset.