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Did Your Credit Card Already Put on the Freshman 15? Tips to Avoid Overweight Credit Debt for College Students

Jeff Hindenach | Posted 11.28.2012 | College
Jeff Hindenach

About 70 percent of college students have credit cards and the average credit debt of those students is $3,000, with graduating seniors averaging $4,000 in credit card debt. So how can students avoid the Freshman 15 when it comes to their credit?

How One Woman Lived On $0 A Day

LearnVest | Posted 11.27.2012 | Style

I hadn't intended not to spend any money, but the next morning, when I went to log the previous day's spending on my spreadsheet and realized I hadn't spent a single cent, I felt a small thrill. In my battle with my debt, I had scored an easy win.

How $0 Days Helped One Woman Achieve Her Financial Goals

LearnVest | Posted 11.26.2012 | Women

I hadn't intended not to spend any money, but the next morning, when I went to log the previous day's spending on my spreadsheet and realized I hadn't spent a single cent, I felt a small thrill. In my battle with my debt, I had scored an easy win.

3 Money Matters You And Your New Spouse Need To Deal With NOW

Charles Tran | Posted 11.13.2012 | Weddings
Charles Tran

You may feel like you can now breathe a big sigh of relief and settle right into marital bliss but there is still one outstanding task that remains to be tackled -- the marrying of your financial accounts.

High School Grads Need to Understand Credit

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.12.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

If you've got a recent high school graduate who's getting ready to head off to college or join the workforce, let me share a few lessons I learned the hard way about managing personal finances that you can pass along to your kids.

Economic Indicator Unexpectedly Misses Mark

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer credit fell in July for the first time in nearly a year as Americans reduced credit card debt, a worrisome sign for th...

Three Crucial Things To Know About Your Credit Score, From Alexa von Tobel (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

When Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO,, joined me on Mondays With Marlo, she filled me in on three crucial ways to keep your credit score ...

Master the Five Factors That Feed FICO This Fall

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 09.04.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

If your credit score has taken a summer vacation, it's time to make some commitments to yourself to make some changes there, too.

Life After Debt: The Other Half of the Battle

Kevin Yu | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money
Kevin Yu

Stare debt in the face and be honest with yourself. You shouldn't be ashamed of once being in debt, it happens to the best of us. So why do people fall into debt?

3 Lessons That the Back-to-School Season Can Teach Us About Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 08.27.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

The back-to-school season can teach us a few things about our improving our credit scores, too. Here are three lessons we can learn.

Real Confessions of Debt Collectors | Posted 10.21.2012 | Money

We spoke with four people about their experiences as debt collectors and what consumers should know when they get on the phone with them.

High Finance Tales

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

It's time for an update on activities occurring in the world of high finance. Several newsworthy events have occurred.

Consumers Fight Big Banks for a Day in Court

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

The public at large is finally learning about abuses in the credit card banking industry. Over time, the banks may change their policies. But as a consumer, you must learn your rights, and you must insist that your rights are upheld.

When Working With a Creditor, Get All the Facts

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 08.16.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

Instead of calling the creditor and dealing with the embarrassment and frustration of trying to work out a payment plan, start with a smaller goal in mind: Call each creditor that you're trying to work with and ask for a payment history.

Consumer Debt On The Rise

AP | ALEX VEIGA | Posted 10.14.2012 | Money

LOS ANGELES -- Americans are carrying more credit card debt than a year ago, yet the late-payment rate for card holders remains near an 18-year low, a...

Paul Ryan Takes A Page From The Mitt Romney Playbook

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.13.2012 | Business

Thing One: Romney-Ryan: After much overhyped anticipation, Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential nominee Saturday, a...

Consumers Put Away The Plastic

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 10.07.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON -- Americans cut back on credit card use in June, a sign that high unemployment and slow growth have made some more cautious about spending...

How To Recover From Credit Card Fraud

Bankrate | Posted 10.03.2012 | Money

No one wants to find a credit card missing from his or her wallet or discover an odd charge on a monthly billing statement. But credit card loss, thef...

My Shopping Buddy Is My Enabler

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style

What happens when one shopping addict meets another shopping addict? One woman tells us her story of amassing huge amounts of credit card debt, and he...

What Should I Pay Down First?

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 08.01.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

Being maxed out isn't ideal but when it comes to your credit score, timeliness of your payments is more important to get current. That is, paying on time to not have a new late charge appear on your report is improvement! So getting current is a priority.

How Chase Ripped Off Its Own Credit Card Customers

Larry Bodine | Posted 10.01.2012 | Money
Larry Bodine

Consumer fraud and unfair business practices have become the hallmarks of how banks have been treating their customers.

Tips For Paying Off Debt, From Maria Bartiromo (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Maria Bartiromo, financial expert and anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell" joined me on Mondays With Marlo to give advice on the best way to pay off debt....

What Your Wedding Day Means for Your Credit

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 07.23.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

After you say "I do" and slip the ring onto each other's fingers, you are accepting that person for better or for worse... INCLUDING their credit score.

How To Responsibly Use A Credit Card, From Maria Bartiromo (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Financial expert and anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell" Maria Bartiromo discussed how to use a credit card responsibly when she visited me to chat on Mon...

Delinquencies Fall

Reuters | Posted 09.02.2012 | Money

* ABA says Q1 delinquencies fell in 10 of 11 categories * Home equity lines of credit saw uptick in delinquencies * ABA ...