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Blog Posts in July, 2010

The Effects of the Credit Card Act

Credit card issuers have stopped many of the "deceptive" or "unfair" practices outlawed by the Credit Card Act that was recently signed. But are they engaging in others? We came across this blog post ...
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What’s the Best Way to Keep My Bank Account Safe From Being Frozen?

The best way to avoid your bank account being frozen is to pay your bills on time and settle past claims against you. As long as you do not owe creditors or taxing authorities money, your bank ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: How Do I Get a Copy of my Credit Report?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses how to obtain a copy of your credit report.
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5 Myths About Unemployment

With President Obama signing the most recent unemployment extension just last week, there has been a lot of press about unemployment benefits. We came across this article WashingtonPost.com that ...
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How Do I Pay Bills Without a Checking Account?

If you don't have a checking account because of past credit problems or another reason, there are other options that you can use to pay your bills. However, paying bills without a checking account ...
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5 Ways To Get the Salary You Want

A job seeker shouldn't just accept the first offer that is thrown their way just because the job market is a bit rough. We came across an article on Wall Street Journal with some great negotiation ...
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How Do Creditors Make the Decision on How to Grant Credit?

The most important things to for creditors take in consideration while reviewing your credit application is the risk involved in granting you credit. They try to predict whether you will repay your ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: How to Protect Yourself From Credit Card Fraud

Jemma Smith, Head of Public Relations at APACS discusses ways to protect yourself from credit card fraud.
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10 Things Bankruptcy Court Won’t Tell You

There are a lot of myths out there regarding bankruptcy, like that it will ruin your credit for life and that you will lose your home. We found this article on SmartMoney.com that gives you 10 ...
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How Does Divorce Affect a Person’s Credit?

Before your divorce, when you and your spouse first obtained credit together, you both sign a contact agreeing to pay your bills. A divorce agreement does not cancel that contract. When you divorce ...
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Should You Opt Out of Overdraft Protection?

As of last week, a new federal rule has banned banks and credit unions from automatically enrolling customers in a costly overdraft-protection plan. Now consumers must grant permission for them to ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: How Do My Credit Cards Impact My Credit Score?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses how your credit cards will impact your credit score.
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Seven Secrets of the Coupon Pros

Nowadays, coupons are essential in saving money every time you are shopping, whether it be in the supermarket or online. We came across this article on ConsumerReports.org with great coupon tips and ...
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How Do I Start Building Credit from Start?

If you have never had any credit, the best way to build it is to get a few credit cards. Pick at least two from the major lenders (Visa, Mastercard, etc.) and make sure they have no annual fees and a ...
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Boost Your Odds of Finding a Job

We recently found this article on CNN.com with some tips to help job-seekers land a job. They list some great sites that will help in your search. In a time when unemployment is so prevalent, we ...
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How Can I Determine How Much I Can Afford to Spend on a Car?

The most critical thing is to work the payment into your budget. You are most likely going to finance or lease the vehicle, so you will need to make sure you can pay for it every month. If you don't ...
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Watch Me Wednesday: What Debts Can Bankruptcy Cancel?

Janet Bodnar, Deputy Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance discusses what debts can be cancelled with bankruptcy.
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Consumer Bankruptcy Filings at Highest Level Since 2005

The American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI) issued their report yesterday detailing statistics in the bankruptcy industry for the first half of 2010. The data shows a 14% increase in consumer bankruptcy ...
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What are the Current Credit Counseling Requirements in Bankruptcy?

One of the requirements of the bankruptcy law that went into effect in 2005 is that all individual debtors filing a bankruptcy case must complete a credit-counseling course by a certified company ...
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New Overdraft Banking Fee Regulations Now in Effect

The major changes that have been mandated by the Federal Reserve went into effect yesterday. Now, if you overdraft on your checking account, you can only be charged if you have given the bank ...
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High Rates, More Fees – Credit Card Traps Here to Stay

Despite the final phase of the CARD Act being put into place this August, credit card issuers will still be able to blindside customers with unexpected fees and more abusive behavior. We came across ...
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