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Miranda Marquit

Miranda is a financial expert. Her work can be found on many financial websites, including US News, Yahoo Finance, and Huffington Post. Miranda blogs at Planting Money Seeds.

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6 Ways Debt Settlement Can Leave You Deeper in Debt (Even With Trustworthy Companies)

It's true. Debt settlement can actually leave you deeper in debt after you've settled with your creditors. Here's what to watch for.

Capital One 360: A Competitive Banking Option

CapOne 360 is a great option for those looking for low fees and great interest rates!

What You Need to Know Before Getting Your First Credit Card

A credit card can be a great tool — or it can ruin your finances for years to come. Here's what you need to know before you get one.

Key Terms New Credit Card Users Must Understand

If you don't know your APR from your Average Daily Balance, you could be in for a rude surprise when your first credit card statement arrives.

10 Awesome Credit Card Perks You Didn't Know About

Make sure you read the fine print on your credit card member agreement. You may be getting more than you bargained for — in a good way.

6 Steps to Take When You Have More Bills Than Income

When the bills are mounting, don't give up! Get proactive with your creditors, cut your costs, and start rebuilding your credit. Here's how.

8 Smart Ways to Save Money as a Small Business

You can cut your biggest expenses like rent, office equipment, and labor and make your business more competitive.

Top 7 Mortgage Myths Debunked

Don't let these common misconceptions stop you from buying your dream home.

A Secured Credit Card Can Repair Your Credit Score — Here's How to Pick the Best

A secured credit card can help improve your creditworthiness, but some secured cards do more harm than good. Here's how to choose one that's right for you.

6 Hidden Dangers of Credit Card Balance Transfers

We're advocates of credit balance transfers as part of a debt reduction plan, but that doesn't mean the strategy is risk-free. Here's what to watch out for.

Now Is the Best Time in Years to Do a Credit Card Balance Transfer

A credit card balance transfer is a good first step toward debt reduction and a sounder financial footing. Here's why you shouldn't wait to use one.

How to Eliminate Holiday Debt

A little too generous this holiday season? Get back in the black with these quick debt-busting tips.

8 Fees You Need to Stop Paying Right Now

Save hundreds of dollars a year by dropping these useless fees from your life.

Why You Need Credit — and How to Build It From Scratch

Learn how to create a great credit score even if you don't have an extensive financial history.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Bidding on Freelance Gigs (Book Giveaway)

Many aspiring freelance writers get caught in a race to the bottom on content job bidding sites. Earn what you're worth with these tips from a successful blogger.

Quicken Loans Review: Competitive Rates and Good Customer Service

Is a mortgage ReFi through a bank once owned by a financial software company a wise choice? Learn from our reviewer's experience.

E*Trade Review: If a Talking Baby Can Do It, So Can You

E*Trade's wide selection of no-fee funds and ETFs make it a good choice for new and intermediate investors.

TradeKing Review: The Best Brokerage for New and Intermediate Investors?

TradeKing's low fees and minimums, great research tools, and active community make it a good choice for your online brokerage.

Discover Bank Review: You Know the Card, but What About the Bank?

With competitive rates and all the familiar online banking products and features, Discover Bank is worth considering for your banking needs.

Barclays Rewards MasterCard Review: A Promising New Card From an Old Bank

The U.S. credit card market is crowded, but a combination of simplicity and reward points could entice consumers to this new offering from Barclays.