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How to Protect Your Credit After the Equifax Breach

In light of the major Equifax breach, a credit freeze is not your only option. There are multiple ways to keep a close eye on your credit reports.

7 Things Your Credit Report Does NOT Include

Your credit reports may be handy snapshots of your financial health, but they don't show the whole picture. Find out what's missing.

Here's What's Included in a Home's Closing Costs

You know closing costs make up a hefty bill when buying a new home. Have you ever wondered what's included in those costs, exactly?

What to Do After Losing Your Social Security Card

A lost Social Security card is easy to replace. Things become a little dicier, though, if your number falls into the wrong hands.

Can Too Many Credit Cards Hurt Your Credit Score?

You're responsible with your credit cards, but you sure have a lot of them. Is that a bad thing?

How to Read a Credit Report

You're ready to check your annual free credit report. Now — just how exactly should you read one of these things?

5 Steps to Getting Excellent Credit

An excellent credit score is within your reach! These healthy money habits will get you there — and probably faster than you think.

Careful! Your Credit Card May Be Sharing Your Private Info

You may have asked your credit card company not to share your data. They know an awful lot about you, anyway.

How to Clear Old Debt From Your Credit Report

Old debts can clutter up the path to an otherwise clean credit report. It's time to do a little cleaning.

13 Money Goals You Can Still Reach by 2017

We may be more than halfway through 2016, but that doesn't mean your money goals for the year have been for naught!

7 Best Money Management Tips From John Oliver

Cable TV funnyman John Oliver gets a lot of laughs skewering the rich and powerful. Through the mirth, he also shares some solid financial advice.

6 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Decide to Buy a Car

You're ready for a shiny new set of wheels. All you need to do is make these important money moves, first.

Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes While Rebuilding Your Credit

It takes hard work to give your credit score a kick in the pants. Don't sabotage it with these five screw-ups.

Your Bad Credit Isn't the End of the World

High credit card debt and a low credit score are thought of as the proverbial nail in the personal finance coffin. Not so! It really isn't the end of the world.

The Only 5 Rules of Home Buying You Need to Know

Buying a home can be seem scary — and complicated. But if you keep these basics in mind, you'll soon have the home of your dreams.

What You Need to Know About Adding Another User to Your Credit Card

Adding an authorized credit card user can help someone build their credit. But how exactly will it affect yours?

Should You Ever Pay Your Taxes With a Credit Card?

Tax day is almost here, and you may be tempted to pay Uncle Sam with plastic. But if you do, you're just trading cheap debt for expensive debt.

Stop! Don't Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Put down the scissors, and step away from the plastic! You can catch up on credit card debt in much smarter ways than chopping up your cards.

3 Terrible Things Foreclosure Does to Your Credit

A foreclosure stings, but you can rebuild. Here's what it will do to your credit, and the steps to take to get it back.

What's a Split Credit Report - And How Much Is It Hurting Your Score

If your three credit reports don't seem to align, you may have a fragmented report. Here's how to fix it.