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All the Ways Minimum Payments Are Evil

Credit card debt can be rough enough on its own. It's the minimum payments, though, that will really hurt you.

7 Money Moves to Make as Soon as You Conquer Debt

Congratulations, you're out of the red! Now it's time to start making your money work hard for you, too.

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.

6 Moves to Make Before Cutting Up Your Credit Card

Put the scissors down! If you haven't taken these critical credit card steps, don't cut up your plastic just yet.

5 Reasons You Shouldn't Buy a House (Yet)

You dream of kissing the renters' life goodbye, but not so fast. You might not be ready to be a homeowner just yet.

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.

You Missed a Student Loan Payment. Now What?

Whoops — did you miss a student loan payment? Don't panic! Here's how to fix your situation.

What Is a Good Credit Score and Why Is It Important?

Credit scores can be confusing. Make sure you understand how they work and how to get a good credit rating.

5 Unfounded Credit Card Fears

The Internet abounds with credit card horror stories. But if you're responsible, plastic can be fantastic!

5 Moves to Make If Your Loan Gets Denied

Your lender stamped a big fat "No" on your loan application. No sweat — make these moves, and "Yes" will follow.

5 Ways Having a Paid Off Car Is Surprisingly Great

We all know auto loans are bad for our bottom line. Check out just how much easier life can be when you straight-up own your car.

9 Money Moves to Make the Moment Your Credit Cards Are Paid Off

Congratulations! You're finally free of credit card debt. Now what should you do?

5 Debt Management Questions You're Too Embarrassed to Ask

Debt management may not be fun, but that doesn't mean you should be embarrassed to ask these five basic questions.

How Late Payments Affect Your Credit

Don't let runaway late payments wreak havoc on your credit score.

Everything a First-Time Home Buyer Needs to Buy a House

Buying a home for the first time can be super stressful. Get your finances move-in ready before you start your hunt, and it'll go easier than you expect.

What to Expect When You're Expecting a Huge Credit Card Bill

That hefty credit card bill finding it's way to your mailbox is packing a punch — and to more than just your wallet.

7 Important Things You Should Know About Balance Transfer Cards

If you plan to pay down high interest credit card debt with a new zero-interest card, make sure you understand the potential downsides.

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 Cosign Your Teenager's Credit Card Application?

The catch-22 for teens ready to build their credit history… is not having any credit history. But does that mean you should cosign their credit card?