The Credit Card Act – Facts You need to Know

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The Credit Card Act The Credit Card Act was signed into law in 2009 under President Barack Obama. The act set up several provisions aimed at limiting how credit card companies can charge consumers. In July 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Card Act … Read More

Credit Reports – The Knowledge You need to Know

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Improving Your Credit Score The best way to improve your credit score is to improve your knowledge on credit reports.  There are three major credit bureaus that put together your credit report: Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian.  Although the information they gather is yours, you do not own it, these agencies own your information.  They have collected the information and they … Read More

Student Loan Forgiveness Options

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Student Loan Forgiveness After my last post about Student Loans, I received a question asking for more in depth information about student loan forgiveness.  I researched and found the following information.  These are the careers that can possibly eliminate your student loans.  If you decide to partake in one of these programs, make sure beforehand that you can use it … Read More

Money Saving – Top Ten Tips

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Setting a Spending Plan At the beginning of each year, many Americans include “get out of debt” on their list of New Year’s resolutions and then seem to live under the illusion that they will be able to wish this into reality since a spending plan is never created or written down. The most important part of taking control of … Read More

Money Saving Tips at the Pump

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Average National Gas Prices The national average for a gallon of gasoline has hit $3.76 and is increasing daily. On top of that, gas has topped $4 per gallon in Alaska, California and Hawaii, with several other states close behind. Unless you are planning to switch to a bicycle anytime soon, the following 6 ways to save of gas will … Read More

Financial Planning – The Importance of an Emergency Fund

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A National Foundation for Credit Counseling Poll A recent online poll released by the NFCC (National Foundation for Credit Counseling) revealed that a majority of American consumers don’t have enough savings to cover a $1000 emergency expense. Only 36 percent of respondents said that they would have enough to cover a $1000 unplanned expense, the remaining 64 percent of those … Read More

Student Loan Repayment Plans

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Repaying Student Loans Congratulations Class of 2011! You finally got that college degree! What an exciting accomplishment. However, that moving-over-of-the-tassel means you’ll need to face your student loan sooner rather than later. Typically, you get a six-month grace period after graduation before you need to begin the repayment process. But don’t wait until December to start considering your options. There … Read More

Budget Tips for Your Vacation

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Summer Vacation and Your Budget Summer is quickly approaching, and if you haven’t planned a vacation yet, you have at least thought about it. With the current state of the economy and the rise of gas prices, you may think you won’t be able to afford a vacation this year. But, there are a few ways you can take some … Read More