Home Down Payments and Alternatives

Among the most challenging hurdles to overcome on your path to home ownership is the down payment. Unless you are in a great position of financial advantage, coming up with a large sum of liquid capital at one time is a difficult ...

What to Do if You Regret Co-signing on a Loan

If you have a loved one who at some point found themselves in dire financial straits, you may have taken the plunge and co-signed on a loan or credit card to give them a much-needed boost. You’re now feeling the all-too-common ...

Why Payday Loans Aren’t Worth The Hassle

On paper, payday loans can seem like a financial lifeline. They don’t require a lot of red tape, and funds are available almost immediately. However, a closer look at the lengthy stipulations, obscenely high interest rates, ...

Checking Your Credit Score Online

Knowing your credit score is the first step to securing a loan for a new car, starting up your own business or taking out a mortgage. With seemingly everything being done online these days, checking your credit score is easier ...

Personal Loans vs. Credit Cards

If you’re in need of funds for a major purchase, an unexpected bill or smaller expenses, the two most common solutions are taking out a personal loan or putting the amount on a credit card. However, it’s important to choose ...

The Pros and Cons of Store Credit Cards

Chances are, you have been offered the opportunity to sign up for at least one store credit card while visiting a major retail chain. These offers are often quite tempting, promising you several exclusive benefits if you sign ...

What to Do When Your Credit Card is Compromised

Though you try to protect your vital information when shopping online, the risk of having your credit card information compromised is higher than ever. Even with advanced security protocols, you could find yourself a victim of ...

Perks of a Good Credit Score

Achieving and maintaining a good credit score will enable you to fund the major purchases that you’ve been dreaming about. Here are just some of the doors that having a positive credit history will open for you. More confidence ...

Monitoring Your Credit Report

Your credit report holds plenty of valuable information. It can help you understand your spending habits, lend insight into your creditworthiness, and perhaps most importantly, it can enable you to monitor your accounts for fraud. ...

Which Debt Should You Pay Off First?

Between credit cards, student loans, car loans and mortgages, you’re probably carrying some debt. On the surface, managing your debt can seem relatively easy — just make minimum payments. However, if you’d like to pay down ...