Managing your own finances can be confusing. There is so much to keep up with, such as credit reports, credit scores, credit history, debt to income ratios, credit utilization ratios, and more. All of these factors can indicate how financially responsible you are to credit reporting agencies. The credit utilization ratio in particular is one … Continue reading What is a Good Credit Utilization Ratio?
Two of the most common debt repayment methods out there are the debt snowball vs. debt avalanche methods. Both methods work by speeding up the debt repayment process. But one method prioritizes the smallest balance first, while the other method prioritizes debt with the highest interest rate first. The goal is to stick with either … Continue reading Debt Snowball vs. Debt Avalanche
You’ve likely heard about the importance of building credit your whole adult life. But what does this actually mean? Simply, credit is the metric that lending institutions like banks use to measure your fiscal responsibility. Because of this, the concept of credit and credit cards seem pretty inextricably linked. But still, many don’t know how … Continue reading How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card
Did you know: 58% of bills sent to collection agencies are medical bills according to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. As you may be well aware, both paid and unpaid medical bills affect credit scores greatly. These debts can leave negative marks on your credit history for up to seven years and therefore make it … Continue reading How to Delete Medical Collections From Credit Report
Divorce proceedings will likely have you questioning many different things. Many couples are under the impression that debt incurred by one person is that person’s responsibility to pay off. Unfortunately, marriage (and divorce) changes this. Debt can complicate an already complicated situation. If you are considering divorce in Alabama, you may be wondering who is … Continue reading Who is Responsible For Credit Card Debt in Divorce?
Terms like credit utilization ratio and debt to income ratio may sound fancy, but all these ratios really do is give lenders an idea of how much debt you have on a monthly basis. Lenders generally look at these ratios to determine whether or not you’re a reliable borrower and whether or not you can … Continue reading What is a Good Debt to Income Ratio for a Mortgage?
Maybe you’re drowning in debt from medical bills and maxed out credit cards and now you’re experiencing debt collectors calling you at work. This may raise the question: can a debt collector call you at work? The short answer is yes, but only if you allow the debt collector to do so. The Fair Debt … Continue reading Can a Debt Collector Call You At Work?
Managing personal finances and building credit is incredibly overwhelming, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Debit and credit cards are crucial tools for making purchases and managing money. But what’s the difference between the two payment methods? Which one is good for building credit? And which one has the best fraud protection? … Continue reading Debit Card vs. Credit Card
In this economy, many of us are in the same boat: tiny paychecks and big expenses. Unexpected emergencies – such as medical crises, broken appliances, home or car damage, etc. – can make this situation so much worse. As a result, many Americans find themselves living paycheck to paycheck with lots of debt and poor … Continue reading How to Get Out of Debt With No Money and Bad Credit
Credit card churning is basically cheating the credit system. Through this strategy, you can potentially get credit card rewards like miles, points, and cash back. In a perfect world, free money has absolutely no downsides. But unfortunately, we live in an imperfect world where things like credit card churning can get you into major financial … Continue reading What is Credit Card Churning?