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How to Maintain Good Credit if You’ve Been Laid Off

November 5, 2020Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert 2020 has put a lot of people in financial positions they never imagined being in. Entire industries have dried up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and even the most reliable jobs now carry the risk of being laid off or furloughed.Those who have never been in this situation might be worried about …

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Best Alternative to Payday Loans

June 11, 2020Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert Payday loans ge a lot of flack – and rightfully so. They have outrageous interest rates and often use predatory practices to lure in financially vulnerable borrowers.  But if you think avoiding payday loans is easy, you’ve probably never been in a situation where you need money immediately. When you live paycheck to paycheck, …

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Credit for Kids

May 21, 2020Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert If you take an informal survey of people struggling to manage their finances as adults, they’ll probably have one thing in common. Disregarding any socioeconomic factors, there’s a good chance they had very little personal finance education as children.It’s not surprising that 36% of college students have managed to rack up some amount of credit …

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What is a Credit Builder Loan?

April 7, 2020Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert Starting from the bottom is always hard. With no upward momentum, just getting started can feel like a monumental task.That holds especially true for your finances. Money tends to make more money, and good credit lends itself to even better credit. All the best loan products – credit cards, mortgages and personal loans, for example …

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How to Shop for a Mortgage Without Hurting Your Credit

January 7, 2020Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert How to Shop for a Mortgage Without Hurting Your CreditWhether you’re buying a new home or refinancing an existing mortgage, shopping around for a good interest rate might save you money. At the very least, rate shopping can help you confirm you’re getting a good deal. But there’s an art to shopping for a mortgage …

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Do Medical Bills Damage Credit Scores?

November 12, 2019Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert Lenders use credit scores to help predict risk. Credit scores are designed to calculate the odds that you’ll become 90 days late (or more) on any credit obligation within the next 24 months. The more likely it is that you might pay something 90 days late within that time frame, the lower your scores …

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How to Add Positive Information to Your Credit Reports

October 8, 2019Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert It’s important to make sure the information on your three credit reports is accurate. Errors and mistakes on your credit reports can potentially hurt your credit scores and make it difficult or even impossible to qualify for new financing when you need it. But what if positive information is missing from your credit reports? Is …

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Should You Use a Credit Card or a Debit Card?

August 21, 2019Shawn LaneConsumer Credit Expert When it comes to credit cards, people have strong opinions. You’re probably either a fan of credit cards and the perks they provide, or you may prefer not to use them at all. If you’ve ever struggled with credit card debt in the past, you may be afraid to trust yourself with them again. But …