Have you ever wondered how to get a perfect credit score? So MUCH of what we buy or finance depends on our creditworthiness. Everything from which type of credit card rewards you enjoy to your mortgage is determined by this one score. So it's definitely not something to be taken lightly! Recently I applied for my fourth credit card in the past 12 months. I've been doing this to get tons of rewards points that I can then use for travel. Last summer, we were able to take two incredible vacations and saved almost $5,000 in the process! Whenever I tell people I'm applying for this many credit cards, the thing I always hear is "you're going to kill your credit score!" ... Will I? Don't be so sure ... As of the writing of this … [Read more...] about How To Get a Perfect Credit Score & How You Can Improve Yours
How to Remove Disputes from Credit Report History and Get a Higher Score
It is always a good idea to keep an eye on your credit score and credit report. I have been been doing my homework in this area, and I am thrilled to report that my credit score has risen dramatically due to some simple efforts I made. Here’s what was holding me back. I’m pretty conscientious when it comes to paying my bills on time. But a year ago my wife and I moved to a new city. Though we canceled our utility accounts only after the final balances had been paid, my credit report showed an unpaid partial month. Because we changed addresses twice in 3 months, I guess written confirmation never found me, and we were never notified any other way. I only noticed the negative mark on my credit report when I checked … [Read more...] about How to Remove Disputes from Credit Report History and Get a Higher Score
How to Pay Off Debt Fast in 10 Easy Ways
The below article was composed by contributor Elaine McPartland. If you are interested in writing for My Money Design, please feel free to contact me. Debt, in general, can be extremely difficult to get a handle on. Between the misleading terms and harassing creditors, you may feel lost in a sea of uncertainty. Fortunately, there are ten easy ways for how to pay off debt fast that you can tackle and attain financial liberation once and for all. … [Read more...] about How to Pay Off Debt Fast in 10 Easy Ways
How Does Bankruptcy Work? What You Should Know Before and After Filing
Although it may end some of your financial troubles, filing for bankruptcy is not just something that you do once and the work is over. In fact, unless you want to file repeatedly throughout your life, the real work begins after your debts are discharged. Asking how does bankruptcy work is a question that few people ever really take the time to understand, but they should so they can save their finances. If you don't have debts like student loans or overdue taxes, you may get your debt balance reset to zero, but if you remain in an impossible financial situation then the relief is only temporary. … [Read more...] about How Does Bankruptcy Work? What You Should Know Before and After Filing
How to Clear Credit Card Debt By Clawing Your Way Out
This post was written by Kevin Donovan from financialupdate.org.uk. He often writes about how the decisions made by politicians and bankers affect our daily lives and the ability to cope with the economic stress of an ever more debt ridden world. Every day we see large companies take large substantial hits. This one to wonder: If they can’t survive this bleak economic climate, how can we? … [Read more...] about How to Clear Credit Card Debt By Clawing Your Way Out
How Much Could You Save Paying 0% Interest Using Balance Transfer Credit Cards?
If you have credit card debt, balance transfer credit cards are kind of an incredible option to help you. And odds are you probably know nothing about them... … [Read more...] about How Much Could You Save Paying 0% Interest Using Balance Transfer Credit Cards?
My Nine-Year-Old Daughter Received a Credit Card Offer
I thought I would have a few more years until I had to deal with this, but the other day I was shocked to see that my nine-year-old daughter received a credit card offer in the mail for a student account. I have no idea where they got her information because everything that she is signed up for is in either me or my wife’s name and email address. Naturally the Papa Bear instincts kicked in and I called the credit card company. Thankfully when I told them her age they quickly realized they had made a mistake, apologized, and took her name off their list for any future offers. The service rep could not answer how her name got there on the credit card offer list in the first place. I was glad to see that at a minimum her credit card … [Read more...] about My Nine-Year-Old Daughter Received a Credit Card Offer
Props to Chase Freedom’s Fraud Protection Service
I was almost the victim of identify theft. On the evening of Dec 23, I received a call from the Chase Freedom Visa Card Fraud Protection alerting me that someone had tried to buy almost $500 worth of goods from a Macy’s in California. Because I live in Michigan, the purchase was quickly red-flagged and denied. Fortunately, I was spared. The phone call with Chase was quick and painless. They asked me which transactions I’d like to dispute, closed my old account, and told me I’d have a new card with a new number within a matter of days. … [Read more...] about Props to Chase Freedom’s Fraud Protection Service