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Constance is a former editor at Credit.com. Prior to joining us, she worked as a senior digital producer for CNBC, and digital producer for NBC Nightly News. Her work has been featured on news sites including MSN, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, MSNBC, Fox Business News and The Huffington Post.

Prepare for Holiday Shopping with These Timely Credit Tips

Credit Cards

Prepare for Holiday Shopping with These Timely Credit Tips

Prepare for Holiday Shopping with These Timely Credit Tips

According to a YouGov Parent Survey in 2019, a quarter of parents entered the 2019 holiday shopping seasonstill paying down debt related to 2018 holiday spending. Deloitte numbers put holidayretail salesgrowth in 2019 at 4.1% year-over-year. In 2020, Deloitte predicts growth of between 1% and 1.5% year-over-year for the holiday season. It might be that... Read More

I Can’t Pay My Rent This Month, What Are My Options?

Personal Finance

I Can’t Pay My Rent This Month, What Are My Options?

I Can’t Pay My Rent This Month, What Are My Options?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, housing is the most expensive budget item for average American households. It accounts for an average of 32% of all expenditures. With mortgage payments or rent drawing so heavily on consumer finances, it’s not surprising that sometimes people have to say, “I can’t pay my rent.” A sudden... Read More

Tax Breaks for Taking Care of Aging Parents

Taxes

Tax Breaks for Taking Care of Aging Parents

Tax Breaks for Taking Care of Aging Parents

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the IRS has extended the federal tax filing and payment deadline to July 15, 2020. The recent relief package passed by Congress may have additional tax implications. Please contact a tax adviser for information you may need to complete your taxes this year. Learn more. In 2015, 43.5... Read More

Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

Credit Cards

Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

Help! My Credit Card Company Closed My Account

Has your credit card been declined when you tried to pay something? Then you know how embarrassing it can be. You’ll probably assume that it was declined because of insufficient funds. But what if your credit card issuer completely shut down your account and you don’t have that credit limit? Sure, this doesn’t really happen that often. But it’s still... Read More

6 Luxury Travel Perks You Can Actually Afford

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6 Luxury Travel Perks You Can Actually Afford

6 Luxury Travel Perks You Can Actually Afford

There’s no denying the convenience of modern-day travel. But unless you’re flying first class, things can get a little cramped. How can you get a luxury travel experience without breaking the bank? Don’t worry—there are a few luxury travel perks you can use to make your time on the ground and in the air a... Read More

50 Things You Must Eat Before You Die

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50 Things You Must Eat Before You Die

50 Things You Must Eat Before You Die

There’s no truer adage than “everybody eats,” and most of what we eat from day to day is pretty pedestrian; just fuel to nourish our bodies so we can get on to the next task. But every now and then there’s a food that makes us pause and appreciate more than the flavors. It becomes... Read More

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