How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

Building Credit

How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

How to Start Building Credit Once You Turn 18

Good credit is crucial to unlocking many financial opportunities in life. When you have a great credit score, you can get lower interest rates on car loans, credit cards and mortgages. Some employers and landlords even check credit reports before they make a job offer or approve a resident application. While developing a solid credit history... Read More

How Do CDs Work?

Savings Accounts

How Do CDs Work?

How Do CDs Work?

A certificate of deposit, more commonly known as a CD, is a special type of savings account. You deposit your money into the account and agree not to make any withdrawals for a certain period of time. At the end of that time, you get your money plus whatever was earned in interest back. Want... Read More

Back to School Financial Prep for Students

Personal Finance

Back to School Financial Prep for Students

Back to School Financial Prep for Students

Did you know that the average household in America pays almost $700 in preparation for going back to school? That money covers a wide range of purchases, including supplies, technology items, clothing and shoes. Depending on your age and your family’s financial situation, your parents are probably covering all your school expenses so far. Or, if you’re... Read More

10 Proven Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

Insurance

10 Proven Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

10 Proven Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

We’ve heard the insurance tagline over and over: “Switch and save money today.” Every insurance company claims to have the best deal. But, how can you get a good deal while maintaining the appropriate amount of coverage? We’ve got you covered—literally, and with no extra cost to you. Check out these ten ways to help... Read More

12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money

Making Money

12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money

12 Jobs Working with Animals That Pay Good Money

Love the idea of working with animals, but don’t have the resources or desire to go through vet school? You can still put your love of pets or wildlife to work in your career. Here are twelve jobs working with animals that can pay the bills for any animal lover. 1. Groomer Groomers help pets... Read More

10 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

Building Credit

10 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

10 Ways to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

Credit cards are a great tool for building credit. They’re easy to use, offer flexibility, and sometimes even reward you for using them. Most also directly impact your credit score and are used by many people to begin building their credit profile. But what if you don’t want a credit card or are having trouble... Read More

Need a Little ExtraCredit? We Can Help

Personal Finance

Need a Little ExtraCredit? We Can Help

Need a Little ExtraCredit? We Can Help

We all know that we learn and change as we go through different stages of life. But did you know that our credit score changes right along with us? So the attention and care we give to our credit score needs to change, too. You probably have a score in mind that’ll be the perfect score... Read More

Is Venmo a Safer Online Payment Options Than Competitors?

Personal Finance

Is Venmo a Safer Online Payment Options Than Competitors?

Is Venmo a Safer Online Payment Options Than Competitors?

Total Venmo payments rose from $6.8 billion in the first quarter of 2017 to $31 billion in the first quarter of 2020. That’s more than a 350% increase for the rising P2P payment app. P2P stands for person-to-person, and payment apps like Venmo specialize in this niche. With Venmo, you can easily pay people back... Read More

Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

Credit Score

Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

Experian Credit Score vs. FICO Score

When you think “credit score,” you probably think “FICO.” The Fair Isaac Corporation introduced its FICO scoring system in 1989, and it has since become one of the best-known and most-used credit scoring models in the United States. But it isn’t the only model on the market. Another popular option is called VantageScore, the product... Read More

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