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What is a Judgment?

What is a Judgment?

What is a Judgment?

Advertiser Disclosure A judgment is an order issued by a court of law. When you borrow money, you are legally required to repay the debt. This includes opening a credit card account, getting a line of credit from your bank and obtaining financing for a big purchase. You can also become indebted to service providers.... Read More

How to Get Out of a Lease: 7 Steps You Can Take

How to Get Out of a Lease: 7 Steps You Can Take

How to Get Out of a Lease: 7 Steps You Can Take

Advertiser Disclosure Whether you’re renting an apartment, house or duplex, your home should feel like a safe place—one that’s comfortable and secure. But what if something happens that makes your apartment unsafe? Or what if you can’t make your rent? Maybe you need to break your lease, and don’t know what to do. If you’re... Read More

10 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Business Finances

10 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Business Finances

10 Ways to Stay on Top of Your Business Finances

Advertiser Disclosure Understanding the state of your finances is a crucial aspect of running a business, no matter whether it’s big or small. Businessowners need to make sure that the money keeps flowing. Besides, it’s important to be able to prepare for any debts, emergency, or unforeseen events. Ignoring financial management can lead to severe... Read More

Can Debt Collectors Take Your COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

Can Debt Collectors Take Your COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

Can Debt Collectors Take Your COVID-19 Stimulus Check?

Advertiser Disclosure The federal government passed the CARES Act in March 2020 in response to the economic need created by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. And while the act prohibits stimulus money from being taken to settle certain obligations, not all debts are protected. Find out more below. About the 2020 Stimulus Checks As part of... Read More

What to Know About Medical Bills Sent to Collections

What to Know About Medical Bills Sent to Collections

What to Know About Medical Bills Sent to Collections

Advertiser Disclosure If you think you’re immune to damage from a collection account on your credit report because you pay your bills on time, think again. Medical bills that you don’t know about could be hurting your credit—and the odds are not in your favor. In fact, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that around... Read More

What to Do When You Lose Your Health Insurance

What to Do When You Lose Your Health Insurance

What to Do When You Lose Your Health Insurance

Advertiser Disclosure Losing your job is stressful. Losing your health insurance on top of that is even worse. And whether you have health concerns now or want to safeguard yourself and family for the future, you might be worried about how to cover medical expenses if you’re out of work. Find out what to do... Read More

How to Prepare for a Recession

How to Prepare for a Recession

How to Prepare for a Recession

Advertiser Disclosure According to many economists, the US has entered a recession, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Already dubbed the Great Lockdown, this recession has the potential to affect the global economy. No one can really predict when a recession will hit, but data shows that the US experiences recession, on average, every three... Read More

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

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

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

Advertiser Disclosure 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.”... Read More

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

How to Get Unemployment Benefits

Advertiser Disclosure For millions of Americans, unemployment benefits provide a lifeline during a difficult time. But collecting those benefits isn’t always simple. Unemployment claims are often denied, sometimes for avoidable reasons. Find out more how to increase the chance you get those needed benefits. What Are Unemployment Benefits? Americans who find themselves without a job... Read More

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