Category Archives: Debt

Open Letter to Congress: Stay Away from Business Credit Cards

I was shocked and then disappointed when I read the title of a recent WSJ article, “Lawmakers Urge Crackdown on Business Cards.”  The Author, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, sums up the request from the usual players in the world of “Americans are too stupid to take care of themselves” A group of four U.S. Senate Democrats, including

Your Credit Score Matters So Check it for Free with Credit Sesame

If you every plan on buying a house, car, applying for student loans, applying for a credit car your Credit Score matters. Even if you aren’t in the need of debt any time soon one should take responsibility, and, at the very least, have an idea as to what their score is.  I have come across a

How To Choose A Credit Card For Newbies

Choosing a credit card for the first time can be a confusing and bewildering process. What should you look for? How do you make the best credit card choice for you? There are so many credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover – and the wrong choice can cost you a lot of money.

How Does a Balance Transfer Work?

A balance transfer credit card can be a tricky proposition, and if you aren’t familiar with the process, it can cost you money. It’s not complicated to transfer a balance from one credit card to another; a 0% balance transfer can even save you much, but there are issues you should be aware of before

The Very First Step When Eliminating Debt

The Very First Step When Eliminating Debt

This past weekend, I was involved in two separate conversations regarding debt repayment.  Interestingly both conversations concerned married couples that despite varied lengths of marriage had failed the first step when it came to destroying debt.   The very first step in getting rid of debt is actually knowing exactly how much you owe to creditors.

Has the Credit CARD Act Benefitted Consumers?

Has the Credit CARD Act Benefitted Consumers?

It’s just over a year since the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act came into effect but has it heralded a change for the better for credit card users? The bill was introduced to limit the ways in which credit card companies could charge consumers and though it was first passed in the