A $2,000 balance on your credit card – how did that happen? (Oh yes, dinner at Chez Fifi, new tires, school clothes for the kids…) Thankfully the minimum payment is only $38. You can afford that!
My husband and I got into some financial trouble several years ago due to a job loss. We watched our credit card bills grow and our credit scores tank. It was a depressing time in our lives.
So we put away all the credit cards and changed to a cash-only lifestyle. Though it took a few years, my credit score is very close to 800 now. I went from being unable to qualify for credit to purchase a badly-needed new refrigerator, to opening up a mailbox full of credit card offers. I sleep much better now than I did then. Life is definitely much better with a good credit score.
You thought you were being responsible by making the minimum payment on your credit card a month early, so you're surprised — and peeved, let's be frank — when a late fee appears on the following month's statement.
Do you get a cold, clammy feeling when you think of your credit card bills? You’re not alone. According to Experian, the average American carries a credit card balance of $6,354. Heightened anxiety is only one sign that you may have bitten off a bigger bite of plastic than you can chew.
Topics: Credit Card
If you've been working to boost your credit score or researching auto loans, you've probably come across the phrases "hard inquiry" and "soft inquiry" in relation to your credit report. What makes one inquiry "hard" and the other "soft," and why is knowing the difference important for your financial health?
750.670. 620. 575. You may not think about them every day, but the three digits that make up your credit score along with your credit report influence your life in many ways. They affect the cost of credit you receive, your ability to rent or buy a home, the insurance rates you pay, and even the jobs you can get. By understanding the reporting and scoring process, you're better equipped to build a stellar credit profile.
Holiday shoppers have been careful each holiday season to make their lists and check them twice. Budgets have become more discerning, and savers have become better planners for their holiday spending, prioritizing savings along the way.
Just the other day while I was out shopping, the woman standing next to me at the registers went to grab her credit card and realized her wallet was missing. I saw the look of panic on her face and remembered how I felt when my wallet was stolen. So many things run through your mind that you’re not quite sure what to do first.
Here’s my advice: Don’t Panic!
Topics: Credit Card
Several years ago, a thick envelope landed in my mailbox. Its return address was that of the hospital where I’d been receiving treatment. Upon opening the envelope, I was horrified that it contained not only my own medical records, but those of twelve other patients, along with our insurance claims. For some unknown reason, the hospital had put my address on the envelope instead of the claims processor’s address.
I promptly called the hospital to report the erroneous mailing and was instructed to destroy the records, which included patient names, addresses, and their own detailed health information. Several months later, I received a letter from the hospital offering me a year’s worth of free credit protection because of their mistake. What did the hospital do beyond that to secure these wayward records? Nothing. They took my word for it that I'd destroyed the mailing. What if those records had gotten into the hands of someone who wasn't diligent and trustworthy?
You’ve read the headlines: In the last week, the U.S. prime lending rate was raised from 5.0% to 5.25%. This rate is used by many banks as an index to set their own interest rates for consumer loan products like home equity lines of credit, auto loans, and credit cards. When the prime rate goes up, so do the interest rates on their products.
As a Hanscom Federal Credit Union credit card holder, what does this increase mean for you?
Topics: Credit Card