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5 Big Mistakes Even Smart People Make with Credit Cards

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Mar 30, 2019 1:39:24 PM

Despite the popularity of credit card accounts, it’s easy to for holders to make mistakes that can cost them money. These are the top blunders to avoid:

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, Credit Card

Reduce Credit Card Debt FAST in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 29, 2019 10:09:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, Credit Card

9 Benefits of Having a Good Credit Score

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Jan 22, 2019 8:03:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Credit Score, Credit Card

What You Need to Know Before You Pay Your Credit Card Early

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 15, 2019 9:14:35 AM

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.

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Topics: Online Banking, Credit Card, budget

What to Do When You're in a Credit Crisis

Posted by MoneyWisdom Newsletter on Jan 11, 2019 6:33:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Credit Card

Credit Know-how: The Difference Between a Soft and a Hard Inquiry

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 2, 2019 2:30:00 PM

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?

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Topics: Credit Score, Credit Card

The 4 Sections of Your Credit Report

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 26, 2018 4:42:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Credit Score, Credit Card

5 Steps to a New Financial You in 2019

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 30, 2018 7:24:00 AM


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.

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Topics: Money Management, Debt, Credit Card

Don’t Panic if You Lose Your Credit Card

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 27, 2018 7:23:00 AM

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!

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Topics: Credit Card

What to Do After a Data Breach

Posted by Diana Burrell on Oct 15, 2018 9:20:23 AM

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?

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Topics: Online Banking, Credit Card, security

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