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Simple Strategies for Better Money Management

Smart money management is about more than understanding the math. That part is simple: Spend less than you earn, and invest early and often so compounding will make you rich when you’re old.

The numbers aren’t difficult, but the psychological and emotional hurdles that prevent most people from achieving their financial dreams are. It doesn’t have to be that way if you can stay on the right side of the mental issues surrounding your nest egg.

 

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9 fast fixes for your credit scores

So you’ve had a few problems getting the bills paid lately, and you’re wondering what you can do to repair the damage to your credit.

You’ve got plenty of company. Tens of millions of people in the United States have credit blemishes severe enough (and FICO credit scores under 620) to make obtaining loans and credit cards with reasonable terms difficult. Here’s 9 fast fixes to fix your credit score

 

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Do Credit Repair Services Really Work?

 

You’ve seen the ads claiming to be able to fix your bad credit, but do credit repair products really work? Honestly, many of the companies are a scam. But the credit repair services that have been around for a couple decades know the rules surrounding credit repair and know how to navigate those rules to either raise your credit score or give you your money back. That of course doesn’t mean that it works for everyone. There is no magical formula to raise your credit score in a hurry, but there are a few instances where credit repair can help you give your score a deserved bump.

 

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The 3 Biggest Credit Repair Scams Today and How to Avoid Them

 

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When people are watching out for scams, they rarely are worried about places looking to help them repair their credit. Still, financial scam expert Steven Weisman thinks that they ought to be.

Weisman, of Scamicide, points out that a credit report dictates more than just whether or not you can get a loan. “In many states, employers can look at these with regard to whether or not they want to hire you,” he explains, adding that they can also affect your ability to rent or even get insurance. “People get into trouble and want to see what they can do to fix it,” he says, adding that “some of what credit repair services will promise you is downright criminally fraudulent.”

 

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Can Credit Repair Companies Really Improve My Credit Report?

 

The answer is maybe — but they can’t do anything that you couldn’t do yourself, for free.

 

Anything on your report that’s bringing down your credit score is going to stay on, if it’s accurate information.

 

So if a credit repair company promises to remove negative information such as a bankruptcy or judgment, and they want money up front to do it — run. Credit experts say that only time, effort and a solid plan for repaying your debts will improve your credit-worthiness.

 

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Better Business Bureau: Advice on credit repair

 

As part of National Consumer Protection Week, which takes place March 2-8, the Minnesota Department of Commerce and Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota are partnering to offer consumers advice on companies offering credit repair services.

 

In Minnesota, the Department of Commerce regulates two types of firms offering credit repair services: credit service organizations and debt management companies.

 

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Credit Repair: How to Help Yourself

You see the ads in newspapers, on TV, and online. You hear them on the radio. You get fliers in the mail, email messages, and maybe even calls offering credit repair services. They all make the same claims:

“Credit problems? No problem!”

“We can remove bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and bad loans from your credit file forever!”

“We can erase your bad credit — 100% guaranteed.”

“Create a new credit identity — legally.”

 

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Repairing your credit: Go it alone or hire a credit repair company?

Every consumer who uses credit has a credit record — and is it ever powerful.

Every time you apply for credit or a loan, creditors obtain your credit record to verify your worthiness. But, the use of these reports has broadened. Insurance companies have begun to use them to determine premiums or deny coverage. Potential employers may even want to check out your credit worthiness.

 

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