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Being in college can be hazardous to your financial health. Part of the college experience is struggling to pay bills or make ends meet, but there are ways to offset that besides eating ramen every night. You can earn extra money in college by taking on various part-time jobs or internships, and these can also [...]

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It’s just about time for the fall semester to begin, and a number of students are heading off to college for the first time. For many of these students, financial education is something that was not a priority. It’s never too late to learn about budgeting and credit card debt, however. We’ve put together a list of [...]

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talking cents guy

DEAR TALKING CENTS GUY, I am recently divorced after ten years of marriage. We luckily do not have children, and though the split was amicable, I am realizing that being single is a lot scarier than I thought it would be. We got married so young (at 22) that I never had to live on [...]

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It’s that time of the year again…time to check your credit report. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recommends that you check your credit report at least once a year to make sure that all of the information is accurate and up-to-date and that there are no errors that could keep you from getting credit or [...]

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You can’t get a credit card or loan without a decent credit score. You can raise your credit score without building a strong credit history. You can’t build a history without getting a credit card or a loan. It’s a vicious cycle that many consumers find themselves in. If you find yourself in such a scenario, [...]

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Credit cards

Before signing up for a credit card, it’s important to understand the terms and conditions associated with each card. Do you really understand what interest rates and minimum payments are, for example? What are the credit card terms for each card that you hold? Credit card terms must be fully understood – even if they [...]

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Americans were budget and money conscious with their tax returns this year, according to last month’s poll. The online survey revealed that 69 percent of American consumers used their tax refund to pay down debt and get ahead on monthly expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments, while only 16 percent splurged and bought [...]

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talking cents guy

Dear Talking Cents Guy, I graduated from an expensive liberal arts college five years ago, and I’ve been struggling to pay off my student loans. I worked a string of low-paying entry-level jobs and to make my student loan payments (I could only defer them for so long), I had to prioritize my funds and [...]

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Dear Talking Cents Guy: I have a number of credit cards with debt on each of them. I cannot afford to pay the minimum payments but still want to pay something. Should I first cancel the cards? I have been not using them for about a month to try to curb spending. We have cut down [...]

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After the big Target data security breach, a number of other retailers came forward to admit that they too had similar problems – Nordstrom, Michael’s, etc. American Consumer Credit Counseling polled readers to find out if they had trust issues with retailers, and the results were indicative of a less trustful set of consumers.

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