Archive for May, 2009

Identity Theft Protection

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Identity Theft ProtectionIdentity theft protection is critical in today’s society. Identity theft occurs when a dishonest person acquires your personal information, such as your social security number, and uses it to commit fraud.  Oftentimes, the identity thief will use this information to obtain a credit card in your name and go on a spending spree.  Once your identity has been stolen, getting things straightened out can be a time consuming and difficult process.  Obviously, identity theft protection on the front end is better than having to clean up the mess from identity theft on the back end. Read the rest of this entry »

Rewards Credit Cards

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

rewards credit cardsI’m a big believer in rewards credit cards, because if you use them wisely, you can get some great free stuff.  Over the years, I’ve gotten more great free stuff than I can name from using rewards credit cards.  A small sample includes two trips to Hawaii, a trip to New York, countless free hotel stays in various cities, free meals, gift cards, cash back, and more.  You get the point.  These rewards credit cards have enabled me to do things I wouldn’t have done otherwise.  For example, it’s a lot easier to justify a trip to Hawaii if the airfare and hotel are free.

But there’s one big caution you have to keep in mind with rewards credit cards.  Read the rest of this entry »

30 Year Mortgages – The Best Option for Most People

Monday, May 11th, 2009
30 Year Mortgages

30 Year Mortgages are the most popular mortgages today. Still, if you are in the market for a new mortgage, either because you are buying a new home, or because you are refinancing your existing mortgage, there is one question you will very likely face.  “Should I get a 30 year mortgage or a 15 year mortgage?”  It’s a question that homeowners have been facing for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Raise Your Credit Score

Thursday, May 7th, 2009
How to Raise Your Credit Score

If your credit score is negatively affecting your ability to get credit on favorable terms, there are some straightforward steps on how to raise your credit score dramatically.  A high credit score will make it easier to qualify for mortgages, car loans, and credit cards, and will also help you to get lower interest rates on those loans.  So if your credit score needs a boost, here are four strategies to improve it.  Read the rest of this entry »

Auto Insurance

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
Auto Insurance

Auto insurance is required by law in most states, but deciding which types of auto insurance coverage to purchase can be a confusing process.  But being properly insured is an important part of protecting your financial position, so let’s take a look at the primary types of auto insurance. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Credit Score

Monday, May 4th, 2009
Free Credit Score

Credit scores can be confusing.  Virtually everyone has a credit score, but most people don’t know what their credit score is, or what constitutes a good credit score vs. a bad one.  In a nutshell, credit scores typically fall in a range between 350 and 850.  Credit scores above 700 are considered very good (the higher the better), while credit scores below 600 are generally viewed as pretty bad.  Credit scores between 600 and 700 are marginal, meaning you may still be able to be approved for credit, but it will likely cost you more than it would if you had a high credit score. So if your credit score is in this marginal range, you want it to be as close to 700 as possible.

So how can you find out what your credit score is?  Read the rest of this entry »