How to Get Your FICO Credit Score Online (Any Free FICO Score Options?)

Confession time.  At this time last year I’d never checked my FICO credit score. About 5-6 months ago I decided that your FICO score matters, and so I signed up for a free account at Credit Karma (at the time I didn’t know that Credit Karma doesn’t even give you your FICO credit score, but other credit scores) to help me monitor what’s happening with my credit.  Before that point, I’d never … [Read more...]

8 Ways We’ve Saved Money in the Last 8 Days

Every day most of us pursue opportunities to save money. The things listed below are really good ideas, and I think you should try them, too.  Other ideas are simply silly, but still things I do. 1.  I shaved with an electric razor and a blade razor. I love the feel of a blade razor.  I don’t know if my face is broken or what, but electric razors never seem to get a close enough shave.  … [Read more...]

Employers Look at Credit Reports | Ludicrous or Smart Business?

“I’m sorry, Mr. Ford, but we are going to be unable to hire you because of some negative activity on your credit report.” I think if I ever heard those words, I would cry foul. I’ve previously said that your credit score matters, but I’m only just starting to learn about how important they can be. Your Employer May Look at Your Credit Report The Wall Street Journal reports that 1 in 6 … [Read more...]

Giving Stories & Generous Christians Hunt + Roundup

As you may or may not know, I’m writing a book.  Actually, I’m doing more than writing a book.  I’m touching on the fringes of a breakthrough.  I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but I feel like I’m hot on the trail of getting a firm grasp of a financial call for Christians who want to take the next step towards generosity.  The writing and preparation process has been … [Read more...]

50 Personal Finance Questions |Get Help Setting the Right Financial Goals

I think everyone would be well served by breaking their lives into major categories and assigning goals for each category.  Fortunately, finances are one thing that already often get included in New Years Resolutions. To kick start the process, I’m going to ask you a lot of questions.  If you hesitate, put an * by that question and go back to it.  Spend some time thinking about and researching … [Read more...]

The Basics of a Credit Report

Understanding what's in your credit report can help you improve your credit rating, lower the costs of borrowing, and fix any mistakes on your report. This post will help you understand the very basics of credit reports: what's in your credit report, who can look at it, how often you should look at it, and how it's created. Once you know these basics, you'll be ready to start improving your … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Pay Off Your Debt ASAP

I don't think I know of anyone who likes being in debt. Do you? If you, or someone you know are trying to get out of debt, here are some ideas that will help. Prioritize The first thing you should do is figure out all the debts you have. Which debts have the highest interest rates? If it's from a credit card, call your creditors and work on getting the rate reduced. If they won't do it, tell … [Read more...]

How to Invest at Lending Club | A Guide for New Investors

I recently had a reader email with a follow-up question regarding p2p lending at Lending Club.  He essentially wanted to know how to invest at Lending Club. Here’s the question: Could you explain to me how lending club works as an investor? What type of initial investment is needed? Do you fund individuals or across the board? I thought the question would be good to address in this … [Read more...]

A Good Credit Score | Do You Buck the System or Play the Game?

Recently my interest in credit scores has been peaked.  I’ve done a little writing around the web on the topic, but not much here. How does applying for multiple credit cards impact your credit score? To be perfectly honest, up until two years ago everything I learned about credit scores came from one source, Dave Ramsey, and he doesn’t exactly have the heart of a teacher when it come to … [Read more...]

Credit Card Debt Problem? Essential Resources to Beat Credit Card Debt

Want to guess why Wal-mart is so popular?  One stop shopping.  People like going to one place to get everything.  That’s how valuable our time is. When I started to put together an article on credit card debt problems that so many people face, I decided to put all of my best ideas and thoughts down on paper and then collect other articles related to credit card debt so that you could use this … [Read more...]