Curtis Arnold, founder of Cardratings.com, passes along techniques he has used to escape credit card debt, "creatively finance" his wedding, car, and home purchases, and earn thousands in credit card "perks" every year. Along the way, he offers advice targeted to young…
Managing Money Topic: Credit
A listing of news items, events, books, and publications on credit.
- July 01, 2015 Why you should let your kids play with real cash
- June 29, 2015 Who is acting in U.S. retirees’ best interests?
- June 29, 2015 Can alternative credit scoring models help millions of consumers?
- June 25, 2015 Consumers gain access to the ‘heart’ of CFPB complaints
- June 15, 2015 Cheers to dads who are financial role models
CA News & Special Reports
2012 Fall Issue: Credit Card Comparison Site Survey Consumer Action looked at 54 sites to determine which ones offer the most useful and complete information to credit card shoppers. To narrow the list, we evaluated them using a checklist of key elements—and 13 met all or most of our criteria. Three sites met all nine criteria. ( Wednesday, October 31, 2012 )
Five Recent Publications
A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card. A prepaid card that charges low fees, comes with desirable features and offers strong consumer protections can be a good choice for many consumers. This publication will help you learn how to compare your options and choose the best prepaid card for your needs.
Paying with Plastic or paper A Consumer Action introduction to payment cards. This 2-page fact sheet explains the differences between credit, charge, debit, prepaid and gift cards. It can help you choose the best option for every transaction.
How to send money home Tips for transferring money abroad. Many immigrants send some of their earnings to relatives and friends in their home countries. There are several ways to transfer money to recipients outside the U.S., and different types of financial services and products can help you with this task.
Personal Bankruptcy - Your financial fresh start (Spanish). Las leyes sobre quiebras fueron ratificadas para permitirle a la gente comenzar de nuevo, y para otorgarle a los consumidores abrumados por la deuda una manera organizada y sistemática de pagar a sus acreedores. Esta publicación detalla las nuevas reglas para declarar la quiebra personal que entraron en vigencia en octubre de 2005.
Teens & Money - Talking to teens about money (Korean). 24페이로 구성된 이 소책자는 일, 예산, 구매에 있어서 필요한 것과 원하는 것 구분, 은행 이용, 개인 수표 사용, 저축, 신용 카드, 신용 보고서, 운전과 휴대폰 등의 여러가지 주제에 대해 설명하고 있으며 부모들을 위해 만들어 졌지만 청소년들에게도 도움이 될 수 있습니다. 이 소책자는 또한 주간 지출 분석, 월급 명세서, 비교구매를 통한 절약, 개인 수표 사용 등에 대한 예와 삽화를 싣고 있으며 부모들과 자녀들에게 도움을 줄 수 있는 웹 사이트들에 대해서도 안내히고 있습니다.
This 24-page booklet is designed primarily for parents but may also be useful for older teens. It covers many topics, including working, budgeting, figuring out if a purchase is a "need" or a "want," banking, writing checks, savings, credit cards, credit reports, driving and cell phones. The booklet contains illustrations and examples of a weekly spending evaluation, a paycheck stub, how comparison shopping can save money and how to write a check. It also contains a list of helpful web sites for parents and kids.
Liz Pulliam Weston is a personal finance columnist whose twice-weekly columns for MSN Money reach more than six million people each month. In her new book she provides a complete action plan for improving your credit score. Credit scores—numbers that sum up your credit…
The U.S. credit reporting system keeps detailed financial histories on more than 200 million Americans. Evan Hendricks' Credit Scores & Credit Reports is a well-informed, informative, and well-written guide to a subject of great and growing importance to consumers. Hendricks, a foremost privacy expert,…
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