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  • 10/19/11--07:20: How To Avoid Debit Card Fees
  • Last year congress passed a bill that empowered the Fed to cap the fees large banks charge retailers for debit card transactions.  As a result, big banks have lost a significant source of revenue and have responded by increasing the fees they charge their customers. By now you have probably heard all the commotion caused […]

    The post How To Avoid Debit Card Fees appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Contributor.

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    Convenience checks from your credit card company can certainly be convenient, but there are a ton of reasons why you should avoid using them. Here are a few.

    The post Here’s Why You Should Shred Those Credit Card Convenience Checks appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Contributor.

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    For maximum security when you travel, it's often a good idea to bring your credit card along. It can help you in cases of theft, help you to rack up reward points and more.

    The post Traveling This Summer? Don’t Forget Your Credit Card! appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Your financial habits are of immense interest to a number of people that you may not have realized including banks, insurers, landlords, your cable company and more.

    The post Avoiding Debt? You Still Need Good Credit appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Want to stop the flow of junk mail? The good news is that it's possible to do fairly easily.

    The post Tired Of Credit Card Offers? Take Your Name Off the Marketing Lists appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Regularly check your credit report for errors, and fix mistakes that you find. That way, you stand a better chance of having an accurate score that lenders are impressed with.

    The post How To Check Your Credit Report For Errors — And Get Mistakes Fixed appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Technology has been rapidly developing to the point that it’s possible to do almost anything with the help of a smart phone. You can get directions, pay your bills, and save coupons with the help of your smart phone. And, increasingly, your mobile device is getting to the point where it can be used as […]

    The post Should You Use Your Cell Phone As A Credit Card? appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Approximately 15 million people a year are victims of identity scams. The financial toll from these victimizations is near $50 billion. Identity theft is a growing epidemic around the world, and people need to learn how to protect themselves before they become victims without even knowing it. CBS published an article about a retired Connecticut […]

    The post The Real Cost Of Identity Theft appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Contributor.

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    One of the ways that you can stay on top of your finances is to track your credit score. While a credit score isn’t the be-all and end-all of your financial snapshot, it can still be rather helpful as you keep tabs on your overall financial situation. While it might cost you money to access […]

    The post Using Free Resources To Keep Tabs On Your Credit Score appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    About 5% of consumers who check their credit reports have found major errors, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Are those errors costing you?

    The post Are Credit Report Errors Costing You? appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Building good credit is a years-long process, while destroying credit only takes a few bad decisions. With this in mind, it’s important for new credit users to avoid the many mistakes which lead to bad credit scores. Too often it seems inexperienced credit cardholders underestimate the ease through which bad credit can be acquired. For […]

    The post How To Avoid Falling Into A Bad Credit Score appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Contributor.

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    Many consumers are aware that a credit score is an important part of their finances. But do you really know what affects your credit score?

    The post Do You Know What REALLY Affects Your Credit Score? appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Miranda Marquit.

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    Credit Sesame is a great free site that offers a free credit score, credit monitoring, fraud alerts and more. Here's what you can expect with Credit Sesame.

    The post Credit Sesame Will Give You A Free Credit Score (And Help You Find Better Loan Options) appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Mr. Money.

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    Dave Ramsey's 7 Baby Steps is a great plan for getting out of debt. Today we'll briefly run down all 7 baby steps.

    The post Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps To Getting Out Of Debt appeared first on Smart On Money and was written by Mr. Money.

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