4 Ways to Stop Holiday Shopping From Making You a Grinch

4 Ways to Stop Holiday Shopping From Making You a Grinch

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4 Ways to Stop Holiday Shopping From Making You a Grinch
Consumers need to be vigilant all year-round to keep their credit safe from fraud when shopping — And the need to monitor gets magnified during the holiday season, when we tend to spend considerably more than the rest of the year. Whether you're …
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Credit Score Wellness

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Credit Score Wellness
Every year, millions of people set goals and resolutions to become more fit. Many of these aspirations have to do with losing weight, eating better, or just becoming a healthier person in general. This year, Kohler Credit Union is paving the way for people like you to become fit… when it comes to your finances […]
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Credit explained: Understanding how to improve your credit score

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Credit explained: Understanding how to improve your credit score
If you're looking to buy a home this summer, spring is a good time to evaluate your credit score. That three digit number is one of the most important factors in qualifying for a home loan. Thursday, Brenda Miernyk, Area Sales Manager of Wells Fargo …
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Election Roundtable: How to protect yourself from identity theft

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Election Roundtable: How to protect yourself from identity theft
A play on the name of the agency — the Commision on Elections (Comelec) — that is at the center of a controversy created by the leak of data it gathered from registered voters, personal data that has since been downloaded first by Lulzsec.ph and then …
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Five simple tips to boost and improve your credit score

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Five simple tips to boost and improve your credit score
So much of our lives are tied to three little numbers, our credit score. Whether you're buying a car, searching for a new job or looking to buy a house, your credit score could mean the difference between success and failure. Whether you just need a …
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7 money habits that annoy your spouse

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7 money habits that annoy your spouse
Your spouse likely has a few money habits that annoy you. And there are probably a few things about the way you handle finances that get on your spouse's nerves. Unfortunately, these annoyances can lead to major conflicts. "These issues can be very …
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Tips for Buying a Car in Arcadia Based on Your Credit Score

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Tips for Buying a Car in Arcadia Based on Your Credit Score
This content is brought to you by Foothill Credit Union. Foothill Credit Union is a local financial institution dedicated to improving its members' financial well-being. Commuting to Pasadena or getting around L.A. isn't easy and can prove impossible …
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How Having Different Types of Credit Will Increase Your Credit Score

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How Having Different Types of Credit Will Increase Your Credit Score
FICO Score. Is FICO Still the Standard in Credit Scoring? This Easy Trick Will Improve Your Credit Score and Avoid Late Payments · How to Successfully Follow the Authorized User Credit Score Strategy · How to Improve Your Credit Score Using Your Utilities.
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What You Need to Know About Settling a Credit Card Debt

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What You Need to Know About Settling a Credit Card Debt
(If this happens to you, read our guide on how to improve your credit score.) Viale said most creditors will offer a settlement for 50 to 70 cents on the dollar of what you owe. Even though you won't pay the full amount of your debt, you'll need to …
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Your Webcam Could Be Spying on You and You Can Stop It

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Your Webcam Could Be Spying on You and You Can Stop It
If the past year has taught consumers anything, it's that identity thieves, fraudsters and scammers are on the prowl, going after any information they can use to make a buck. But the intrusions don't stop there. If the thought of being the unwitting …
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You're Not Stuck With Bad Credit Forever, Study Finds

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You're Not Stuck With Bad Credit Forever, Study Finds
Your credit score isn't like your family; you aren't stuck with it forever. In fact, credit scores are quite fluid, as a recent study from VantageScore Solutions shows. The study looked at the credit scores of 2 million consumers between 2011 and 2013 …
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3 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score

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3 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score
Move over GPA, there's another number that has an even greater effect on your lifestyle and future now that you're out in the real world—your credit score. That 3-digit number—calculated based on your credit mix, payment history and debt load—plays …
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Unexpected Ways To Hurt Your Credit Score

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Unexpected Ways To Hurt Your Credit Score
There's a good chance you know the big line items that can tank your credit score — bankruptcy, foreclosures. But there are some other ways you may not be aware of. The exact effects will vary depending on your full credit profile but experts say you …
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7 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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7 Easy Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft
You've heard the horror stories from friends and neighbors, or maybe you've lived through some yourself: In 2015, 13.1 million Americans had their identity stolen, the highest number in six years. Victims, including consumers, banks and others, lost …
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Magic Number: The Ideal Credit Score For Securing A Mortgage

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Magic Number: The Ideal Credit Score For Securing A Mortgage
How to improve your credit score. Whether your score is too low to secure a mortgage or you'd rather use available funds to fix your financial situation (instead of putting it toward a larger down payment), there are steps you can take today to start …
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31 ways you're ruining your credit

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31 ways you're ruining your credit
Choosing to avoid credit after a bankruptcy can backfire. “When you do nothing after a bankruptcy, the credit score stays low,” Kelly said. Instead, get a secured credit card — which will have a credit limit based on an amount you deposit with the …
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What to expect from your identity monitoring service

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What to expect from your identity monitoring service
When you sign up for LifeLock, credit monitoring is just the beginning. LifeLock has plans that also monitor other places that thieves might misuse your information, such as your bank accounts, black market sites, payday loan companies, public court …
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The pros and cons of automatic bill payments

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The pros and cons of automatic bill payments
Automatic bill payments can make paying your electric and phone bill more convenient, but they still require regular maintenance in order to be sure the right amounts are getting transferred at the right time.
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Four Strategies to Recovering Charge-Offs

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Four Strategies to Recovering Charge-Offs
“We actually do periodic seminars on how to improve your credit score,” Stoppel explained. “We give members their credit reports and their scores. Usually, it's in a group setting, so we don't especially sit down with them. After the seminars, we do …
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How to Protect Yourself From Tax-Identity Theft

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How to Protect Yourself From Tax-Identity Theft
GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS: A new form of theft has become a cause for alarm among e-filers, after certain e-filers began receiving “return not accepted” messages from the Internal Revenue Service. Others have realized they had been scammed when they …
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Auburn-area community calendar | March 2

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Auburn-area community calendar | March 2
Financial literacy for veterans and general public: 6 p.m. March 16, Auburn Senior Activity Center, Millennium Room 1, 808 Ninth St. SE. Learn how to improve your credit score, navigate your finances, deal with expenses, establish a plan for …
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Community Briefs

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Community Briefs
Trish Adams of Dream Builders Realty and Jill Burgess of Peoples Home Equity will discuss the home buying process, down payment assistance options, credit score guidelines; how to improve your credit score and more. To register, call (336) 275-6090.
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Plenty of Toronto holiday concerts on tap

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Plenty of Toronto holiday concerts on tap
Joseph Resendes conducts the East York Concert Band during a Christmas concert last year at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 345. The East York Concert Band performs Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. in the main banquet hall of St. Clement of Ohrid …
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Protect Yourself from Tax-Related Identity Theft This Tax Season

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Protect Yourself from Tax-Related Identity Theft This Tax Season
Fortunately, there are some common-sense steps you can take to protect yourself from identity theft. How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft. Remember that scams involving people impersonating the IRS are on the rise, especially this time of year …
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Check your credit for free on Feb. 2

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Check your credit for free on Feb. 2
The Federal Trade Commission reports that only one out of every three Wisconsin adults checks their free credit report each year, making Wisconsin the sixth lowest of all the states. The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report …
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Protect Yourself From Identity Theft, Tax Fraud

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Protect Yourself From Identity Theft, Tax Fraud
Millions of people are at risk of someone else filing their taxes and stealing their returns. One local man tells what happened to him. "It's been quite a headache," he said. (Published Monday, Feb. 22, 2016). About 17.5 million people are victims of …
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Auburn-area community calendar | Feb. 24

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Auburn-area community calendar | Feb. 24
Financial literacy for veterans and general public: 6 p.m. March 16, Auburn Senior Activity Center, Millennium Room 1, 808 Ninth St. SE. Learn how to improve your credit score, navigate your finances, deal with expenses, establish a plan for …
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