Sarah Sharkey

01/28/2023
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Want to Protect Your Credit? Try a Savings Challenge

Building more protection for your credit score is just one of many ways that a savings challenge can improve your finances. We’ll take a closer look at the top savings challenges.
01/20/2023
Financial checklist

Checklist to Prepare Your Personal Finances in the New Year

As the new year rolls around, it’s a great time to set yourself up for financial success. With the right financial moves, you can create smoother sailing in the year ahead.
01/12/2023
Holiday cash bonus

How to Improve Your Financial Position With a Holiday Bonus

For some lucky workers, this time of year comes with a holiday bonus. Whether you’ve received a bonus that you’ve been expecting or were pleasantly surprised by a generous bonus, you likely want to put these funds to good use.
01/06/2023
Best Buy credit card purchase

7 Best Buy Credit Card Essential Understandings

For shoppers that regularly spend at Best Buy, taking advantage of the Best Buy credit card might be the right move for your wallet. Let’s explore what you need to know about the available Best Buy credit cards.
12/31/2022
Moving costs and your credit

How to Protect Your Credit Score During a Move

Your credit scores are one of the many things that you need to stay on top of during a move. The good news is that it’s absolutely possible to protect your credit scores during a move. But it will take a little bit of planning to make sure that credit score-damaging issues don't slip through the cracks.
12/23/2022
Credit score habits for success

Habits to Cultivate for a Better Credit Score

The right money management habits can help you work your way toward a better credit score. Let’s explore how to cultivate habits that may change your credit score for the better.
12/09/2022
Positive credit-building mindset

How to Approach Credit-building With a Positive Mindset

When it comes to building credit, the right mindset can make all the difference. Although simply thinking about building credit in a positive way won’t give your credit score a boost, it might provide just the influx of energy you need to stick to your credit-building goals.
11/17/2022
Holiday savings account

How to Protect Your Credit Score During the Holidays

As the cooler weather sets in, the holiday season is starting to appear on the horizon. Although the festive season is filled with lots of fun, […]
11/10/2022
Emergency savings

Can Frugality Help Your Credit Score?

Depending on your situation, a frugal outlook could translate into a useful tool for building credit. Let’s explore how you can potentially increase your credit score with an assist from your frugal tendencies.
10/24/2022
Earning credit card rewards

How to Protect Your Credit Score While Pursuing Credit Card Rewards

The allure of credit card rewards could prove too dangerous for some. But it’s possible to maintain a great credit score while taking advantage of the rewards opportunities on the table.
10/16/2022
Building credit in the United States

How to Build Credit After Moving to the United States

Relocating to a new country is an exciting time as the start of a new chapter. One major challenge for those relocating to the United States is the necessity of building a credit score from scratch. Let’s explore how you can build credit after moving to the United States.
10/06/2022
No debt

Does Having No Debt Hurt Your Credit Score?

Those able to skirt around the financial pitfalls of debt may wonder how this financial success will impact your credit score. Let’s explore whether or not avoiding debt will hurt your credit score, plus strategies you can implement to build credit while avoiding debt.
09/30/2022
Rebuilding Credit After a Divorce

How to Rebuild Credit After a Divorce

There is no denying that going through a divorce is a challenging and stressful time. On top of the emotional cost, there are financial costs that often tag along with divorce. One of the many ways that a divorce can impact your finances is by negatively impacting your credit score.
09/15/2022
Missed payment poor credit score

How Does a Late Payment Impact Your Credit Score?

Payment history accounts for 35% of your FICO score. So, if you miss a payment, that could have a big impact on your credit score. Let’s explore how a missed payment will affect your credit score.
09/01/2022
Bankruptcy court

What Is Bankruptcy and How Does It Impact Your Credit?

When you file for bankruptcy, it’s usually because you have no other option for your finances. Although it might be the right choice for your situation, the decision to file for bankruptcy will have a negative impact on your credit.
08/12/2022
Recession credit score graph

How to Protect Your Credit Score During a Recession

When a recession is on the horizon, it’s time to prepare your finances for the potential storm ahead. Although a recession can batter personal finances across the country, it’s possible to protect your financial situation and credit score with a bit of preparation.
08/04/2022
Building credit in the military

Credit Building for Military Members

As a member of the military, you face tough challenges on a regular basis. The tenacity and perseverance you build during your career can translate into other aspects of your life. One place to channel your energy is into building a great credit score.
07/29/2022
Car shopping

How to Build Credit for a Car Purchase

If you are planning to take out a loan for your car purchase, your credit score matters. It can take time to build up a good credit score. But the results can be well worth the effort.
07/27/2022
Cosigning a contract

How Cosigning Impacts Your Credit Score

Are you considering cosigning a loan? Let’s explore how this action could impact your credit score.
07/22/2022
Building credit to purchase a home

How to Build Credit for a Home Purchase

Homeownership is a big financial goal. Although there are many important steps on the path to your dream home, building a good credit score might be the most critical.
07/15/2022
Rent payments on your credit report

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

A good credit score is a key to accessing financing options on major purchases. Building credit can be easier said than done. One popular way of building credit is to use a credit card. But that’s not the only option.
07/07/2022
Medical collections on credit reports

How to Remove Medical Collections From Credit Reports

Anytime one of your bills heads to collections, that’s bad news for your credit score. But depending on your situation, it may be possible to have the medical collection removed from your credit report. Keep reading if you want to eliminate this bad spot from your credit report.
06/29/2022
Building credit when young

How to Establish Credit While Young

Just like it’s a good idea to save money while you are young, it’s also a good idea to work on building your credit score while you are young. The right credit score can set you up to tackle many of the financial obstacles life throws your way.
06/24/2022
Credit card utilization ratio

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Utilization Ratios

A better understanding of your credit utilization ratio can help you manage it with your credit score in mind. Let’s explore what your credit utilization ratio is, plus everything you need to know about managing your credit utilization ratio.
06/22/2022
Credit card interest

How Credit Card Interest Works

Credit card debt can get expensive quickly. The notoriously high interest rates that come attached to your credit card can let even a relatively small balance get out of hand quickly. So, understanding how credit card interest works can help you avoid hefty interest charges that could derail your financial plans.
06/14/2022
Irregular income graph

How to Protect Your Credit Score When You Have an Irregular Income

An unpredictable income can make managing your finances a bit more complicated. But with a little bit of planning, you can map out a strategy to protect your finances and credit score from the swings of an irregular income.
06/07/2022
Credit card mistakes

Credit Card Mistakes to Avoid

Credit card mistakes can eat away at your budget and your credit score. Let’s explore the most common credit card errors and what you can do to avoid them.
05/25/2022
Using a Budget to Improve Your Credit Score

How to Use a Budget to Improve Your Credit Score

A budget is a helpful tool that can help you manage your finances effectively. In this guide, you’ll learn how to use a budget to improve your credit score. Plus, take a look at the most popular budgeting options.
05/20/2022

How to Grow a Thin Credit File

A thin credit file can be problematic. Although your finances may be in good shape, a thin credit file can make it challenging to access financing for major purchases when you need it. The good news is that you can take action to grow a thin credit file.
05/11/2022
Debt consolidation plan

Debt Consolidation vs. Credit Card Refinancing: Which Is Right for You?

When you have high-interest credit card debt holding you back, it can be a drain on your personal finances. The good news is that debt consolidation or credit card refinancing may offer a path to freedom from your credit card debt.
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