I lied to boost my credit score

Eager to raise his FICO score, he disputed some legitimate collection accounts. What happens if he gets caught in this lie? And should he try to get a new card before he’s found out?

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Divorce debt in community property states

Untangling credit card debt during a divorce is an arduous process. And if you live in one of the country’s nine community property states, that process can get particularly tricky

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Don't get nickeled and dimed by small purchases

Paying by credit card at vending machines and parking meters is convenient. But how do you make sure you’re not nickel-and-diming away your money with every swipe?

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Can I close this useless store credit card?

She’s got a store credit card that she can no longer use conveniently — and no longer wants. Does she have to keep it open to avoid damaging her credit score? Or can she close it and move on?

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When a sign-up bonus is too costly

Rewards card sign-up bonuses with steep spending requirements are a dangerous proposition. Using a balance transfer maneuver to snag an out-of-reach bonus is even more dangerous

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