Why isn’t my credit score improving?

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I’ve been paying my bills every month on time and nothing changes on Credit Karma. I feel like I’m stalking the app. What should I do? Submitted by Michelle S. Congrats on paying your bills on time! Can we just celebrate that for a moment? What Impacts Your Credit Score Paying your bills will not…

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How much income is enough?

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How much income is enough? Submitted by Charles A. We would all like to know this! What is the income we need to lead a happy life? To find the true answer to this question, let’s take a tour of our personal habits. Enough? For who? Where? With what lifestyle? Will it be enough forever…

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How many credit cards should I have?

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“Hi Saundra! As someone who is getting her credit back in order, I want to be wise about applying for credit cards. I have two and working hard to keep them both under 30% utilization. I’m considering applying for one last card. How many credit cards is too many?” Submitted by Laurin O. There are…

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How can I get a loan for a cheap used car?

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Hello, Saundra! How do I go about finding and choosing a certain type of loan (if one exists) that would enable me to quickly buy a cheap used car (around a couple thousand) that I could be able to pay back (with no job/income) with only the money I have saved from last semester’s student…

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How can people on government assistance save for retirement?

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“Where are the best places for people on state assistance to start saving for retirement? I’m looking for something with low starting balances and low monthly transfers to the account. Do you recommend any financial companies, savings accounts, government-issue bonds, stock market?? I am so confused!” Submitted by Jessica L. I want to acknowledge your…

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How do you know if life insurance is a good choice?

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“How do you know which life insurance is good for you?” Submitted by Migdalia C. Life (and other) insurance policies are a way to protect your assets. If you think about your decision this way, you’ll have the information you need to make the best decision for you. What are your needs? Consider these questions:…

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How will filing for bankruptcy affect my retirement?

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What is your perspective about filing for bankruptcy in regards to saving for retirement? Submitted by Chris C. When it comes to any financial decision, everything affects everything. Kudos for thinking about the impact of bankruptcy on retirement planning. The decision to file bankruptcy is a big one, as it will impact your financial life…

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