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What is deferred interest and should I take advantage of it?

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, credit card offers abound from Tennessee retailers and credit card companies alike. One of the perks that many of these stores offer is something called deferred interest. While it sounds like that might be a good thing to advantage of, there are some risks associated with it that you may wish to be aware of.

Is it a good idea to share a credit card account with someone?

If you live in Davidson and are considering whether or not to share a credit account, there a few things you should be aware of so that you can make an informed decision. As with many financial situations, there are both pluses and minuses involved. If you have had issues with money in the past, such as debt that went into collection or a bankruptcy, it is especially important that you understand the repercussions of having more than one person on a credit card account.

5 Helpful tips for handling debt and collection agencies

Receiving that first phone call or message from a collection agency can send your mind into a tailspin and make you feel like you're drowning. Living on a budget, managing bill payments, trying to stay afloat and all while working to do so is a struggle that most of us know too well.

How is my credit report different from my credit score?

When it comes to your finances in Tennessee, you may have heard about how important it is to have a good credit score. You may also have heard that it is vital to routinely monitor your credit report. While those two things are related to each other, they are separate. Having a clear understanding of each can play a role in helping you keep your finances healthy.

What happens to a relative’s debts when they die?

Dealing with the death of a loved one in Tennessee can be extremely difficult. In addition to the emotional and psychological turmoil that you may go through, there are unfortunately also financial issues that must be dealt with. You may therefore be relieved to hear that, in most situations, you will not be personally responsible for debts that a relative leaves behind.

What factors are used to determine my credit score?

Your credit score is important for a number of reasons. It is what people and companies will base many decisions on throughout your life, including whether you can rent or own a home, buy a car, take out a loan or possibly even get a job. Filing for bankruptcy in Tennessee is certain to bring your credit score down, at least for a few years. However, there are several things that go into deciding your score and therefore, understanding what those factors are may help you keep it as high as you are able.

Should I only pay my credit card’s minimum payment every month?

When money is tight and you have a lot of debt in Tennessee that you are working to pay off, it may be tempting to only pay the minimum payment each month on your credit card. Indeed, if the minimum payment is all you can afford, then paying that amount and doing so on-time may help you maintain a decent credit score. However, if you can afford to pay more than the minimum, you may want to do so for a few reasons.

New protections have been added for prepaid card users

Whether it is because of a bankruptcy or for some other reason, many people who live in Tennessee do not use of or have access to credit cards. Instead, they rely on prepaid cards, which are preloaded with a certain amount of money. Each transaction a person uses the card for subtracts from the total amount remaining on the card.

Is there an ideal number of credit cards to have?

Like many people in Tennessee, you may have one or more credit cards currently in your wallet. The only way to truly avoid getting into credit card is to not use them in the first place. Yet, when used responsibly, credit cards can help you afford certain purchases and can help you increase your credit score.

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