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Living Without Credit Cards

January 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Recently my wife and I became 100% debt-free except for the mortgage. Not only have we paid all off all our non-mortgage debt, but we’re moving in the direction of closing all credit card accounts. I’m on board with this idea, but my wife is not. I understand this could be a six-month process convincing […]

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The FICO Score Flaw

September 9th, 2007 · 5 Comments

How often have you heard someone talking about their credit score? Often that person is applying for a mortgage and is concerned about the score. The Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO) invented the best known and most widely used credit score model in the United States. Wikipedia expands on the FICO score below: A FICO score […]

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Wilmington, DE Is Credit Card Hell

September 6th, 2007 · No Comments

Here’s a quick tip on how to sift through your snail mail without even opening the contents. Credit card companies are getting sneakier and trickier in an attempt to get you to just open the envelope. This is true in any direct mail campaign. The percentage of recipients that even open the envelope hovers somewhere […]

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Do You Want To Put That On Your Kohls Charge?

April 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

As I have mentioned before, it is not entirely far-fetched for a company to make more profits from its credit card business than the actual products they sell. In my article Secrets of the Big Box Stores I mention how during the 1980s Sears had a Discover Card division that became so profitable it was […]

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How To Avoid Using Credit Cards

November 2nd, 2006 · 1 Comment

This is a short post but basically it’s a follow-up of the How To Save Money on Credit Cards article. Below are several thoughts on the benefits of not using credit cards and saving up for major purchases. Stick the money in a shoebox, under the mattress or in a hole in your backyard – […]

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