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What Credit Score Do You Need To Get Approved For A Credit Card?

If you're looking to be approved for a credit card, you'll need to have a credit score that meets the bank's minimum criteria. This is why we hammer home this advice here on Money Under 30: Know your credit score. Keeping track of your credit … [Read more...]

How Much Should You Contribute To Your 401k?

Ten percent? Twenty percent? More? Recently I wrote about the benefits of both 401ks and IRAs offer. We also looked at the emerging Roth 401k option and when it makes sense for young investors. But everybody’s next question is: “Okay, okay, but … [Read more...]

Angie’s List Review: An Inexpensive Way To Find The Best Contractors (And More)

When Lauren and I bought our first home in 2010, we entered the brave new world of home improvement and repair. From issues with the new home that came up during inspections to surprise repairs (a leaking pipe in the basement, two busted appliances, … [Read more...]

Credit Karma: The Best Place For Truly Free Credit Scores Now Offers Full Credit Reports

Anyone who has read Money Under 30 for some time knows that I'm a big fan of Credit Karma -- a site that provides a truly free credit score with no credit card numbers/signups required. This week they announced an exciting update that Credit Karma … [Read more...]

Barclaycard Ring Credit Card Review

When it comes to using credit cards, the advice you should strive to follow is simple: Pay off your balance each and every month. If you do that faithfully, you don't have to worry about what your card's APR and focus instead on earning rewards back … [Read more...]

Q&A: How Do I Build Credit Fast?

A reader asks: I’m trying to get my credit score growing again. I’m in school full-time and work full-time, too. I have just one credit card – a Wells Fargo student card -- that greatly helped my credit score when I first got it. However, in the last … [Read more...]

How The Sunk Cost Fallacy Leads You To Make Crappy Financial Decisions

There are some things about life (and money) we cannot control. We didn’t get to choose rich or poor parents. Nobody plans to get sick and take on medical debt. The good news, however, is that there are many things we can control. Most likely, how … [Read more...]

Are Rewards Credit Cards Bad For Your Credit Score? The Truth May Surprise You

After recent articles on how to start travel hacking and the best travel rewards programs for non frequent-fliers, we’ve received a few questions from readers wanting to start taking advantage of credit card rewards for the first time. One reader a … [Read more...]

Five Things To Do Now That Will Ensure You Don’t Regret Your Life When You’re 80

If there’s one thing I try to remind myself of everyday, it is this: The key to happiness – or as close to one as exists -- is to live in the present moment. Living for now means savoring a turkey sandwich rather than scarfing it down while che … [Read more...]

How Much Money Should You Have Saved by 30?

It's among the most common questions I get: How much money should I have saved by 30? (Or by 25, 22, etc.) Of course, it's always seemed to me to be a silly question, because everybody has unique financial, lifestyle, and career situations. Still, … [Read more...]