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How to build good enough credit to buy a house

Getting a mortgage to buy a home requires a good credit history, but it doesn’t have to be 100% perfect. Perhaps even more important is how much debt you have in relation to your income.

Banking 101: How do banks make money?

Did you know your bank isn’t free? Banks make money in simple ways like monthly fees and interest income — and understanding those costs can help you avoid them.

How many bank accounts should you have?

At a minimum, you should have two bank accounts: one for daily expenses and one for savings. But depending on your lifestyle, you could benefit from more than that. Multiple accounts will help you to reach various savings goals, separate your bills from nonessential purchases, and more.

Why you should buy (almost) everything with your credit card

There’s a common misconception that credit cards are nothing but a shortcut to perpetual debt. On the contrary, purchase protection, healthy credit, and cash back rewards are just a few reasons why you should be using your credit card for nearly every purchase.

Yes, You Still Need to Know How to Fill Out a Check

Filling out a check is pretty straightforward, so don’t worry if you’re not sure where to start. You’ll just need to note the date, payee, and amount (in two spots!), and don’t forget to sign it. Here’s how to make sure it’s all done correctly.