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Chase Freedom Flex 2020 bonus categories

Make the most of your cash back bonus categories this quarter.

What is a FICO score?

Building a good FICO credit score is one of the best things you can do for your financial health.

The best cash back apps of 2020

Pairing a top cash back credit card with a popular cash back app can help you save money on groceries, clothing, restaurants and more.

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How to manage holiday stress this year

Expert tips for practicing self-care this season

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What is a 1099-C Cancellation of Debt form?

In most cases, you have to report canceled debt as ordinary income on your federal tax return. That’s where a 1099-C form comes in.

What to do when your credit card application is denied

So, your credit card application has been denied — here’s what to do next.

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7 store rewards programs worth joining

Signing up with one of the best rewards programs can save you money – and combining a top store rewards program with one of the best rewards credit cards can save you even more.

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Money moves to make before the end of 2020

Expert advice to help you save now, and into the future.

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5 tips for saving on Black Friday deals

This year, Black Friday takes place on November 27—but many retailers have already started their annual Black Friday sales. Here’s how to save big.

How to save on Cyber Monday deals

Knowing what you want to buy, how much you can afford to spend and how to spot a good deal will help you make savvy shopping choices on Cyber Monday.

How does getting married affect your credit score?

Before marriage, make sure your finances aren’t entangled if there are credit issues in your past.

How does business credit affect personal credit?

Read on to learn how business credit cards affect your personal credit.

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Is return of premium life insurance worth it?

Return of premium life insurance gives you back all or most of your premiums paid once the term length ends. Understand the pros and cons of this type of coverage.

What will holiday shopping look like in 2020?

How planning ahead might save you money while making the season bright.

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Can I cancel a credit card application?

It is possible to cancel a credit card application, but you have to act fast. Here’s what to do about a new credit card you no longer want.

How to report credit card fraud

Reduce the chances of any long-term impact to your finances and credit score by reporting suspected fraud properly.

How to check and change your billing address

Here’s what you need to know about updating your billing address.

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Guide to Divvy card

A new smart card solution for small business owners

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How does the prime interest rate affect you?

Prime interest rate isn’t a mandatory base number but is standard in most banks.

How to help your kids build credit

Parents have many options, from debit cards and prepaid cards to secured credit cards and making their child an authorized user. Which is best?

How does credit card interest work?

Here’s what you need to know about credit card interest.

What is the shopping cart trick and does it still work in 2020?

The shopping cart trick sounds like a good way to avoid a hard credit pull, but does it really work? Here’s everything you need to know about the mythical shopping cart trick.

What does it mean when your credit card application is pending?

Credit card issuers occasionally need extra time to accept or decline a credit card application. Here’s what you need to know about a pending application.

What is myFICO?

Learn about how myFICO works and how it stacks up against the competition to decide if it’s the right credit monitoring service for you.

What’s a good APR for a credit card?

Cards with an APR at or below the national average is ideal, but a good APR for you will depend on your credit score.

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Payoff review: A better way to pay card debt?

This app might help you get out of debt faster, but it’s not necessarily the best option for everyone.

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Insurance you might think about if you have kids

Dental, vision and other insurance offered by employers may be opt-in policies for young children, but are they worth? And what about life insurance for parents?

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How credit inquiries affect your credit score

Here’s how to manage your credit applications to keep your credit score as high as possible.

Why is good credit so important?

Here’s what you need to do to get your score within a good credit range.

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Guide to Truebill

This app can help you curb spending and save on subscriptions


Money Talks: The father and son running a coffeehouse together

Henry and Hrag have navigated the 55-year-old family business with empathy, understanding, and only occasional conflict.

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Everything you need to know about credit utilization ratio

Credit utilization refers to the amount of available credit you’re currently using, and it makes up 30 percent of your credit score.

Guide to using Venmo

Venmo, which launched in 2009, has quickly become one of the most popular money transfer apps on the market.

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Best credit cards for online shopping

Online shopping is a great way to rack up rewards – if you have the right card.

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How are parents handling Halloween in 2020?

The pandemic makes trick-or-treating a challenge. These real-life tips make it less hard.


Money Talks: The small-business owners who just started another one

Lin Jerome and Alexandra Lourdes took a gamble on opening a speakeasy-style pizza place during quarantine — and it’s paying off.

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What to do when you’re not immediately approved for a credit card

Everything you need to know about the credit card approval process.

How to pay off credit card debt in 7 steps

Learn how to pay off credit card debt and protect your financial security.

What are convenience checks?

Convenience checks can be used in a number of ways, but note they come with hidden costs.

Authorized users: Everything you need to know

It can be hard to build credit on your own.

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How to look after your mental health during COVID

Stressed? We feel you. Here’s how to practice self-care during unprecedented times.