Posts Tagged ‘finance’

Web Wednesday: SmartyPig.com

by on January 11th, 2012

I am a fan of piggy banks and can admit to probably being a collector
of them. While I don’t have a ton, I do have about 4 at my home and I love them. My mom recently gave me one for Christmas – a Hello Kitty one and I absolutely love it. If I find a nice can of some sort, I’ll turn it into a piggy bank –it isn’t always useful though because sometimes having the money around makes it feel like we can spend it, so why not open up a virtual piggy bank? A piggy bank that will help you track your progress towards a goal by deducting whatever it is you need, per week, or month, to reach it.

I opened up an account with SmartyPig.com and I’ve decided to use it to save money for vacations.  It’s something I don’t want to think about, yet still want to do.

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What’s in a Credit Score: Your Credit Utilization Rate

by on July 21st, 2011

 

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At Credit Karma we like to geek out about one topic a lot: credit scores. We get so excited talking about credit scoring and credit score ranges that you’d think we are talking about the latest Harry Potter movie.

Today, we want to share our geekfest with you. That’s why we’re starting this CuteGeek series all about what goes into calculating your credit score. By knowing what makes up your credit score, you’re better equipped to manage your credit health. Let’s break down one of the six key factors that goes into your credit score: your credit utilization rate. We’ll also talk about what you can do to make sure you’re on the road to continued credit health.

First, a quick overview of credit scores.
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Web Wednesday – RobWilson.tv & MarchMoneyMadness.net

by on March 2nd, 2011

In lieu of exhibiting just one website today, we decided to do two because they go hand in hand. The first one is RobWilson.tv – this is a website that uses various forms of technology to bring you the latest and greatest (most applicable) financial advice. Why? Because everyone is filing their taxes, receiving their tax refunds and then throwing their money away. Rob Wilson knows something most of us don’t…MONEY. Check out his website for weekly financial segments, taken from a local Pittsburgh television station-KDKA.

The other website is MarchMoneyMadness.net – in his own words, Rob says “In an effort to use the popularity of sports to teach people about finance, investing and the stock market, I’ve created a new online competition called March Money Madness. It works just like filling out a bracket for the NCAA Tournament, only instead of using 64 college basketball teams, I use 64 stocks!
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Credit Karma Tidbit #1: Credit Cards Can Be Your Best Friend… Or Just Plain Evil

by on August 31st, 2010

One lesson parents should have taught us is the other golden rule: Treat your money the way you want to be treated. Instead, many of us learn the pitfalls of money management by living it and learning from our mistakes. Case study #1: My friend just learned how credit card interest rates work… and almost keeled over when she realized how much she’s paying in interest monthly. Case study #2: Another friend maxed out her credit card, so her issuer closed her card, which dented her credit score. Maybe a financial blunder you’ve made before is a case study of its own.

So before another trial-and-error lesson in personal finance costs you cash and stress, take money matters into your own hands. That’s what Credit Karma’s column is all about: personal finance lessons to help CuteGeeks get good financial karma. Treat your money and credit the way you want to be treated, so you can save money and build a great credit score. Continue Reading…

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