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How To Build Credit Without Credit Cards

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It's a frustrating contradiction: You can't qualify for credit without a credit history—and you can't build a credit history without borrowing.

Borrowing is the most common way to build a credit history, but it's not your only option. Use these tactics to demonstrate to borrowers that you're a reliable credit risk:

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10 Cheap, Fun Things to Do in the Summer

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If your budget says a big summer vacation is out of the question, here are some inexpensive options for immersive summer fun.

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Peace of Mind: Certified Used Vehicles

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What's a certified pre-owned vehicle? Factory-trained technicians thoroughly inspect and recondition a slightly used vehicle to meet manufacturer specifications. When the vehicle is up to snuff, it's certified as an automobile worthy of many of the same assurances that auto makers put on new cars, with manufacturer warranties lasting anywhere from three months to seven years.

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Understand Your Loan Options

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There are many different types of loans. So many, in fact, you may actually be overwhelmed. First, it is important to understand what credit unions look for and require when lending and then understand what options credit unions may have to meet your financial needs.

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Marrying Your Finances

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Before you say “I do,” it’s a good idea for the two of you to talk about finances and agree on how you’ll handle them. This will ensure your marriage gets off to a good start.

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7 Ways You Can Afford to Go Back to School

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You don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to go back to school. If you know where to look, financial assistance is available for any level of involvement, whether it's online or in the classroom, for credit or just for the enjoyment.  Here's how you can afford it.

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Defaulting on Your Student Loans is Terrible Advice

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A nascent movement encouraging young people to default on their student loans is starting to gain media exposure, and if it gains traction, it could spell doom for thousands of borrowers’ finances.

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Prime Time for Financial Planning?

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A financial planner can evaluate your overall financial situation including your budget, savings, investments, retirement plans, taxes, estate planning, and insurance.  They also recommend strategies that will help you reach your financial goals.

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Don't Let Money Worries Rob You of Sleep

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Money worries are rampant among Americans.  If you find that money worries are keeping you up at night, here are some steps you can take:

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5 Ways to Stage Your Home for a Fast Sale

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Today's real estate market is crowded with inventory, so if you want to sell your home, it has to stand out. Staging, or making it appeal to the broadest possible group of people, is one way to do just that.  That means depersonalizing your home so buyers can visualize themselves living in it. Check out our staging tips that you can use to help sell your home quickly.

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