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5 Ways to Avoid Falling into Debt

September 25, 2019 by  
Filed under Credit Cards, Misc


Everyone has tough times but, borrowing during times of hardship can push you further into debt. High-interest payday and title loans are designed to offer short term relief and long term problems. According to the latest debt statistics the average consumer carries $8,284 in credit card debt. And that’s just credit cards. Factor in student loans, mortgages, auto loans, personal loans, payday loans, and it’s easy to see how debt is becoming such a major issue for most people.

So, how do you protect yourself?

1. Be Prepared
Having an emergency fund can help protect you in tough financial times. Car repairs, medical expenses, employment problems can come up at any time and high-interest loans or credit cards can lead you into a never-ending debt spiral. Try putting away 5-10% of your monthly income into an emergency fund until you have enough to last you 3-6 months if the situation ever arises.

2. Be Responsible
Lenders and credit card companies make it easy to spend money you don’t have with enticing offers of low introductory interest rates and no money down loans. Read the fine print, the interest and fees can creep up on you and end up wreaking havoc. Spend only what you can afford, pay your bills on time, and if you use credit cards, pay them off at the end of each month. Keeping your credit card utilization as low as possible will also ensure a higher credit score.

3. Create a Budget
Create a budget so that you know how well to allocate your resources and track your income and expenses. Overspending is easy when you don’t track your expenses. No matter what your income is you need to be aware of how much money is coming in and going out of your household. A budget will allow you to cut unnecessary expenses and get a general overview of your spending patterns. It will also help you to create an emergency fund and save for large purchases.

4. Avoid Cash Advances from Credit Cards
There’s no worse way to get a little extra cash. Most credit card companies charge a 5% fee for cash advances as well as a 34% APR. So a $2,000 cash advance repaid at $80.50 a month (minimum payment) will end up totaling $7,171.41 over the lifetime of the loan. Use credit cards to earn points and cashback but, consistently carrying a balance over month after month can end up costing you 3-4 times your original loan amount.

5. Improve Your Credit Scores
Having a high credit score will allow you to save money with low-interest auto loans, mortgages, and zero percent credit cards. Buying a car with cash is ideal but, not everyone has that kind of money available. Having a great credit score can be just as good as having the cash. An auto loan at 0% will allow you to keep your monthly payment affordable and put a little money aside for a rainy day. A 0% credit card can be your emergency fund until you’re able to accumulate the funds. And a low-interest mortgage can actually end up having a smaller monthly payment than rent for a similar home. Good credit can save you a lot of money and help you avoid falling into debt.

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Lexington & Concord – A Credit Revolution

February 12, 2015 by  
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Credit Revolution

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution had officially begun with the battles of Lexington and Concord. The British Army sent a Regiment of 700 soldiers to Lexington and Concord in order to destroy an American cache of weapons and capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock. The colonists were warned that ‘The British are Coming!’ by Paul Revere, which allowed time for Samuel Adams and John Hancock to escape and to move the weapons.

When the British arrived at Lexington, they were met by 80 brave American militiamen. Outgunned and outnumbered, these brave 80 men stood tall against tyranny.

No one really knows who fired the first shot, but it became the first shot of the American Revolution and the start of the war, now referred to as the “Shot heard around the world”.

And although the British overran Lexington, the American forces regrouped at Concord, delivering a decisive blow, defeating the British Army, and marking the first victory of the American Revolution.

These battles gave the American people the confidence and courage to unite as one nation and push back against the mighty British Empire.

240 years later, a new revolution is at hand, a Credit Revolution.

For far too long, the credit reporting agencies have been handcuffing consumers with bad credit by limiting their ability to improve their quality of life. Keeping them in a viscous circle of being unable to qualify for a mortgage, auto loan, or even a business loan.

The system is broken. Predatory and Sub-prime lenders exploit vulnerable borrowers by trapping them in high interest loans which lead to increased indebtedness.

The system is setup to take as much as possible from those who have the least and this imperils the stability of wealth in many communities and secures the chains of poverty on those with bad credit scores.

It’s time to stand up for yourself and for your family. The nation that Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere helped form protects you from the credit reporting agencies through laws like the FACTA, FCRA, FDCPA, and many others.

Use those laws to push back against the tyranny of the credit reporting agencies. Declare your credit revolution and take back your unalienable rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

All of us here at CreditFirm.Net would be honored to assist you on your path toward better credit and a better life.

Start your credit revolution, fire the first shot by signing up with CreditFirm.Net today.


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How Divorce Impacts Your Credit

April 10, 2014 by  
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Don’t Neglect Your Credit During A Divorce

Although divorce procedures do not directly impact your credit, the indirect impact can quickly devastate your credit scores in no time at all.

Things such as child support, joint accounts, and joint liability all of a sudden enter the fold. And with extra responsibility, comes a greater risk of default.

But, have no fear, there are steps you can take to protect your credit during a divorce.

Get Your Credit Report
It is absolutely crucial that you are aware of every account that is reporting to your credit report. Joint account holders and co-borrowers have 100% liability in just about every case. Get a copy of your credit report from all 3 credit bureaus, have a seat and go through every open account in your credit file. Make a list, and give it to your attorney.

Divorce Decree
A divorce decree does not relieve your liability in any joint accounts which you incurred with your spouse. You are 100% liable and 100% responsible for ALL joint accounts even if the court decrees otherwise.

That’s right, even if the court decrees that your spouse is 100% responsible for a certain debt, you are still liable to the creditor in case of default. A divorce decree does not nullify a signed debt obligation. Whether it’s a credit card, auto loan, or mortgage, if your name is on the original contract, you ARE 100% liable for the debt. This means that if your spouse fails to make a payment or defaults on the loan, it will be reflected in your credit report. Plus, the credit grantor has a legal right to take legal action against both you and your spouse.

So what do you do to protect yourself?

  • Close or separate all joint accounts. Talk to your ex-spouse, if possible. Go through all your debt and decide who should be responsible for each and every account. Call your creditors and ask them how to transfer your joint accounts to individual accounts. If your spouse decides to be less than cooperative, paying off the debt and closing the accounts may be your best bet.
  • You may have to refinance your home to get one name off the mortgage, or you might need to sell your home and divide the proceeds. Even if your name is removed from the title or deed, if your name is on the mortgage, you are responsible for the loan.
  • Continue to pay ALL bills on time.
  • DO NOT LISTEN TO YOUR RELATIVES who tell you to run up your spouses debt and stop paying the bills because it’s the other person’s problem. You have just as much liability in the accounts as your spouse, so you will be ruining both your credit scores, which you will need in order to start over.

Re-Establish Credit
If you were left with few to no open and active accounts after the divorce, you will need to begin to re-establish credit. A good way to start is by getting a credit card with a small credit limit. Pay your bills on time, keep you balance low, and your credit score will increase. If getting approved for a credit card becomes problematic, consider applying for a secured credit card in order to re-establish credit.

If Divorce left your Credit in Shambles
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How To Protect Your Credit After A Divorce

October 1, 2013 by  
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Starting your life over after a divorce means having the credit to do so. To protect yourself and your credit during the divorce process, consider the following tips:

  • Close joint accounts. If your name is on an account, you are 100% liable for it. Whether you used that account or incurred any of the debt is of no consequence to the creditor. Your name on that account means that any derogatory information such as; late payments, charge-off, or collection, can and will report on your credit report and ruin your credit. So close all joint accounts and remove yourself from any “authorized user” accounts.
  • Establish Credit. Starting your life over after a divorce means establishing a new “individual” credit history for yourself. Open a few new accounts solely in your name during the divorce process to begin the process of establishing your credit.
  • Keep the Lines of Communication Open. Be practical, some accounts, such as mortgages, cannot be separated or closed immediately after a divorce. This means that you are left at the mercy of your ex when it comes to things like making mortgage or car payments on time. Although the court may decree that it is you ex’s responsibility to pay certain loans, the creditors still have your name on the loan and will report all negative marks to your credit file. For that reason, it is important to make sure that any and all account with your name on them are paid on time, even if they are your ex’s responsibility. Communicate with your ex and make sure that those accounts are being paid, be civil, and protect your credit.


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What’s In Your Employment History?

July 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Blogs, Credit Report, Misc

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There’s a new type of credit report for you to worry about.

Well, technically it’s not a credit report, but it is a report.

A report which contains your employment information.

This report includes:equifax telx

  • Names and addresses
  • Current and previous employers
  • Job titles
  • Weekly Income
  • Termination records
  • Health insurance information
  • Dental insurance information
  • 401K information
  • Whether you’ve ever filed for unemployment
  • Whether you’ve ever collected welfare or social security
  • And much, much more

Why is this relevant to you?

This isn’t just about a company verifying your previous employment anymore.
Telx has been selling your employment info to Debt collectors, Collection agencies, mortgage companies, banks, credit card companies.
Shouldn’t you have the right to know what is being said about you?

A little background on Telx

The Employment Report was created by The Telx Corporation, which was founded in 1971. Talx’s primary business involved contesting unemployment claims on behalf of employers. (So you know which side of the fence they’re on.) here’s a little article the New York Times wrote about them. (NY Times Article)

During the late 1990s, one of Talx’s clients requested a system which would handle employment and salary verification, The Work Number was born. This system allowed companies to outsource a large portion of their Human Resources Departments into an automated system which would gather employment information on a weekly basis.

The system became so successful that Talx sold it’s employee benefit unit and decided to focus solely on employment data gathering and distribution.

In 2007, Telx was bought by the Equifax credit reporting agency.

Some Interesting Numbers

To date, over 50,000 organizations use The Work Number (www.theworknumber.com) to verify employment data.
As of today, The Work number has over 192 million employment records.

This seems like a big number, but let’s put it in perspective. According to the latest census data; (census data)

  • The Population of the US is 313 million
  • The Population of the US above the age of 18 is 238 million
  • That means that 81% of the people working in America are in the Work Number’s database and have an employment report.

(And we’re not even counting the 40 million adults over the age of 65 which would get the population of the actual US work force down to 198 million.)

Lets just hope that Telx is reporting accurate information.

Oh wait, too late, thousands of complaints of incorrect employment information have already been flooding the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), a California nonprofit corporation which helps protect consumer privacy and rights.

Unfortunately, this system is far from accurate and it doesn’t seem like the government is even aware of its’ issues. To date, there have been no laws about consumers being able to get a free copy of their employment records to verify accuracy. And even if you pay the $25 to get your report, there is no system in place to challenge the inaccurate information. There is no FCRA protecting your rights, there’s no FACTA to put pressure on Telx to keep their records accurate.

So what can you do?

Call your congressman, and tell him or her that you want legislature protecting your consumer rights from the Telx Corporation’s employment database. And tell others!

Tell your friends, your relatives, and your co-workers. Share this story with them, spread the word because odds are, you’re name is in their database.

And you have the right to know what is being said about you!

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