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Credit Check: Review Your Credit Report

Informed consumers who take action to protect their individual financial interests and their credit records are the bedrock of a healthy American economy. Our educational infographic helps consumers conduct a basic annual credit health self-assessment to protect one of their most valuable financial assets: their good name.

Infographic: Why Volunteering is Good for You

Think of the word “volunteers” and you might picture a group of people so generous that they put aside the fun things in life - say, Xbox games and time on the beach - in favor of spending dull, grinding hours at soup kitchens and nursing homes. And yet, oddly enough, people who volunteer are often happier than those who don’t - whether they give their free time at a shelter or take on a prominent role in their town.

Lost Wallet: What To Do

If you have ever lost your wallet or purse before, you know the headache that comes with this simple misstep. First, you have to dig up all of the account information for the cards you *think* were in your wallet. Next, you contact each creditor to explain the situation. And then you wait nervously for the fallout that can happen when your information falls into the wrong hands.

Infographic: Increase Customer Satisfaction and Make Customers Happy

More than half of small businesses fail within the first five years, according to the Small Business Administration. Make customers happy and beat those odds.

Balance Transfer Game: What You Should Know

Balance transfers are becoming an increasingly popular way to reign in high interest rates. However, reducing outstanding debt is not always as easy as switching cards. We've put together ground rules every consumer should know before they consider a balance transfer.



    Happiest Cities in California

    April 15, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    California is home to some of the coolest industries - and by extension, some of the coolest jobs - in the world. But it’s still hard to drag yourself out of bed every morning if the pay isn’t that good, the job itself isn’t that fun, and the office is boring. That reality goes double in California, where for many residents, the commute to work involves a clogged eight-lane freeway filled with angry drivers who have 45-plus minutes before getting to their destination.
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Happiest Cities in the US

    April 14, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    People often dream of escaping to the “big city” to pursue their dreams of being actors/rock stars/writers/corporate raiders. The idea is alluring, after all: power lunches at fancy restaurants, memberships at country clubs, hobnobbing at big galas - they’re all part of the fantasy.

    Happiest Small Cities

    April 7, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Can Money Buy Happiness
    Does this version of a day in the life of an unhappy worker sound familiar? You drag yourself out of bed at 6 a.m. and sit in traffic for an hour while you listen to off-color morning-radio DJs named Crazy Al and Goober. When you finally get to work, you think about how little money you’re making and that you can’t get a job anywhere else, because there are no good job openings where you live. Before you know it, your boss starts giving you a hard time and has you making copies. Then, of ...
    New York, New York

    Most Generous Cities

    April 3, 2014 - By Tina O - Tips for Why Volunteer
    Famous author Mignon McLaughlin once said, “We’d all like a reputation for generosity, and we’d all like to buy it cheap.” In other words, if you throw just a penny in the Salvation Army bucket at Christmas, can you get away with calling yourself kindhearted?
    The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

    The Donkey in the Lion's Skin

    April 1, 2014 - By Mike Foster - Tips for The CreditDonkey Manifesto
    While you might initially impress people with new, expensive clothes, eventually your true nature will shine through. Better to spend wisely than to spend just to impress others.

    How to Save Money on Long Road Trips

    March 28, 2014 - By Tammy K - Tips for Best Gas Credit Card
    We've found the secret to saving money on road trips: A big dose of planning. Okay, that might not be much of a secret, but everything from those junk food indulgences to the stomach-churning cash spent at the pump can be managed -- and often minimized -- with a little advance planning.

    Best States for Kids

    March 26, 2014 - By Livia Gershon - Tips for Family
    Everyone loves to tell you how much things will change when you have kids. It’s not just your life getting turned upside down by the new little people in your life – it’s your view on the surroundings around you as well. Suddenly, being down the street from a great bar doesn’t matter anymore. You want a stroller-friendly sidewalk that gets you to the local park. And you suddenly care about what the neighborhood preschool is like.

    What to Buy in April

    March 24, 2014 - By Lauren W - Tips for Best Deals
    Flowers are popping up in April, and so are some deals. Shake off any lingering winter blues by scoring yourself some great buys. In the market for a new house? April is a key month to get your home below asking price. Need to get back in shape? You can find some gear for your feet at a discounted price. CreditDonkey.com has found plenty of savings throughout the month of April.

    Best Credit Card for European Travel 2014

    March 21, 2014 - Best Travel Credit Card
    If you’re looking for a credit card that can take you to Europe and back, you might need to look past what’s already in your wallet. Let’s do a quick inventory: any credit cards with a small chip located on the left-hand side? Put aside any that are missing that telltale square box. They’re bound to let you down as you make your way through international lands.

    Life and Money Lessons from Old People

    March 20, 2014 - Tips for Financial Literacy Month
    When it comes to economics, senior citizens have seen it all, from the Great Depression to the booming ’70s job market to the semi-recovery state we’re in now.

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