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Credit ‘Inquiries’ Could Lower Credit Score

When you apply for credit, you authorize those lenders to ask or “inquire” for a copy of your credit report from a credit bureau – which could actually lower your credit score.

01/02/2014

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Local Expert Offers Tips For Handling Post-Holiday Spending Shock

The holiday was wonderful, but the credit card bills are staggering. Here is some expert advice on how to get your finances back in order.

12/30/2013

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Disputing Credit Card Charges

There are three basic reasons you can get a credit card charge reversed.

12/24/2013

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Target: 40M Card Accounts May Be Breached

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.

12/19/2013

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Internet Gamblers In AC Encounter Some Problems

Play is confined to within the state of New Jersey but some problems have been encountered, such as credit cards being rejected because banks and card issuers want no parts of online gaming.

12/01/2013

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Resisting The Urge To Overspend When Shopping For Gifts

The Christmas shopping season can be a perilous time for families struggling with credit issues, but Philadelphia’s Financial Empowerment Centers can help.

11/29/2013

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New Castle Police Warn Residents Of Phone And Email Scam

New Castle County Police is warning residents of a phone and email scam that has been reported during the past week.

10/28/2013

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Good Samaritan Returns Lost Wallet Of Actor Steve Martin In Wilkes Barre

Steve Martin is known as a wild and crazy guy, but he’s also a lucky one: A stranger found his wallet on a Pennsylvania street and returned it to the entertainer.

07/03/2013

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Blog: Bank Cards vs. Airline Cards

By Jim Donovan: Airline credit cards and bank cards often offer points toward free air travel, but some will earn card users more free travel than others over time. The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart […]

03/20/2013

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Putting Down A Deposit On A Purchase

Making big purchase soon? Should you put down the smallest or the largest deposit you can?

02/20/2013

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Suspects Targeting Cars With Unattended Purses In South Jersey

Police in South Jersey are searching for suspects who are targeting cars with unattended purses and wallets and then using their credit cards to make purchases.

02/05/2013

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Checking Your Credit Score

If the bills are coming in and you’re thinking of applying for more credit cards to transfer, there could be long term consequences in terms of your credit score.

01/09/2013

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3 On Your Side: Credit Lessons For College Students

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds that while credit card laws are supposed to protect young people from piling up too much debt, there are still some risks.

09/11/2012

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3 On Your Side: Maximizing Reward Credit Cards

Brian Kelly says maximizing these programs takes more strategy than a swipe of the card at the grocery store or gas pump.

07/17/2012

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3 On Your Side: Credit Advice For Recent Grads

A shaky job market and student loan debt could send new graduates in search of credit cards to finance the first steps of their adult financial lives. But as 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us, the wrong decisions now could haunt them later.

05/17/2012

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