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Audrey Henderson

Audrey Henderson is a Chicagoland-based writer and researcher. She holds advanced degrees in sociology and law from Northwestern University. Her writing specialties are sustainable development in the built environment, policy related to arts and popular culture, socially and ecologically responsible travel, civic tech and personal finance.

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5 Simple Money Saving Tips You Can’t Live Without

Published 10/07/2015 by Audrey Henderson

If you’re like most people, you appreciate any and all advice on how to save a few bucks or even a lot of dollars. And there is no shortage of expertise or gimmicky strategies. But some of the best money-saving tips are the simplest. You’ll save money without feeling deprived. Best of all, many of these tips are also eco-friendly, a win-win situation!

You may hesitate to get a credit card because you’ve heard the horror stories about people racking up thousands of dollars in debt. Or you may have already damaged your credit through less-than-responsible credit card use. You might just prefer to conduct all your business in cash.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Using Debit Cards

Published 09/14/2015 by Audrey Henderson

Almost any time you open a checking account, the bank will issue a debit card to you. While you may think of this as the ATM card to draw money out of your account, it can be used for so much more. While utilizing this card is convenient, there are some things that you should know to make sure you are using it properly—and not costing yourself money because of it.

Credit Card Alternatives To Consider

Published 09/08/2015 by Audrey Henderson

You may have a damaged credit profile and be unable to qualify for a regular credit card. Or you may simply wish to avoid taking on high interest credit card debt. In either case, you don’t have a credit card and won’t be obtaining one anytime soon.  Nonetheless, you still need access to some means of receiving funds and making payments. One or more of the alternatives listed below could allow you to conduct all the financial transactions you need – no credit card required.

Personal Loans vs Credit Cards: Things You Should Know

Published 09/04/2015 by Audrey Henderson

credit-card-debt-elimination-e-bookIf you have good or excellent credit, you may qualify for a credit card with very low interest or a zero percent APR, which is equivalent to receiving a no-interest loan. Many credit cards offer rewards programs that allow you to earn cash back, score free merchandise or other goodies. Extended warranties and insurance programs are also common credit card perks. Credit card accounts are also protected by law against fraud or unauthorized access. If you’re dissatisfied with a purchase made with a credit card, in many cases you can receive a full refund of your purchase price.

Top 10 Ways to Consolidate Credit Cards

Published 09/04/2015 by Audrey Henderson

Whether you’re drowning in credit card debt or simply want to reduce the number and amount of payments you make each month, consolidating credit cards is a savvy financial move. However, all methods of consolidating credit cards are not created equal. The ten strategies below vary from extremely desirable to approaches that should be considered only as a last resort. That said, there are circumstances where it makes sense to utilize less desirable strategies to get your credit card debt down to size.

10 Quick Financial Moves To Make Today

Published 09/01/2015 by Audrey Henderson

portfolioWhether you’re a DIY active investor or you trust your accounts to a broker, your lunch hour is an ideal time to check in. Many markets will still be open, but news and earnings announcements will already have been announced, making it possible to make a trade or two. If you work with a broker, a brief face-to-face chat can put your portfolio top of mind with him or her while allowing you to gain insight from a knowledgeable source.

Is FICO The Only Credit Score I Need To Worry About?

Published 08/28/2015 by Audrey Henderson

You may know that FICO scores range from 300 to 850 and that higher scores are more desirable. If you’re buying a house, you may strive to boost your FICO score to qualify for the best conventional mortgage rates. If you’re applying for a car loan or credit cards, you also work to boost your FICO score.

Family Trusts

Published 08/28/2015 by Audrey Henderson

You may have a vague idea of what a trust is, or at least what you think a trust is. You’ve thrown around the term “trust fund baby” more than a few times. You figure that trusts are something for rich people, not for ordinary folks.

Best Auto Loans For Bad Credit in 2024

Published 08/10/2015 by Audrey Henderson

Buying a new or used car can be a trying experience under the best of conditions. High-pressure sales tactics and confusing pricing are par for the course. But for consumers with bad credit, car buying can become an exercise in frustration. The great deals touted in TV commercials like 0 percent APR, large cash back bonuses or free payments for one, two or three months are not available for so-called subprime car buyers.

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