January 17th, 2013

Would You Go Back in Time to Improve Your Credit Health?

Would You go Back in Time to Improve Your Credit Health?

This week on our Facebook page, we posted the following:

Fill-in-the-blank: The first thing you should do to start improving your credit health is _______.

My favorite response came from a guy named Eric:

1. Buy a DeLorean
2. Go 88 mph
3. Go back in time to smack yourself and tear up those credit cards.

Done.

Clever, right? (And hopefully you get the reference.)

But after my initial chuckle, I got to thinking, “Would I really go back in time?” Probably not, and here’s why.

Mistakes = Lessons

How many times on this blog have we written about our past mistakes turning into lessons? Let’s take a look. I wrote about how my past relationships actually led to great money lessons. Justine wrote about how a simple error of timing cost her big and what she learned from her first speeding ticket. Guest contributor Kristina talked about recognizing problems and then correcting them in “A Second Chance at Financial Freedom.” And Ezra even shared the things we can learn from the one big mistake that is Jersey Shore.

Just from this small sample you can see that we’re big about learning from mistakes around here. Your mistakes—however big or small—leave behind lessons and make you who you are. Which leads to the next point…

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October 8th, 2012

Financial Lessons I Learned from My Parents

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When I first signed up for Credit Karma, I must admit that I was extremely nervous to finish registration and find out my credit score. I knew it wouldn’t be terrible- I had always paid off my credit card in a timely manner, but I didn’t think that would translate to an awesome credit score.

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May 25th, 2012

“Duets” – Money Lessons from Singing Superstars

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The premiere of “Duets” on ABC showed that even we regular folk can sing with the likes of John Legend, Robin Thicke, Jennifer Nettles and Kelly Clarkson. Here’s how the new music competition works: Each star chooses two singing partners—protégés they hope to mold into music’s next big thing.

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May 16th, 2012

Sound Advice from Unlikely Sources: The Avengers and Credit Card Debt

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Last Saturday, I went to see my first superhero movie ever! Yes, you read that right. I have never seen “Superman,” “Spiderman” or any other superhero film. But when my friend invited me to go see “The Avengers,” I figured that there would not be a better superhero movie to start with; it’s chock- full of superheroes, like the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America.

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February 18th, 2012

Zombie Apocalypse Survival Kit: Financial Skills Edition

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“The Walking Dead” is back, with the angry zombies, the kick-butt policeman Rick and the always-pissed-off Shane. I love the show. Every character has some sort of talent he brings to the post-apocalyptic world—at least until the zombies get him. Glenn is quick and agile, Shane is a great marksman, Daryl is fearless, and Rick is a born leader. They all have zombie apocalypse skills.

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February 14th, 2012

4 Bad Boyfriends + 1 Awesome Fiancé = 5 Great Money Lessons

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In my single life, I didn’t have a long list of fellas. I know it’s surprising, what with my incredible wit and charm, but it’s true. However, I did extract a money lesson or two from the relationships I did have, good and bad. What have the men* in my life taught me about money? Read on to find out.

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January 27th, 2012

What a Walk in Spain Taught Me about Money

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Eight years ago, I walked 500 miles across the Northern Spain countryside on a pilgrimage whose route dates back to medieval times. For five weeks, I woke up in a bunk room full of college pals and a professor, laced up my Gore-Tex hiking boots, heaved my pack onto my back, and stepped into the cold, Spanish winter to walk an average of 18 miles.

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October 22nd, 2011

Everything I Need to Know About Finances (and Life, for that Matter) I Learned From Rock ‘N’ Roll

The great rock legends of yore can teach you a lot of things, like how to be totally awesome wearing silly face makeup. But those who rock also have a few lessons to teach on more serious topics, like our finances. Here are a few I’ve culled from the rock greats.

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October 6th, 2011

4 Financial Lessons From Steve Jobs

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Even PC users must admit that we can all learn a little something from Steve Jobs and the way he lived his life. The Apple co-founder was a great mind of our time, forever changing the way society thinks about personal computer use and digital media experience. Much of his perspective on innovation can be easily applied to finances and money.

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August 16th, 2011

Review: JA Finance Park Teaches Budgeting to Teens

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Imagine this: You’re back-to-school shopping with your teen, when he sees the perfect backpack to haul all of his school supplies. It has tons of storage and clever compartments. It has enough room for his laptop. It’s in his favorite color. The problem? It’s way out of your price range.

You try to explain that you have a budget, but your teen still wants the backpack. What do you do?

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