Credit Advice & Tips

New and Used Car Loans and Refinancing  Secured and Unsecured Credit Cards  Credit Report, Score, Repair and Protection  Debt Counseling, Settlement and Consolidation  New Home Purchase, 2nd Mortgage ReFi, Cash Equity  Short and Long Term Personal Loans


Privacy and Security

        

Christmas Credit Card

Christmas Credit Card Offers

Get matched in minutes

           

Christmas Personal Loan

Christmas Personal Loans

Short and long term

          

             

    

  

Annuity - Learn about annuity investments.

Balance checkbook - How to balance a checkbook and download our free checkbook register software.

Bank checking account - How to read a bank checking account statement.

Business loan - Get funding to start a small business or to finance a corporation.

How much money can I borrow - Input the amount you can afford to repay, whether bi-weekly or monthly installments, and the calculator will review the maximum loan amount you can afford to payback.

Card interest rates - Get current credit card interest rates from major issuers.

Card & Loan calculators - Calculate credit card interest, mortgage payments, home refinancing, and to manage and track expenses budgets, plus create a household budget.

Checkbook Register - Free CheckBook Register Software to Manage Expenses

Christmas credit card - Apply for a Christmas credit card to make gift purchases.

Christmas credit card debt - Options on how to get help with too much Christmas credit card debt.

Christmas credit card shopping - Tips for safe shopping with your credit card.

Christmas gift cards - buying, selling and trading retail store gift cards. Buy discounted cards or sell gift cards for cash.

Christmas personal loan - short or long term personal loan with monthly installments to purchase Christmas gifts.

Consolidate student loan - Apply to refinance student loan debt for a lower interest rate and payments.

Counterfeit money - Spot counterfeit money and report fake money to the govt.

Create a will - How to create a will yourself and prepare a living will.

Credit card statement - How to read a credit card billing statement.

Credit and divorce - How divorce affects your credit score and bill payments.

Credit and loan prequalification - Prequalify for credit cards and loans based upon your credit score.

Espanol credito - Obtenga el crédito y los préstamos financieros. Algunos abastecedores del crédito no tienen traducción española. Tarjeta de crédito.

File bankruptcy - How to file bankruptcy, chapter 7, 11, 13.

Financial calculators

Free bank checking account - Apply for a no fee, online bank checking account.

Free bankruptcy forms - Free online chapter 7, chapter 11 and chapter 13 bankruptcy forms.

Free calculator downloads - Free financial calculators and software for budgets, interest, payments, and more.

Free checking account - Free internet checking accounts.

Free credit check - Rate your credit based upon your personal history.

Free credit offers - Financial newsletter membership for free credit offers by email.

Free IRS tax calculator - Quickly and easily calculate your estimated taxes and withholding.

Free money and gov grants - Instant access (no registration and no credit card) to government grant programs and applications.

Free online tax return filing - Qualify for free tax return filing.

Government debt consolidation loans - Truth about government loans to pay bills.

Government grant - Instant access to Government grant applications with no registration required.

Government assistance - Apply for government assistance programs.

Government grants for disabled - Apply for disability grants.

Government grant federal unclaimed money - Locate and claim unclaimed money.

Government grant foundations - Check to see if you qualify for a grant.

Government nontraditional grants - Review other types of grants.

Government pensions - Information about government retirement plans.

Government private grant foundations - Search for a grant from other foundations.

Government unclaimed funds - See if you are entitled to free money.

Government unclaimed money - See if someone owes you a refund.

Government veteran grant - Veteran grant programs.

Government women education grant - Educational grants for women.

Insurance - Get online quotes for life, home and auto insurance.

Interest Rates - Get current interest rates for loans and credit cards.

No collateral business loan - Quick cash for small businesses.

Personal budget - Download our personal budget software.

Personal budget software - How to use our personal budget software.

Personal finance - Keep track of personal finances with our services and resources.

Personal finance newsletter - Free personal finance management tips and special credit offers.

Plan retirement - Prepare for retirement with our tips.

Question and advice - Free online help, just submit your question and get an answer.

Reminders to pay bills - Free reminders so you pay bills on time.

Track expenses - Free software to track where you spend your money most.

   

  

   

    

Auto Loan: Good or bad credit auto loan quote. Apply for a new or used auto loan, or for car refinancing.
 

Credit Card: Search for a gold rewards or a bad credit card. To rebuild credit, get an instant approval credit card. Browse unsecured platinum and guaranteed credit card offers.

  

Credit Report: Free credit report help to fix credit report errors and improve credit score ratings.

 

Debt Counseling: Nonprofit credit counseling, unsecured debt consolidation or free debt settlement.

 

Free Credit Offers: Get no obligation credit offers and receive alerts and tips to manage personal finances.

 

Home Loan: Stop paying rent and live the American dream.

 

Mortgage Refinancing: 2nd mortgage loan for remodeling, equity cash out or a debt consolidation loan.

 

Payday Loan: Get a good or bad credit unsecured loan with no credit check and no collateral.

  

Personal Loan: Short or long term personal loan.

  

Personal Finance: Create a personal budget, balance a checkbook, file bankruptcy and more.

 

Free Help: Personal finance newsletter, credit advice and tips.

 

Interest rates: National averages of credit card, mortgage, refinancing and auto loan interest rates.
  

                 

  

U.S. Consumer Credit Applications - Click Choice to Preview Financial Offer

     

Personal Loan  Short and Long Term, Secured and Unsecured (as available)

Credit Card Match  Secured, Unsecured, Rebuild Credit and Rewards

Debt Relief  Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement and Consolidation

Credit Report  Fix Credit Report Errors and Improve Credit Score

Mortgage Loan  New Home, Equity and Refinance

Auto loan  New, Used and Refinancing (as available)

     

     

Can I get approved for a credit card or loan? Look at your credit approval worthiness from a creditor's point of view to help you figure out if you qualify before you apply.

  1. Do you clearly have the ability to repay the loan. Do you have adequate income and steady employment.

  2. Do you have assets, such as savings and checking accounts, CDs, personal property, real estate, etc. If so, this shows creditors that you have financial stability.

  3. Do you have too many; or too much, liabilities like credit cards, installment loans, child support or alimony to pay.

  4. Do you meet obligations, such as making all payments on time, have a good credit report, etc.

  

Comparing various credit offers can not only be confusing, yet also quite time consuming. Referring to forums and advice boards are not much use either, as you cannot verify the truth of any statements as they could have been submitted by a representative of a credit company.

 

When considering credit cards, the pros and cons of each one can make your head spin. There are secured, unsecured, pre-paid and debit cards. Among those there are different issuers all with differing terms, fees, rates and rewards. Some cards are reserved for excellent credit applicants and some are designed to rebuild credit. Many people dedicate vast amounts of time comparing cards only to discover after they apply that they are not qualified and their application is rejected.

 

Auto loans may not have as many variables, yet there's a huge advantage of networking to find the absolute lowest interest rate as well as a great deal. Requesting multiple free quotes with no obligation can make the lender choice easier.

  

Personal loans are not all alike, as they can be secured or unsecured, with either short or long term repayment periods with monthly installments. Even the simpler payday advances. are comprised of lenders with varying interest rates and fees to be compared, in addition to finding one with a good customer service record. There are also some payday lenders who offer longer repayment periods than the typical two weeks. As for large personal loans, based upon the lender there are both secured and unsecured types.  High amount personal loans with long term repayments have their own interest rates and fees to consider.

  

Best lenderpreviews consumer credit offers in an effort to make comparing, choosing and getting an approved application easier for the consumer. In some instances, it can be highly beneficial to use a free matching service to find the credit you need and qualify for without unwanted hard credit pulls. In some instances, you can get pre-approved with only soft pulls, or with no credit report reviews whatsoever.

     

     

Gppd lender makes it easier for underserved consumers to locate and obtain the financial assistance they need.

      

Secured and Unsecured Credit Card Offers

    

  

Good or Bad Credit Personal Loan Application

Apply for a bad credit unsecured loan with no credit check or a personal loan of up to $10,000. A payday loan offers instant, guaranteed approval and is ideal as an emergency cash loan. A long term personal loan offers lower interest but requires good credit. Compare benefits of a short term and a high risk loan and submit an online application.

(Offers as available depending upon lender participation; subject to change)

  

  

  



Christmas Holidays Financial Mistakes to Avoid: Tis the season when normal credit card rules and safe spending habits are forgotten. Instead, the holiday season is often an excuse to splurge, charging up credit card balances that take an entire year to repay, if not more. That's not the only mistake people make with their credit cards during the holidays. Here is a list of 10 common holiday credit card mistakes.

1. Maxing out your credit card on gifts. If you max out your credit card during holiday shopping, you risk going over your credit limit once finance charges kick it. Plus there's a negative impact to your credit score whenever your balance exceeds around 10% to 30% of your credit limit. You face an over-the-limit fee and you could trigger the default interest rate if you go over your credit limit while you're holiday shopping.

2. Buying more gifts than you can afford. Racking up more debt than you can repay will lead to trouble in the New Year as you struggle to figure out how to pay for those charges. Save yourself some future stress by only purchasing what you can repay in full when your bill comes.

3. Gift shopping without a budget. Without a predetermined spending limit, you can easily max out your credit card or charge more than you can afford. Before you hit the mall, figure out how much you can reasonably spend and keep that amount in mind as you shop.

4. Spending without tracking your balance. A budget does no good if you don't make sure you're keeping up with it. Keep track of your receipts and periodically check to make sure you're not spending too much. You may even be able to call your card's automated line to double check your balance.

5. Opening or applying for new accounts just for the discount. Retail stores will encourage you to sign up for their store credit cards and even offer a discount on your purchase. Resist the temptation to apply for new accounts just to purchase more gifts. The inquiries affect your credit score and you risk charging more than you can afford.

6. Letting someone holiday shop with your credit card. If you loan your credit card to someone else, you have no control over how much they're spending on gifts. Be prepared to repay the balance of those gifts if your card borrower doesn't pay up.

7. Leaving your card unattended while you shop, eat, etc. There is a lot going on during the holiday season. Your credit card is targeted more during this time of year than any other time. Keep your credit card close to you and never let it out of your sight. Granted, you have limited (sometimes $0) liability for charges on a stolen credit card, but dealing with a stolen credit card can dampen your holiday spirit. Put credit card safety first.

8. Using your credit card to buy gifts because you don't have cash. If you don't have cash to buy gifts this holiday season, chances are you can't really afford the gifts anyway. If you don't have money for gifts, don't resort to credit. Instead, consider regifting items you've receive, find deals at a thrift store or yard sale, or give homemade gifts. (Not giving a gift at all is also an option.)

9. Charging gifts for yourself because you "deserve" them. It can be hard perusing the stores for weeks without getting anything for yourself. While you're going to see things you want to buy, but practice self-discipline. Remember that while you're out getting gifts for others, there are people buying gifts for you.

10. Ignoring your post-holiday billing statement. If you kept track of how much you spent, you can already guess that your first credit card billing statement will be higher than normal. Facing it sooner rather than later will help you get rid of that high balance sooner rather than later. Another reason to check your billing statement: to catch any fraudulent holiday charges made by rogue elves.



Retail Store Christmas Layaway Plans - One way to avoid high interest credit card debt is to place purchases on layaway. Below is a listing of retailer programs:

-------------------------------------------------------------

Bed Bath & Beyond Layaway - Currently Bed Bath & Beyond does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Hallmark Layaway - Currently Hallmark does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

J C Penney Layaway - Currently J C Penney does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Kmart Layaway, offer valid only on new Kmart Layaway contracts initiated from 10/19 through 11/01.

$10 down due at contract initiation. All fees nonrefundable. Cancellation fees apply. No cancellation fees in Ohio. Requires biweekly payments. Total layaway contract amount spread over 4 biweekly payments for an 8 week contract and 6 biweekly payments for a 12 week contract. Maryland, Washington D.C. and online offer 8 week contracts only. 12-week Layaway option available on purchases of $300 or more. Not available at all stores. Exclusions apply. See store for further details.

Online and In-Store ONLY (with a total purchase of $300 or more).

Payment Option: 8 weeks
Service fee* $5.00
Cancellation fee*$10.00
Down Payment* $15 or 10% (whichever is greater)
Biweekly Payments: 4 easy payments (of balance due after down payment)

Payment Option: 12 weeks:
Service fee* $10.00
Cancellation fee* $20.00
Down Payment* $30 or $10% (whichever is greater)
Biweekly Payments: 6 easy payments (of balance due after down payment)

In-Store layaway: Offer valid only on Layaway purchases made from 10/19 through 11/01. Not combinable with any other offer. Discount given on clothing, shoes and jewelry at time of new in-store layaway purchase. Purchase requirement calculated before taxes and after other discounts have been applied and must be made in a single transaction. Excludes clearance merchandise, Everyday Great Price items, Deal Flash, red-tag special buys, incredible buys, introductory offers, gold-filled jewelry, family jewelry and class rings. Savings applied and pro-rated across all qualifying items purchased in addition to the minimum requirements and will be deducted from any refund. Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. Subject to full program terms available at www.shopyourway.com.

In-Store Layaways: 4 Easy steps to get what you want.
1.Shop what you want. Add your items to cart and go to checkout
2.Make a down payment.† This includes the Service Fee and is due when you initiate your contract.
3.Make payments every two weeks. Online or at any in-store register with cash, check or debit/credit card.
4.Pick up your items. Once your last payment is made, or schedule your pickup online.

In-Store Layaway FAQs:
How long is a Kmart layaway contract?
Layaway contracts are 8 weeks. For purchases of $300 or more, a 12-week option is available in-store.

Are there any fees? Except where prohibited by law, an 8 week contract requires a $5 Service Fee and a 12-week layaway contract requires a $10 Service Fee.*

Can I cancel a layaway contract? Yes, you can cancel any layaway contract. You will receive a refund of your payments made to date minus the Service and Cancellation Fees.*

Are all items online available for layaway? Items that are available for online layaway will be identified as "Available for Layaway" on the individual product page.

What are my payments? 4 easy payments of balance due are required after down payment for an 8 week contract and 6 easy payments of balance due are required for a 12-week contract.

What if I miss a layaway payment? You have a 7-day grace* period after your payment due date before your contract is cancelled and items are returned to stock. A nonrefundable Cancellation Fee will apply.*

Where can I make my payments? You can make a payment at any register in the store that holds your contract or online at kmart.com/layaway.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Macys Layaway - Currently Macys does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Old Navy Layaway - Currently Old Navy does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

RadioShack Layaway - Currently RadioShack does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Sears No Money Down Layaway* Offer valid on new layaway purchases made in-store and online. Service fees and exclusions apply. See associate for details.*

Pay nothing today! 4 or 6 equal payments, Lock in today's prices. Sears layaway overview, 4 Easy steps to get what you want.

1.Shop for virtually anything. Bring your items to any register in the store or add to your shopping cart online.
2.Make your down payment. View sample payment table
3.Make payments every two weeks online or at any Sears register. Use cash, check or debit/credit card.
4.Pick up your items if they are held at the store. For items held at the warehouse, schedule a pick-up or delivery time.

8-week option layaway facts:
Service Fee is $5 for all new layaway contracts.*
Cancellation Fee is $15 for all new layaway contracts.*
Down Payment is $20 or 20% (whichever is greater) and is collected when merchandise is put on layaway.*
4 Easy Payments of balance due are required after down payment for an 8-week layaway contract.

12-week option layaway, In-Store Only (with a total purchase of $400 or more )
Service Fee * $10
Cancellation Fee * $25
Down Payment* $35 or 20% whichever is greater
Bi-Weekly Payments 6 easy payments (16.7% of balance due after down payment)

* Except where prohibited by law, in which case the payment would be less than that amount.
See stores for state specific fee limitations. Down payment includes $5 Service Fee for an 8-week contract
and a $10 Service Fee for a 12-week contract. No partial cancellations are permitted. Cancellations
can be made only in the store where you opened your contract.

Offer valid only on new Sears Layaway contracts initiated. No down payment required in store at contract initiation. One penny required down online. Service fees apply. All fees nonrefundable. Cancellation fees apply. No cancellation fee in Ohio. Requires biweekly payments. Total Layaway contract amount spread over 4 biweekly payments for an 8 week contract and 6 biweekly payments for a 12 week contract. 12 week Layaway option available in-store only for purchases of $400 or more.

Buy it your way with Sears Layaway. Get what you want and pay over time. Shop your favorite items, such as clothing, toys and games, electronics, and much more. Then pay on an affordable schedule that fits your budget. Before you know it, you'll be taking your items home, free and clear. But it your way with Sears Layaway provides you with more shopping options. Need more information? Go to Sears.com/Layaway.

How long is a Sears layaway contract? Layaway contracts are 8 weeks. For purchases of $400 or more, a 12-week option is available in-store.

Are there any fees? Except where prohibited by law, an 8-week contract requires a $5 Service Fee and a 12-week layaway contract requires a $10 Service Fee.*

Can I cancel a layaway contract? Yes, you can cancel any layaway contract. You will receive a refund of your payments made to date minus the Service and Cancellation Fees.*

Are all items online available for layaway? Items that are eligible for online layaway will be identified as "Available for Layaway" on the individual product page.

What are my payments? 4 easy payments of balance due are required after down payment for an 8-week contract and 6 easy payments of balance due are required for a 12-week contract.

What if I miss a layaway payment? You have a 7 day grace period after your payment due date before your contract is cancelled and items are returned to stock. A nonrefundable Cancellation Fee will apply.*

Where can I make my payments? You can make a payment at the store that holds your contract or online at sears.com/layaway.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Target Layaway - Currently Target does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Toys R Us FREE Layaway In Store with No upfront fees!

1 Simply deposit 10% of the total cost. There is no service fee!
2 All payments can be made at any register or online, 24 hours a day.
3 Make your final payment in store, and take your item home right away. Or, if you make your final payment online, you will be notified of the earliest time you can pick up your item.

Need to cancel your Layaway order? Item(s) will be returned to the shelves and payments will be refunded, minus a $10 cancellation fee.

*Available at all stores except Toys "R"Us Times Square. Excludes Special Orders, food, formula and clothing.

Toys R Us Free Online Layaway - Get it shipped to your home or pick up in store!

Layaway is available on gym sets, video game systems, bikes, ride-ons & so much more!

Enjoy the convenience of making additional payments over time online or in store!

Pick it up or ship it. After your final payment, we'll let you know when to pick up your item, or you can choose to have it shipped!

-------------------------------------------------------------

T J Maxx Layaway - Currently T J Maxx does not offer a layaway program.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Walmart Layaway: Start today. Take More Time To Pay. Christmas Layaway runs from Sept 12 to Dec 15. Place electronics, auto electronics, large furniture, infant furniture, toys, select sporting goods, small applicances and jewelry.

No Opening Fee.
Down payment $10 or 10% whichever is greater.
Program is for in stores only.

Layaway is available in stores this holiday season from September 12 through December 15. Certain store locations offer layaway year round for jewelry purchases only. Layaway is not offered for online purchases.

Policy:
* Minimums – Individual items must be $15 or greater. Total purchases must be $50 or greater
* Terms – Final payment and pickup must be made on or before December 15 at the same store layaway was initiated (or order will be canceled).
* Cancellation – If account is canceled, items will be returned to inventory. Down payment and payments made will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation fee.
* Returns – Walmart Returns Policy applies to all layaway transactions.

Pickup & pay:
* Location – Layaway is initiated and picked up at the Service Desk. Payments can be made at any register.
* Timing – Some layaway items may be stored at a location other than where the layaway account was opened. All items stored remotely will be available for pickup within 10 days of paying the balance due, but no later than December 15.

Restrictions:
* In stores only (not available for online purchases)
* Available for electronics, toys, select sporting goods, small appliances and jewelry
* Excludes wireless phones that require contracts.
* Layaway not available on Friday, November 28th.

See your local Walmart store’s service desk for more details.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Zales Layaway Policy - EXCLUSIVE TEN FOR TEN LAYAWAY PLAN: Put 10% down and pay the rest in ten equal monthly payments. Jewelry buying made easy. See store for details.

  

Copyright 2001-2014: CreditFederal.Com personal loan for bad credit, no credit check credit card, debt settlement negotiation, bill consolidation, mortgage & auto loans.