8 Ways Online Retailers Push Us To Overspend

Overspending during the holidays is easy…and even easier when online retailers deploy every tactic to get your attention. Here are 8 ways online retailers push us to overspend.

Infographic listing 8 ways online retailers push you to overspend online

1. They offer free shipping… with a minimum purchase.
When retailers offer to sponsor shipping costs if you spend $50, they lure you into spending more.

2.  They make it super-easy to check out.
Websites make their checkout process ridiculously easy to keep you from overthinking your purchases and opting out. read more

5 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score

5 ways to boost your credit score

Credit scores… that three-digit number may not always be top-of-mind, but chances are, you’ve given some thought to boosting your score. Here are 5 tips to get you started.

1. Pay your bills on time. If you find this to be a challenge, consider signing up for automatic payments.

2. Pay more than just the minimum payment on your credit cards. Work on paying down your debt before you acquire any new debt.

3. Pay your credit card bills before they’re due. This way, more of your money will go toward paying for the month’s purchases instead of interest.

4. Find out if you have any outstanding medical bills. These can significantly drag down your credit score.

5. If you feel your debt has become unmanageable, consider a debt management program. Talk with us at MembersFirst about your options.

**Your Turn** Did you recently improve your credit score? Tell us how you did it in the comments!

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5 Cringe-Worthy Credit Mistakes

Man cringing over credit card mistakes

You don’t need a special news alert to know…

…we’re all human.

Being human means we’re all bound to make a mistake or two when it comes to making credit decisions. Here are 5 of the most common credit card mistakes. See how many you’ve evaded.

Applying for every credit card under the sun (and being approved). Having a little buying power is great, but too much power can lead to a mountain of available credit and plenty of potential to begin mounting debt. This looks risky to a lender. Stick with one or two and be sure they’re the best card you can carry.

Misplacing your magnifying glass—you really do need to read the fine print. Within that tiny print lies the answer to whether you’ll be paying more to have that credit card in your wallet and how long. Do your homework–there are plenty of companies out there with annual fees, short introductory rate periods, difficult repayment terms, fees to transfer balances and more.

How does your card rate? Low, we hope. When applying for a credit card, you probably didn’t opt to be tied for life to its balance. Not shopping for the best rate can mean paying down a balance for much longer than you might realize. Save yourself some time, money and stress and search for the best rate you can get. The lower the rate, the faster the balance will be paid off.

Don’t listen to mom—less isn’t always more. When it comes to paying off high-interest credit cards, making the minimum payments may seem innocent enough, but it leads to bloated balances. To keep balances low and easy to maintain, don’t charge more than you can pay off within a month or two and be sure to make more than the minimum payment. Your future self will thank you.

Fashionably late or just bad credit karma? read more