Credit score

7 Reasons Why Your Credit Card Application Was Denied

Applying for a new credit card should be a pretty straightforward process. You find a card that you’re interested in, you put in your personal information, and you hit apply. If things go well, you’ll be approved instantly. However, sometimes, there’s not an immediate decision and you need to wait 7-10 business days to see…

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fraud and identity theft

8 Ways to Protect Yourself From Fraud and Identity Theft

Every year there seems to be a major cyberattack in Canada. The most recent one being the cyberattack on the Canada Revenue Agency which exposed the data of many Canadians. Shortly after that information was compromised, hackers used it to change the banking information of victims so they could fraudulently accept CERB payments. It sounds…

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How to Improve Your Credit Score

How to improve your credit score is one of the most common questions Canadians ask when it comes to their personal finances. Unlike your budget and spending, you have no real control over your credit score. Yes, there are various things that you can do that will increase or decrease your credit score, but since…

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Why You Shouldn’t Fund Your Travels on Credit

Hands up if you need a vacation? Okay, put your hand down, people are going to think you’re crazy if you’re putting your hands up wherever you’re reading this. I think it’s fair to say that the majority of us could use a vacation right now. Heck, quite often I need a vacation from my…

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The Best Credit Cards for Bad Credit

You may have heard that having a good credit score is something you should strive for, but what does that mean? Well, our credit score is a number between 300 and 900, the higher the number, the better our credit score is. This is important since we require a high credit score if we ever…

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How do Supplementary Credit Cards Work?

Whenever you sign up for a new credit card, you’re always asked if you want to add a supplementary card or an authorized user credit card. These two options are the same thing and sometimes people refer to it as a joint credit card. Getting a supplementary card is a great option for many people…

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Should you get a Credit Limit Increase?

I don’t know about you, but it seems like I can’t go a week without someone asking me if I want a credit limit increase. Every time I use an ATM or go into a bank branch, I get asked if I want to take advantage of my pre-approved credit limit increase. When I’m doing…

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Best prepaid credit cards in Canada

The Best Prepaid Credit Cards in Canada

Deciding on the best prepaid credit cards in Canada is pretty subjective. Some people are looking for a prepaid credit card because they want to increase their credit score while others prefer a hybrid card that allows you to preload funds and get rewards while using a credit card network. Prepaid credit cards don’t give…

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Secured vs Unsecured Credit Cards

By now we all know there are numerous types of credit cards; cash back, rewards, travel, balance transfer, etc. But, did you also know that there are secured and unsecured credit cards? What is a secured credit card? What is an unsecured credit card? Is one necessarily better than the other? Depending on your situation,…

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5 Pieces of Financial Advice I Wish I Knew in my 20’s

**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Borrowell. All opinions are my own. Growing up I was fortunate that my parents taught me some of the basics when it came to personal finance. I was encouraged by them to open a bank account when I was young and they told me…

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