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Naming baby after yourself can cause credit mix-ups

Brady Porche

Expecting a baby? Be careful of the name you choose — your kid could get teased at school or worse, suffer credit report headaches as an adult. With a handful of time-tested exceptions, parents’ taste in baby names has evolved…
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Empty nest, full wallet? Not so fast

Karen Queen

After 22 years, our nest emptied this summer when our son finished college and left for the Air Force and our daughter began college.  After wiping away a few tears, I put away the tissue and took out my calculator.…
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CFPB helps protect foster children’s credit

Sienna Kossman

The Federal Trade Commission estimates that one of every 10 children is targeted for identity theft and the nearly 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system may be even more vulnerable.
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State bills would deep-freeze children’s credit

Sienna Kossman

Working on a story about familiar fraud helped me develop a good understanding of just how damaging identity theft can be, especially if it begins when a victim is young. Child identity theft in particular isn’t the easiest thing to resolve, so when I caught wind of what state governments are doing to help stop this type of fraud before it begins, I was immediately interested.
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Emily’s list: Lent edition

Emily Crone

On Tuesday, people all over America threw a massive party for Mardis Gras. Even at my office, people brought in king cake, jambalaya and colorful beads. It’s the all-out celebration that happens before Lent begins the next day, which involves choosing something to sacrifice or abstain from for the next 40 days until Easter arrives. I have one friend who is giving up smoking. Another friend is quitting Diet Coke. In the past, I’ve had friends give up chocolate, television, alcohol and other habits that weren’t bringing much to the table.

I’ve also heard of people using Lent as a time to give up accumulating debt with credit cards, unnecessary spending or expensive habits like eating out. If you’re sacrificing spending for Lent or just want to have better money habits, read on for my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.

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