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You don’t take my advice and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 5 months

It’s been nearly half a year since that ghastly Equifax breach and the news that’s coming out keeps looks grimmer. There’s no regulation in sight and a lot of options for locking your credit.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Spring break, woohoo!: You’re a real adult now. Your idea of Spring Break is no longer Daytona Beach and sleeping 12 to a room. Maybe you’ll book a nice spa getaway, or find a nice flight to a national park. Or maybe you and your 12 closest friends will still go to Daytona Beach. It’s really a toss-up.

Taxing time: It may take you two hours to figure out how to claim that $13 you made in dividends on your measly stock holdings, but hey, you don’t want to get audited. This tax season, don’t forget that canceled debt may come back to haunt you. Also, maybe think twice before using your credit card to pay that IRS tax bill.


What you might have missed last week.

Cashing in: I am going to say it one more time, for the people in the back – if you don’t pay off your balance at the end of the month, there’s no point in having a cash back card. Oh, here are some other tips for having a cash back card, too.

Bettin’ on debt: I am not mad, I am just disappointed. You should never take on someone else’s debt and expect to be paid back, you know this.
Tangled in the web
Here are things from around the internet the staff are reading.

It’s a day ending in “-y” so there’s drama at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. –NPR

I told y’all it was bad. –CNBC


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