Managing Credit

A guide to putting your credit to work

The Basics

Good credit is essential to acquire the financing you need at different points in your life, like when you want to buy a car, a house, or pay for an education. And understanding credit is the first step to putting it to work for you instead of against you.

How to build good credit and avoid debt

How to build good credit and avoid debt

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What role does your credit history play?

What role does your credit history play?

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How long will it take to pay off a debt?

How long will it take to pay off a debt?

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Are credit card balance transfers worthwhile?

Are credit card balance transfers worthwhile?

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How to Build Good Credit

Below are tools and resources for building the credit you want to get the loans you need.

The Three Cs of Credit

The Three Cs of Credit

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Keeping your credit score healthy

Keeping your credit score healthy

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Increasing your monthly payment

Increasing your monthly payment

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Consolidate Your Debt

Combining multiple credit account balances into a single monthly payment can yield a lower interest rate, meaning more of your payment goes toward the initial loan amount. The following resources can help you decide the best time — and the best way — to consolidate.

Should I consolidate my debt?

Should I consolidate my debt?

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How lump sum payments impact your debt

How lump sum payments impact your debt

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Save on interest with bi-weekly payments

Save on interest with bi-weekly payments

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Determine how to meet a debt payoff goal

Determine how to meet a debt payoff goal

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