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Five Myths that can Harm your Credit Score

Five Myths that can Harm your Credit Score

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    The average U.S. household carries $5,700 in credit card balance, according to 2016 data by the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately, a few myths persist that misinform consumers when it comes to sound financial practices and these misperceptions can have a negative impact on your credit report. It’s important to have a good profile with the three major reporting agencies because a low credit score can increase your borrowing costs, prevent you from accessing loans, and even diminish employment opportunities.

    Here are five myths when it comes to personal credit.

    Myth No. 1: Closing your accounts will improve your score.

    This is a common myth. Nearly one-third (31 percent) of Americans surveyed think that closing unused cards is good for credit according to an Oct. 2016 Capital One Credit Confidence Study. It can actually hurt your score by lowering your overall credit availability. What improves your score is paying down your balance and meeting your current obligations. Moreover, make sure you have a low credit utilization ratio. A high ratio can inform potential creditors that you may be over your head in loans.

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    You aren’t born with a credit score. You have to build it and maintain it. It measures your financial dependability.

    The whole purpose of paying your cards properly is to show potential and/or future lenders that you’re a low-risk borrower who makes payments on time. Doing so can give you access to a low-interest mortgage or car loan. Your credit-based transactions form part of your records with the credit reporting agencies. If you only pay with cash, you won’t have any payment history to show. Cash payments do not leave electronic proof of reliability as a borrower or consumer.

    Myth No. 2: Paying a delinquent loan will remove it from your report.

    A late or missing payment, a delinquent loan, accounts in collection, and bankruptcies aren’t removed from your credit report even if you pay or settle such accounts. In other words, negative marks will remain on your credit profile for seven years. Also, some bankruptcies stay on your report for up to ten years.

    It’s more important to not fall behind in the first place than it is to fix a delinquent account. Adverse information sticks to your report for a long time, so stay current with your bills and avoid items getting reported to the credit bureaus.

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      Myth No. 3: Settling your phone bill will increase your score.

      Wireless is either neutral or bad when it comes to personal finances. Paying your cellphone bill on time won’t build up your credit profile, but a delinquent payment will show up as a negative item. More than half (53 percent) of U.S. respondents incorrectly believe that paying their cellphone bill builds their credit score, according to Capital One’s study.

      If you go on vacation, pay your cellphone company ahead of time. You should exercise caution whenever you have a dispute with your provider. An inaccurate statement or a bill that incorrectly charges you for unwanted services could lead to a lengthy resolution process. During the dispute process, it’s possible that your payment could be classified as late.

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      If you have a dispute, consider paying your bill upfront and ask for a refund if the amount owed ends up being less. Alternatively, work out a plan with your wireless provider so you can avoid having a delinquent payment show up on your credit report.

      Myth No. 4: A “hard” inquiry won’t affect your score.

      Yes it can. An inquiry involving card applications, credit checks, and employment background inquiries can cause a temporary dip in your score. However, “soft” inquiries such as monitoring your credit score won’t have an adverse impact. About 27 percent of Americans incorrectly think that checking their credit report will reduce their score, according to the same Credit Confidence Study.

      There are monitoring tools and mobile apps, such as CreditWise, that allow you to check your score. There are websites that let you check your score for free once a year with Equifax, Experian, and Transunion.

      Myth No. 5: A debit card can increase your score.

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      No it won’t. A debit or check card such as those you use at groceries and gas stations are issued by your bank or credit union but they do not impact your credit report. They simply give you access to cash that you already keep in your checking or savings account. These plastic cards do not represent a credit card balance or consumer loan.

      A good credit report isn’t affected by how much money you have deposited into your bank. A credit score doesn’t measure how much paper currency you have stored. “Only by signing up for a credit card and proving that you can use it responsibly will you improve your credit score simply by paying for things,” writes Lauren Gensler at Forbes. However, if you bounce checks or have a negative balance at your bank it can be reported to credit bureaus.

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        Last Updated on April 19, 2021

        40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

        40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

        Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

        1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

        Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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          2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

          We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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            3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

            Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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              4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

              Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                  6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                  We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                    7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                    This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                      8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                      One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                        9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                        If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                          10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                          Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                            11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                            Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                              12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                              Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                  14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                  With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                    15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                    Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                      16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                      If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                        17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                        The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                          18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                          If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                            19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                            Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                              20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                              I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                  22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                  You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                    23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                    Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                      24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                      Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                        25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                        Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                          26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                          If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                            27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                            Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                              28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                              A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                  30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                  Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                    31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                    Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                      32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                      Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                        33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                        Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                          34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                          If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                            35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                            Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                              36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                              Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                  38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                  Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                    39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                    Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                      40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                      You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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