PART 18: Fast track to becoming credit savvyThree-quarters of Americans have at least one credit card. Exploit them to your advantage and enhance your life.OverviewAll credit cards are not created equalThe fascinating history of credit cardsABCs of credit reportsHow credit reports and scores evolvedTake action7 ways to trash your credit scoreDealing with lower credit limitsThe credit score you need to score a loanHow to be a savvy credit cardholderHow to build a credit score from scratchBoost your credit score post-bankruptcySpotlightAuthor Amelia Warren Tyagi's formulaExpert Emily Peters: credit changes not fairRuth Susswein on credit pros and consCarolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., looks out for youPollNational poll: Americans dislike credit cardsTools & resourcesWork sheets, video clips, glossary and more Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18Series 3: Growth opportunties Series 1: Essentials advertisementRelated Links:Video: Gift card fees and termsGift card balance? Use it or lose itAmerican Express gift cardRelated Articles:6 ways to get free gift cardsWhy credit limits get cutCredit card rates
Three-quarters of Americans have at least one credit card. Exploit them to your advantage and enhance your life.
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