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Can you change your due dates?

The short answer is yes. In fact, it can be a great way to avoid late penalties and taking a hit on your credit score while you are on vacation or traveling to an area that you wont have the ability to pay your credit card bills. Many companies and lenders, including Discover and Barclays will allow you to switch your due date as long as it is within that billing cycle.

How is this useful though? In the past if you were traveling you either had to have access to the internet to pay online or pre-pay your statements to avoid any late fees or score penalties. This might still be a great option though because pre-paying statements and getting those balances paid down can free up more spending power without having to worry about going over that magic 30% number we have talked about so many times.

But If you are unable to pre-pay or you know that your budget depends on a check coming in you are able to move that due date and still make on-time or early payments before, during, or after your vacation.

It is important though to stick to your budget each month and especially for your vacation. Be sure to check out 3.5 Tips To Keeping Your Wallet & Credit Safe This Summer before you plan your next summer trip.

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Credit Limit Looking Too Low For Vacation?

We have all been there. During the summer or during holidays our credit limits get all used up. We all know that we should really try to keep spending under 30% of our limit each month. Things happen though and sometimes we go over. Yes this can and if you do it often enough WILL hurt your credit score.

Here’s the good news though…

If you have been making regular payments and have a fairly established history on your cards, you can actually ASK for a credit line increase. Increasing your credit line will reduce your credit usage and improve your Utilization Ratio. Thus you will see a relatively fast credit boost. And it will free up some room on your credit line for those budgeted vacation expenses.

Here’s the bad news…

If you don’t practice self control when it comes to your spending, it’s a really fast way to rack up a lot of debt. Now that you got that nice boost in available credit you need keep spending down. And always make sure you are paying your card regularly and if possible paying your entire statement balance each month!

Why you should do this before you travel: Well traveling can be expensive and this might be one of those out of the ordinary months where you spend over 30% of your credit line. If you have been saving though and have the money to pay for your vacation, you now need to have the credit. A boost in your credit utilization can free up your credit line for travel and other vacation expenses while either boosting your score or keeping it where it is now. And that’s a whole lot better than your FICO Score taking a hit when you are trying to enjoy your much deserved family time.

One more thing before you go outside to enjoy the summer weather this weekend… A lot of building and keeping a great score is self control and perseverance. The system is complex and can be confusing at best. But keep at it! Always keep working and never give up even if you feel like you have hit a wall. And remember it takes a lot of self-control to keep that score up.

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Are You Going To Let Fraud Follow You On Vacation?

Keep your card safe during your summer travels.

While the U.S. leads the rest of the world in credit card fraud it can happen anywhere. But that doesn’t mean we should make it easy or let it happen.

Whether you are going to be traveling internationally or domestically it is important to follow a couple safety measures to keep your card out of the hands of thieves and criminals.

One of the most important things to do pre travel is to notify your bank and your credit card issuer of your itinerary. This is especially important if you are going to be overseas and can’t easily reach your card company. Give them where you will be each day. Not only will this protect you it will also prevent their security features from shutting your card down unexpectedly.

You also need to pack smart. Especially when traveling to another country. Chances are you are not going to need every single card in your wallet when you are traveling. The risk is not worth having those cards with you. Generally, you should have your credit card that you have decided to use, maybe a bank card, cash, and maybe a backup credit card. Having extra cards that you are not going to use is just asking for trouble. If you lose your wallet or one of those cards falls out its more trouble that you have on a vacation, you are using to get away from it all… So stop making more trouble for yourself.

A little while ago we wrote about the U.S. switch to chip card. (Check Out That Blog Here) Luckily this is the norm with the rest of the world and has been for sometime now. It is important that while you are traveling in the states and even just with every day purchases that you always take advantage of that little chip in your card. A 2015 study showed that in 2015 the United States accounted for 47% of the world’s credit card fraud while only accounting for 24% of the world’s card volume. With EMV Chips this will go down. So if you have the option always use the EMV Chip Reader.

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Protect Yourself and Your Credit: More Credit Myths You Need To Know

The internet, traditional media, TV media, news magazines, and papers are full of useful and accurate information. But, they are also littered with inaccurate and dangerous falsehoods and myths. It’s hard to know what to trust and to believe. And when it comes to credit and credit repair or building credit, much of the information is outright false or inaccurate. For example, have you ever heard or believed either of these two common credit myths?

Credit Myth No. 1: “The credit bureaus are government agencies.”

Completely false. Credit bureaus are for profit companies.

They collect data to sell to lenders and other credit providers, landlords, insurance companies and more. They are not affiliated with the government but are governed under the Federal Trade Commission.

Credit Myth No. 2: “Credit Repair is against the law.”

Again, totally false. Infant, federal and some state laws specifically protect your right to repair and enhance your credit score.

The Federal Credit Reporting Act and Credit Repair Organizations Act both specifically state that it’s legal for you both to repair your own credit, or hire someone to do it on your behalf.

It’s not always easy to repair your own credit. Many people don’t even know where to start. But, if you are a person who can and does do it yourself there are some great resources that will walk you through the issues and the specific steps that you can take.

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