When is Credit Card Consolidation Best for You?

Consolidation is a word you have probably heard before, but what does it mean and how can it help you? There are a few basic ways that consolidation works. Each case is different and finding an individual solution for our DECU members can depend on the member, their income, credit score, and their available equity. […]

How to Build a Credit Score as a College Student

A FICO credit score is built upon several different categories. By knowing what a FICO score is, you can best figure out how to build your credit score quickly. One quick method involves someone with an established credit line being willing to authorize a new-to-credit person be added to already-established credit cards. If this simple […]

How to Save and Manage Money as a College Student

As a recent college graduate, I’ve learned countless ways to save and manage my money over the four years. For most, college is a great learning experience where students have very little income and lots of expenses all while having to build their financial foundation. There is no better time to practice good money habits than during this exciting and formative period in life.

FICO® Score vs. Credit Score. What is a FICO Score?

We all know a credit score is essential when it comes to applying for a credit card, an auto loan, or a mortgage. When a company or a lender checks your credit report, they may be getting it from one or more of the three major agencies – Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion. In addition to […]

7 Ways Your Credit Card Can Save You Money While Traveling

Whether you’re jetting off to your next vacation during the holidays or if you’re planning for a trip, using your credit card’s incredible travel benefits can actually save you a lot of money. DECU’s Visa® Signature Credit Card offers you a premium card experience. The money saving benefits our Visa card provides can certainly make […]

Ask Yourself This Before You Open A Store Credit Card

Opening a store credit card can provide many perks and discounts that could save you money immediately. However, in the long run, it can also be a source of stress and a damper on your credit scores. Whenever you find yourself asking, “Should I open a store credit card?”, remember to also ask yourself these […]

How to Work Towards a Perfect Credit Score

Are you looking to improve your credit score? Achieving a perfect score is certainly something for which to aspire, but it’s actually not that necessary. Just 1.5% of scorable U.S. consumers earn a perfect 850 credit score, according to Ethan Dornhelm, VP of Scores & Predictive Analytics at FICO® [1]. Most lenders agree that as […]