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Protect Yourself from Debt Collectors

Q: I’ve heard you say to never give collectors access to your checking account. Does that include payments with a debit card too? A: Absolutely! If you’re doing something like scheduling utility payments to come through your debit card or out of ...


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College Students: 4 Smart Money Moves

Though it seems like forever ago that I was a wide-eyed 18-year-old headed off for college (maybe because it was?), I can still vividly remember my sense of excitement. The mountain was mine to climb! And while I wouldn’t trade my college ...


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Kids and Credit: What They Need to Know

Parents, when your children turned 16, did you just toss them the keys to the family car and hope everything would work out for the best? Probably not, right? Instead, I’ll bet there were hours of driver’s education and countless ...


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When to Use Credit or Debit

So which card is better to use — your credit or debit card? “It really depends,” says Scott Halliwell, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with USAA. “I typically tell people to avoid using credit cards because of the ...


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Scary Finances: How to Keep the Nightmares at Bay

Come Halloween night, you may be haunted by visions of goblins and ghouls, but a financial fiasco could be the real nightmare. Even if you think you’re on solid financial footing, don’t let these scenarios pull you into the spooky ...


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Credit CARD Act and Consumers

This content is provided courtesy of USAA. Learn about the new protection against unfair rate increases and get a refresher on other credit card law changes


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6 Tips to Manage Debt and Credit Cards

Just because you “can” doesn’t mean you “should.” On May 16, the U.S. government figuratively maxed out its credit cards, hitting its debt ceiling of nearly 14.3 trillion. Now Congress has to either balance the ...


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How Can I Build Good Credit?

Hello, and welcome to Ask USAA. My name is Scott Halliwell, and we have a question today from Karen in Tennessee regarding building good credit. And it’s kind of a good news/bad news story. She says, “I’m 21 and have no ...