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Saving Money - Part 2

Saving Money - Part 2  By Michelle Black

Have you ever found yourself in a place where you have more bills than money? Money shortages lead to a poor credit rating, marital stress, and the inability to provide the things your family needs.  One of the first things you will want to do if you find yourself in a situation where your budget is unbalanced is look for a way to start saving money. We hope today's tip will be helpful.

Tip #2: Ask for your bills to be lowered. Similar to yesterday's tip regarding asking for your credit card interest rates to be lowered, you can also request for many of your monthly bills to be lowered as well.  Try calling your cable company, explain that you have seen some great offers for satellite TV and that you are considering switching services. However, before switching, you wanted to check with them to see if they could offer you a lower monthly rate. While you are at it, ask for your internet service bill to be lowered as well. I have personally saved money off both of these monthly services just by calling and kindly making the request.

Other monthly bills you may be able to get lowered with a request include your cell phone bill (even if you are currently under contract), your lawn care bill, your newspaper subscription, your insurance bill, etc. By calmly and politely making the request you can save yourself a lot of money. When making the request for your bill to be lowered please keep the following in mind:

1. Always be polite and calm. Getting angry will most likely insure that you do NOT get the bill reduction you need. 2. Explain why you need for the bill to be lowered. For example, "I have seen an offer for a better rate" or "I cannot afford to continue making such high payments and I'm trying to balance my budget." 3. Ask for a supervisor if necessary. The first customer service agent you speak with likely will not have the authority to lower your bill. 4. Don't take no for an answer. If the supervisor refuses your request politely explain your reason for needing the bill lowered again and ask "What can you do to help me please?"

Remember to check back with us again for part 3 of our money saving blog series. Saving money can help put you on the path towards a balanced budget and even a healthier credit report! If you need personalized credit or budgeting advice please feel free to give our friendly staff a call at 704-499-9696.

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Your Tax Refund Could Equal Healthy Credit If Invested Wisely!

Every year at tax refund time we have many clients wisely choose to  invest part of their tax refund check towards achieving a healthy credit report. Wouldn’t you love for 2012 to be the year when you finally reach the higher credit scores you desire? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if 2012 was the year when you were finally able to stop those pesky collection calls and possibly even become a homeowner? HOPE would love the opportunity to help you reach your goals! You can join the ranks of the 85+ HOPE graduates who have completed the program with credit scores healthy enough to purchase a home in just the last 4 months! Call or email us today to schedule your own personal, no obligation credit analysis with one of our credit experts to see if the HOPE Program is right for you. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!



Free Credit Report

Free Credit Report – No Strings Attached - No Credit Card Required!

By Michelle Black

Did you know that you are legally entitled to receive a free credit report every single year from all 3 of the credit bureaus (Equifax, Trans Union, and Experian)? Simply visit to request your free report once every 12 months with zero strings attached!  Trust us, we have checked it out. Now, unfortunately, this free report does not provide you with free credit scores (though you can pay to access your credit scores as well).  However, even though you will not be able to receive your credit scores for free, the free credit file disclosure report will show you 100% of the account currently on your file.

You may wonder why it is important to check your credit report in the first place.  Well, there are actually several important reasons:

1.  Protect yourself from fraud – Checking your credit report once every 6 months will dramatically reduce your chances of identity fraud.  If you check your credit report and discover “fishy” accounts then you can speak with a HOPE Credit Specialist for some expert advice and you may even be advised to file a police report.

2.  Protect yourself from credit bureau mistakes – Let’s face it.  The credit bureaus make mistakes and those mistakes can cost you, big time! Checking your credit report every 6 months will help you to monitor your file for incorrect accounts or incorrect information being reported.

If you do check your credit report and find errors, identity fraud, or other credit issues please know that all hope is not lost. There is still a way to turn your current credit situation around and achieve healthier credit scores! The HOPE Program has been helping people just like you to deal with credit problems for over 10 years. In fact, the average HOPE member graduates our program within 6 months or less!  Call us today at 704-499-9696 to schedule your NO-OBLIGATION credit analysis with a HOPE Credit Specialist. You have nothing to lose and could even gain the financial freedom you deserve!

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New Year's Resolution Contest!

What is your New Year's Resolution for 2011? Do you want to have clean credit or pay off your credit cards? Do you want to finally put an end to those pesky collection calls?  Maybe you want to become a homeowner and stop throwing away money on rent every month. Whatever your goal, HOPE wants to know! HOPE is sponsoring a fun contest for you to share your New Year's resolutions and maybe even win a fabulous prize! Simply click here to tell us your resolutions for the upcoming year. One lucky person will win a FREE, personalized credit analysis with a HOPE credit specialist who will help show you how achieving healthier credit can become a reality for you in 2011!  We can't wait to hear about your goals for the new year!



Give the Gift of Clean Credit!

Give the Gift of Clean Credit!This year you can give your friends and family a Christmas gift that can dramatically improve their quality of life - the gift of clean credit! At HOPE we recommend checking your credit report at least once per year.  For only $30 you or your loved one can have a full, detailed, professional credit analysis with a HOPE Credit Specialist including personalized tips on how to improve his/her credit report.  Call or email today to order your gift certificates for this Christmas season! We ho-ho-hope to hear from you soon! *Special Offer: Buy $100 worth of gift certificates during December and receive a $25 gift certificate for free!