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Summer 2007 – Special Edition: 51 Ways to Save Hundreds on Loans and Credit Cards

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A Message to Readers
You probably think of loans and credit cards as services — as ways to borrow money and buy things. And of course, you're right about that. But given the astounding array of credit-related services available today, with their varying degrees of complexity and costs, it's smart to think of mortgages, credit cards and auto loans as products — tangible items that you should research and compare before you buy, and then use with care.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation wants to help you reap the benefits of loans and credit cards at the lowest possible costs. That's why this special edition of our quarterly FDIC Consumer News is a collection of 51 simple, practical tips and other guidance that can help you save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

In this special edition you'll find ideas and information on topics such as how to: get the best possible interest rates on loans and credit cards; avoid paying unnecessary fees; find "emergency" loans at affordable prices; and steer clear of credit-related rip-offs and scams.

At the FDIC, we not only help keep your money safe in insured bank accounts, we also want to help you keep more of your money.

Simple strategies for cutting costs any time

    Cutting Your Costs: Simple Strategies for Saving Money on Loans and Credit Cards

    Refinancing: Tips for Mortgages and Other Credit

    Borrower Beware: How to Avoid Fraudulent or Deceptive Deals

Special Tips

    Taking Charge of Your Credit Cards

    Home Loans: How to Keep Costs from Going Through the Roof

    Auto Loans: Take Control of the Financing Before You Take Control of the Wheel

    When You Need Money Fast: Sources of Affordable Cash

    Paying for College ... the Smart Way

    Financing a Small Business: Saving Money to Help Your Company Grow

For More Help or Information on Loans and Credit Cards

Printable Versions

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This publication may be reprinted in whole or in part without advance permission. In addition, the FDIC offers this special edition online in a PDF version (above) that looks just like the printed publication and can easily be reproduced in any quantity.

Space on the back page of the PDF version also was intentionally left blank so that an organization could add its name, logo, a special message and/or mailing information.


Last Updated 08/15/2007