Marketplace Money for Friday, January 24, 2014

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This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich provides a crash course on credit with a look at consumer spending, credit reporting and more. Credit expert John Ulzheimer talks about how your credit score may be affected by your use of social media. Plus, relationship coach Andrea Syrtash discusses the etiquette of bringing up money in dating, and when it’s appropriate to ask your love interest to divulge their credit score. Also, personal finance journalist Liz Weston helps answer listeners’ questions about getting into debt by using plastic and we explore the costs of living off the credit grid.

What's your Facebook credit score?

We know that credit goes way beyond the plastic in our wallets -- from how much debt we carry to paying it off on time. Now, some credit agencies are looking into using our social media information in our credit reports.
Posted In: social media, credit scores, credit agencies

Giving credit where credit is due

But did you know there’s an unlisted category of consumers? People who have a credit score of more than 800.
Posted In: credit scores, FICO

Ask Carmen: How to rebuild credit after a bankruptcy

Personal finance columnist Liz Weston joins the show to answer credit questions from our listeners. When should you get a credit card? When is too early to sign up for a credit monitoring program? How do you rebuild credit after a bankruptcy?
Posted In: Credit card, ask carmen, credit scores

How to live off the credit card grid

Can you afford to say au revoir to your credit card?
Posted In: Credit card, off the grid, credit, Credit Cards

Marijuana, gambling, lotto tickets: Cash only

A few items that still require cash to purchase.
Posted In: pot, weed, online gambling, credit card laws

In sickness and in wealth

And you thought talking about the pre-nup was awkward... try bringing up a credit score on a date.
Posted In: dating, credit scores

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Call Me Nerd Sleek (Instrumental)
JXD
Mama Used To Say
Junior
Future Shock
Herbie Hancock
Back In Love Again [feat. Jeffrey Osborne]
L.T.D.
Say I Yi Yi [Explicit]
Ying Yang Twins

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