A billion reasons to donate your credit card reward points
Can you donate your credit card rewards? We'll cut to the chase: Yes, you can. Sure, a lot of people love cash-back rewards as a tool for saving money and getting perks you wouldn't otherwise get, but some people like to use their savings as a way to give a gift to a charity; it's [...]
Age-by-age guide to teaching kids about money
If you're a parent who has ever made any questionable financial decisions, like buying a car you really couldn't afford, you've promised yourself - my kids are not going to make the same mistakes.
But your kids probably aren't listening to you now when you tell them to put their dirty clothes in the laundry basket [...]
3 things you need to know about company credit cards
There seems to be more confusion than you might expect out there on how to use a company credit card. True, millions of people use them every day without making the news, but there are also plenty of local headlines about employees getting in hot water for how they've managed their business credit card.
A quick [...]
Best small bank and credit union credit cards
Sure there are lots of big banks out there who hire celebrities to sing the praises of flashy credit cards loaded with perks and features.
But what if you prefer smaller, more personal and less flashy (but still loaded with perks and features)? In that case, it’s time to look at credit unions and smaller regional [...]
Credit card guide to Spring Break: 6 things to know before you go
Your bags are packed, your reservations are made, and Spring Break looks like it's going to be legendary. But legendary can go both ways. So the question is, will you remember your vacation because it was one of the best weeks of your life, or the worst?
After all, while there are many factors that can [...]
The best and worst states for credit conditions
The U.S. economy has come a long way since the wreckage of the financial crisis, but some states have made more progress than others. Is your state one of the winners or is it one of the losers?
Since 2011, CardRatings has ranked credit conditions in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, based on [...]
Can credit cards help save for college?
The average annual tuition and fees for a private four-year college is more than $32,000 - and that doesn't include books, meals, and room and board. A public four-year college is nearly $24,000 for out-of-state students.
That's just for one year.
Add up four years' worth of tuition, fees, books and room and board, and you're looking [...]
Survey: Who is cashing in on their credit card rewards?
While credit card rewards can play an important role in attracting new credit card users, new research shows that not all credit card holders are actually cashing in on those rewards.
According to a 2016 online survey of 2,008 U.S. adults, of which 1,555 have a personal credit card, commissioned by CardRatings and conducted by the [...]
Double dip to maximize your credit card rewards
Massive sign-up bonuses, strategic spending in specific categories or using your credit card for everyday purchases aren't the only way to rack up rewards.
Savvy consumers use another strategy to maximize bonuses: double dipping.
Double dipping can take several forms, from using a rewards card to book travel with your preferred airline and amassing miles or points [...]
Gender gap extends to credit score perception vs. reality, survey finds
Women in the U.S. are more likely than men to believe they have poor credit scores (16 percent vs. 10 percent), but the credit score reality in America doesn't necessarily align with that perception.
A recent CardRatings survey among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+ found that numerous factors may impact how Americans view their creditworthiness, [...]