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8 unexpected places you can use your credit card

By cardratings.com, CardRatings contributor
Updated, March 4, 2011
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Parking meters

use credit cards for parking metersNo need to be disheartened when the only available parking spot within a 10-block radius comes with a parking meter standing proudly beside it--and you've got no change.

These days, once you finally find a spot to park on a crowded city street, your credit card can help make sure a meter maid doesn't slap a ticket on your windshield.

ATM-style meters from Los Angeles to Charleston, S.C., and many cities in between accept debit and credit cards along with cash. Many meters also use SMS to send a message to your cell phone when your time is about to expire.

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