Save on back-to-school prep by using your credit card Written by Lucy Lazarony July 18, 2014 Editor's Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers have expired and are no longer available. School's out but summer won't last forever. Save money now on back-to-school prep by shopping smart with your credit cards. By shopping now, you'll land some great deals and avoid the headache of shopping during the back-to-school rush. Get a jump on [...] Posted in: Rewards Credit Card
Did mom make you an authorized user on her credit card? Here's how to use it Written by Lucy Lazarony June 20, 2014 If you're a teen and your parents have added you to one of their credit card accounts as an authorized user, consider this a big deal. You've officially entered the world of credit. Wondering what this means for you? The only way someone under 18 can gain access to a credit card is for mom or [...] Posted in: Financial Literacy
Hitting the road for a Memorial Day road trip? Don't forget your credit card Written by Lucy Lazarony May 16, 2014 After a long, cold and stormy winter, most Americans are planning to hit the road for some summer travel adventures. Make the most of your credit card benefits this Memorial Day weekend and whenever you are on the road this summer. Earn rewards Got a gas credit card? Take it with you. You'll save money at [...] Posted in: Travel Credit Cards
What do I want for Mother's Day? The perfect credit card Written by Jennifer Goforth Gregory April 25, 2014 During the week, my life is consumed with trying to remember the intricacies of pre-algebra, getting a healthy meal on the table that my kids will actually eat and making sure that everyone gets to their activities on time with their art supplies, flute or cleats in hand. On the weekends, it seems like I [...] Posted in: Other
Bank-issued rewards credit cards face off against co-branded cards Written by Maryalene LaPonsie April 11, 2014 The Mercator Advisory Group recently issued an interesting report that took a look at the use of rewards credit cards in America. According to the research firm, co-branded rewards credit cards -- such as airline credit cards or gas cards -- tend to be preferred by consumers. What's more, the group discovered rewards cards in general [...] Posted in: Rewards Credit Card
Here's one more reason to get your credit card from a bank Written by Maryalene LaPonsie March 28, 2014 Do credit card security breaches, such as those that occurred at Target and Neiman Marcus last year, have you concerned about the safety of your accounts? If so, you might want to take a look in your wallet and consider whether it is time to switch your go-to card. A recent report from Javelin Strategy & [...] Posted in: Credit Card Fraud
Are masked credit cards the future of fraud protection? Written by Maryalene LaPonsie March 21, 2014 Anyone who has found a great deal on an unknown website has probably felt the same bit of angst. Do you make the purchase and hope the site's secure? Or pass up an amazing buy out of concern your credit card information may become vulnerable? A Boston startup thinks it has an answer that lets you [...] Posted in: Identity Theft
What is the difference between a charge card and a credit card? Written by Maryalene LaPonsie March 14, 2014 At the checkout, do you charge your purchases? Put it on the charge card? Charge it to the credit card? The terms "charge card" and "credit card" are used so interchangeably that you'd be forgiven if you thought they were the same thing. However, they are most definitely different. Let's go ahead and run down the [...] Posted in: Charge Card
Credit scores are the latest addition to credit card statements Written by Maryalene LaPonsie February 28, 2014 If it doesn't already, your credit card statement may soon contain some new information. Alongside your rewards points, account balance and due date, you may find three more digits: your credit score. While it used to be you needed to pay $20 or more to check your FICO credit score, major card issuers such as Discover [...] Posted in: Credit Score
Credit card companies exiting the mug-shot business Written by Maryalene LaPonsie January 24, 2014 Credit cards have become such a universal form of payment it is easy to forget their use is a two-way street. It isn't enough for a merchant to want to accept credit cards -- the issuing company has to agree to add that business to its network as well. And every once in a while, credit [...] Posted in: Credit Card Companies
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