Save on back-to-school prep by using your credit card Written by Lucy LazaronyEditor'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 [...]
Bank-issued rewards credit cards face off against co-branded cards Written by Maryalene LaPonsieThe 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 [...]
The many ways to receive rewards with your credit card Written by Maryalene LaPonsieWe Americans love to be rewarded, don't we?
A quick look at my keychain reveals Meijer Rewards, Walgreens Balance Rewards and Speedy Rewards, just to name a few. With so many reward credit card offers floating around, it can be difficult to keep them all neat and organized, let alone remember to have the barista [...]
What's the point of having a credit card anyway? Written by Maryalene LaPonsieWhile cruising around the blogosphere recently, I came across a reader question about credit card usage. The person posting the question asked if you are suppose to pay off your balance every month, why bother even putting purchases on a credit card. Why not use the cash in your bank account instead?
In other words, [...]
Get your credit card ready: Wedding season is here Written by Maryalene LaPonsieIf you have been invited to a wedding this summer, you may want to get ready to break out your bank card. American Express (American Express is a CardRatings.com advertiser) says wedding guests will shell out an average of $539 to attend this year's soirees. That's $200 more than last year, and surprising, about the [...]
Some credit cards really are gold cards Written by Geoff WilliamsLots of credit cards call themselves gold and platinum cards, but every once in awhile, the real thing comes along.
A bank in the country of Kazakhstan recently announced their intentions of issuing an exclusive bank card that is, they claim, the world's first credit card made entirely of gold, diamonds and pearls.
The fee to be [...]
Is the new Duo Card a good deal? Written by Geoff WilliamsIt's a credit card. No, it's a debit card. Or perhaps the more accurate way to put it is that it's a form of payment with a split personality.
You'd think that someone would have developed this a decade or two ago, but, nope, the Duo MasterCard, from Fifth Third Bank, is America's first actual debit [...]
Credit card issuers resorting to lifestyle exclusives Written by Curtis ArnoldIf the analysts at Javelin Strategy & Research have their numbers right, Americans may have permanently made the switch from credit to debit for most of their everyday purchases. Payment processors would have been fine with the shift, since they collect a percentage of every "swiped and signed" transaction.
Except that retailers, trying desperately to preserve [...]
How One Credit Card Fee Actually Helps Consumers Written by Curtis ArnoldCredit card merchant fees (also called interchange fees) are the latest target of politicians, consumer groups and some retailers. I for one, though, don't really mind these under the radar fees for several reasons.
Lawmakers have decided to take their campaign against the credit card industry beyond the sweeping new provisions of the new credit card [...]
Five Consumer Warnings Involving Reward Credit Cards Written by Curtis ArnoldNearly every card issuer that issues credit cards offers its customers a reward or rebate program. Rebate credit cards will reward you for making everyday purchases with your card. Rebate cards are very popular and when used in a wise manner, rewards cards can help improve your bottom line- who doesn’t like free stuff?!? However, [...]