Save on back-to-school prep by using your credit card Written by Lucy Lazarony July 18, 2014Editor'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
Bank-issued rewards credit cards face off against co-branded cards Written by Maryalene LaPonsie April 11, 2014The 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
The many ways to receive rewards with your credit card Written by Maryalene LaPonsie August 13, 2013We 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 [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
What's the point of having a credit card anyway? Written by Maryalene LaPonsie July 26, 2013While 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, [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
Get your credit card ready: Wedding season is here Written by Maryalene LaPonsie June 21, 2013If 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 [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
Some credit cards really are gold cards Written by Geoff Williams November 21, 2012Lots 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 [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
Is the new Duo Card a good deal? Written by Geoff Williams September 15, 2011It'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 [...]Posted in:MasterCard Credit CardRewards Credit Card
Credit card issuers resorting to lifestyle exclusives Written by Curtis Arnold September 16, 2010If 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 [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
Five Consumer Warnings Involving Reward Credit Cards Written by Curtis Arnold June 12, 2009Nearly 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, [...]Posted in:Rewards Credit Card
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