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The many ways to receive rewards with your credit card Written by Maryalene LaPonsie We 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 Bill Gilman Since they were first introduced, credit cards have steadily grown in popularity among consumers, to the point that many use "plastic" exclusively for their purchases. However, in an era in which cyber security as a whole, and identity theft specifically, have become a growing concern, there has been a bit of a pushback against the use ...
Get your credit card ready: Wedding season is here Written by Maryalene LaPonsie If 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 Williams Lots 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 Williams It'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 If 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 Credit 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 ...
Cut Your Gas Bill by up to 5% with Gas Rebate Credit Cards Written by Are you feeling a little light in the wallet? Suddenly regretting the decision to go for that V-8 engine? Vowing to look into one of those hybrid cars? Chances are you’ve just been to the gas station. With gasoline prices so high, many people are searching for ways to cut costs at the pump. If you’re ...
How to Win the Cash-Back Credit Card Game Written by An excerpt from How YOU Can Profit from Credit Cards: Using Credit to Improve Your Financial Life and Bottom Line.A little extra cash in your pocket sounds great, doesn't it? Maybe you could use it for a nice dinner out on your birthday, a movie night out with that special someone, a rainy-day shopping spree, ...
Getting Dinged with a $250 Credit Card Credit Limit Increase Fee! Written by Not too long ago, one of my CardRatings.com colleagues came home to find an offer from Best Buy in her mailbox. It was for a MasterCard that came with some nice perks:An introductory APR of 0% – good for a yearFour percent back on Best Buy purchasesA minimum of 1% back elsewhereTwo percent back during ...

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