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Don’t let your credit become a Greek tragedy Written by Gwendolyn Pearce The ancient Greek tales of misfortune would have us believe that angering the gods might be the cause of all our financial woes. However, these hubristic scenarios aren’t the plots of Greek tragedies; they’re common problems with credit card debt that plague many Americans. Discover how our heroes might overcome their financial fate and learn something from ...
Using Square Wallet: Mobile wallets that stay in your back pocket Written by Jennifer Goforth Gregory I'm often the annoying person in the checkout line who spends four minutes digging out her credit card to pay for a $1.79 soda. So when I heard that the Square Wallet app would allow me to use my smart phone to pay for purchases, I was eager to give it a try and hopefully ...
Put away the plastic: 10 things credit cards can't buy Written by Maryalene LaPonsie Apparently, money can't buy happiness, and if you are using a credit card, that's not the only thing your money won't be able to buy. Despite the belief credit cards can take you 'everywhere you want to be' - as the old Visa slogan went - the reality is there some places where your plastic ...
Good-bye plastic, hello phone: Mobile wallets on the rise Written by Maryalene LaPonsie Forget about what's in your wallet. The real question is: will you even need a wallet? The latest trend in credit card payment technology is the use of mobile wallets. This innovation eliminates the plastic and turns your phone into a digital payment portal. From MasterCard to PayPal, major payment processors are jumping on the bandwagon ...
You've got a green light for car rental coverage Written by Julie Bawden-Davis Rent a car and one of the first questions the agent will ask is whether you want to purchase insurance coverage. If you own one of the several credit cards on the market that offer auto insurance coverage as a perk, you may want to decline this additional expense at the rental checkout counter. Insurance perks "It's ...
Retail rejection: Top six reasons your credit card was declined Written by Megg Mueller There are few things in life more embarrassing than having your credit card declined, especially if you're attempting to make a purchase while you have people with you ("Hey, boss! I'll get the check!" Oops…). But before you slink away in shame, consider that there are a number of reasons your card could be declined, ...
Is it time to upgrade your credit card? Written by Maryalene LaPonsie High interest rates and limited rewards got you down? If you aren't pleased with your current credit card, you don't have to go to the trouble of applying for a whole new account. A credit card upgrade may be all you need. John Ulzheimer is the president of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com and says upgrading a ...
7 worst credit card habits Written by Karen Haywood Queen Likely you've done it -- lost your credit card bill under a pile of papers and by the time the bill surfaces, it's past due. Guess what: You've just committed one of the seven deadly sins of credit card use - and the costs will add up. Yes, the best credit cards are a convenient way ...
Should you pay taxes with your credit card? Written by Jeffrey Steele If you're paying income tax to the IRS this year, you have several ways to pony up, including cash, personal check and your favorite credit card. While there are positives to paying taxes with plastic, the experts we talked with say there are at least as many negatives. Rewards points and convenience are two reasons for ...
Are we using credit more but enjoying it less? Written by If you can see yourself hanging out with the well-heeled couple in those Chase Sapphire commercials, you probably made it through the recession relatively unscathed. Not everyone's feeling so fortunate, though. According to a joint poll run by MSN Money and CardRatings.com, nearly three in four Americans report having frozen or cut back their use of ...

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