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Best practices: Using credit cards for college expenses Written by Richard Barrington College is expensive, so it can take several different financing sources to cover the costs. Savings, job earnings, grants, scholarships, loans and credit cards may all be part of the mix. Grants and scholarships are the best way to pay for college because they don't come out of your pocket and don't need to be paid ...
Moving off campus? Why credit scores matter Written by Richard Barrington Should you live off campus during college? Along with all the academic challenges you'll face, the choice of whether to live on or off campus can be one of the toughest. It can also have a huge long-term impact.Key TakeawaysLiving off campus will save you money in most states, up to $7,000 per year in the ...
Cryptocurrency, credit cards and traditional personal finance tools Written by TJ Porter Cryptocurrency is a popular new technology that many people think will become a large part of our financial system in the future. Though the technology is still young, many people invest in cryptocurrency and some people have started using it in their everyday life, though that remains the exception rather than the rule. If you're interested ...
Chase launches new Sapphire Preferred and Reserve benefits, reward rates Written by Jennifer Doss Travel credit card favorites, the CardName discontinued and CardName discontinued, are now offering cardholders new and improved benefits effective Aug. 16, 2021.New CardName benefits CardName cardholders can now enjoy:5X total points on all travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal 3X points on dining, including eligible delivery services and takeout (previously, cardholders earned 2X points in ...
Fighting the long-term financial impact of COVID Written by Richard Barrington You may be vaccinated, and the economy may be reopening; however, the pandemic may not be done messing with your finances. For millions of Americans, the pandemic has had financial impacts that could be felt for years to come. Recovery from this damage may not be immediate, but it can start now if you know what ...
Study: Where is the cash-back king? Written by Richard Barrington As the U.S. economy bounces back from the pandemic, something else has come roaring back - inflation. As higher prices cause you to spend more, it's more important than ever to get your money's worth from cash-back credit cards. This can be a big help to your budget. A new study by CardRatings.com found that based ...
Why every student needs financial literacy training Written by Richard Barrington Imagine filling out a job application without knowing how to read or write. Or taking your driver's test without ever having been behind the wheel of a car. If those are recipes for failure, then so is making a major financial decision without financial literacy training. Yet, young people are routinely called upon to do just ...
Survey: Early financial education at home matters, but there’s a gender gap Written by Brooklyn Lowery Early financial education can make a lifetime's worth of difference. It's a gift that keeps on giving. Unfortunately, women are less likely to receive this gift than men. A new CardRatings.com survey reveals a gender gap in how today's adults were taught about financial responsibility by their parents. This gap has lingering impacts on whether respondents ...
Best and worst states for credit: Who's faring best post-pandemic? Written by Richard Barrington The COVID pandemic has had many economic impacts. Some of them have yet to be fully felt. A new CardRatings.com study of the Best and Worst States for Credit Conditions shows that on the surface, household finances have been surprisingly resilient during the pandemic. However, government programs put in place to ease financial burdens may be ...
Paying for a wedding on a credit card – is it worth it? Written by Liz Taurasi Wedding expenses can add up quickly. From booking venues to hiring photographers, planning a honeymoon and everything in between; it's a big day, and most couples have big plans. While you may not have cash on hand for all of these expenses, before you turn to use your credit card to offset some of them, ...

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