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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, ...
Looking at the past, present, future of women's financial independence Written by Liz Taurasi The challenges women have encountered for centuries have varied when it comes to their independence and opportunities for self-sufficiency. And, while it's true great strides have occurred in the past 100 years, it may come as a surprise that significant hurdles to their financial independence remained in place until just decades ago. Even now, while ...
Planning ahead for 2021 travel and beyond Written by Geoff Williams Your next vacation is coming. You may not be traveling tomorrow, next week or next month, but sooner or later, we're all going to wake up, and say, "Wait, a minute. I've been vaccinated for COVID-19. My neighbors have been vaccinated. My cousin's second cousin has been vaccinated. It's safe to fly. It's safe to ...
Credit card perks to take advantage of in 2021 Written by Maryalene LaPonsie For much of 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic meant travelers were grounded and weekend entertainment options were limited. As people stayed home and their spending habits changed, credit card companies responded with new rewards and perks. It may be a new year, but many of these new credit card perks are carrying over into 2021, in ...
Is a balance transfer credit card right for you? Written by Kenya McCullum Although credit cards can help you with cash flow during a crisis, an unchecked long-term balance can drain your savings and prevent you from achieving your financial goals. Conventional wisdom might have it that if you do accumulate a heavy balance over multiple cards, you can simply consolidate all that debt neatly onto a single credit ...
Is it a good time to apply for a credit card? Written by Jennifer Doss Perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic had you on the fence about applying for a new credit card in 2020. It was a year of unknowns, after all, and adding a new credit card to your wallet possibly felt like a risky financial move. With (hopefully) brighter days ahead in 2021, you may be starting off the year ...
Guide to Capital One Miles Written by Maryalene LaPonsie When it comes to maximizing travel rewards, Capital One miles after often overshadowed by more well-known travel programs like Chase Ultimate Rewards and American Express Membership Rewards. However, because of Capital One's "purchase eraser" feature, Capital One miles are some of the easiest travel rewards there are to redeem. Simply swipe you card for purchases, ...
Credit card trends to watch for in 2021 Written by Kenya McCullum There's no doubt 2020 has been a challenging year and the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in myriad ways - including how we use our credit cards. As the country moves toward financial recovery and the coronavirus gets under control with the widespread dissemination of the vaccine, the way people deal with credit cards ...
CardRatings survey shows that 21% of people plan to spend more money on holiday spending this year Written by Geoff Williams If you have more gifts than usual under the Christmas tree this year, or you're able to give more gifts than you usually do, interestingly, you may have the pandemic to thank. That's one of the surprising conclusions from our latest holiday money habits survey, which surveyed 1,000 Americans nationwide. While 40% of those surveyed said that ...
COVID-19 pandemic will not dramatically affect holiday gift spending, CardRatings survey reveals Written by Geoff Williams The COVID-19 pandemic has made many Americans' lives a ruinous mess and caused 2020 to be a tumultuous year unlike any other, but holiday gift giving will mostly go on as normal, according to the results of our latest holiday money habits survey. This should be encouraging news. After all, no matter what, it's going to ...

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