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5 things your credit card company won't negotiate Written by Beth Orenstein You've gotten yourself into some financial trouble - overspending when work is slow or nonexistent. You are hoping to negotiate with your credit card issuer to give you some wiggle room with those monthly payments. Go for it, says Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, a non-profit credit counseling organization in Phoenix. "I [...]
10 signs you might be a credit card geek Written by It's cool to be a geek these days. It's even cooler when your geekdom saves you money and lets you live a more lavish lifestyle. (Even if that just means you can bump up to three Netflix DVDs out at a time instead of two.) Comparing rates and fees online doesn't make you a credit [...]
6 luxury credit card perks Written by Signup bonuses and rewards points aren’t the only ways today’s best credit cards pay for themselves. Customers who qualify for “elite,” “platinum,” and “signature” credit cards often earn extra perks that can save time while eliminating common expenses. Repaid baggage fees American travelers have grudgingly grown accustomed to paying for checked bags on flights. While many airlines [...]
If Olympic athletes were credit cards... Written by Even casual sports fans can’t resist the lure of the Summer Games. The 2012 London Olympics will feature an eclectic group of accomplished athletes from all over the world. Yet, unlike major league superstars, spectators won’t know most of their names. The CardRatings.com research team decided to mash up some of today’s most promising credit [...]
5 outrageous credit card purchases Written by Though few consumers make truly outrageous purchases at the spur of the moment, credit cards offer security for big ticket spending. Likewise, many retailers prefer to handle large transactions with help from credit card issuers' fraud prevention programs. Five of the world's most outrageous credit card purchases illustrate some extreme spending: A single bottle of beer, for half [...]
Attack of the clones: why you're at risk for a credit card scam Written by Matt Brownell Have you used your credit card at a restaurant or gas station lately? That's all it could take to make you a victim of a credit card scam. The scam in question is what's known as "cloning," which entails stealing your credit card's information and then copying the stolen data onto another card to make purchases [...]
The well-rounded wallet: 4 essential credit cards Written by Jeanine Skowronski Unless you're prone to overspending, in which case you should limit the amount of plastic you pack in your wallet, there are advantages to having more than one credit card at your disposal. To take advantage of the many features and benefits of credit cards, it can be worthwhile to carry four distinct types of [...]

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