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You bought what? 8 crazy credit card purchases

Have you ever done anything crazy with a credit card? Most Americans have, according to a new study conducted by Op4G on behalf of CardRatings.com. From weddings to weed, people charge the darnedest things. This would be mildly amusing if it were not for the tremendous cost. According to the Federal Reserve, credit card balances have been [...]

Categories: Polls
5 ways to play cupid with credit cards this Valentine's Day

Want to treat your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Although motivated by love, Valentine's Day can quickly become an expensive affair. Last year CNN estimated that the average American spent $130.97 per person for a total spending of $18.6 billion. But you can use your credit card to make the holiday less expensive for you and [...]

Categories: Rewards Cards
Want to get your hands on a zero-interest credit card?

So you want a credit card with zero-percent interest? While they disappeared during the credit crunch, credit card issuers have brought them back lately. Despite their proliferation, they're tough to get, and high in demand, but obtaining the highly rare zero-interest credit card is doable if you know where to look. "Zero-interest credit cards are definitely more [...]

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How long do I save my credit card statements?

Now that the holidays are over and a new year has begun, many people are using the time spent indoors on chilly winter days to declutter and organize paperwork in preparation of tax season. Before you pull out the shredder, it is essential to understand what papers and statements you need to save and what [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy, How Cards Work
Can credit cards help you stay on budget?

In the third quarter of 2013, total household indebtedness in the U.S. rose to an astonishing $11.28 trillion dollars, up 1.1 percent from the previous quarter. And, according to government data and Federal Reserve statistics, $4 billion of that increase can be attributed solely to credit card debt. So, what does this tell us? It [...]

Categories: Financial Literacy
How loyal are credit card holders?

Credit card advertisements are almost unavoidable. Just about every commercial break on television features Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Fallon or some other celebrity pitching a credit card, and then there are the offers that pop up on websites or arrive in your mailbox. Are these advertisers wasting their breath -- not to mention their money and [...]

Categories: Polls
5 credit card tips for the new business owner

Small-business owners are in a quandary these days. They want access to credit and liquidity, but they're not really using business credit cards to get the job done. About half of U.S. small-business owners say access to capital is a barrier to growth right now, according to the New York Federal Reserve's Small Business Credit Survey. [...]

Categories: Small Business
5 ways to have a happy holiday free from credit card crime

The holiday season is filled with decking halls, spending time with family and eating delicious homemade treats. But each holiday season, many consumers become a victim of credit card fraud or theft. And spending your days on the phone with the credit card company and worrying about the crime is a sure way to take [...]

Categories: ID Theft / Fraud
I'm a 22-year-old female who makes about $1,000 a month. I have a credit union credit card with credit line of $500. I recently applied for a Lowe's credit card and was denied. I'm always on time with my credit card payments. What would be the reason?

In this era of instant-approval credit card offers, it's easy to overlook the rule that a bank must supply you with a specific reason for declining your application in writing. You'll probably receive a letter from them in a plain envelope that most people might mistake for junk mail. However, based on what you've told [...]

Categories: Build / Rebuild Credit, How Cards Work
Clever wallets for stashing your cash

Wallets have always been an easy way to show off fashion sense and number of credit cards (or lack thereof). However, wallets themselves are increasingly important multi-functional accessories. As wallets are developed that fulfill a variety of needs and even incorporate useful technologies, and as the holidays approach, they can make unique and personalized gift [...]

Categories: Tips

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