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Uncle Sam's got your back: 7 sites for credit card help

With all of the new laws and revised regulations affecting credit cards, you need a guide to help you understand what's changed. And what better resource than the federal government that oversees the new rules. You can get answers to questions, tips on paying down debt, and an explanation of your legal rights on the websites [...]

Categories: Tips
8 unexpected places to use your credit card

When the weekend comes and you're shopping in town, poking around a flea market or going to church, you used to need cash. At the flea or farmers' market you had to hit up the on-site ATM (and pay those exorbitant service fees) or miss out on a cool find if the vendor wouldn't accept [...]

Categories: Tips
The comeback of the balance transfer credit card

Remember those credit card deals that would let you transfer your balance from one credit card to another, pay few or no fees and get zero percent interest for years? If you thought those balance transfer offers had gone the way of the dinosaur, there's good news. These offers are back. Consumer credit experts say low [...]

Categories: Balance Transfer
Flashy plastic: 5 celebrity prepaid and credit cards

The demise of the controversial Kardashian Kard doesn’t mean celebrity-endorsed prepaid and credit cards are gone. The Kardashian Kard made its debut on Nov. 6 and was gone by Nov. 29. Media uproar over the fees charged for the prepaid MasterCard had the celebrity sisters fleeing the deal to preserve their image. Now the Kardashians are [...]

Categories: Tips
Dying with debt: Will your children inherit your obligations?

When Lisa Boesen's parents died a few years ago, they left $60,000 in credit card debt. Lisa and her two siblings were surprised, but they had never discussed their parents' finances. Within a month, creditors began aggressively calling. One credit card company, which repeatedly called Boesen trying to negotiate a payment, ended up putting a [...]

Categories: Debt, How Cards Work
Using your credit card to plan an extraordinary day for love

Do you have the vision of sweeping your partner off his or her feet with an elaborate Valentine's Day plan? One CardRatings.com reader had an opulent scheme for asking the love of his life to marry him. "We would travel by train throughout Italy, where I would wait for a perfect Italian sunset to drop to [...]

Categories: Tips
5 ways to get the most mileage from an airline credit card

The skies just got a little less friendly for frequent fliers. Southwest and Qantas are the latest in a long list of airlines to tighten the screws on their loyalty programs. The new restrictions are part of an industrywide effort to eke out more profit without raising base fares. Frequent flier value: a vanishing act The same [...]

Categories: Airline Cards
Credit Card Company Secrets: 5 Things "They" Don't Want You to Know

No. 1 Most-Viewed CardRatings.com Article of 2011* It's hard to believe, but sometimes credit card issuers don't have your best interests at heart. There are a few things, in particular, that would really help you save money on your credit cards. If you were aware of them, that is. So here's a top five list of things [...]

Categories: Tips
5 smart reasons your best card isn't your debit card

Will that be credit or debit? Don't bother with such platitudes as, "whatever is easiest for you." Rather than handing over your ATM card, you're smarter to use your credit card. Here are five reasons why: You need credit anyway. If you're planning on a big ticket purchase--like a house--at some point in your life, you can [...]

Categories: Best Cards
Can you explain how to use the convenience checks that come with credit card statements?

Question: Can you explain how to use the convenience checks that come with credit card statements? Answer: The blank checks that come with your credit card statements are called convenience checks. Many consumers find it appealing to be able to write a check without the money coming out of your checking account. But this isn't free [...]

Categories: Miscellaneous, How Cards Work
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