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Can credit cards help save for college?

The average annual tuition and fees for a private four-year college is more than $32,000 - and that doesn't include books, meals, and room and board. A public four-year college is nearly $24,000 for out-of-state students. That's just for one year. Add up four years' worth of tuition, fees, books and room and board, and you're looking [...]

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Survey: Who is cashing in on their credit card rewards?

While credit card rewards can play an important role in attracting new credit card users, new research shows that not all credit card holders are actually cashing in on those rewards. According to a 2016 online survey of 2,008 U.S. adults, of which 1,555 have a personal credit card, commissioned by CardRatings and conducted by the [...]

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Gender gap extends to credit score perception vs. reality, survey finds

Women in the U.S. are more likely than men to believe they have poor credit scores (16 percent vs. 10 percent), but the credit score reality in America doesn't necessarily align with that perception. A recent CardRatings survey among over 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18+ found that numerous factors may impact how Americans view their creditworthiness, [...]

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What does credit card rental car insurance cover?

Most of us have been there, standing in line at the rental car counter when the agent asks whether you'd like to purchase insurance. You hesitate, wondering if saving $25 a day is worth the risk, but then you remember that your credit card covers you - or does it? It's always important to read the [...]

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Which Capital One credit card is right for you?

Capital One is one of the most widely known credit card brands with its celebrity pitch people asking "What's in Your Wallet?" It's also one of the nation's top 10 banks in terms of deposits and offers a portfolio of products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. Capital One has many credit cards that [...]

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Are your credit card rewards taxable?

Unless you're new to paying taxes, you probably aren't too surprised when you find out that you have to fork over 10 to 40 percent of your income at tax time - but income just means cold, hard cash, right? We're not talking about credit card rewards, are we? Well, maybe. Some of you probably aren't shocked [...]

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What does the fine print say on a credit card agreement?

Ah, the "fine print." Overly complicated and wrapped in eye-straining, microscopic font. Where else can you find phrases like "in accordance with law" and "terms shall remain in force"? Yet the fine print should never be ignored, especially in certain areas of life such as medicine, contracts and, especially, credit card agreements. "What's at stake with my [...]

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5 ways credit cards can improve your health

When not used properly, credit cards can hurt your mental - and, of course, your financial - well-being. But, when used correctly and smartly, your overall physical, mental and financial health can actually benefit when you use your credit cards. The first step with credit cards is understanding what it takes to create credit health with [...]

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Millennials wary of credit cards but keen on potential benefits, new survey finds

The $93 billion credit card market is massive and growing, but it’s probably not because of millennials. Maria Kagianas, a 20-year-old college student from Homer Glen, Ill., is one of those millennials who doesn’t have a credit card to pull out of her wallet. "I have a debit card that is satisfying my current needs as a [...]

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Make a new year resolution for your credit health in 2019

Your health often tops New Year's resolution lists each year, but remember to include  your credit card health as part of your improvement plan. According to Melanie Lockert, founder and author of Dear Debt, "…The stress of being in debt and having to pay it back can be so pervasive. When I was paying off my [...]

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