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Follow Friday: Weekly Web Roundup (5/20/11)

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While you may love your cat and get a kick out of the actor selling you a car on TV, it seems no one is exempt from credit discrimination–well unless you’re on a VIP list. This week we bring you a case of confused identity, a kitty with big dreams and tips to show you how to save and keep your more of your money at home, where it belongs. As always, if you enjoy any of our favorite bloggers, we encourage you to follow them on Twitter for regular updates. And don’t forget to follow Credit.com at @CreditExperts.

Why Your Cat Can’t Get a Card Anymore
Let’s start with the good news… It may be becoming more difficult to get approved for a credit card without a unique social security number. And the bad news is that Pebbles the cat may never be the same after the let down of being denied for a card. @CardHelp

Avoid the Rip-off: Know Your Credit Score Before Buying a Car
Even a spokesperson for Honda got the run-around when trying to purchase one for himself. When it comes to buying cars, it pays to have your personal credit facts in order well before you purchase one. @AOLAutos

Credit Reports: Are You on the VIP List
The rich, famous and influential even get preferential treatment at the credit bureaus when trying to fix errors on their credit reports. Unfortunately for Judy Johnson, she was not on the credit VIP list and has spent years trying to straighten out a reporting mix up that involved another Judith Johnson with the same name. @fcn

How to Avoid Rising Bank Fees
With the possibility of banks being denied most of the swipe fees they have been getting from retailers it’s very likely we’ll see other fees increase when using banks. Sandra Block provides us with tips to stay ahead of the game. @SandyBlock @USAToday

Credit Card Business Pushes Target Net Up 2.7 %
Despite weaker-than-anticipated retail sales, Target’s first quarter net income rose due to their higher-than-expected credit card business. Customers get a 5% discount at the mega-retailer when they use a Target branded card and for now, that’s paying off for everyone. @MSNBC

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