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Brian Acton is a freelance writer and contributor at Credit.com. Several years ago, as he worked to pay down debt and purchase a home, Brian became interested in personal finance and credit. He has been covering these topics ever since. Brian has a BA in History from Salisbury University and an MBA from UMUC. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two dogs.

Alliant Credit Union Introduced a Cash-Back Card: Here’s What You Need to Know

Credit Cards

Alliant Credit Union Introduced a Cash-Back Card: Here’s What You Need to Know

Alliant Credit Union Introduced a Cash-Back Card: Here’s What You Need to Know

There’s another credit card available for cash-back enthusiasts, as Alliant Credit Union just introduced their Alliant Cashback Visa Signature Card. It seems like everyone is joining the cash-back card game lately — from Amazon’s new 5% cash-back card to PenFed’s cash-back card — and now Alliant has joined the bunch. This new plastic from Alliant offers cardholders 3%... Read More

12 Ways to Lower Your Cellphone Bill

Personal Finance

12 Ways to Lower Your Cellphone Bill

12 Ways to Lower Your Cellphone Bill

Cellphone bills can be expensive, on par with the monthly costs of powering your home or keeping your car gassed up. Of course, your cellphone can help you build your credit, but only if you aren’t strapping yourself with too large a bill every month. So if you’re sick of shelling out a small ransom... Read More

Capital One’s New Dining Credit Card: Should You Apply?

Credit Cards

Capital One’s New Dining Credit Card: Should You Apply?

Capital One’s New Dining Credit Card: Should You Apply?

Capital One just launched a brand new cash-back credit card with a big focus on food. The Premier Dining Rewards From Capital One card offers cash back rewards for all transactions, with extra incentives for dining and grocery purchases. If you’re frequently spending at restaurants, bars and grocery stores to get your grub on, this... Read More

11 Ways to Reduce Next Year’s Tax Bill

Personal Finance

11 Ways to Reduce Next Year’s Tax Bill

11 Ways to Reduce Next Year’s Tax Bill

If you claimed the right number of dependents and standard deductions on your 2016 federal income tax return and you still ended up owing the IRS, you’re probably looking to avoid a repeat performance next year. Luckily, there are several ways to increase your chance for a refund (or at least reduce the amount you’ll... Read More

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

Personal Finance

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

11 Ways to Save on Your Shocking Electric Bill

The cost of powering your home and all your assorted appliances and devices can be significant. The price of everything, from running your air conditioner on hot days to charging your phone as you sleep, can add up. Getting a handle on your electric bill is important. While utility companies don’t typically report payments to... Read More

9 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

Credit Cards

9 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

9 Credit Cards for Cruise Lovers

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here — Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Master Card.] Cruise lines offer a hassle-free vacation experience for travelers looking to embark on an adventure without worrying about the logistics. Dining, nightlife, luxury amenities and the actual travel are all... Read More

7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill

Personal Finance

7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill

7 Easy Ways to Lower Your Cable Bill

Cable television can be an expensive line item on your monthly budget, especially if you’re looking at giving your finances a fresh start. You may be paying for a long list of channels when you only watch a handful, or maybe your promotional offer just expired and your rates flew up. But you don’t have to be... Read More

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