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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.

These Credit Cards Can Help You Save for Holiday Gifts

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These Credit Cards Can Help You Save for Holiday Gifts

These Credit Cards Can Help You Save for Holiday Gifts

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Discussions of the winter holidays in July may cause you to react with groans or eye-rolls. But if you find yourself struggling to afford gifts for your loved ones every year when the holidays roll around, you could benefit from starting a holiday savings plan early. Cash... Read More

4 Credit Cards That Can Help You Save for a Car

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4 Credit Cards That Can Help You Save for a Car

4 Credit Cards That Can Help You Save for a Car

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] The more you save up for a down payment on your next car, the better off you’ll be financially when you drive off the lot. A bigger down payment can reduce the amount you need to borrow,  increase the range of cars you can afford and even... Read More

6 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

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6 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

6 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here — the Citi Simplicity, Blue Cash Preferred by American Express, Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa, Chase Freedom Unlimited and Citi Double Cash. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Buying a home is one of life’s biggest... Read More

50 Ways to Save at the Supermarket

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50 Ways to Save at the Supermarket

50 Ways to Save at the Supermarket

Whether you’re an expert home chef making culinary masterpieces or a kitchen novice whose idea of home cooking is boxed mac and cheese, you’ve got to hit the supermarket to stock the kitchen. Grocery expenses add up, and you might be looking for ways to avoid sticker shock at the cash register. Here are 50... Read More

5 Credit Cards to Help Pay Off Your Vacation Spending

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5 Credit Cards to Help Pay Off Your Vacation Spending

5 Credit Cards to Help Pay Off Your Vacation Spending

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here — Citi Simplicity, Discover it, Barclaycard Ring Mastercard and Chase Freedom Unlimited. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Vacations are expensive affairs, with costs including lodging, transportation and car rentals adding up to a large bill.... Read More

If You’re a Tech Nerd, You’ll Love These 4 Credit Cards

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If You’re a Tech Nerd, You’ll Love These 4 Credit Cards

If You’re a Tech Nerd, You’ll Love These 4 Credit Cards

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] It’s easy to love technology these days, as gadgets and tech are ubiquitous. There’s an app for nearly everything. According to Pew Research, more than three-quarters of Americans have smartphones. But true tech enthusiasts take it up a notch, following the industry to learn the latest developments and... Read More

5 Credit Cards Bargain Hunters Will Love

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5 Credit Cards Bargain Hunters Will Love

5 Credit Cards Bargain Hunters Will Love

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] There are so many ways to find great deals today. Deal websites will do the legwork for you, delivering deep discounts on a range of products right to your inbox. But old-school bargain hunters know the thrill of finding a great deal yourself isn’t easily replicated. Certain... Read More

Looking to Save on Rail Travel? Take This Card Aboard

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Looking to Save on Rail Travel? Take This Card Aboard

Looking to Save on Rail Travel? Take This Card Aboard

[DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Traveling by train offers a number of advantages over flying or driving. Rail travel can provide better comfort, eliminate the hassle of the airport and offer a better opportunity to take in sights along the way. Amtrak covers many American regions by rail, offering passengers a way... Read More

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