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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.

Work from Home? These 5 Credit Cards Can Help

Credit Cards

Work from Home? These 5 Credit Cards Can Help

Work from Home? These 5 Credit Cards Can Help

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Working from home conveys many benefits (most notably the absence of a commute), but distractions may abound. A home office can... Read More

Avoid Home Service Scams with These 7 Tips

Personal Finance

Avoid Home Service Scams with These 7 Tips

Avoid Home Service Scams with These 7 Tips

Regular maintenance retains your home’s value and keeps you and your property safe. When you need home service and aren’t confident you can do it yourself, it can save time and frustration to call in a professional. Most contractors are honest, but hiring the wrong one leaves you vulnerable to shoddy workmanship or even fraud.... Read More

7 Ways to Protect Yourself as You Shop for the Holidays

Identity Theft

7 Ways to Protect Yourself as You Shop for the Holidays

7 Ways to Protect Yourself as You Shop for the Holidays

The holiday season is an enormous economic event, so much so that the National Retail Federation estimates that holiday shopping represents as much as 30% of a retailer’s annual sales. But as a consumer, increased spending can leave you more vulnerable to theft and fraud. However, there are steps you can take to guard against... Read More

Credit Cards with Authorized User Bonuses

Credit Cards

Credit Cards with Authorized User Bonuses

Credit Cards with Authorized User Bonuses

[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are reviewed below.] Adding an authorized user to your credit card account comes with a few advantages. You can share your account with a trusted loved one, help them build credit, and even reap rewards as they use your card. Some credit cards offer additional incentives in the form of... Read More

3 Credit Cards You Can Use to Stock Your Wardrobe

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3 Credit Cards You Can Use to Stock Your Wardrobe

3 Credit Cards You Can Use to Stock Your Wardrobe

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Whether you’re a fashion-focused socialite or a busy parent with growing kids, clothing expenses can make up a big chunk of... Read More

Four Credit Cards with Online Rewards Marketplaces

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Four Credit Cards with Online Rewards Marketplaces

Four Credit Cards with Online Rewards Marketplaces

[UPDATE: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Rewards credit cards already offer consumers a way to earn cash back, travel credits, and other benefits as they spend. But... Read More

5 Credit Cards to Help You Rent Out Your Home to Travelers

Credit Cards

5 Credit Cards to Help You Rent Out Your Home to Travelers

5 Credit Cards to Help You Rent Out Your Home to Travelers

[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are reviewed below.] Vacation rental websites like Airbnb and VRBO makes it easy to rent your home to traveler and turn your property into a revenue-generating business. An entire home or even a spare room can be transformed into a cash cow. But the costs of making your home renter-friendly—including... Read More

3 Credit Cards for Stand-Up Comedy Lovers

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3 Credit Cards for Stand-Up Comedy Lovers

3 Credit Cards for Stand-Up Comedy Lovers

[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are reviewed below.] Great stand-up comedy is a true art form, and talented performers keep audiences enthralled with carefully honed material and clever punch lines. But if you love stand-up, you know that live shows or televised comedy specials can sometimes cost an arm, leg, and funny bone. Some credit... Read More

3 Credit Cards That Reward Your Streaming Subscriptions

Credit Cards

3 Credit Cards That Reward Your Streaming Subscriptions

3 Credit Cards That Reward Your Streaming Subscriptions

[Disclosure: Cards from our partners are reviewed below.] Streaming entertainment services offer subscribers a virtually bottomless well of entertainment—whether you love movies, TV shows, or music. And while they’re cheap compared to the movie theater and record store, subscription services do add on to your entertainment budget. Some credit cards can negate these costs by... Read More

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