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Credit cards can be great for building, maintaining and even improving your overall credit. But when overused, hefty balances can be quite detrimental. Unfortunately, the average cardholder under the age of 52 appears to be carrying big balances, or, more specifically, using an average of 80% of their available credit. That was the finding of a recent TransUnion... Read More
If you look at the back of your credit card, you’ll see the small print that tells you your credit card isn’t valid unless it’s signed. And that isn’t just a recommendation — card issuers want you to sign it for your protection. “We think it’s a good practice for customers to sign the back... Read More
It can be hard being a mother — getting everyone to school on time, wrangling homework assignments and giving each kid some love and attention (often while juggling a career). Adding personal finance management to a mom’s never-ending to-do list can make the daily list that much longer. This is especially true when it comes to managing credit cards.... Read More
Cash-back credit cards are a great way to receive an effective discount on all of your purchases, but they are often not as simple as they appear. Many cash-back cards can be a challenge to use because they offer different rates of return for different types of purchases, or have limits on the amount of cash... Read More
Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple... Read More
You’ve put your time in at work, and now you’re ready to retire and relax. Nevertheless, you may still need the security and convenience of a credit card, as well as the rewards and benefits that you’ve grown accustomed to. Thankfully, you can still qualify for a credit card, even if you’re no longer employed... Read More
As most credit card holders have figured out by now, the new(ish) chip cards in the U.S. take longer to use at the checkout counter than the old swiping method we’ve used for decades. But you know what takes even longer? Using an American chip card in Europe. Much of the news coverage about the... Read More
Credit card use in college can be both risky and full of opportunities. As young adults with limited experience managing their own personal finances, college students risk incurring debt that can take years to pay off, while potentially incurring costly late fees and penalty interest rates if they miss a payment. But credit cards also offer... Read More
You know how that new chip credit card your bank sent you seemingly takes forever to process while you’re paying at a register? Visa is trying to speed things up. The network announced earlier this week that it is rolling out new technology — billed as the Quick Chip — that enables cardholders to dip and... Read More
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