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5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

5 Credit Card Mistakes You Can Bounce Back From

Few credit card users (if any) get through life without making a financial misstep or two when using plastic. Even something that seems like an innocent oversight could seriously damage your credit standing, but in many cases, a single mistake isn’t a big deal. Before you start kicking yourself, find out if there’s a simple… Read More

4 Signs Your Credit Card Debt Is Getting Out of Control

4 Signs Your Credit Card Debt Is Getting Out of Control

4 Signs Your Credit Card Debt Is Getting Out of Control

It’s easy to dig yourself deep into credit card debt, but with a little attention to detail and self-discipline, you can catch yourself before a small problem becomes a life-altering debacle. If you’re ever carrying a balance on your credit card, instead of paying the statement in full each billing cycle, you need to closely watch… Read More

How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

How to Graduate From a Secured Credit Card

When you have bad credit, it can feel like no one will give you a loan, even though you can’t rebuild your credit history without one. Secured credit cards can offer a way out of this conundrum because issuers typically approve nearly all applicants for these kind of cards, regardless of credit history. But in order to open… Read More

5 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

5 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

5 Credit Cards for New Homeowners

As any homeowner will attest, buying a house is one of those purchases that only comes with more expenses. Maintaining a budget and shopping around for the best deals on big expenses like furniture and home-repair services will help you save money as a homeowner, but taking advantage of good credit card offers can be… Read More

5 Credit Cards That Won’t Raise Your APR If You Pay Late

5 Credit Cards That Won’t Raise Your APR If You Pay Late

5 Credit Cards That Won’t Raise Your APR If You Pay Late

When children misbehave, their parents may resort to punishments like putting them in “time out” by having them stand in the corner. And that’s how many credit card users feel when they suddenly have a much higher penalty interest rate imposed due to failing to make a payment on time, slightly exceeding their credit limit or having a… Read More

5 Ways to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe When You Travel

5 Ways to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe When You Travel

5 Ways to Keep Your Credit Cards Safe When You Travel

Hitting the road soon? Your credit card can be one of the most valuable things you bring, but there are some risks as well. If your credit card is lost, you could be left without a method of payment for critical services like a hotel room or a rental car. And if it’s stolen, you may also have… Read More

5 Ways to Get a Higher Credit Card Limit

5 Ways to Get a Higher Credit Card Limit

5 Ways to Get a Higher Credit Card Limit

Do you need more spending power from your credit cards? For some credit card users, a larger line of credit can be necessary to finance their purchases. And even if you avoid interest by paying off your entire statement balance, your credit limit may be insufficient for your monthly spending needs. Here are five of the best ways to… Read More

3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

3 Student Credit Card Mistakes

Even though college campuses aren’t the playgrounds they used to be for card issuers recruiting customers, a lot of consumers still get their first credit cards as students. That means a lot of first-timer mistakes people make with credit cards coincide with a time in their life when they are just getting familiar with (or… Read More

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

What’s the Right Way to Close a Credit Card?

The logistics of closing a credit card are actually quite simple: Call your card issuer’s customer service phone number and request an account closure. Whether you should be closing that account is a more complicated matter, and it’s a decision during which a lot of consumers make choices based on misconceptions that could damage their… Read More

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