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Applying for a new credit card can be very tempting. However, when choosing your credit card, it is important that you find the one that is most appropriate for you. If you don’t do your homework, you may end up paying more than you bargained for. Here are six common mistakes people make when choosing... Read More
While most Americans use credit cards (more than 160 million Americans have them), there is still a huge part of America that is unfamiliar with what it means to be a credit cardholder. Credit card issuers have a lot of information in the pages of fine print that most people don’t read (even though they should)... Read More
Between paying rent, car insurance, student loans and credit card bills each month, plus (hopefully) finding leftover funds for groceries and nights out with friends, there’s a lot to factor in a monthly budget. While you often can’t change when you’ll see that glorious direct deposit hit your account, there is one change you can make to your... Read More
A lot can happen in the seven-to-10 business days it typically takes a new credit card to arrive in the mail. But if you’re having second thoughts about your chosen plastic, you’d be remiss to think that failing to formally activate the account negates its existence. Issuers typically ask that new cardholders “activate” their cards by... Read More
Consumers are starting to notice a growing adoption of embedded microchips in credit cards as opposed to magnetic stripes. These chips, often called EMV smart chips, have been in use in Europe and other parts of the world for more than a decade. Now that U.S. consumers are being issued cards with these chips, it would appear these cards... Read More
Starbucks and Wal-Mart are looking a lot more like banks lately. Starbucks just announced a new debit card that sounds a lot like an airline miles card, while Wal-Mart is about ramp up its cash-back and other benefits on some transactions run through its plastic. What’s in it for these big retailers? And for you? The... Read More
If you’re struggling to invest your money, or looking for a new way to do so, getting a new credit card probably doesn’t seem like the answer. But American Express and Charles Schwab recently launched two co-branded cards that could help clients bolster their investments. The Schwab Investor Credit Card from American Express lets cardholders earn an unlimited... Read More
Love at first sight comes in many forms. You could, for instance, get a spark when you see your dream couch across the showroom floor. And when you find the piece of furniture you just have to have, most stores are quick to offer you one of their credit cards to help you finance the purchase.... Read More
Do you enjoy going to special events? Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly difficult to obtain tickets to the most popular sports and entertainment extravaganzas, and there’s many other experiences that never offer passes to the general public. Some credit cards, however, can offer you access to these events, including VIP experiences that can provide a glimpse... Read More
Given how easy it can be to travel to another country and exchange your currency for theirs, it’s logical to think you might also be able to get a credit card there. Recently, a Credit.com reader who lives in Canada but often comes to the U.S. asked us about this in a comment. “Hi: I... Read More
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