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There’s a good chance by now that a retailer (or their payment terminal) has prompted you to dip your chip credit card to pay for a purchase. The lag time can certainly inspire annoyance — particularly if you were trying to make said purchase during the mad holiday shopping rush— but it also could have simply... Read More
People all over the country clamored to buy Powerball tickets this week, driving the jackpot up over $1.5 billion on Tuesday. That’s no small feat: In most states, buying a Powerball ticket means looking up a licensed seller and venturing out to make the purchase. In Utah, where gambling is illegal, residents are driving across... Read More
There was a time when credit card issuers were doing everything possible to give students credit cards. There were once kiosks on campus and at college stadiums that offered students prizes just for applying, and accounts were opened for students who didn’t even have the means to repay their charges. Many considered this practice to be predatory,... Read More
Using plastic that automatically deducts payments from a checking account has apparently fallen out of favor with the kids. Debit card usage is at a seven-year low among young adults, according to a new report published by Mercator Advisory Group. Debit card usage is flat for most of the general population. The difference is small... Read More
Browsing credit card options can be overwhelming, especially if you have good credit and can qualify for a wide variety of products. One way to start your search could be to look at what your bank offers. Because customer experience can make a huge difference in how much you like or use a credit card,... Read More
They come in stuffed envelopes or telemarketing calls, credit offers promising low annual percentage rates and dream financing. Some people assure they’re a sign of “good credit” or a shot at a better card. But for many of us, these credit card solicitations are just spam. How do we stop them? Fortunately, it’s not as hard as you think.... Read More
Now that the holidays are behind us, many Americans have some new additions to their wallets. I’m talking about all of the new store credit cards that retailers offer to holiday shoppers. And with these new credit cards comes the need to make decisions about how to manage them. So this January, here are some mistakes you’ll... Read More
I probably use my chip credit card about once a week — that is, I dip it in a card reader rather than swiping it — and I’ve noticed the same thing a lot of people have: It’s slow. That’s not a huge deal to me. More than anything, I wish the change would happen... Read More
You know that satisfying feeling of catching someone in a lie — or, worse, the sinking feeling of knowing you’ve been caught? Well, you can experience both by watching a video of a woman confronting her alleged credit card thief: A drive-through worker at a Starbucks in California. The video had nearly 2 million views... Read More
Credit cards can be useful financial tools, but they’re easy to abuse and put millions of Americans in debt. In fact, the average American carries more than two credit cards and a balance of about $4,400 on each card, according to data taken in June 2015 from credit bureau Experian. But those figures don’t provide a full picture of how credit is... Read More
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