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Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

Why Does It Take So Long to Use My Chip Credit Card?

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

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

Can I Buy Powerball Tickets With a Credit Card?

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

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

Can Students Get a Credit Card If They Don’t Have a Job?

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

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

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

How to Stop Credit Card Solicitations for Good

How to Stop Credit Card Solicitations for Good

How to Stop Credit Card Solicitations for Good

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

The 5 Big Credit Card Mistakes Shoppers Make in January

The 5 Big Credit Card Mistakes Shoppers Make in January

The 5 Big Credit Card Mistakes Shoppers Make in January

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

How Much Credit Card Debt Does the Average American Have?

How Much Credit Card Debt Does the Average American Have?

How Much Credit Card Debt Does the Average American Have?

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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