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Reading the fine print of a financial agreement is a chore only a lawyer could love. But when it comes time to apply for a credit card, it’s important to know how to read the terms and conditions as well as its guide to benefits — including the fine print — if you want to realize all of the card’s possible... Read More
Here’s a prediction you need to heed: a large number of you will soon leave your credit cards behind at a retail store after making a purchase. Why? Because the biggest change in the way Americans spend money in decades is about to occur, and there will be hiccups. And because that’s what happened when... Read More
Credit card bills are never fun to pay, but they cannot be ignored. And, as it turns out, you may have more control in the situation than you think. You can curb your shopping, read the fine print, make use of the rewards or advantages, change your credit limit, transfer your balances, switch to online... Read More
There is no shortage of credit cards that offer valuable rewards to new applicants as a sign-up bonus. And as amazing as these offers can be, many potential new cardholders are left wondering if there is a catch. Specifically, at what point will these new applications result in a drop in their credit scores? I apply... Read More
Are you concerned that your obsession with credit cards might have turned you into a credit card junkie? Of course, the word junkie could have positive and negative connotations. On one hand, those who are unable to control their spending and are in trouble with credit card debt are embodying the worst definition of the term junkie. But on... Read More
Credit cards can be very secure and convenient methods of payment, but they aren’t perfect. Credit card users will make mistakes, and cards carry fees and penalties that will in a sense “punish” you for your bad behavior. Thankfully, the most common credit card problems also have solutions. So when you find yourself wrestling with one your cards,... Read More
I never thought I’d use my credit card from a certain big box home supply store again. One of their policies had ticked me off, and their competitor’s store was closer to my home, so I figured I was done with them. But I didn’t cancel the card. I just tucked it away in a... Read More
Let’s say you need help financing your new business. You’ve put $10,000 of your own money in, and maybe your parents added another $5,000 – yet you find that it still won’t be enough. You run the numbers, and discover you need another $5,000 to pay for this and that over the next three months... Read More
If your credit or debit card is embedded with a chip, you may have already noticed some changes to how you check out at some retailers: Instead of just swiping your card like you’re used to, you may have had to dip your card into another part of the point of sale system, so it... Read More
Hacking has never been in the news more than it has recently as businesses, governments and militaries have all been the subject of high profile illegal exploits of their computer systems. At the same time, any credit card user can perform other types of “hacks” on their credit cards that are all perfectly legal, but may not... Read More
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