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Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

Want to Avoid Airline Fees? A Credit Card May Help

If you haven’t heard, the airline industry has all but given up trying to make a profit just by charging for airfare. The notion that these companies will stay in business by charging passengers for transportation has been replaced by a new model: Passengers pay for their tickets, but then face the possibility of many… Read More

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

Can You Pay for Pot on Credit?

With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington, and medical marijuana legal in 20 states and the District of Columbia, pot is now a legitimate billion dollar business in America. But according to federal law, purchasing pot is illegal. So practically speaking, actually buying and selling marijuana is still a sticky situation. Because of… Read More

Credit Card Debt Grows Among Those With Poor Credit

Credit Card Debt Grows Among Those With Poor Credit

Credit Card Debt Grows Among Those With Poor Credit

Consumers with low credit scores account for an increasingly large chunk of the nation’s credit card debt, with subprime borrowers carrying more than three times the average credit card debt held by consumers with excellent credit scores. In the third quarter of 2013, the typical consumer had a credit card debt load of $4,061, according… Read More

The Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards in America

The Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards in America

The Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards in America

The holidays are a festive time, and it’s easy to overspend toward the end of the year. Take gift giving, travel and holiday parties, then throw in some extra large heating bills, and credit card users are more likely to find themselves struggling with card debt during the dead of winter. That is why we… Read More

The Secret to Getting an Upgrade on Your Credit Card

The Secret to Getting an Upgrade on Your Credit Card

The Secret to Getting an Upgrade on Your Credit Card

There are several stages of thought that credit card users go through when they discover that issuers are willing to offer them large sign-up bonuses. The first is disbelief, since it doesn’t appear to make sense that a company would offer hundreds of dollars worth of points, miles or cash back, just for trying their… Read More

The Biggest Credit Card Complaint: Your Bill

The Biggest Credit Card Complaint: Your Bill

The Biggest Credit Card Complaint: Your Bill

Billing disputes, interest rate issues and fraud concerns are the most frequent complaints filed by credit card users, according to a new report issued this week by the Public Interest Research Group. The consumer advocacy organization examined all 175,000 complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) since it began taking complaints in 2011,… Read More

10 Years After Maxing Out My First Credit Card, I’m Still Figuring It Out

10 Years After Maxing Out My First Credit Card, I’m Still Figuring It Out

10 Years After Maxing Out My First Credit Card, I’m Still Figuring It Out

I got my first credit card in college, setting it aside for emergencies only. The first “emergency” was a pair of jeans from the Gap on Newbury Street, purchased on a quiet, wintry Tuesday. The second was a plane ticket to San Diego. The subsequent “emergencies” are less memorable, but most likely consisted of cheap… Read More

How to Reorganize Your Wallet

How to Reorganize Your Wallet

How to Reorganize Your Wallet

Now that the holidays are over, this is the perfect time for Americans to take stock of their finances. As we come to grips with how much we spent during the holidays, and anticipate our income and expenses for 2014, we factor these into our household budgets. Likewise, now is also a good time to… Read More

Consumer Credit Card Use Evened Out in November

Consumer Credit Card Use Evened Out in November

Consumer Credit Card Use Evened Out in November

Following a massive jump in consumer credit card use in October, there wasn’t much room for growth in November. Still, outstanding revolving credit increased slightly, from $856.4 billion to $856.9 billion, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. That leaves the annual growth rate of revolving consumer credit at 0.6% as of November…. Read More

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