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More Consumers Using Credit Cards to Buy Gas and Food

More Consumers Using Credit Cards to Buy Gas and Food

More Consumers Using Credit Cards to Buy Gas and Food

More and more consumers use their credit cards to buy necessities like gas and food, according to a recent report. Americans are using plastic to make up the difference between stagnant wages and rising prices, which could soon put them deeper in the hole. “People are dealing with higher prices by charging. Yes, it’s that… Read More

Letter to the CFPB: A Credit Card Terms & Conditions Wish List

Letter to the CFPB: A Credit Card Terms & Conditions Wish List

Letter to the CFPB: A Credit Card Terms & Conditions Wish List

Dear CFPB, Thanks so much for taking on the gargantuan task of protecting consumers when it comes to financial matters. I’m really glad that the bureau has signaled that disclosure and transparency needs to be improved. And when it comes to credit card offers, I think a large part of disclosure involves making terms and… Read More

Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

Americans May Turn Away from Debit Cards

Many major lenders are now testing plans that will charge consumers a monthly fee for maintaining an account with an associated debit card, and customers say that this will make them reconsider their payment methods, according to a report based on a poll by the Associated Press and GfK Custom Research. Currently, nearly 67 percent… Read More

Consumers Once Again Willing to Deal with Credit Cards

Consumers Once Again Willing to Deal with Credit Cards

Consumers Once Again Willing to Deal with Credit Cards

Though employment is still sluggish, other economic indicators have consumers feeling better about the economy in general and their finances in particular, and as a result, many Americans are now using their credit cards more often than they did in the past, and carrying more debt as well, according to a report from Forbes Magazine…. Read More

Fed: Antitrust Agreement Won’t Lower Swipe Fees

Fed: Antitrust Agreement Won’t Lower Swipe Fees

Fed: Antitrust Agreement Won’t Lower Swipe Fees

In case you haven’t noticed, there have been some big fights over the small fees consumers pay every time they swipe their debit cards. The loudest fight was over the Durbin Amendment, part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, which called for a cap on all debit swipe fees. After an expensive year-long battle, the… Read More

Three Misconceptions About Prepaid Cards

Three Misconceptions About Prepaid Cards

Three Misconceptions About Prepaid Cards

If you’re feeling a bit fuzzy about what prepaid cards can (and can’t) do for you, you’re not alone. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there right now. Let’s take a look at three common misconceptions and debunk a few myths. Misconception #1: Prepaid cards can help you qualify for a credit card If… Read More

The Best Credit Cards in America: Student and Secured Cards

The Best Credit Cards in America: Student and Secured Cards

The Best Credit Cards in America: Student and Secured Cards

Welcome to the second installment of The Best Credit Cards in America. In this edition, I’m giving awards for the Best Student Credit Card and the Best Secured Credit Card in America. The category winners are the cards that score the highest number of points based on a unique, 41-factor formula I designed. The formula… Read More

More Americans Catching Up on Credit Card Payments

More Americans Catching Up on Credit Card Payments

More Americans Catching Up on Credit Card Payments

The number of charged off and delinquent credit card accounts declined for all major lenders in the U.S. once again in June, with both factors dropping to lows not seen in several years, according to the latest monthly statistics from Fitch Ratings. The number of charged off accounts – those 90 days or more behind… Read More

Prilosec OTC Debit Card, We Hardly Knew Thee

Prilosec OTC Debit Card, We Hardly Knew Thee

Prilosec OTC Debit Card, We Hardly Knew Thee

Call it another debit card that got away. We don’t know how we missed this, but Procter & Gamble was so gassed (oh, the puns!) about its heartburn medicine Prilosec OTC that it offered $25 prepaid debit cards to consumers who bought two big boxes of the stuff. The promotion ended in February. Perhaps the… Read More

Majority of Americans Say They Don’t Overuse Credit Cards

Majority of Americans Say They Don’t Overuse Credit Cards

Majority of Americans Say They Don’t Overuse Credit Cards

In all, 71 percent of consumers say they don’t need to cut back on using their credit cards, according to a new poll from Rasmussen Reports. Conversely, just 24 percent acknowledge their overspending on these accounts. Both figures are largely unchanged from a similar poll conducted in April 2009. However, 86 percent of consumers also… Read More

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