How Does Chip & PIN Actually Work?

Credit Cards

How Does Chip & PIN Actually Work?

How Does Chip & PIN Actually Work?

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired and/or are no longer available on our site. You can view the current offers from our partners in our credit card marketplace. DISCLOSURE: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Perhaps you’ve recently noticed a gold or silver colored metallic square on the front of your newest credit cards. It looks kind... Read More

How to Find the Right Credit Card for You

Credit Cards

How to Find the Right Credit Card for You

How to Find the Right Credit Card for You

Great reward options or low interest rates? Yes, those could be great credit card options. But there are a few other things to consider before you start charging. Deciding on the right credit card for you includes assessing several criteria including your personal spending style, credit limits, fees and penalties in addition to interest rates and incentives.... Read More

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

Managing Debt

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

It sounds like science fiction. A lender sitting in an office who wants a payment clicks a button on a screen, and suddenly, the borrower’s car is disabled on the side of the road. “Pay now or you’ll never drive again,” is the clear message. It’s not a movie script. Car “ignition interrupt devices” are... Read More

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

Credit Score

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

Are Credit Scores Just a Scam?

It sounds like something straight out of the conspiracy theorist’s playbook: a secret system that enslaves average citizens who don’t even know what’s really happening. There are some consumers who believe that’s exactly what credit scores are designed to do: keep consumers enslaved in debt. It’s easy to understand why some people feel this way. Our... Read More

How to Make the Road to Retirement Less Rocky

Personal Finance

How to Make the Road to Retirement Less Rocky

How to Make the Road to Retirement Less Rocky

You may hear plenty of advice on how to plan for retirement, but do you heed it? It can be easy to push off something that seems far away when there are more immediate financial needs today (like grocery bills, mortgage payments, etc.). It’s a good idea to consider the following to make sure you are... Read More

Mom Traded Her Diamond Ring for Son’s Classes

Personal Finance

Mom Traded Her Diamond Ring for Son’s Classes

Mom Traded Her Diamond Ring for Son’s Classes

A mother’s attempt to pay for her son’s summer school classes erupted into controversy in a Cleveland suburb after a local news outlet reported on the situation. Tamika Hamilton said she didn’t have the $400 needed for her son’s summer school, so the superintendent told her she could leave a valuable item in the district... Read More

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