Credit Card Q&A: Which Credit Union has the Best Secured Credit Card?

Credit Cards

Credit Card Q&A: Which Credit Union has the Best Secured Credit Card?

Credit Card Q&A: Which Credit Union has the Best Secured Credit Card?

Credit Card Question: Which credit union has the best secured credit card? Answer: I’m getting a lot of questions about secured credit cards and credit unions these days. I think it’s partly because consumers are fed up with bank fees, including the new debit card fees we’ve been seeing.  But I also think that the… Read More

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: Bloggers Weigh In

Managing Debt

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: Bloggers Weigh In

The Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: Bloggers Weigh In

This is our weekly installment of The Debt Diet Challenge, in which we follow the progress of participants selected to take Jean Chatzky’s Debt Diet as they work to get themselves out of debt and on track to a better financial future. Every week, the participants blog about their experiences with the program. Here are… Read More

Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: A Slow, Invisible Process

Managing Debt

Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: A Slow, Invisible Process

Debt Diet Challenge Week #12: A Slow, Invisible Process

The Debt Diet is an online behavioral change program to help users get out of debt by putting aside $10 a day.  It was developed by Pro-Change Behavior Systems and Jean Chatzky, author of the best-selling Pay It Down and a coach on The Debt Diet series on the Oprah show. Jean Chatzky read the… Read More

U.S. Bank Offers Instant Credit Card App

Credit Cards

U.S. Bank Offers Instant Credit Card App

U.S. Bank Offers Instant Credit Card App

We’ve grown pretty accustomed to sales clerks at checkout counters asking if we’d like to sign up for a store credit card. Say yes, and it may be weeks before you actually receive that new piece of plastic in the mail. Now U.S. Bank says it’s developed an iPhone app that cuts the wait down… Read More

I Paid a Quarter-Million, and All I Got Was This Lousy English Degree

Students

I Paid a Quarter-Million, and All I Got Was This Lousy English Degree

I Paid a Quarter-Million, and All I Got Was This Lousy English Degree

Imagine paying nearly quarter of a million dollars for an English degree. Talk about sticker shock! But if you’re unlucky enough to be a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College, America’s most expensive school, that’s how much you could owe by the time you graduate. According to the latest listing of the nation’s costliest colleges, published… Read More

Warren Doubles Brown in Fundraising Last Quarter

Personal Finance

Warren Doubles Brown in Fundraising Last Quarter

Warren Doubles Brown in Fundraising Last Quarter

Elizabeth Warren, the former consumer protection leader and Harvard law professor turned Senate candidate, raised $3.15 million over the last quarter, her campaign announced. That’s just more than double the $1.55 million that Republican Senator Scott Brown raised in the same period. Despite Warren’s strong showing, Brown still holds a significant advantage when it comes… Read More

Consumer Watchdog Walks Regulation Tightrope With Bankers

Personal Finance

Consumer Watchdog Walks Regulation Tightrope With Bankers

Consumer Watchdog Walks Regulation Tightrope With Bankers

The newest advocate for consumers in Washington met with bankers Tuesday to talk about how their actions helped cause the 2008 financial disaster, while reassuring them that his agency is not on any ideology-inspired witch hunt. “Now, to some understandably weary mortgage market practitioners, and possibly to one or two of you in this very… Read More

3 Reasons Not To Use Layaway

Personal Finance

3 Reasons Not To Use Layaway

3 Reasons Not To Use Layaway

“Layaway is back!” the headlines are telling us. Numerous retailers are promoting layaway for cash-strapped holiday shoppers in the hopes of boosting sales. Almost every major retailer offers layaway: Sears, Kmart, Walmart, Toys”R”Us and many more. And although it may sound like I am knocking layaway, I do understand how important non-credit options may be… Read More

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