Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

Personal Finance

Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

Mark Frauenfelder Won’t Kill Chickens

In 2003, Mark Frauenfelder and his wife Carla decided to do something a little crazy. They decided to ditch their lives as freelancers in Los Angeles, following a slowdown in the media business, and move themselves and their two kids (a six-year-old and an infant) to a remote island in the south pacific where the… Read More

The Credit Card is Back, Just in Time to Fuel Your Holiday Spending Hangover

Managing Debt

The Credit Card is Back, Just in Time to Fuel Your Holiday Spending Hangover

The Credit Card is Back, Just in Time to Fuel Your Holiday Spending Hangover

Javelin’s 4th Annual Online Retail Payments Forecast, based on data collected online from more than 2,300 consumers, was published last week. Among other things, it predicts that online e-commerce sales in the US will total $309 billion in 2011, growing to $444 billion in 2016. Significantly, the research also suggests strongly that credit cards will… Read More

How Extended Warranties Work on Credit Cards

Credit Cards

How Extended Warranties Work on Credit Cards

How Extended Warranties Work on Credit Cards

There are two questions you’ll hear over and over during the holiday season. The first one is, “Would you like to open a store credit card and save 15 percent right now?” To which your reply should be: “No, thanks.” The second question you’ll often hear when you buy a fairly expensive item is, “Would… Read More

CFPB Opens the Floor to Credit Card and Mortgage Complaints

Personal Finance

CFPB Opens the Floor to Credit Card and Mortgage Complaints

CFPB Opens the Floor to Credit Card and Mortgage Complaints

As we wrote recently, consumers who have problems with their credit cards or mortgages can lodge their complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Now, starting this month, homeowners with issues related to their mortgages and home equity loans are also able to file complaints with the bureau, and by next year anyone will be… Read More

What Facebook’s FTC Settlement Means for Businesses

Identity Theft

What Facebook’s FTC Settlement Means for Businesses

What Facebook’s FTC Settlement Means for Businesses

Whether you’re a Facebook user, a privacy wonk, or both, you’re likely aware of the social network’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, announced this week. Under terms of the settlement, Facebook must now get users’ permission before it changes the way their personal information is shared. The social network also agreed to submit to… Read More

Government Warns: Mortgage Modification Scammers Still Going

Mortgages

Government Warns: Mortgage Modification Scammers Still Going

Government Warns: Mortgage Modification Scammers Still Going

We’ve written about scammers offering to help people avoid foreclosure, when really their only goal is to steal money using up-front fees. Now the federal government is getting serious about cracking down on them. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Treasury Department announced Thursday that they are creating a new task force to shut… Read More

Talk Credit Radio: A New Way to Establish Credit

Credit Cards

Talk Credit Radio: A New Way to Establish Credit

Talk Credit Radio: A New Way to Establish Credit

This week on Talk Credit Radio: Friday December 2, 2011 Tune into Talk Credit Radio this week with Credit.com’s personal finance expert Gerri Detweiler, live from 4-5 ET/1-2 PT on WSRQ. Additional ways to listen are listed below. A New Way To Build Credit You can pay your rent, utilities, insurance, and cell phone bills on… Read More

Debt Diet Challenge: Finding More Ways to Cut Costs

Managing Debt

Debt Diet Challenge: Finding More Ways to Cut Costs

Debt Diet Challenge: Finding More Ways to Cut Costs

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

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