Someone Stole My Credit Card to Buy Pizza

Identity Theft

Someone Stole My Credit Card to Buy Pizza

Someone Stole My Credit Card to Buy Pizza

A pair of alleged thieves in Ohio used a stolen credit card to buy nearly $150 of food, and the police arrested them by following the delivery trail, according to a local news report. An Oberlin, Ohio, woman reported her wallet missing, and in the process of canceling her credit cards, an issuer said her... Read More

How Does a Collection Appear on Your Credit Report?

Managing Debt

How Does a Collection Appear on Your Credit Report?

How Does a Collection Appear on Your Credit Report?

Forgetting to pay a fine, ignoring unaffordable debt, missing a bill payment — such scenarios may lead to debt collectors and, eventually, the black mark of a collections account on a credit report. Just like that, a consumer’s credit problems can be a lot greater than one unpaid bill, as collection accounts ding credit scores... Read More

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Credit Cards

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Google Goes Analog With a Real Debit Card

Google now offers a Google Wallet Card as a physical extension of the credit-, debit- and loyalty-card management app Google Wallet, allowing users to withdraw cash from ATMs and pay with the card in stores. The card is tied to a user’s Google Wallet Balance, to which a user can add money from a variety... Read More

Why Your End-of-Year Bonus Isn’t As Big As You Think

Personal Finance

Why Your End-of-Year Bonus Isn’t As Big As You Think

Why Your End-of-Year Bonus Isn’t As Big As You Think

We’re nearing the time of year when many businesses distribute end-of-year bonuses to high-performing employees (or holiday bonuses to all). And the number you hear from your boss is likely to be bigger than the one you see on your paycheck. Blame the difference on tax withholding. Unless your bonus is $1 million or so,... Read More

5 Dangers of Black Friday Shopping

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5 Dangers of Black Friday Shopping

5 Dangers of Black Friday Shopping

Black Friday is the most anticipated, but potentially dangerous, shopping day of the year. As millions of Americans head out in the wee hours of the morning following traditional Thanksgiving Day festivities, many are unaware of the credit dangers that await them. Here are a few important Black Friday credit perils you can avoid. 1.... Read More

In a Coma & Going Broke

Managing Debt

In a Coma & Going Broke

In a Coma & Going Broke

You will never wind up in a coma. It only happens to those poor souls on the nightly news. Or in the movies.  It’s never people like you. Are you sure? Last week, I updated my will and other end-of-life documents. It did make me stop and think about a lot of things. My money... Read More

5 Tips to Maximize Your Black Friday Credit Card Rewards

Credit Cards

5 Tips to Maximize Your Black Friday Credit Card Rewards

5 Tips to Maximize Your Black Friday Credit Card Rewards

Black Friday has become such a strong tradition, that children growing up today might even wonder if the Pilgrims celebrated it after the first Thanksgiving. Each year, retailers open their stores earlier, and offer even more tempting “door busters.” At the same time, shoppers are becoming even more savvy and sophisticated when it comes to... Read More

Is Saving the Key to Happiness?

Personal Finance

Is Saving the Key to Happiness?

Is Saving the Key to Happiness?

You can’t buy happiness, but you can save for it, according to a new survey. Maybe this result will inspire the 53% of Americans who have no savings plan: The size of an American’s bank account is a better predictor of happiness than the size of their salary, according to Ally Bank’s research, released this... Read More

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