Can You Get Sign-Up Bonuses For Credit Cards You Already Have?

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Can You Get Sign-Up Bonuses For Credit Cards You Already Have?

Can You Get Sign-Up Bonuses For Credit Cards You Already Have?

[Update: Some offers mentioned below have expired. You can view the current offers from our partners here — Southwest Airlines Premier Rapid Rewards. Disclosure: Cards from our partners are mentioned below.] Wow, what an incredible credit card sign-up bonus you’ve discovered! Except you already happen to have that credit card, so what can you do? Actually,... Read More

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

Students

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

The Truth Behind Starbucks’ Tuition Plan

Starbucks’ “free college” announcement was probably the public relations coup of the year. CEO Howard Schultz earned gushing ink from the New York Times and gushing praise from Jon Stewart on the same day. As details dribbled out about the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, however, it became clear that the program is neither as generous... Read More

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Managing Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

Credit card holders are generally carrying lower balances than last year, with the average outstanding credit card debt at $3,658 per consumer in the first quarter of 2014. However, after average balances declined in every state from 2012 to 2013, some states saw consumers’ credit card debt rise again at the start of this year,... Read More

4 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Personal Finance

4 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

4 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

While less healthful food often seems like the cheaper or easier option, it’s a good idea to factor in the value of your health when deciding what to eat. Making meals at home is often more economical than eating out. Plus, it gives you greater control to create healthy, delicious, budget-friendly meals. This may seem easy... Read More

No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

Students

No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

No, There Actually Is a Student Loan Crisis

The Brown Center on Educational Policy at the Brookings Institution published yet another report on student loan debt. This time, its researchers are challenging the popularly held view that we are at the dawn of a financial crisis to rival the one we experienced just a few short years ago. Their determination? That broad-based policy... Read More

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

Personal Finance

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

9 Impulse Purchases You Instantly Regret

A new survey conducted by Bankrate.com reported that a quarter of Americans had no savings to weather financial hard times. It didn’t matter if the respondents were relatively higher earners: Folks are spending pretty much what they make. Impulse purchases are definitely a culprit here, along with the refusal to make saving a priority. The... Read More

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

Credit Score

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card

If you’re looking to build or rebuild credit, some of the first suggestions you’ll hear is to apply for a regular or secured credit card or ask to become an authorized user on someone else’s card. But there’s often little said about how to do it if you want to stay away from plastic. What... Read More

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