4 People Who Hate Credit Cards

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4 People Who Hate Credit Cards

4 People Who Hate Credit Cards

It’s easy for people to see the benefits of using a credit card. They offer the convenience of carrying around cash, while having protections against loss and theft. And rewards credit card holders can earn valuable points, miles or cash back when they use their cards to make ordinary purchases. For merchants, credit cards offer a… Read More

How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

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How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

How I Paid Off $115K of Debt

After years of keeping his credit cards locked in a fire safe, Peter got an unpleasant surprise: a collection of statements totaling more than $55,000. Peter alleges his wife had broken into the safe and gone on a shopping spree at high-end department stores. To say the least, he wasn’t happy about it, but they remained… Read More

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

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How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

How Much Do People Really Spend on Wedding Gifts?

With Americans spending an average of $167 per couple, people marrying this year can expect a pretty decent haul of wedding gifts. (And if they’re lucky, their guests will spend that money on something they actually want.) Online wedding registry site Zankyou looked at 300,000 donations given through its registries and determined average gift spending… Read More

I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

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I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

I Went Into Debt to Look Like Kim Kardashian

Getting paid to impersonate Kim Kardashian is apparently not enough to pay for all the surgery it takes to look like her in the first place. Claire Leeson, a 24-year-old Londoner, knows this from experience, Metro reports, but she doesn’t seem too bothered by the collectors hounding her for the $30,000 of credit card debt… Read More

Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

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Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

Are Americans More in Debt Than the Rest of the World?

Americans have a global reputation for being a) bad at soccer (futbol) and b) good at spending money they don’t have. Looks like it might be time to challenge both conventional beliefs. As the surprisingly game Americans took the “pitch” on Tuesday against Belgium, many observers conceded that the U.S. team rightly earned its spot… Read More

The States With the Most Credit Card Debt

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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

America’s Least Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

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America’s Least Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

America’s Least Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

Americans spend billions of dollars on fast food every year, which is funny, because they’re not all that satisfied with it. People enjoy full-service restaurants much more than fast-food ones, even when it comes to speed of service, according to the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), but people keep going back. Love-hate relationships with… Read More

4 Signs You’re in Real Financial Trouble

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4 Signs You’re in Real Financial Trouble

4 Signs You’re in Real Financial Trouble

Sometimes it’s not so easy to tell how bad things are until you are in real trouble. When it comes to your personal finances, there are some telltale signs it’s time to take action. The sooner you take action, the less likely you’ll encounter long-term damage down the road. But the first step is identifying… Read More

The Most Debt-Free States in America

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The Most Debt-Free States in America

The Most Debt-Free States in America

Credit card spending typically spikes in the fourth quarter, and 2013 was no different, but it seems Americans were a little more conservative with their credit card spending than they were at the end of 2012. The average balance per cardholder declined in nearly every state, according to fourth-quarter data from the past two years…. Read More

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