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Six Times You Definitely Want a Rewards Credit Card

There’s a reason people chase credit card points and miles: A solid rewards credit card can help you earn free stuff with almost no effort on

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Hotel Rewards Cards for People Who Hate Hotels

Hotel credit cards let you earn points for free hotel stays, room upgrades, and more. With the right card, you could even book a week-long

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No, You Don’t Have to Fly to Earn Airline Miles

Think you need to fly to earn airline miles? Think again. Consumer Reports notes that nearly 100 million consumers belonged to a frequent flyer program

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Should You Co-Sign a Credit Card for a Family Member or Friend?

No matter who you are, chances are good someone has asked you for a financial favor at some point. Maybe it was a small loan to

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Using Credit Card Rewards to Pay Off Student Loans

Pursuing cash back and travel rewards is an easy way to save money on family vacations, fun adventures, and educational trips. But did you know

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The Right Way to Use Your Credit Cards This Holiday Season

For most of us, the arrival of the holidays signals an uptick in spending. Presents for family members and travel expenses on the way to

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Credit vs. Debit: Which Card Should You Use Online?

In case you hadn’t heard, most banks and businesses began transitioning their credit cards and credit card terminals away from magnetic stripes and toward EMV technology on

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Like It or Not, a Secured Credit Card Might Be the Key to Rebuilding Your Credit

If you’re trying to improve damaged credit but getting nowhere, you may find yourself with this common conundrum: You’re ready to fix your past mistakes, but

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How to Get 10% Cash Back on All Your Holiday Shopping

The bedlam of Black Friday is behind us, Cyber Monday is here, and the holiday shopping crunch is officially on. The average American plans to spend

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Eight Alternative Ways to Redeem Credit Card Rewards

Depending on the type of rewards credit card you sign up for, you can earn all kinds of free stuff just for being a cardholder.

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Does Carrying a Balance Help Your Credit?

If you’ve ever tried to buy a home, take out a car loan, or borrow money to start a business, you already know how important

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How Credit Card Companies Make Money

As a longtime credit card user (paying with — and paying off — cards since age 18), I’ve never really identified with the “credit cards are

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Keep an Eye Out for This New Credit Card Scam

You may have heard about the shift to EMV credit cards, the new chip-enabled technology that touts increased consumer safety by adding an extra layer

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Four Reasons to Add Your Teen as an Authorized Credit Card User

While naming your teen as an authorized user on your credit card may sound scary, there are some distinct advantages to this arrangement. But first

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Google and The Simple Dollar Team Up on Expert Answers

I’m super excited to announce that The Simple Dollar is one of the partners Google has selected to be a trusted contributing voice on the

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$&#@! Six Tips for Booking Rewards Travel Without Cursing

Have you ever earned a bunch of frequent flier miles only to realize they are almost impossible to redeem? While earning miles with a co-branded credit

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EMV Credit Cards Are Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Using a credit card is one of the safest and most convenient ways to pay for products and services. Not only do most credit purchases

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Do Credit Card Customer Service Agents Know Their Stuff?

Just last month, Discover took the top spot in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Survey, an annual study measuring customer satisfaction based on

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