Credit Cards

Guide to the Gift Card Economy

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, gift cards continue to be one of the most popular presents to give and receive. According to a study by CEB Tower Group, Americans loaded over $124 billion onto gift cards in 2014, much of which was gifted in the form of “e-gift cards” or mobile gift cards. But gift …

Chase Slate® Review

When it comes to paying off high interest credit card debt, you might be surprised to hear that getting another credit card could actually provide be the key. That’s because, some credit cards give you introductory 0% interest for a period of time often a year. The Chase Slate® gives you 0% for a full …

Best Low Interest Credit Cards for 2015

Before searching for the best low interest credit card, you should first understand what “low interest” really means. Most credit cards offer interest rates that fall somewhere in between 4.9% and 24.99%, with the highest interest rates charged to individuals with the worst credit. If you have good or decent credit, you should aim for …

Chase Freedom® Review

The Chase Freedom® card is a top rewards card that offers users the opportunity to earn anywhere from 1-5% cash back on your purchases. Not only can you redeem points for statement credits (“true” cash back), you can also redeem your Ultimate Rewards points for other valuable benefits such as gift cards, products, and even …

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Best Credit Cards for Students in 2015

When used responsibly, the best credit cards for college students become valuable tools that can help accomplish two crucial financial tasks: They help teach money management, and they help students establish the credit they’ll soon need to rent an apartment, buy a car, or even get a rewards credit card. Unfortunately, college students and credit …

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Review

When compared to other rewards credit cards of its caliber, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card simply cannot be beat. Not only do you get 2X points on dining and travel with this card, but simply being a cardholder is enough to earn a 20% discount on travel booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards website. Since …

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10 Strategies for Beating a Spending Addiction

Most of us enjoy occasional splurges where we buy new things for ourselves – that’s normal. However, for some people, that rush grows into an addiction where they find themselves buying things they scarcely want just to chase that rush. A few sure signs of a spending addiction include buying things that you know you …

Discover it Miles Review

If you’ve been looking for a simple way to earn travel rewards on all of your purchases, the brand new Discover it® Miles credit card might be exactly what you’re looking for. Unlike other popular cards that force you to keep track of rotating categories, the Discover it® Miles card promises to award you with …

Five Strategies to Use Marriott Hotel Points for a Cheap Vacation

In a lot of ways, vacations can be as cheap or as expensive as you make them. If you want to stay only in high-end resorts, for example, you should expect to shell out a ton of cash for the experience. Meanwhile, if you’ll stay almost anywhere, you can save a ton by shopping around …

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Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards for 2015

The best balance transfer credit cards will save you money on your current credit card debt. If getting out of debt is a top priority in 2015, you’ll want to make the move to one of the cards below. How can you cure your credit card debt with another credit card? Well, the main reason …

The Best Credit Cards for Bad Credit

If your credit is less than perfect, you may have trouble qualifying for new credit. Meanwhile, it can be difficult to improve your credit history if you’re not actively trying. Credit cards for bad credit, help you work on rebuilding your credit history and improving your credit score over time. The best credit cards for …

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Barclaycard Review: Arrival™ World MasterCard® Annual Fee vs. No Annual Fee

For a multitude of reasons, the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® is considered one of the best credit cards around. Still, there’s a lot of curiosity and confusion when it comes to deciding which is the more valuable of the two: the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® (with an $89 Annual Fee) or the Barclaycard …

Best Credit Cards of 2015

The best credit cards earn points that can be redeemed for travel, merchandise or cash back at a rate far above your average yield on your savings account. Think about this for a second: According to the FDIC, the average savings account rate in the U.S. today is a paltry 0.06%. The best rewards credit …

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Best Gas Credit Cards of 2015

The best gas credit cards make it easy to earn rewards in one budget category that is entirely unavoidable in most cases- transportation. With more than 200 million licensed drivers in the U.S. traveling an average of 13,000 miles a year, there are many opportunities for drivers to cash in. But how do the best …

Five Simple Steps to Improve Your Credit

A good credit score and solid credit history are the cornerstone of any lucrative credit card rewards strategy. So if you’re lacking in that department, you might find that it’s difficult to qualify for more than one popular rewards card – or that you can’t qualify at all. If you find yourself in that boat, you’re …

Back in Debt? A Strategy to Pay It Off for Good

Debt is one of those things that’s very easy to get into and much more difficult to get out of. I spent 14 months getting out of debt, only to find myself right back in a similar place about a year later. Like me, you probably didn’t even notice debt was piling up until you were staring up …

Honey, I Wrecked Your Credit

My husband and I were both in our mid-30s when we married. He was a couple of years into a psychiatric practice, and I had more than a decade of magazine experience under my belt. Each of us had been financially independent for quite some time (although as a freelance writer, my independence was of …

Can Cash-Back Rewards Beat Your Savings Account?

Are you tired of earning less than 1% on your savings? You’re not alone. With interest rates hovering near record lows for the past few years, the average savings account in the U.S. is currently bringing in around 0.17% APY, according to GoBankingRate data. In other words, most people are earning next to nothing on their liquid savings. And you …

Five Credit Card Reward Myths

Almost everyone wishes they could get something for free, but few people know that the pursuit of “free stuff” is commonplace among those who take advantage of credit card rewards. The problem is, it can be difficult to differentiate between fantasy and reality, since almost everything you hear on the topic comes from those who benefit …

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