Credit Cards

Easy Ways to Fulfill a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus

Most credit card rewards deals ask you to spend a specific amount of money on your card within a clearly defined time frame. If you complete the task and play by the rules, you can often earn a tidy sum of cash back, airline miles, or hotel loyalty points. Sounds easy, right? Unfortunately, some sign-up bonuses can …

What Is a Credit Card Sign-Up Bonus?

Unless you’ve opted out of junk mail or targeted offers altogether, you’ve probably gotten at least a handful of credit card bonus offers in the mail. Most of them read something like this: “Spend $500 on your card within 90 days and earn $200 in cash back.” “Spend $3,000 on your credit card within three …

The Unregulated World of Identity Theft ‘Insurance’

It’s all over the news: celebrity photo hacking scandals, digital security breaches at major retailers, and banks that have misplaced unencrypted backups of confidential customer data. More than 13 million consumers suffered from identity fraud in 2013, according to a study by financial services research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. This is second only to 2012, when …

Chase Slate® Review

Chase Slate® is the best card around to help you pay off credit card debt as quickly as possible, then keep your balance hovering at or near zero with an array of helpful budgeting and payment tools. With Chase Slate®, you’ll receive an introductory balance transfer offer with no balance transfer fee for the first …

Best Gas Credit Cards of 2014

The best gas credit cards enable you to take advantage of high reward rates on inevitable spending. With more than 200 million licensed drivers in the U.S. traveling on average over 13,000 miles a year, there are a lot of rewards that are going unrecognized and unredeemed. The best credit cards for gas are actually …

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Review

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® card is simply the best when it comes to accumulating and using points to earn free travel. Not only do you get 2x points on dining and travel, but those points get you 2% off when redeemed for travel on the Ultimate Rewards website. With one of the fattest sign-up bonuses …

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Chase Freedom® Review

The Chase Freedom® is a top rewards card that masquerades as a cash back card. Not only can you redeem points for statement credits (“true” cash back), you can also use your Ultimate Rewards points for just about anything else like gift cards, products, and even travel. To get the absolute most out of your …

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Best Low Interest Credit Cards of 2014

Before searching for the best low interest credit card, you should understand what “low interest” really means. Credit cards typically carry rates several times that of other types of credit, but you can find cards that offer a 0% intro APR for a given time period. One of the best and most popular low APR …

Best Credit Cards of 2014

At The Simple Dollar, one of our goals is to provide you with the most comprehensive and useful credit card information available on the Internet. Our research started with over 1,600 different credit cards. We collected data on all the best credit cards, organized the cards by type, and then ranked each card based on …

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The Best Credit Cards for Bad Credit

If your credit is less than perfect, you’ll have a more difficult time obtaining and using a credit card. The flip side is that responsible use of a credit card is a fantastic way to rebuild your credit score. Even with bad credit, you have some great options to start rebuilding your financial future. The …

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Credit Card Interest Typically Compounds Daily – Here’s How to Take Advantage of That

A few weeks ago, I posted an article on the idea of interest that accrues daily. Here’s a brief explanation; check out the full post for more details: Some banks will accrue interest daily. Some even accrue it continuously. Rest assured, the more often a bank accrues interest on your debt, the worse it is …

Best Business Credit Cards of 2014

You don’t need to have 1,000 employees and a mahogany-walled board room to reap the rewards from business credit cards this year. Small businesses with few employees, sole proprietors, and independent contractors can all use business credit cards to manage cash flow and earn rewards on their spending. In fact, even if you don’t have …

Can “Churning” Credit Cards Really Work?

There are a lot of credit card offers out there that reward you for signing up by giving you a bunch of frequent flyer miles, hotel discounts, or big gift certificates. If you weren’t particularly worried about your credit in the short term, wouldn’t it make sense to sign up for a bunch of these, …

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Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2014

Finding the best prepaid debit card was once a task traditionally reserved for people who had trouble opening a bank account. Today, prepaid debit cards are becoming much more versatile. Many families and college students are regularly using them to manage their finances. If you have poor credit and can’t get a credit card, for …

Best Travel Credit Card for 2014

A great way to come up with some extra savings on airfare, hotels, and general travel is to find the best travel rewards credit card and cash in on lucrative points bonuses that many of these cards offer. As my wife and I were looking at our schedules and budgeting for a vacation, I thought …

Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards of 2014

Finding the best balance transfer credit card for your situation can be the key to transitioning your debt to a card that allows you to pay off your balance without penalty over time. If you have decent credit and something unexpected has led to a big credit card balance, you’re in the right place. The …

Six Tactics for Handling Piles of Credit Card Debt

This article first appeared at U.S. News and World Report Money. A lot of American families have a lot of credit card debt. The average U.S. household credit card debt is $15,270. That’s almost a third of the annual median household income in the United States. On top of that, 72% of Americans are living …

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Best Credit Cards for Students in 2014

The best credit cards for college students hold two major advantages over other sources of funding used to pay for college expenses: Student credit cards help students establish credit. Student credit cards teach valuable lessons on managing personal finances. What happens if you don’t establish any sort of credit at a young age? Well, imagine …

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

The Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® is hands-down one of the best credit cards around, but there’s a lot of curiosity and confusion around which is the more valuable of the two: the Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard® (with an $89 Annual Fee) vs. the Barclaycard Arrival™ World MasterCard® (with No Annual Fee). With the …