Credit Cards

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 for 2015

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 …

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 2015

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 2015

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 …

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 2015

Used responsibly, the best credit cards for college students are tools to 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 normal rewards credit card. Credit cards in the hands of college students …

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 …

The Best Hotel Credit Cards for 2015

In Part 4 of this series, I write about the best hotel credit cards. If you missed the other parts, I already covered the best all-around rewards credit cards, best airline credit cards, and the best cash back credit cards. In 2015, the best hotel credit cards still offer impressive perks and rewards for frequent …

How to Fix Your Credit Properly

Sometimes, it seems like you can scarcely turn on your television or radio or web browser without seeing someone offering you a great solution to your credit woes or proper protection against credit worries. Pretty much anything involving the word “credit” is a hot commodity. There are thousands of businesses out there who want to …

Personal Finance Advice For Store Credit Cards

You can barely visit a chain store these days without being offered a credit card associated with that store. From Wal-Mart and Best Buy to Target and JC Penney (and countless others), offering credit has become a big part of the business for many retailers. The usual advice for store-specific credit cards is to avoid …

Credit Cards and Annual Fees

As I’ve mentioned before on The Simple Dollar, I’m a believer in the healthy use of credit cards. As long as you keep your balance low and pay it off in full every month, I view credit cards as being almost entirely positive. They help your credit. Many cards provide discounts and other bonuses. They …

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Reader Tip Tuesday #4

A little late, but a good one! Here’s this week’s Reader Tip Tuesday. Once you’ve gotten into dangerous waters with a credit card, it’s tempting to swear off of plastic entirely. But before you do, it’s important to understand know that there are plenty of ways to use credit cards to avoid and get out …

Credit Counseling Guide to Debt Management

You may feel like giving up. Suffocating under a mountain of debt can make you feel helpless. Perhaps you’ve even been considering bankruptcy.  The jury is out on whether bankruptcy should be an absolute last resort, or one that should be considered seriously in order to deal with exorbitant, unpayable debt. Still, most people do …

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