Credit Cards

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 …

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 Gas Credit Cards of 2015

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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 …

How to Use Credit Card Rewards for a Disney Vacation

If you have kids, you’ve probably priced out a Disney vacation at least once. And when you did, you were probably struck by just how expensive it can be. Basic park tickets for Disney World in Florida are, in most cases, upwards of $90 per person per day. That means that, all other expenses aside, …

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Using Upromise to Pay for College

Whether you’re looking for a way to save for your child’s college or deal with your own student loan debt, Upromise might be a way to give your efforts a boost. According to its website, users have earned more than $850 million toward college through everyday spending. What Is Upromise? Upromise, a partnership with Sallie …

How to Handle Post-Holiday Debt

For most of us, the holiday season is a few weeks into the past. We have some happy memories, but the joy of the holidays is already long gone as we start a new year and move through the rest of the winter season. In many mailboxes, bills from the countless expenses of the holiday …

The Hidden World of Credit Cards

Chances are you’re among the 71% of Americans who carry one or more of the 1.5 billion credit cards in the U.S. While survey results vary, they all agree that most people don’t understand how credit cards work or how fees and interest are calculated, and an overwhelming majority don’t understand all the parts of a …

How to Build Good Credit in College

The typical college student has a lot to worry about – paying for school, classwork, holding down a job, and of course that little issue of figuring out what to do with your life. A good credit score might not be too high on the priority list for most college students. In fact, the average …

Can You Get a Chip-and-PIN Credit Card Now?

2014 seemed to be the year of big data breaches in the United States. Hacks at four major retailers — Home Depot, Michaels Stores, Neiman Marcus, and Target — compromised the payment-card data of more than 130 million customers. Breaches like these left consumers vulnerable to fraud and identity crimes. As of Dec. 23, there had been 761 …

Are Credit Card Rewards Really Worth It?

A friend recently mentioned that she wished she had more time off work to travel – and more money to travel with. “I don’t see how you do it,” she said. “Airfare is crazy expensive. And then you have to pay for your hotel, rental car, and food!” She was right, but I quickly reminded …

Best Ways to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

There is a reason why so many fans of credit card rewards go out of their way to earn Chase Ultimate Rewards points. Aside from being versatile and easy to use, the points can be very lucrative — especially if you know how to use them. If you’ve never had a Chase credit card that earns Ultimate …

Why You Probably Don’t Need Rental-Car Insurance

Your bags are packed, you’ve found a sitter for the dog, and you’ve suspended your newspaper subscription for a few days. That can only mean one thing: You’re going on a trip. This year, consumers will take 1.6 billion leisure trips across the United States, reports the U.S. Travel Association, a trade group. Nearly eight in …

Vacations You Can Take With Credit Card Rewards

The average vacation for a family of four rang in at a staggering $4,580 in 2014, according to a recent study from American Express. That total includes the cost of lodging, transportation, food, and entertainment, and of course the excessive taxes and fees that are levied on every component of your travel itinerary. Furthermore, a recent …

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