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

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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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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


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

Learning to Trust Credit Cards

Hey Simple Dollar readers, I wanted to share an article by a new contributor to the site, Ellen Gans. In it she examines her own

Understanding How Prepaid Debit Cards as Payroll Works

We’ve spoken before about the ins and outs of prepaid debit cards. They carry both benefits and drawbacks for the everyday consumer. The perks —

When to Use Your Credit Card — and When to Not

Want to become a savvy credit card user? You’ve come to the right place. This article will discuss when to pull out your credit card,

Prepaid Credit Card Right For You?

You know about credit cards and debit cards, and you may even be familiar with secured credit cards, but did you know there’s another option

How to Eliminate Credit Card Debt

$15,216. That number reflects the average US household credit card debt among indebted households. That’s a scary number, and it means that for every household

Credit Card Processing Explained and Mobile Readers Reviewed

Jim McKelvey was a glass artist, creating exquisite hand-blown glass bowls and spiraling faucets. About five years ago, a visitor to Jim’s St. Louis studio

Stoozing Made Simple: A Guide to Earning Extra Cash

You first started stoozing at work. Then your boss caught you. You thought you were going to be fired, until he said he wanted to

Financial Independence: What Does It Mean?

We’d like to thank Experian for having us on their Twitter chat a couple of weeks ago. The topic was financial independence, and we heard

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