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Does Carrying a Balance Help Your Credit?

If you’ve ever tried to buy a home, take out a car loan, or borrow money to start a business, you already know how important

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How Credit Card Companies Make Money

As a longtime credit card user (paying with — and paying off — cards since age 18), I’ve never really identified with the “credit cards are

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Keep an Eye Out for This New Credit Card Scam

You may have heard about the shift to EMV credit cards, the new chip-enabled technology that touts increased consumer safety by adding an extra layer

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Four Reasons to Add Your Teen as an Authorized Credit Card User

While naming your teen as an authorized user on your credit card may sound scary, there are some distinct advantages to this arrangement. But first

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Google and The Simple Dollar Team Up on Expert Answers

I’m super excited to announce that The Simple Dollar is one of the partners Google has selected to be a trusted contributing voice on the

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$&#@! Six Tips for Booking Rewards Travel Without Cursing

Have you ever earned a bunch of frequent flier miles only to realize they are almost impossible to redeem? While earning miles with a co-branded credit

Five Reasons Everyone Should Get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Year after year, the earns top billing as the best flexible travel credit card out there. Because of its many partners, its flexible rewards program,

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EMV Credit Cards Are Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Using a credit card is one of the safest and most convenient ways to pay for products and services. Not only do most credit purchases

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Do Credit Card Customer Service Agents Know Their Stuff?

Just last month, Discover took the top spot in J.D. Power’s 2015 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Survey, an annual study measuring customer satisfaction based on

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Debt Payoff Calculator

At The Simple Dollar, one of our missions is to help people break free from debt and get on the road to financial independence. Whether

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An Easy Way to Rack Up Delta SkyMiles for Free Flights

If you fly Delta often enough, it might make sense to get the co-branded Delta credit card — especially for your flight purchases. With the

Does It Make Sense to Pay an Annual Fee?

Have you ever vowed to sign up for a rewards credit card, but changed your mind after seeing the annual fee? If you have, you’re

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The Best Way to Join U.S. News’ Top Hotel Rewards Programs

While no hotel rewards program is perfect for every traveler, certain ones tend to stand out among the rest. To highlight the best programs for

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Six Habits That Can Land You Deep in Debt

If you’ve ever been in debt, you know just how soul-crushing and stressful it can be. When you’re deep in debt, you have to plan

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The Southwest Airlines Companion Pass: A Gold Mine of Free Travel

When it comes to domestic travel, the Southwest Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program is consistently rated as one of the best – and for good

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Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card Review

If you’re looking for one of the best rewards credit cards for domestic airfare, look no further than the . Named the third-best airline rewards

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Best Hotel Rewards Programs

The best hotel rewards programs ease the burden of high-cost travel, which is a good thing since traveling with a family can be prohibitively expensive.

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Do You Need Rental Car Insurance?

It’s a familiar scenario for anyone who has rented a car lately: You’re tired after a long flight, and it’s finally your turn at the

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