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How to Handle Your Finances During a Disaster

On The Simple Dollar, we’ve talked a lot about the importance of credit history and building good credit. It tends to look good on your

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Nine Ways to Say the Same Thing: How Long Derogatory Information Stays on Your Credit Report

The world of credit is positively chock-full of terms, acronyms, and industry-related jargon that might not make much sense to the untrained eye. Many terms are

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American Express and Delta Offer Advances on Travel Miles

You’ve heard of Buy Now, Pay Later? Some American Express-Delta cardmembers have the option to Fly Now, Earn Later. The Fly Now, Earn Later feature

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Planning Ahead for the 2018 Olympics

Believe it or not, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics are a mere five months away. Opening ceremonies will be held on February 9th, and the games

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I Was Possibly Hacked in the Equifax Data Breach. Here’s What I Did.

Update: This post was edited on Sept. 18 to clarify the types of fraud alerts. By now you’ve probably heard that more than 143 million

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Get Exclusive Groupon+ Access with a Visa or MasterCard

Earlier this month, Groupon announced new savings service Groupon+ (Groupon Plus), exclusive to Visa and MasterCard holders. Eligible cardholders can enroll for free and access

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What You Need to Know About American Express’s New Delta Card

American Express and Delta enjoy a strong partnership. We consider the to be one of the strongest airline cards on the market today, offering cardholders

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When You Overspend: Five Steps to Recover from a Spending Spree

Have you ever spent more money than you planned? If you’re a human who has had money at any point in your life, the answer

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New Travel Cards Aim for Leisure Over Luxury

American Express and JPMorgan Chase have introduced a pair of co-branded airline cards with no annual fees and fewer frills. The new cards aim to

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I Think My Data Was Hacked in the Equifax Breach: Now What?

The last 24 hours have seen quite the whirlwind of credit-related activity. Equifax announced on September 7th that they were the victims of a massive data

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You Can Now Book Marriott and SPG Hotels on Slack

Marriott International is considered the largest hotel chain in the world, and PCMagazine recently named Slack as one of its top online collaboration programs of

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What Is the ‘Right’ Number of Credit Cards?

One of the most common credit-related questions I’m asked has to do with the “right” number of credit cards. And I’m clearly not alone. If

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PayPal’s new credit card offers 2% cash back with no annual fee

Say hello to PayPal’s latest venture: the PayPal Cashback Mastercard®. It isn’t PayPal’s first credit card (remember the PayPal Extras Mastercard?), but it is the

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Southwest Cards Get Huge Signup Bonus Increase

Earlier this month, Chase announced an impressive signup bonus increase for the . New cardholders can now earn 60,000 points if they spend $2,000 within

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Airlines Offer Miles to Encourage Hurricane Harvey Donations

Last weekend, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a category four storm, devastating parts of Houston and the surrounding areas. Early estimates place the

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4 Ways to Avoid Paying Interest on Credit Card Debt

It’s official – Americans owe a ton of money in credit card debt. Actually, it’s more than a ton: it’s $1 trillion, which is even

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Cash Back Cards Lead Surge in Satisfaction

Most customers are highly satisfied with their credit cards, according to a new study, but they reserve their highest levels of satisfaction for cards that

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Did You Hit the Credit Score Jackpot This Summer?

This past spring, the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA), the trade association representing the three major credit reporting agencies (CRAs), announced some big credit reporting