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  • How to defeat debt and still have fun CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    With some creativity, you can pay off debts while still enjoying the occasional treat, gift or vacations

  • How rapid rescore works when applying for a mortgage CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    If you have errors on your credit report that could block a mortgage application, choosing a rapid rescore option could help, if your lender offers it

  • Average card APR remains stuck at 14.89 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:00 PM EST

    Jan. 28, 2015: Interest rates on new credit card offers didn't budge this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • How a card's introductory APR works CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Exactly how does an introductory period APR work and what are the consequences of not paying off the entire balance before that period expires?

  • Beware auto-renewals' endless charges CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Signing up for magazine subscriptions or a free trial could haunt you for months or years, ringing up endless charges on your credit card through automatic renewals

  • Credit card agreement -- Quick guide CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Your credit card terms and conditions can be a little overwhelming. But when signing up for a new card, it's important to know what you're getting into. We've created this short list of the most important ...

  • How to use US Airways miles as merger unfolds CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    If you want to redeem US Airways miles, you'll still need to use the US Airways award chart until the airline finishes combining its frequent flier program with that of merger partner American Airlines...

  • A day in the life of a common credit card crook CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 8:01 AM EST

    Those who make, buy and use stolen credit cards have workdays like the rest of us. See what the daily grind is for the crooks who would profit from your card data

  • Know your fraudster: 8 types of card criminals CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Card fraud has become a big industry, with criminals specializing in each stage of the crime, from malware coders to skimmer installers to mules

  • What merchants should do if customer presents unsigned card CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Merchants handed a card with no signature or "See ID" should make the customer sign -- or risk having to eat fraud-related losses

  • Must husband pay wife's unpaid card debt? CreditCards.com - Sat, Jan 24, 2015 9:00 AM EST

    If a spouse with no income secretly runs up a big credit card debt, state laws dictate whether there's a shared legal obligation to pay

  • Credit score statistics CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    How does your credit score compare to the average American's? Check out the credit score statistics we've compiled, including the states with the highest and lowest credit scores, how credit scores change ...

  • Unpaid joint car loan sullies ex's credit CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 23, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    She was in charge of payments, but neglected to tell her fiance when they were late. Now that they've broken up, she wants to know if she can fix his credit

  • What day is my card balance reported to the credit bureaus? CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Banks and credit bureaus manage millions of accounts and have different policies for recording data, so finding when yours is recorded isn't possible

  • Why the wealthy go broke, too CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    When people with above-average incomes encounter financial hardships, the reasons are surprisingly similar to people with more modest incomes

  • Credit card interest rates remain at 14.89 percent for third week CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 11:00 AM EST

    Jan. 21, 2015: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 14.89 percent Wednesday for the third consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Apply for your first credit card, then remove yourself from Dad's CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 21, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    Preserve your authorized user credit history when applying for your own card. Once approved, you can then safely remove yourself from the shared account

  • Financial infidelity poll: 6% hid bank account from spouse or partner CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 10:20 PM EST

    In a new national survey, we asked people living with a spouse or partner about their money secrets, hidden bank accounts and undisclosed splurges

  • Strategies to maximize cash-back rewards CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 7:45 AM EST

    Most cashback cards pay about 1 percent in rewards; a couple of cards pay a flat 2 percent. But you may want to consider using a flat-rate card and a card with higher rewards rates on rotating categories...

  • Road to rewards redemption gets easier CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 7:45 AM EST

    Cardholders lose millions of dollars in rewards, but that could be changing after one big issuer lowers hurdles to claiming cash back

  • Payments made out to your LLC are harder to garnish CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 19, 2015 7:00 AM EST

    As a small-business owner, if you have an LLC it's best to have clients make checks out to the LLC rather than to you personally. Besides helping separate your personal and business finances, it may help ...

  • 6 steps to getting a credit card chargeback CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    A chargeback from your credit card issuer gives you a refund when the retailer won't. Here's how to navigate the sometimes confusing chargeback rules

  • Balance transfer promotional rates on the rise CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Balance transfer promotional rates are getting more generous, with more cards offering lengthy interest-free promotional periods, according to the 2015 Creditcards.com Balance Transfer Survey

  • Is husband liable for wife's $50,000 card debt? CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    A wife is carrying $50,000 in debt over several cards and wants to know if her husband be will responsible for repayment if she dies before it's paid off

  • 7 times when to put yourself in credit card timeout CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    There are key moments in life when putting away the cards and paying off any balances can be the best moves for your financial future

  • When building credit, focus first on on-time payments CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Don't overmanage your credit utilization while in a formal debt management plan. Just keep paying on time, every time and your score will rise over time

  • 7 times to put yourself in credit card timeout CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    There are key moments in life when putting away the cards and paying off any balances can be the best moves for your financial future

  • Credit card interest rates hold steady at 14.89 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 14, 2015 2:45 PM EST

    Jan. 14, 2015: Average rates on new credit card offers remain unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • Managing 10 cards or more? 4 rules CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 14, 2015 1:00 AM EST

    Successfully managing 10 or more credit card accounts requires a certain amount of supervision, particularly to prevent fraud. But if you can handle them well, go for it

  • Airline frequent flier miles should survive if you file for bankruptcy CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 13, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Banks can cancel reward cards if you’re insolvent, but you shouldn't lose frequent flier points you've earned through the cards if they've already been posted to your airline account

  • Credit card delinquency rates rise slightly in 2014 CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 12, 2015 10:00 AM EST

    Delinquent credit card balances rose slightly in the third quarter of 2014, but remain far below the 15 year average, says the American Bankers Association

  • Automatic stays in bankruptcy stop debt collection immediately CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    The automatic stay is the cornerstone of the bankruptcy process. By freezing collection actions it gives the consumer breathing room to figure out what to do next

  • Jail or no? Penalties for using partner's credit card CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 12, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Stealing a business partner's credit card can lead to prosecution and jail time. But charges rung up by an authorized user are not considered theft

  • Can self-hypnosis apps help you think your way out of debt? CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 9, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Proponents say self-hypnosis apps can help you change your financial habits from the comfort of your couch, but skeptics say the only thing getting lighter is your wallet

  • Don't default on co-signed loan to teach son a debt lesson CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 9, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Letting a car loan go into default to show a kid what happens is a lot like driving the car into a wall to show him what happens if you don't use the brakes

  • Partial payment agreements can hurt your credit score CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 8, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Reaching a partial payment agreement with a lender at a lower interest rate does wonders for your budget, but can crush your credit score

  • Fed: November credit card balances down 1.3 percent CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 8, 2015 1:00 AM EST

    Credit card balances declined for the first time in two months in November, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

  • 2015 Balance Transfer Survey: Offers more generous, but move fast CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 7, 2015 10:00 PM EST

    The typical credit card balance transfer offers have become more generous, but you have to act quickly to take advantage of them, according to a 2015 CreditCards.com analysis of 100 popular credit card ...

  • Credit card interest rates slide to 14.89 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 7, 2015 2:30 PM EST

    Jan. 7, 2015: Average rates on new credit card offers fell Wednesday for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report

  • How credit charging limits work CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 7, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    It may be obvious to more experienced cardholders, but for newbies, knowing how credit limits work gives you the power to avoid expensive mistakes

  • Mobile wallet security -- is it safe to photograph your credit card? CreditCards.com - Wed, Jan 7, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    Memories of celebrity phone hacks may rightly make you nervous about capturing an image of your credit card for a mobile wallet. But it's not the same as taking a regular photo, as long as you're using ...

  • Transferring miles, points between airlines not allowed CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 6, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    You can't transfer the miles from one airline's credit card reward program to another, so comparison shop and make your initial choice carefully

  • New protections from financial 'gotchas' in 2015 CreditCards.com - Tue, Jan 6, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    New rules coming in 2015 from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should make it safer and less expensive to use plastic and other forms of consumer debt

  • Why your employer may deny you a company card CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 5, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    A small business has to weigh several factors before giving a new employee a company card for travel expenses. Understanding them can help employees and small business owners both start off on better footing...

  • Surviving high costs of doomsday prepping CreditCards.com - Mon, Jan 5, 2015 1:00 AM EST

    Preparing for dire scenarios, be they man-made or natural, can be an expensive endeavor, but doesn't have to be reserved for just the rich

  • Living on disability with $8,000 in card debt CreditCards.com - Fri, Jan 2, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    With no assets and only disability income, repayment options are nonexistent and bankruptcy too expensive for a cardholder with $8,000 in card debt.

  • Paying by cash won't build credit score CreditCards.com - Thu, Jan 1, 2015 8:00 AM EST

    If you've never made a late payment in your life, you'd think you'd have a good credit score. Not so if those payments have all been in cash. But fear not: You can get a score without going into debt.

  • Credit card interest rates fall to 14.91 percent CreditCards.com - Wed, Dec 31, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    Dec. 31, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers edged lower this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report.

  • Should a student have more than one card? CreditCards.com - Wed, Dec 31, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    While there is no reason a young adult can't manage multiple cards, juggling so many may present more challenges than a student may expect

  • 9 baby steps that lead to big financial goals CreditCards.com - Wed, Dec 31, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Breaking down big goals into baby steps makes them seem less overwhelming. We've come up with a few small actions to get on the path to financial health and sound credit

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