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  • There Will Be No Unauthorized Charges or Fees On My Watch

    When I got my first credit card back in 1999, I made a habit of saving every receipt from my credit card transactions in my wallet until my statement came in. At that point, I would double-check my statement against my receipts, using a highlighter to cross off each charge. Once I had done all that,...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 02-05-2014
  • 5 Ways to Prevent Black Friday Craziness

    Black Friday is on it’s way, and you know what that means- huge sales, discounts, and shoppers running amok taking advantage of all the money saving deals available during that one crazy Black Friday weekend. 3 Reasons Why Black Friday is Insane Why do normally sane individuals seem to lose their minds...
    Posted to Weblog by jasoncabler on 11-24-2013
  • Step Away From the Pending Transactions

    Online banking can be a bit of a mixed blessing. On the one hand, we are now able to pay our bills online on the day that they are due, track our spending, and have a legitimate reason other than email to get online at work. On the other hand, there was something to be said for only receiving a monthly...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 10-25-2013
  • Why I Hate Digital Signature Machines

    The other day, I was running behind (as usual), because baby. (Which by the way, is the best of all possible excuses: "I can't do that, because baby." "I'm an hour late, because baby." "We forgot your 50th anniversary, because baby." People tend to be very forgiving...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 10-22-2013
  • Why Do Credit Card Issuers Charge High Interest Rates?

    by Bill Hardekopf of LowCards.com One of the biggest consumer complaints about credit cards is the high interest that is charged by the issuer. Even low interest cards have much higher interest rates than most other loans. Why do credit cards charge such high interest rates? Is there anything you can...
    Posted to Weblog by PamH on 09-13-2013
  • Credit Card Theft and Due Diligence

    Last week, while hard at work on my (now finished!!) manuscript, I made the executive decision that I didn't have time to make lunch. (Which was pretty hilarious considering the fact that the amount of time it would take for me to slap some PB and some J on a couple of slices of bread was less than...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 08-19-2013
  • Paying all expenses with a rewards credit card

    Several friends have mentioned that it's good to pay all expenses/bills with a rewards credit card and benefit from reward points for airfare and other goodies. It sounds good but we're not sure. We use a monthly spreadsheet as a checkbook register where we allocate our paycheck into categories...
    Posted to Forum by Mcbarr on 04-02-2013
  • Some Unusual Benefits of Using a Credit Card

    by Bill Hardekopf The credit card industry has faced a tremendous amount of criticism during the last four years. Politicians have imposed significant regulations and legislation on card issuers. Consumers continue to bash the high interest rates and fees associated with their cards. But despite all...
    Posted to Weblog by PamH on 02-27-2013
  • Can You Really Afford Minimum Credit Card Payments?

    If you use credit cards you probably use them for a number of reasons such as convenience, to get you to the next paycheck when you've used all your cash, or even to earn rewards like air miles or hotel points. Whatever reasons you have for using the demon plastic (I HATE credit cards by the way...
    Posted to Weblog by jasoncabler on 02-01-2013
  • Credit Card Penalty Fees Fall for Third Straight Year

    by Bill Hardekopf A new report shows consumers paid $17.8 billion in penalty fees on their credit cards last year, an 8 percent decline from the $19.4 billion in 2011. According to the R.K. Hammer Card Penalty Fee Index, fees have fallen for three consecutive years, ever since the CARD Act was passed...
    Posted to Weblog by PamH on 01-29-2013
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