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More From Visa About Debit Cards

by Luke Landes

Last month, a representative from Visa offered to answer a few questions for Consumerism Commentary readers about debit cards. It many ways, I find debit cards to be inferior to credit cards, but Visa claims the cards linked directly to bank accounts have some redeeming qualities. Here are three additional questions I asked Visa and ... Continue reading this article…

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Visa Black Card Review

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer expired and is no longer available. Related: Comparing the Visa Black Card With American Express Platinum and Centurion Cards. Visa is introducing a new credit card catered to consumers who spend $50,000 or more a year. The Visa Black Card looks similar to the American Express ... Continue reading this article…

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My New Credit Card: Not for Credit

by Smithee

Every Tuesday, Smithee presents an article about his own experiences with credit cards and observations about the credit card industry. Two weeks ago I introduced you to a new credit card that offers 2 percent cash back that is deposited into a brokerage account. Then, a few hours later, I applied for the thing. In my ... Continue reading this article…

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Visa’s Take on Debit Cards

by Luke Landes

A representative from Visa offered to answer a few questions for Consumerism Commentary readers about debit cards. I’ve written previously about five reasons to avoid debit cards, preferring credit cards for plastic payment. Here are three questions I asked Visa and the company’s responses. I have three more questions to post in the future as ... Continue reading this article…

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Upcoming Vote on Credit Card Reforms

by Smithee

Every Tuesday, Smithee presents an article about his own experiences credit cards with and observations about the credit card industry. The U.S. Federal Reserve is set to vote on Thursday (Dec. 18) on a set of rules which could change credit policy affecting all Americans. The full set of proposals is more than a thousand ... Continue reading this article…

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November Cash Experiment: Successful, Perhaps

by Luke Landes

Early last month, I decided to leave my credit card in my wallet throughout November. Over the last few years, I’ve been using a rewards credit card to pay almost all of my day-to-day expenses. I never pay interest charges because I always pay my credit card in full before the due date. I buy ... Continue reading this article…

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Will You Have a Cash-only Yuletide?

by Smithee

There’s a story circulating that customers are using cash instead of credit for their holiday purchases this year, more than they have for many years past. I found this story detailed in Newsweek. Here are the highlights you should know: Credit card issuers are raising interest rates and fees, while lowering spending limits Some analysts ... Continue reading this article…

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Criminal Charges: Volume XVII

by Luke Landes

About the author: This guest article is presented by Jeremy M. Simon, who writes for Taking Charge. Jeremy’s articles focus on payment card and debt trends impacting consumers. Thanksgiving is nearly here, and credit card misdeeds show no sign of letting up, meaning yet another well-stuffed edition of Criminal Charges, my weekly roundup of news ... Continue reading this article…

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November Cash Experiment

by Luke Landes

After reviewing October’s expenses last week, I decided that November would be a good month to experiment with a cash-only philosophy. Some studies have shown that in general, people spend less money when their only option is cash or that the use of credit cards inspires additional spending. Most of the time, these studies simply ... Continue reading this article…

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Get a $50 or $100 Gift Card From American Express

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. If you’re responsible with credit cards and looking for a bonus, look into the Preferred Rewards Green Card or the Preferred Rewards Gold Card from American Express. Both of these cards are charge cards, so if you use one of ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi Raised My Credit Limit

by Luke Landes

Last week, I received an official-looking notice in the mail. You know the type: the envelope requires you to tear the perforated edges in a specific order and contains security ink so the contents cannot be seen until opened. There is a return address on the envelope but no business name. In my experience, the ... Continue reading this article…

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Calming Facts About Identity Theft

by Smithee

If someone successfully applies for a loan or a credit card using your identity, there will be a big mess to clear up. I don’t want to downplay the hassle, there. I would be extremely annoyed if that happened to me. However, what we hear on the news and especially in commercials for services like ... Continue reading this article…

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Support Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries With Kiva

by Luke Landes

Kiva is an international non-profit organization that facilitates “microlending” for the purpose of its mission, alleviating poverty across the world. The organization allows those who wish to contribute to lend money in small amounts to entrepreneurs in the developing world. Kiva’s website lets you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles to select the recipient of your micro-loan and ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Cash Rebates for Buying Gas With Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, these offers expired and are no longer available. Every week, cash back credit card deals are decreasing. If this is the case for your card, it might be time to seek out another deal. Here are a few suggestions designed to maximize your cash back based on your ... Continue reading this article…

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What Size Bonus Would Convince You to Sign Up for a Credit Card?

by Luke Landes

As a number of Consumerism Commentary visitors have mentioned over the past few months, it’s getting harder to find good credit card deals, including 0 percent APR no-fee balance transfer offers and worthwhile sign-up bonuses. Other commenters who have been successful milking credit card companies with balance arbitrage strategies have slowed down their pursuit with fewer ... Continue reading this article…

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10 Steps to Break the Credit Card Habit

by Luke Landes

If you’re a Type A credit card user, chances are you know it whether or not you are willing to admit it. If you can answer yes to these questions, then a lifestyle change is in order. Do you pay interest fees when you send in your credit card payment? Have you ever paid your ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Transfer Fees on Chase Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Credit cards simply are no longer offering the enticing deals in order to lure customers. Even though credit card companies have been willing to offer strong cash back rebates and introductory 0 percent APR deals, they’ve done so knowing that they can make up the loss through interest rates from defaulted customers and interchange fees. It ... Continue reading this article…

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Bonus Points and Miles Offers on CitiBank Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, this offer has expired and is no longer available. If you’re looking for bonus points or miles with your credit cards (and I would only suggest doing so if you pay your credit card balances in full every month and if you travel frequently), CitiBank is launching several ... Continue reading this article…

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Balance Transfer Fees on American Express Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

Credit cards are tightening their standards and no longer being generous with low promotional interest rates on balance transfers. In fact, many cards have balance transfer fees even with their promotional offers. This information is not always immediately apparent. I’m assembling a list of current balance transfer fees by credit card. The other day, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Survey: Americans are Financially Illiterate

by Luke Landes

The new bill supporting financial literacy education introduced in the Senate recently may be a response to a recent survey that quantified apparent American ignorance in matters of money. The survey presented 1,000 people with a hypothetical scenario about credit card debt and asked them to compute how long it would take to pay it ... Continue reading this article…

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