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Cash Back Rewards Stolen

by Luke Landes
Burglar alarm

Using cash back credit cards is rewarding in two specific ways. First, you’re earning money when you spend. That’s the obvious part. But when you know that you’re getting a rebate when you use your credit card, you also feel better about spending than you would otherwise. Feeling good can be dangerous, as you might […]

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Suze Orman’s New Prepaid Debit Card: The Approved Card

by Luke Landes
Suze Orman

As Ron Lieber reported in the New York Times, personal finance guru Suze Orman is launching her own debit card brand, the Approved Card, following in the footsteps of music mogul Russell Simmons and his Rush Cards. Suze Orman’s debit card will be a prepaid debit card, ensuring customers using the card can spend generally […]

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How Student Loans Affect Your Credit Scores

by Gerri Detweiler
Student loan debt

This is an article by Gerri Detweiler. For the past twenty years, Gerri has been an advocate helping consumers find reliable answers to their credit questions. Just as student loans can be “good debt” or “bad debt” depending on how they are used, they can be good or bad for your credit scores, depending on […]

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Discover® More Card No Balance Transfer Fee Offer, 0% APR

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the Best 0 percent APR on Balance Transfers Credit Cards.

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Discover® More Card $150 Limited Time Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the Discover® More Card.

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Chase Freedom Review and Comparison

by Luke Landes

From a branding perspective, each credit card issuer looks to group similar offers with a catchy name, helping consumers to immediately identify a type of credit card with the associated benefits. Chase offers quite a few slightly different cards under the Chase Freedom banner, and while the core features are the same, the offers differ […]

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The CFPB’s New Credit Card Agreements

by Luke Landes

Although Congress is dragging its feet in confirming the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s potential director, the bureau has been busy developing new tools to help consumers understand agreements that are potentially damaging to a family’s finances. Last year, issuers debuted new credit card statements designed to frighten borrowers into paying off debt faster. The new […]

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CoreLogic Credit Report and Score: Always Watching You

by Luke Landes

CoreLogic, a company that already works with lenders to consolidate credit reports from the three reporting bureaus, is developing a new credit report and score. The company believes its information, culled from public sources and proprietary databases, could give lenders, employers, and any other company that wants to evaluate an individual’s risk, a more accurate […]

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Balance Transfer Day: December 11, 2011

by Luke Landes

Just last month, Bank Transfer Day encouraged disgruntled consumers across the country to move money out of their bank accounts and deposit the funds in credit unions and smaller, community banks. Partly as a result of this successful campaign, hundreds of thousands of American large-bank customers opened credit union accounts since the day the campaign […]

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10 Cash Back Credit Card Traps

by Luke Landes
Cash Back Credit Cards

For my own finances, I’ve been a fan of credit cards with cash back programs. Some financial experts advise avoiding best credit card deals completely, even those cards that offer rewards like cash back or offer on best gas credit cards and small business credit cards. I’ve never been a fan of this approach — […]

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