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When Doing the Right Thing Hurts (Your Credit)

by Luke Landes

It’s been many years since I’ve paid interest on a credit card balance. I don’t think I’ve missed a payment, either, thanks to automatically scheduled transfers from my checking accounts. I know that many regular Consumerism Commentary readers are like me, as well, and rarely pay a fee that’s unnecessary. (Keep in mind I recently ... Continue reading this article…

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The Plum Card® from American Express OPEN 1.5% Early Pay Discount

by Luke Landes

Small businesses often rely on credit to survive through the early stages. Unless you’re independently wealthy with money ready to invest, getting a small business off the ground requires a lot of hard work. The money is often provided by banks willing to back your business. Without collateral for a loan, many start-up entrepreneurs are ... Continue reading this article…

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Citi ThankYou℠ Premier Card $200 Gift Card Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of other Citi cards.

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Citi Limited Time Holiday Student $50 Cash Back Offer

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of other Citi cards.

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Sony Card From Capital One $50 Gift Card

by Luke Landes

The holiday season is one of the best times to hold a rewards credit card and it’s quickly approaching (again). The Sony Card from Capital One is a good example of this. Each year around the holidays, Sony bumps up their credit card offer and this year they’ve done it again. Today, The Sony Card ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Your Free Credit Score With IDENTITY GUARD®

by Luke Landes

If you’re looking to obtain a copy of your credit report, your first choice should be to visit the website AnnualCreditReport.com. As I mentioned this morning, every American is entitled to three free credit reports, and this is the only website that allows you to view these credit reports for free. Once you’ve exhausted your ... Continue reading this article…

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Discover Open Road Card Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the best gas credit cards.

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Chase United Mileage Plus® Signature® Visa Card Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the United MileagePlus Explorer Card.

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Blue Cash from American Express Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of American Express cards.

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Kim Kardashian Prepaid Debit Card: Worst Product of the Year?

by Luke Landes

Update: The Kardashian Kard has been taken off the market due to Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s concern over the prepaid debit card’s over-sized fees. If you’re the type of person to be outraged by credit cards companies marketing to kids, you probably are not a fan of the Kardashian Debit Card (or “Kard”). This ... Continue reading this article…

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Blue Sky Preferred from American Express earn $200 statement credit

by Luke Landes

You’ve seen cash back offers from Chase, Citibank and Discover; here’s one from American Express. The Blue Sky Preferred® from American Express is offering new cardholders a welcome bonus offer 15,000 point bonus after you use your new card to make $1,000 in purchases within the first three months. Those points can be traded in ... Continue reading this article…

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Guide to CitiBank Credit Cards

by Luke Landes

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Chase United Mileage Plus® Select® Visa Card Review

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of The Best Airline Miles Credit Cards.

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Discover® More Card $100 Cashback 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 Credit Cards and Blueprint Review

by Luke Landes

Chase is offering a number of popular credit cards, notably the Chase Freedom®, Chase Sapphire and Slate from Chase, which now include a set of features the company calls “Blueprint.” The Blueprint features give the credit cardholder some flexibility in organizing and paying off the various expenses he or she charges to the card. Customers ... Continue reading this article…

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Get Your Free FICO Score From myFICO.com

by Luke Landes

You may have noticed a change in the way merchants are advertising credit reports and credit scores and that stems from new regulations enacted by the Federal Trade Commission. The ubiquitous FreeCreditReport.com commercials have been surreptitiously replaced with FreeCreditScore.com commercials, though the new commercials share the same attitudes. Companies can no longer advertise the sale ... Continue reading this article…

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The Best Low Interest Credit Cards, August 2014

by Luke Landes

As credit card issuers continue to look for new ways to generate revenues lost from the Credit Card Act of 2009, finding a low interest credit card to make expensive purchases, when saving for the purchase ahead of time is not an option, is becoming more and more difficult. Not too long ago a 6 percent ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Sapphire℠ Preferred Card $500 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the current Chase Sapphire Preferred offer.

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Use American Express Membership Rewards Points on Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

I’m a fan of alternative currency; that is to say, I’m interested in how concepts like “points” and virtual currency are adapted to real transactions. In a move that makes complete sense, American Express has teamed up with Amazon.com to allow Membership Rewards points as an additional payment method. If you have an eligible American ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Freedom MasterCard offers $100 Bonus Cash Back

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, however this offer is expired and is no longer available. For a limited time, Chase is offering a $100 cash back bonus for new holders of the Chase Freedom® MasterCard. All cardholders can earn $100 cash back in the form of a statement credit after spending $500 on ... Continue reading this article…

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