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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

7 Ways to Get More Value From Your Credit Card

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Sure, credit cards are a great way to rack up rewards points on your regular purchases or save money on a high interest rate balance, but there are plenty of other ways you can get tremendous value from your credit card. Pay off your balance every month . One of the ways credit card issuers make money is by charging interest to cardholders who take their time paying off a balance. The bigger your balance...
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Great review and recommendations on the "how to get more value" out of your credit cards!
Sunday, 10 February 2019 07:44
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Want a Business Credit Card? Answer These Questions First

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As a business owner, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of your company’s finances at all times. This could lead to a situation in which you recognize the need to borrow money. While there are many ways for a business owner to secure the financing they require, a business credit card is one of the best. There are many reasons for this, including the hundreds of offers and ability to receive an instant approval....
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I own 3 business credit cards. I use each one for a unique situation, and I love them!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:29
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Simple Ways to Save Money as a Small Business Owner in 2019

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Are you a small business owner with big goals for 2019? Have you come to realize that cutting expenses would be in your best interest? Do you have some concerns about the best ways to save money, without having an impact on the overall health of your business? There are many ways to save money as a small business owner, so it’s imperative to keep an open mind as you explore all your options. If...
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Thanks for the tips Chris, I plan to use these in 2019!
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:26
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5 Risks of Using Credit Cards

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  Credit cards are a type of financial product that lets you borrow money against a credit limit. You’re responsible for repaying all the transactions you make, either by paying all at once or by making minimum monthly payments toward your outstanding balance. While credit cards offer several benefits, like the ability to finance large purchases or earn rewards on your transactions, they also come with a certain amount of risks that you should be...
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This post hits it right on. Will add that of late, financial providers are looking closely at how many new accounts you open in a ... Read More
Saturday, 29 December 2018 06:38
Frank
While I agree these are all risks, there are also so many benefits of using credit cards if you use them in the right way. As long... Read More
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:09
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What Good Credit Card Customer Service Looks Like

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When choosing a credit card, it’s important to do so with customer service in mind. You don’t expect to have many questions or concerns, but you never know what you’ll face in the future. Good customer service takes on many different forms, including the following: •    More than one way to get in touch. From the phone to live chat to email, the best credit card companies give you more than one way to touch...
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If I can get someone on the phone under 2 minutes, I consider that a great start! I hate dealing with the automatic services.... Read More
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:50
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Look for These Things in Your First Credit Card

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Are you interested in applying for your first credit card? Are you concerned about sifting through the hundreds of offers on your way to finding the right one? Searching for your first credit card can be enjoyable, stressful, and downright scary at times. On the plus side, there are numerous offers to choose from, thus allowing you to find one that is perfect for you and your financial goals. Conversely, a large number of offers...
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For my first credit card, I wanted no annual fee, cash back rewards, and a great online paying system so I can make sure I pay off... Read More
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:46
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Perks of Using a Digital Wallet for Purchases

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One of the features that comes with today’s smartphones is the ability to use your phone for payments rather than swiping your credit cards. The latest smartphones come equipped with a technology known as Near Field Communication, or NFC, which can transmit certain information when the phone is near an NFC-equipped reader. In the case of payments, your phone can securely send your payment information when it’s placed near a credit card terminal. Some smartwatches...
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To add Samsung Smart Phones have a good following on their Smart Phone Pay System. And, another option that is just being reintrod... Read More
Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:07
Frank
Great information here! I may start using this in 2019.
Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:45
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Reasons to Find a New Travel Rewards Credit Card

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When you apply for a travel rewards credit card , you hope to use it to your advantage for many years to come. While there’s a good chance of this happening, you never know what will change in the future. There are several times when it makes sense to find a new travel rewards credit card, including the following situations: •    Terms and conditions have changed. You don’t see it coming, but your issuer decides...
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In consideration of travel cards ... look at the sign up bonuses which can be huge and how much the card allows for travel expense... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:59
Frank
I have to say I usually get a new travel credit card every 2-3 years. The sign up bonuses are just too great to pass up!
Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:36
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The Easiest Way to Choose a Rewards Credit Card

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With hundreds of rewards credit cards to choose from, it can be both easy and difficult to make a final decision. On the surface, it appears that a variety of offers will allow you to find a credit card that suits your every want and need. While this is true, you’ll have to sift through all of them to find exactly what you’re looking for. The easiest way to choose the right rewards credit card...
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As a follow on this Blog, there are many options in the credit card market place to earn at least 2% or better. The travel cards w... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2018 04:53
Frank
To Wanderer's point, if you don't do your thorough research, any general card that earns 2% of better is likely a decent card. I c... Read More
Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:35
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Are Premium Rewards Worth the Expensive Annual Fee?

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The perks on premium rewards credit cards look great, but the high annual fee causes many people to run the other way. The annual fee on a premium rewards credit card can be as high as $550 and unlike many other types of credit cards, the annual fee isn’t waived in the first year. That means you have to start paying for the credit card right away. In some cases, what looks like a steep...
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Great write up! It is often hard to compare various cards as today, banks and credit unions keep changing what the benefits are! I... Read More
Sunday, 04 November 2018 11:34
Frank
From my experience they have 100% worth it and paid for themselves many times over.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 14:08
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