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How to Keep Track of Multiple Credit Cards

If you’re juggling multiple credit cards (and using some of them for different purposes), it can be tricky to keep track of your spending, bill due dates and rewards. When my husband and I were putting all of our expenses on just one rewards card, the ease of spending with plastic lulled us into being [...]

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The Rules I Made as an Underemployed, Freaked-Out College Grad

Did you graduate from college in May? If you’re like a lot of new grads, this summer has been a tough one of job searches and inconsistent (or non-existent) work. According to a July 6 article in the Miami Herald, recent grads are learning the hardest lesson that personal finance courses can’t convey: How much [...]

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Dreading Your Annual Financial Checkup? Graphs are Your Friends

It’s an oft-repeated bit of financial wisdom: Look carefully at your bank statement to see where your money is going. We may have repeated it a few times on this site as well. However, when it comes to spotting long-term spending patterns, logging in to online banking and scrolling through past transactions will make you [...]

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Do You Feel Comfortable Haggling?

If haggling makes you uncomfortable, you’re losing out. According to a July 2013 survey by Consumer Reports, those brave enough to bargain over the cost of products and services have decent odds of success. Most (89 percent) of hagglers are rewarded for their efforts at least once and save an average of $80 to $300, [...]

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How Consumer Friendly is Your Bank?

Have you ever been surprised by a bank policy, hit with an overdraft fee due to a snafu or had problems resolving a dispute with your bank? If so, you know bank problems can be frustrating and expensive. That’s why the nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts is pushing for banks to adopt more consumer-friendly practices [...]

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Why My Credit-Only Experiment Failed

My husband and I recently did an experiment: We switched from using a combination of a debit card and cash to using mostly credit. I’ve always loved the idea of racking up rewards, and I wanted to see if we could keep our spending about the same while earning enough miles for a nice vacation. [...]

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4 Purchases You Should Always Make with a Credit Card

Financial experts often hone in on an area that’s a trouble spot for many consumers — credit card spending. While there’s no doubt that eliminating discretionary spending on plastic is a way to lower expenses and begin paying down debt, there are advantages to purchasing certain products and services with a credit card that are [...]

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