Marcia Frellick

Marcia Frellick


Marcia Frellick's blog posts at CreditCardGuide.com

  • Starbucks Deal Puts Square App in the Spotlight

    Starbucks and Square have signed a venti-sized deal that could make that frappuccino even easier to buy — and, possibly, make a major player out of the payment start-up. You may have heard of Square — it’s the mobile payments company that makes those swipe dongles small merchants and Girl Scouts alike have been plugging […]

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  • Google Wallet Ruffles Some Feathers in Move to Cloud

    Google Wallet took a big step toward mass adoption this week, but it may have stepped on some big toes in the process. On Wednesday, Google, which had enabled payments only by Citi MasterCard and a Google-branded prepaid card since its launch nearly a year ago, made this announcement: “Today we’re releasing a new, cloud-based […]

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  • EBay Welcomes Under-18 Crowd — How to Keep Tabs on Your Child’s Account

    By the middle of next year, kids under 18 may be able to open their own eBay accounts and start to bid on everything from baseball cards to jewelry, with parental supervision. That brings a new load of challenges in terms of privacy and protecting kids from scammers and inappropriate content. And, for parents, it […]

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  • Government Watchdog to Keep an Eye on Credit Reporting Agencies

    On Sept. 30, the biggest private agencies that collect information on how you manage credit will have to answer to a federal watchdog. Credit reporting agencies are private companies that keep files and issue reports on your current and past records on dealing with loans, payments and bankruptcies. Those reports can be used in deciding […]

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  • Twitter Users Getting Careless With Their Cards

    So you got a shiny new debit card or credit card in the mail — maybe your first ever. Time to take a picture and show it off to your friends online, right? No! That’s the message from a Twitter account set up to point out the dangers (and stupidity) of posting card information or […]

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  • Are Consumers Finally Digging Themselves Out of Debt?

    Consumers can give themselves a pat on the back for learning to manage their credit card payments, according to a new report from the American Bankers Association. ABA’s Consumer Delinquency Bulletin for the first quarter of 2012 shows that the number of delinquent bank card accounts — those with payments at least 30 days overdue […]

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  • Qualifying for a mortgage just got tougher

    If you will be shopping for a mortgage anytime soon, know that the credit score bar has been raised. The average credit score for people who landed mortgages in 2011 was 737, which is the highest rating on the 300-to-850 FICO scale since at least 2000, according to CoreLogic, a mortgage data and software company […]

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