The Charge-It Blog

  • Jeff Herman

    Score more points, miles, cash using CardMatch

    Want to get more miles, points and cash when you seek a credit card? Take our CardMatch tool for a spin. It’s fast, secure and personalized with special sign-up bonuses on cards matched to your credit score.

    Just enter your address and Social Security number (which is not shared and not stored) at CardMatch. There’s no hard credit inquiry on your credit report unless you complete a card application.card-match_Sm

    As editor here, I checked out CardMatch, powered by CreditCards.com, for myself. Special offers for my excellent credit included 50,000 miles on a rewards card (double the amount offered on that card’s website), 20,000 extra bonus miles on another rewards card (the card is currently offering 30,000 miles at sign-up), $250 cash back ($100 more than what is regularly advertised) on a card and $50 extra cash back on another card at sign-up.

    Talk about news you can use, right? The extra travel points could help get me to my next vacation getaway. And extra cash is always a good thing.

    In addition to the sign-up bonus offers, CardMatch found dozens of cards matched to my credit profile and sorted by issuer, cash back, balance transfer, low interest, rewards, travel and airline. In each category, there were a few cards matched for my credit profile, so depending on the type of card I might add to my wallet, CardMatch had made the selection process easier.

    Fast, secure and personalized. It just makes sense — and maybe even extra dollars in your pocket or bonus miles to help with your next trip — to check out CreditCardGuide’s CardMatch.

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  • Kayla Albert

    Cash from an ATM? All you’ll need is your phone

    Left your card at home? No worries. In a few months your smartphone may let you to pull cash from your bank’s ATM.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America are planning to roll out fleets of these mobile-friendly ATMs in the second part of 2016. While the mobile-friendly ATMs aren’t new, they’ll be a lot more common by year-end.

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  • Kayla Albert

    1099-C: Not all forgiven debt is forgotten at tax time

    When you’ve struggled under the heavy weight of debt for some time, receiving debt forgiveness can feel like a breath of fresh air. But for many unsuspecting consumers, a rude financial awakening will show up later — a 1099-C “Cancellation of Debt” tax form.

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  • Alyssa N. Ammirato

    U.S. presidents on money, debt and credit

    The position of POTUS comes with great financial responsibility. Just consider the bailouts of Wall Street and the auto industry. Or Main Street issues as basic as credit card protections.

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  • Dawn Papandrea

    This Valentine’s Day, talk money with your honey

    Couples who have dollar dates together, stay together. That’s the big takeaway of TD Bank’s Love & Money study, which polled 1,339 Americans in 2015. The study found that couples who have regular cash conversations are happier than those who consider money talk taboo.

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  • Alyssa N. Ammirato

    ‘Groundhog Day’ money mistakes I kept making

    In my own version of the movie “Groundhog Day,” I made the same financial mistakes over and over and over again. But also like Bill Murray’s TV weatherman character, by making several small changes over time, I eventually improved my finances and broke the cycle of fiscal fumbles.

    You can too.

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  • Jeff Herman

    Pay at pump with plastic for a chance at lottery prize

    Dreaming of what you would do if you won a big lottery jackpot, but don’t want to stand in the stretch-around-the-corner lines you keep seeing on TV newscasts?

    In California, Missouri and North Carolina, you can skip the line and buy tickets with your plastic at Play at the Pump gas stations. It’ll cost you a $1 service fee — which may be worth it if you’re trying to grab tickets on a lunch or dinner break.

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