The Charge-It Blog

  • 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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  • Tom O'Connell

    The world record credit card holder’s tips and tricks

    With nearly 1,500 credit cards, Walter Cavanagh earned the nickname “Mr. Plastic Fantastic” after landing in the Guinness World Records book for having more active credit cards than any other human being.

    Any swagger he walks with isn’t caused by all those cards, since he doesn’t carry around the 38-pound billfold where he keeps most of them, choosing instead to carry just one card with him on a daily basis.

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  • Dawn Papandrea

    Don’t let this drive-thru card scam happen to you

    Picture this: You pull up to a drive-thru window to order your favorite coffee, hand over your credit card and then the cashier steals your card numbers to make a fraudulent $212 purchase later that day. What would you do?

    One California woman returned to the drive-thru to confront her card thief. She caught it all on video using her cellphone, and then she posted it on YouTube. (Be warned, there is some profanity.)

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  • Jeff Herman

    QUIZ: How much do you know about managing credit?

    Managing credit responsibly — paying bills on time and in full — takes care. Increasing your credit score — the key to renting an apartment, getting a car loan, evening landing some jobs — takes skill and time.

    At CreditCardGuide, we strive to help you make smarter credit and financial decisions.
    That’s what this quiz is all about. The questions are based on some of the Credit Card Guide stories during 2015.

    How well will you do?

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