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Joshua Heckathorn

Joshua Heckathorn was President of Creditnet, is a credit expert and has been featured on CNNMoney, FOX Business, Yahoo Finance, The Street, and many other national publications during the past ten years.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Management (Finance) from Brigham Young University's Marriott School of Business and earned his MBA from Seattle University.

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Recent Blogs

Amazon Card Trumps AmEx Rewards at

 Remember AmEx's announcement early this year that cardholders could now use membership rewards points to pay their taxes? Since it's always annoyed me that we can't pay taxes with a credit card for free, I, for one, was excited when I heard there was a new option for paying taxes online. That is, until I dug a little deeper into the conversion rate and realized what a waste it would be to drop 200 rewards points for every $1 in taxes due. That's 400,000 points for a $2,000 tax bill—ridiculous!

Don't Miss Out on National Protect Your Identity Week!

[caption id="attachment_1849" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=" "]Identity Theft- National Protect Your Identity Week[/caption] I can't believe National Protect Your Identity Week is almost over. I mean, it's almost like it didn't even happen this year. Such a shame. I did make a noble attempt to keep the holiday spirit alive by wishing some random people in the grocery store a "Merry Protect Your Identity Week" last night, but I wasn't feeling the love. All I received in response were some awkward stares and a completely empty aisle to compare my cereal options in peace. Come on people! Don't you care about identity theft?

Ask Creditnet: Don't Rely on USPS as Payment Reminder

The USPS Dear Creditnet: I recently began helping an elderly neighbor pay his bills. One credit card statement arrived today and indicated that his payment is due in just 18 days. They also request that it be mailed at least 7 to 10 days in advance to avoid a late payment fee, so that only gives him 11 days to cut a check and get it in the mail. This just doesn't sound right to me. Am I wrong? Answer: I wish my grandparents had a neighbor like you. Kudos for lending a helping hand. Your neighbor's credit issuer will need to receive payment by the due date or they will most likely charge a late fee and begin charging interest on the existing balance as well. That's why they're suggesting you send payment at least a week or so in advance. Unfortunately, the mail can be quite slow sometimes.

Buy Me Some Beer, and Then Cosign My Credit Card

What's a college student to do when he's not old enough to buy a six pack of his favorite brew? He simply asks his older frat brother to buy it for him, of course. And now that the CARD Act restricts anyone under 21 from acquiring a credit card without an adult cosigner or proof of ability to pay, students are using the same old tactic in order to skirt the intent of the law.

Citi 2G Credit Cards Coming Soon

Citi 2G Credit Card Dynamics Inc., a developer and manufacturer of advanced payment devices, recently took best of show at Finovate Fall 2010 when they announced their partnership with Citi and the launch of a new credit card that allows consumers to redeem rewards right at the cash register.