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Will St. Patrick's Day Break the Bank?

But that's not to say that St. Patrick's Day isn't mighty. March 17th is about celebrating a nation's heritage as much as it is to indulge in a pint or two (or three). St. Paddy's is often overlooked in favor of such blockbuster boozing holidays as New Year's Eve and the 4th of July. But does it deserve to be stuck in the minor leagues of spending?

7 Tips for Getting Your First Credit Card

So you've finally decided to join the real world and open up your first credit card. Congratulations! No, seriously, you're making an excellent decision.  While you may be disappointed that the simplicity of life without any bills is over, you'll be patting yourself on the back in a few years when you realize the good credit score you've built up has given you greater financial flexibility to make major life purchases. That is, if you use your credit wisely.  Credit cards can be a responsible user's best friend, but a living nightmare for those who are careless with their spending habits. So how can you make sure your credit card is a positive force in your life?  Here are seven great tips on getting your first credit card and starting your credit off right.

Top 5 Funniest Celebrity Credit Card Ads

The 2011 Academy Awards are fast approaching. With celebrities top of mind, we thought it fitting to present our own award ceremony of sorts - the top 5 credit card ads featuring celebs of all time.

Credit Cards of the Future... Today!

What if you could access all of your credit accounts using one credit card?

Ask Creditnet: What to Do When You Have "Too Much Open Credit"

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Dear Creditnet: I recently applied for a 0% interest credit card and was declined because I apparently have "too much open credit." What exactly does this mean?

I have good credit and pay all my bills on time, so I was really surprised when I got declined. What should I do next?

Credit Cards & the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Obama signs Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

On July 21 of last year, President Obama signed the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in response to the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression. The act contains many provisions aimed at better regulation and oversight of the financial industry, and it was primarily penned by former Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

What Are Credit Card Hackers?

Hackers break into computers or computer networks for a variety of reasons. Some do it illegally for profit, some are paid to do it legally, and others simply do it for the challenge. Credit card hackers, however, do their dirty deed with only one thing in mind—stealing your credit card information to make money. Ever heard of Lush, the handmade cosmetic company that sells all sorts of interesting bath and shower products? Their UK website was recently hacked and may have exposed the credit card information of every customer that purchased a product online between October 2010 and January 2011.

Prevent Credit Card Fraud Before It Happens

According to the Unisys Security Index, credit card fraud is the top financial security concern in the United States. Affecting over 11 million U.S. cardholders a year, credit card fraud is the most common form of identity theft, and criminals are finding easier ways to scam cardholders than ever before.

4 Ways to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

Don't let yourself become a gosh diddly darn victim. Stop scammers before they strike by avoiding these four common credit card fraud opportunities.

Traveling with a Credit Card: Tips and Tricks

Seasoned travelers never seem to have to deal with the same fears as the rest of us: pickpockets, stolen credit cards, crazy high conversion fees, identity theft. Beyond that, seasoned travelers never seem to follow the same precautions as paranoid, green travelers, who run out to buy a cross-body, Kevlar-enforced, locking, zipping, security purse before they even book a hotel. Part of that is probably sheer confidence - frequent travelers rarely look like tourists and therefore avoid detection from preying pickpockets. The other, bigger part is that with a few precautions, that giant traveler's purse may not be completely necessary.

How Credit Cards Protect Purchases

You already know about bonus travel miles and cash back rewards, but some credit card benefits stretch well beyond instant savings on a vacation getaway. Many credit cards include purchasing safeguards that protect against anything from rental car insurance to extended warranties. If you can't find your credit card policy or if you're confused by the jargon, call your bank or credit card provider to ask about the benefits you're entitled to. Taking the time to understand your credit card protection plan might determine when you use credit or cash on your next big purchase.


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