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The Global Guide to Tipping

In the United States, tipping is part of our society. Often times when receiving a service, we feel obligated to tip an extra few dollars for a job well done. In a country built on competition and capitalism, it's no surprise that tipping has been embedded in our social contract since the 1800’s. However, the same cannot be said for other countries around the globe. There’s a stereotype in the restaurant industry that servers never want a table of foreigners because they’re unfamiliar with tipping norms. While that’s not entirely true, tipping customs are different depending on what country you’re in. The following is a guide for tipping to use as basic reference, keeping in mind that specific countries and cities may have slightly different expectations.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card Offers 50,000 Bonus Points

Competiton to be the rewards card of choice in your wallet is really heating up these days. Just when one fantastic promotion is canceled, another great deal seems to immediately pop up on the radar. In fact, effective today, Chase is doubling their efforts to win your business by offering 50,000 bonus points (instead of 25,000) for those who sign up for a Chase Sapphire Preferred Card and spend 3,000 in the first 3 months. $500 in free points (enough for 2 free flights worth up to $312.50 each) isn't a bad deal at all, but what else does the card have to offer? Here are the top 3 things that stand out to us:

Top 5 Weirdest Currencies in the World

Here at Creditnet, we try to guide consumers through the wild world of credit cards.  But this doesn't mean we're oblivious to the joy of having a stack of cold hard cash in your wallet. That said, not all stacks of cash are created equal.  No, we're not talking about exchange rates or any of that boring finance stuff.  We're talking about all the wacky currencies that exist across the globe. From beautiful to bizarre, the currencies of the world are as diverse as the cultures which produce them.  Take a look at the best of the best

4 Reasons You Shouldn't Hate Credit Cards

Many of us cringe when the word “credit” meets our ears. Fresh memories, some still in the making, flood our minds of people losing everything during these past few turbulent years.  Unfortunately, we have convinced ourselves to hate something we once loved so much. If you find yourself having turned against your once precious credit cards, here are four reasons you may want to think about rekindling that credit card romance once again:

7 Elite Credit Cards for the Rich and Famous

The economy is still recovering from its near-collapse back in 2008 and the financial outlook for tens of millions of Americans is still challenging. However, times couldn’t be better for this country’s wealthiest citizens. In fact, their incomes have increased significantly in the past 3 years and they’re looking to spend. So, banks' offerings for the über wealthy are perhaps even more profitable than in years past. With ridiculously awesome benefits that have become a status symbol in upper class America, the wealthy are happy to accept. These aren’t your average zero interest credit cards. Here are the top 7 elite options if you’re rich enough to afford them:

 

Squareup: A New Market for Credit?

NFC chip technology is a market with huge potential for growth as smartphones and other mobile devices begin to replace cash and plastic in consumers’ wallets. In fact, there are some stepping stone applications which are particularly noteworthy in the move toward mobile credit card authorization. One company that can't be overlooked is Squareup.com, or “Square” as it's commonly called. Founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, Square is nothing more than a shift away from the traditional use of credit card authorization terminals. Traditionally, credit card merchant services have been set aside for business-only transactions with a hard-wired connection. But what about the guy who runs a taco stand? What about if you want to split the tab on your dinner at Applebee's with a couple of friends? Square has not only helped to solve an immediate pain point, but has also done an excellent job in taking credit card merchant services to a completely untapped market segment: the consumer.

Mother's Day 2011: Money Lessons from Mama

Ahhh Mother's Day. It's time to treat mom to breakfast in bed, help out in the garden, and thank her for changing your dirty diapers. It's also a great time to remember all of mom's little lessons. As you grow older, you realize that the things mom taught can now directly be used as guidance for prudent financial decisions! Yes indeed, the seeds of financial intelligence get planted in young brains early on by caring mothers.

World's Most Expensive Shot for Cinco de Mayo

Much like St. Patty's Day, Cinco de Mayo is really just another day to party it up Mexican style for most people. And what's a Cinco de Mayo party without tacos and tequila? Tacos are no doubt one of the cheaper foods in life, but if you're in the mood to wash your taco down with something only a true high roller would consume, we've got the perfect thing for you.

 

May the 4th Be With You: Best Star Wars Stuff Money Can Buy

Jedi fans will be roaming college campuses and city streets tomorrow wielding lightsabers and sporting their most authentic costumes in celebration of the unofficial Star Wars Day, May 4th.

Stemming from a play on one of the film's most popular quotes, "May the Force be with you", fans worldwide have twisted the phrase into "May the 4th be with you" and set aside this day to honor all things Star Wars. So don't be alarmed if you see people speaking weird guttural languages to each other, trying to open their car doors using the Force, or acting like their arm just got cut off in a lightsaber duel. It's all part of the fun.

For a true Star Wars fan, however, the celebration lasts longer than a single day.  You may have been embarrassed about your obsession with Jar Jar Binks action figures when you were in high school, but now that you're in college, there's no shame in letting your true colors shine through. In fact, there's nothing quite like surrounding yourself year round with the best Star Wars memorabilia student credit cards can buy.

Here are five collectibles that are sure to draw the envy of your fellow Star Wars geeks for many years to come:

1.) Yoda Backpack

Yoda Star Wars Back Pack

Most Credit Cardholders Dissatisfied With Rewards Programs

Capital One released results a few weeks ago from its very first "Rewards Barometer", a new survey to be conducted each quarter that seeks to evaluate consumers' opinions about their credit card rewards programs. What Capital One found was that the vast majority of people who use rewards credit cards, 78 percent to be exact, aren't completely satisfied with their rewards programs. Big surprise, eh?

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