Thinking about paying your federal taxes with your credit card? Think again. While the Internal Revenue Service will accept credit card payments for taxes due, the IRS works with third-party collectors who charge a service fee per transaction.
We still use magnetic stripe credit cards in the U.S., and it doesn't seem like a change is on the way anytime soon. On the other hand, many countries outside the U.S. have ditched the swipe and sign process for chip-and-PIN cards - also known as "smart cards". The best part of using these credit cards is that they never leave your hands. They are safer, more efficient, and are arguably better at preventing credit card fraud.
Dear Creditnet: My wife and I have excellent credit scores, but we used to only have one no annual fee credit card with a limit of $10,000 (balance is paid off each month). I recently opened another credit card with better rewards and it has a $20,000 credit limit. I've been told not to close out our first credit card account, but should I lower the credit limit on it to somewhere around $500 since we won't be using it? Or will our credit scores be negatively affected by lowering our available credit limit from $30,000 to $20,500?
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?
Daylight Saving Time is upon us and spring is right around the corner. As the yearly weather cycle starts anew, you’re most likely trying to find motivation for spring cleaning and, once again, getting your life in order. We may not have any advice on how to better organize your house, but we do have a system to get your finances in order.
If you're a Chase Freedom card user, you should already know that you can get 5% cash back on purchases in certain categories that fluctuate every quarter. But did you know that you need to activate this free benefit every quarter?
UPDATE:This offer is no longer available. If you're a fan of flying Southwest, you're probably also a fan of their easy-to-understand frequent flyer program— Rapid Rewards. Fly 8 roundtrips anywhere, and get one roundtrip free. Couldn't have been much more simple than that! Unfortunately, as of March 1st, Southwest's frequent flier program just got a lot more complicated. The major change is that they will now issue points instead of credits, and your points will have different values depending upon what type of fare you choose for your award. I'm not a big-time Southwest flier, but I think it's safe to say that a lot of their customers won't be happy with this change. I've had several friends already talk about getting rid of their Southwest Rapid Rewards credit cards since they are moving to a new points-based system too. What I've been telling them is that if you're looking for a new airline rewards credit card, you should really check out this huge promotion that Capital One is starting today for its Capital One Venture Rewards card.
Giving your zip code along with a credit card purchase is common practice. It happens at the grocery store, at the gas station, at some of your favorite clothing shops. Most of us don't think twice about it; other more paranoid patrons will give a fake zip if they can get away with it. But what are those paranoid purchasers so scared of? Why do stores ask for your zip code in the first place?
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.
I was raised by a full-time mom. She was incredible. In fact, my Dad used to always say that she deserved a salary much higher than his for all she accomplished around the home.
Of course, that doesn't mean he put her on payroll, but she always had what she needed to spend on food, the kids, and herself. His income was her income, and that worked for us, as it does for millions of other families.