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Financial Spring Cleaning: A System to Organize Your Finances

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.

Don't Miss Out on Your Q1 Chase Freedom Bonus

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?

Capital One Venture Card Now Matches 100,000 Miles

 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.

Zip Codes and Credit Cards: Security or Marketing Scam?

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?

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.

New Credit Card Rules Shun Stay-at-home Moms

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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.

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?

Debit vs Credit: A Cage Match

Upon entering the ring, the debit card and the credit card look pretty evenly matched. They are the same size and the same shape. Their functions are also similar: electronically transferring money from one owner to another. But when pitted against each other in a head-to-head match, who will come out on top?

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