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Best Travel Rewards Credit Card of 2010

 

Travel rewards programs suffered major cutbacks in 2010 as credit issuers faced a slew of new federal regulations, lower profits, and customers who were reigning in credit card spending. As a result, many cardholders, including myself, began ditching their travel rewards cards for those that offered cash back at a fixed percentage. And while I certainly love getting a fat cash rebate check at the end of the year, there's just something extra special about hopping on a flight to the other side of the world for free. It makes vacationing all the better! I miss that, and I'm sure others do too.

5 Credit Card New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again: the time to buckle down and - for real, this time - conquer any credit conundrums plaguing your personal finances. No matter the quality of your credit score, there is always room for improvement. Once the new year hits, dedicate yourself to a future of great credit and great financial rewards. Here's how.

Ask Creditnet: How Student Credit Cards Affect Credit Scores

 student credit cards Dear Creditnet: I have nine years of credit-history and while my credit is "good", it's not "excellent". I'm currently interested in applying for a top-notch rewards credit card, but my chances of getting approved seem to be much higher if I apply for the student version of the card. So my question is will a student credit card have the same effect as a regular credit card on my credit score? And what about rebuilding my credit-history? Will a student credit card help improve my credit just as much as any other credit card?

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.

Dirty Money - Germs & Contaminants on Paper Currency

How many germs and contaminants are on money? A whopping 92% of all dollar bills have traces of cocaine, which bonds to green dye.

3 Things to Never Buy with a Credit Card

In the age of everything from constant Twitter updates to Wikileaks, it seems as if nothing is kept private anymore.  In fact, this lack of privacy is clearly apparent within the world of credit cards.  While most people would like to believe that how they spend their money is their own private information, in reality, big brother (AKA your credit card company) is always watching. That’s right; practically every purchase you make on your credit card is scrutinized by your credit issuer.  This is because credit card companies are constantly searching for patterns in spending histories that might shed some light on their customers' financial stability.

How to Get Rid of Debt and Keep Your Credit Cards

The bad news: you're up to your knuckles in debt. The good news: you can get out of debt. The better news: you don't have to destroy your credit cards! The slightly worse news: you still can't really use them.

Store Credit Cards Aren't for Everyone

Walk up to any department store checkout stand and you'll hear the same sales pitch: "Would you like to save 10% today by opening a Brand X credit card?" Experts say you should think twice before you answer.

Making Saving Sexy

As I was driving back from my recent vacation to North Carolina, I did something I’ve never done before—I bought a lottery ticket. The jackpot was $137 million and as I talked to the woman behind the register, I could tell she was amused by my clear naïveté in this venture. I chose my numbers, paid a dollar and got back on the road. I viewed the dollar I’d just handed over as, at worst, a donation to the state of North Carolina or, at best, the luckiest dollar I’d ever spent. My wife and I passed the next hour of driving discussing what we would do with the money if we won. Would I keep my job? How much would we give away? Would my friends and family judge me if I insisted on riding a gold Segway everywhere I went?

5 Money Management Myths

5 Money Management Myths
Money Management.

It can be the difference between living free from financial worries or scraping by from paycheck to paycheck. But there are several money management myths floating around that can act as roadblocks on your way to financial security.

Fear not, however, because we’re here to guide you through these myths and help establish a financial plan that’s right for you.

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