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Americans cut credit card debt by $1.7 billion

There were two articles I read this Monday morning that had me feeling pretty good about ongoing credit card debt in this country. 

First came a report originally published on May 7th by the Associated Press, which explained that American consumers had cut their credit card debt by $1.7 billion in March. The $846 billion we still owe in credit card debt is 17.2 percent less than the all-time peak of $1.022 trillion that was set in the summer of 2008, which as we all know is right about the time when the floor fell out from underneath us.

3 Money Saving Tips for Summer Travelers

Not to brag, but I've broken out the grill and charcoal THREE times this week. I love summer, and with the weather warming up and the days getting longer, it's officially time to start planning those summer trips, be it on the ground or in the air.

For the frugal traveler looking to save some coin without sacrificing any good times, here are 3 money saving tips for summer travelers...

1.) Gas up with a cash back card

Credit Myths Debunked: Are American Express Credit Cards Only for Rich People?

First and foremost, the answer to this question is an affirmative 'No', but let's get to why we're answering this question in the first place.

Which Gas Credit Cards Are Worth the Investment This Summer?

There's good news from GasBuddy.com today. According to their experts, gas prices will continue to fall through June, 2013, especially in the weeks after Memorial Day. According to the report (which we found via The Daily Ticker on Yahoo!), the national average price for a gallon of gas will hover around $3.53 per gallon, 5 cents less than today's average of $3.58.

Best Credit Card Offers of Summer, 2013

Do you feel that? The sun is shining, the weather is warming up and the baseball season is in full bloom.

That's right - summer is almost here!

Summer's actually a great time to evaluate the plastic you're carrying in your wallet and consider upgrading. Why? Well, tax season is over, bonus cash back categories are getting ready to rotate and a number of cash back cards offer summer-friendly deals for cardholders. 

New Discover it for Students Offer: $20 Cashback Bonus

Update: This credit card has changed since this article was published. You can check out the most up-to-date details on this card here: Discover it® for Students with $20 Cashback Bonus.

You know what never hurts when you're in college? A free $20 bill. $20 in my pocket could last me almost a full week in college, until the inevitable Friday night beer run, of course. Free money is always good, but it's especially useful in college when being broke is more or less the norm'. 

Premier Miles and More Card's New Offer: Zero Interest for 12 Months and up to 50,000 Bonus Miles

(Update: As of 7/2/2013 this offer is no longer available. For the latest information, check out our full review of the The Premier Miles & More World MasterCard®.)

You probably haven't heard of the Premier Miles & More World MasterCard from Barclaycard.

e-Finance App Review: Personal Capital - Editor's Choice for May, 2013

Anyone with a smart phone or a tablet knows that e-financing and mobile banking apps are constantly out-doing one another for iSupremacy in the digital finance age. Researching the best ones often amounts to a lot of reviews-reading and - unfortunately - some serious trial and error. And it sure feels like as soon as one feels right, there's another, better option to take its place.

Discover it Cashback Categories for Summer 2013 Revealed

As promised, Discover announced their 5 percent cash back categories for "Summer Fun" in 2013 this morning. Discover it cardholders will earn 5 percent cash back on up to $1,500 in purchases made at gas stations, vaulting this card into one of the best gas rebate credit cards for the upcoming season.

13 Ways to Raise Quick Cash

Running a little short this month? It happens to all of us at one time or another. But, before you reach for your plastic, you might want to check out one of these 13 ways to raise some quick cash.

1.) Does anyone owe you money? It might be time to try to collect the money that you lent your cousin last fall. Even if you don't collect it's good to remind them about the debt.

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