Potential Credit Card Mishaps in the New Year

December 31, 2020

With the new year here, there’s no better time than now to take full control of your finances. And for many people, that means staying as far away from potential credit card mishaps as possible. The last thing you want to do is make a mistake that will cost you time and/or money. Should this happen, your financial situation can take a hit, which results in more complications in the future. On the plus side, when you’re aware of the many mishaps that are lurking, it’s much easier to avoid them. Here are four that should be on your radar
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These Credit Card Questions are Common: Have You Answered Them?

October 22, 2020

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been using credit cards for many years or are in the process of applying for your first one, you’re likely to have questions (and maybe even a few concerns). Fortunately, when you address the most common questions as they come at you, it’s much easier to feel confident in how you’re using your card or searching for a new offer. If you don’t know where to start, here are 21 frequently asked credit card questions that will point you in the right direction: Is a credit card and debit card the same thing? What’s the
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Boost to your FICO® Score – Quickly!

July 13, 2020

You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve read about it online. You may have even heard friends and family talk about it. Experian Boost is a relatively new financial product that’s helping millions of consumers in a variety of ways. Here’s the Experian Boost tagline: Only Experian can raise your FICO® Score instantly How does that sound to you? Could you benefit from a quick boost to your FICO® Score? Here’s How it Works If all this sounds interesting to you – and it probably does – it’s simple to get started with Experian Boost. Here’s what you have to do: Connect
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Upgrade Rolls Out Contactless Credit Card

April 30, 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, people from one side of the country to the next are more concerned about their health than ever before. And for this reason, they’re looking for ways to minimize contact with other people and objects that could transmit the virus. Upgrade recently rolled out its contactless credit card, a product that the company hopes will slow the spread of the virus and allow consumers to return to their normal way of living. While the company had been planning to launch its new contactless credit card in fall 2020, it decided to do so
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Do You Have an Emergency Credit Card?

March 15, 2020

You never know when you’ll come face-to-face with an emergency. Should that happen, it has the potential to turn your finances upside down. Fortunately, if you prepare in advance, you’re in better position to deal with anything that comes your way. And that’s why you should consider carrying an emergency credit card. As the name suggests, this is a credit card that you keep nearby for emergencies only. You don’t pull it out to buy your morning coffee or upgrade to the latest big screen television. Instead, you keep it tucked away for only the most serious of financial circumstances.
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What to Consider When Upgrading Your Credit Card

March 7, 2020

There’s a lot to be said for using the same credit card, year in and year out. In addition to the comfort level, you’re confident that your issuer will take care of you should a problem arise. However, there may come a point when you realize it’s time to upgrade your credit card. There are a few reasons why you may want to do this: Your credit score is higher now, thus putting you in position to secure a card with more features and benefits You’re looking to get something in return (or something more) for the money you spend
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What are the Benefits of Cash Back Credit Cards?

February 10, 2020

Cash back Credit cards – As you begin your search for the perfect credit card, it makes sense to focus on those that give you something in return for using it. And that’s why cash back and rewards credit cards have become so popular over the years. Before you apply for cash back credit cards, it’s a good idea to compare the finer details of three to five offers. This gives you a solid overview of what’s available, thus helping you select the one that best matches your financial circumstances, budget, and money-related goals. If you’re on the fence regarding
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Top Reasons to Use a Credit Card

December 20, 2019

Before you ever begin your search for a credit card, it’s important to understand why you want to add plastic to your wallet or purse. Without a clear idea of the reasons to use a credit card, you may find yourself applying for no purpose. And what sense does that make? Fortunately, you don’t have anything to worry about here. There are many reasons to use a credit card – as opposed to other forms of payment – including the following: 1. To Build Your Credit History and Score Have you come to realize that your credit history is non-existent?
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Questions for Your Credit Card Company at the Start of the New Year

December 12, 2019

There’s a lot on your plate as the calendar turns to a new year. This is particularly true when it comes to your finances.  Even though it may not be high on your to-do list, it makes good sense to contact your credit card company at the start of the new year. This gives you the opportunity to better understand your account, while also asking a few key questions. Here are five questions to start with: 1. Is there anything you can do about my annual fee? If your annual fee is coming due in the first three months of
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5 Purchases to Make on Your Credit Card

November 25, 2019

You have a credit card and you want to make the best use of it at all times. To do so, it’s critical to have a clear idea of which purchases to make on your card and which ones are best for another form of payment. What you purchase on your credit card is based largely on preference, but here are five items that belong on this list: 1. Online Purchases It goes without saying that you can’t pay with cash or check when shopping online. So, that leaves you with a credit card or debit card. The primary benefit
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Should You Apply for an Exclusive Credit Card?

November 10, 2019

You have excellent credit, you use a credit card often, and you’re looking for ways to make the most of your spending. In this case, it won’t be long before you come face-to-face with a few exclusive credit card offers. While the word “exclusive” means something different to everyone, when it comes to the credit card industry these offers are only for individuals with a high credit score and a reputation for being financially responsible. Exclusive credit card offers are intriguing, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s right for you. Here are some questions you should answer before applying: 1.
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Unique Questions to Ask a Credit Card Issuer Before Accepting an Offer

November 5, 2019

You’ve pulled your credit report and score. You’ve compared credit card offers. You know exactly what you’re looking for. It’s exciting to receive a credit card approval, but there’s something you need to know: you don’t necessarily have to accept the offer. Before you say “yes” and begin to use your new credit card, there are some unique questions you’ll want to ask the issuer. Here are five to start with: 1. Do you report account information to all three major credit bureaus? This isn’t something you typically have to worry about, but don’t take it for granted. Asking this
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So, You Want a Higher Credit Limit?

October 10, 2019

You like almost everything about your credit card, but there’s one primary detail holding you back from falling in love: your credit limit. It’s frustrating to carry a credit card with all the features and benefits you could ever need, but not be able to use it as often as you would like.  There is no sure fire way to secure a higher credit limit, but there are steps you can take to make the request. Here are four options to consider: Call your issuer: This is often the best way to request a higher credit limit, as it gives
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How to Find and Apply for a Credit Card with Excellent Credit

September 2, 2019

Excellent credit gives you a leg up when searching for a credit card (or a loan). Credit card companies and lenders are more likely to approve your application, as they can do so with confidence that you’ll abide by the terms and conditions of the agreement. While excellent credit is a solid jumping off point, there are still several steps you must take to secure the right credit card. Here’s what you need to do: 1. Know what you want No two people are the same, so the steps you take when searching for a credit card will be unique
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An Excellent Credit Score Gets You the Best Credit Card Features

August 22, 2019

An excellent credit score puts you in position to obtain a credit card with top of the line features. But, remember this: no two credit cards are identical. It’s important to use your excellent credit score to secure a card that meets all your wants and needs. Here are some of the many features to focus on as you compare offers: 1. Rewards Rate There’s nothing better than the ability to earn rewards for every dollar you spend. Rewards rates vary from offer to offer, so it’s critical to understand exactly what’s available to you. For example, many rewards credit
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5 Ways to Kill Your Excellent Credit Score

August 15, 2019

It takes a lot of time, effort, and financial dedication to achieve an excellent credit score. Once you reach the top, there’s only one thing on your mind: staying there for the rest of your life. While it’s difficult to obtain an excellent credit score, it’s easy to destroy it. In fact, if you make even one mistake, it could drag down your score. Here are five things that can kill your excellent credit score: 1. One Late Payment Get this: if you make even one late payment, regardless of the type or amount, it can harm your credit score. 
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What Do You Really Get for an Excellent Credit Score?

June 25, 2019

It’s no easy task to build an excellent credit score. It takes many years of using your credit, paying your bills on time, and avoiding costly mistakes. Once you reach this level, don’t just sit back and enjoy the fact that you’re on top. Instead, search for ways to use your excellent credit score to improve your finances and save money.  Here are five top benefits of an excellent credit score: 1. Search for the Best Available Credit Card Offer With excellent credit, you don’t have to worry too much about qualifying for a credit card. It’s safe to assume
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How to Use and Benefit from a Business Rewards Credit Card

June 18, 2019

As a business owner, one of your biggest responsibilities is managing the financial well-being of your organization. While there are many decisions to make, here’s a question you should address the first chance you get: does it make sense to apply for and use a business rewards credit card? Before we go any further, it’s important to note that business owners with very good or excellent credit are most likely to receive an approval for this type of offer. Here are three of the easiest ways to start using a business rewards credit card: Monthly expenses : Regardless of industry
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Excellent Credit Will Aid Your Online Credit Card Search

June 11, 2019

Regardless of your credit history and score, the internet has made it simple to find and compare offers.  However, you’re in much better position if you have excellent credit. Not only does this give you the confidence to find the right offer, but it also ensures that almost every issuer is willing to approve your application. According to Experian, a score of 800 or higher lands you in the “excellent category.” This will aid your online credit card search in many ways, including the following: 1. Qualify for the Best Offers Let’s face it: no two credit cards are created
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Good Credit? Questions to Help You Choose the Right Card

May 28, 2019

If you have poor (under 580) or fair (580 to 669) credit, you typically have to take what you can get when applying for a credit card. In fact, you may even have to rely on a secured credit card (requires a cash deposit as collateral) until your score is high enough to obtain an unsecured credit card. Conversely, if you have good or excellent credit, there are many more offers to consider. Knowing what to look for will go a long way in helping you get the credit card that best suits your financial situation and goals. As you
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