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Poll: 3 in 4 confess to impulse buying

A survey finds splurging is widespread, with men buying while intoxicated more often, and women buying when sad.

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Study: Online accounts often go unchecked for fraud

Americans regularly check their bank account and credit card statements for suspicious activity, but fewer than a third check various online accounts at least once a month, a study by credit bureau Experian finds.

In fact, more than a third of those polled said they never check their online credit monitoring account, and more than a quarter never check online card accounts.

Some 1,000 adult Americans were polled from Sept. 2-5, 2014, in an online survey. The "Experian Cybersecurity Survey" was conducted for Experian by marketing research firm Edelman Berland. There was a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

Study: Online accounts and fraud

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To default is to fail to make a payment on a debt by the due date. If this happens with a credit card, creditors might raise interest rates to the default (or penalty rate) or decrease the line of credit.

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Kelly DilworthLow credit score
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A low credit score isn't just bad for your wallet. It also signals a higher risk of heart disease, says a new study ... See more

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Credit card tip of the day

Survivors of trauma some- times self-medicate by impulse buying. Before making an impulse buy, ask yourself: "Why do I feel the need to buy this?" and "How will I feel after I buy it?"

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