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Payments study

How America pays: Study details card use

How many credit cards are there? How many debit cards? How many checks do we write? The Fed's new study paints a portrait of how we spend.

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Credit card travel perks -- are they worth it?

Travel rewards cards can help you earn free flights or hotel stays. Many cards also come with rental car insurance, travel insurance, priority boarding and even free companion tickets on airlines.

But you need to weigh the value of the rewards and perks against card fees and program restrictions – such as blackout dates.

Find out what you need to know before you redeem any more points.

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Expert Q&A

Cards maxed out,
turned down for loans


Sally Herigstad
When illness results in rising card balances and the banks won't give you a loan to pay them off, what steps can you take? ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help

Credit Card Help Building blocks
of good credit

Does improving your credit score seem daunting? It doesn't have to be. A few small steps can mean the difference between a score of 550 and a 780.

Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

CVV, or card verification value, is one of the names for the security code that helps verify the legitimacy of a credit card. It can be three or four digits, and printed on the back or front of the card.

Credit card quiz

Your financial health

Like physical health, financial health is something we all want. How is your financial health? This quiz will help you find out.

Credit card calculators

Try our easy-to-use financial calculators.

Find out what it would take to pay off your balance, the true cost of making minimum payments, whether a cash-back or low-interest card is better for you -- and more.

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'Taking Charge' blog

Kelly DilworthFeeling nostalgic could make you spend more
Kelly Dilworth | 7/25/2014

A forthcoming study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that feeling nostalgic may cause some people to spend more than they would otherwise ... See more

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Credit card tip of the day

When disputing erroneous information on your credit reports, first file a dispute with the credit bureaus and the company making the claim. If you aren't satisfied, go to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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