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Reviving resolutions

9 steps to revive your money resolutions

You're now past the midyear mark and it's dawning on you: You need to get back on track with the financial vows made on New Year's Eve.

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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

6-year-old mystery
debt crops up

Barry Paperno
What happens when a negative item pops up on your credit report and the creditor can't supply an account number? ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help

Credit Card Help The types of
card companies

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover. Learn the differences between the credit card companies.

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.

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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

Sienna KossmanMy furry student
loan reality check

Sienna Kossman | 7/23/2014

I was starting to come to terms with the monthly sacrifices I'd be making to pay off my student loan debt over the next decade. And then I saw a shelter dog's big brown eyes ... See more

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Credit card tip of the day

When disputing an error on your credit report, mail it, don't send it online. Many online dispute forms contain arbitration clauses, which can undercut your consumer rights.

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