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Layaway 2014

Layaway plans roll out early, including online

Holiday layaway programs are popping up earlier every year. Some retailers are even moving layaway online to vie for consumer business.

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Negotiating a lower credit card interest rate

If your credit card has a high interest rate, you may be able to do something about it – with a little luck and a few simple negotiating skills.

According to a poll, most people don't ask for a lower interest rate. But among those who do, two out of three scored a lower APR.

Here's what you need to know about negotiating a lower interest rate.

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Getting started
with reward cards

Tony Mecia
Rewards cards can earn free travel or other goodies, but for the beginner, the process may seem overwhelming ... See Expert Q&A

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Credit Card Help How to cancel
a credit card

Before you cancel a card, follow specific steps to close the account for good with the least damage to your credit score. Follow these six steps.

Credit card glossary terms

Credit card glossary

Medical identity theft is the fraudulent use of personal information to obtain unauthorized medical goods and services.

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Credit card trivia quiz

Credit card holders often don’t know much about the little pieces of plastic tucked into their wallets. Test your trivia skills with this quiz.

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'Taking Charge' blog

Matt SchulzLate payment
fee waived
in 4 steps?

Matt Schulz | 9/29/2014

I signed up for the department store card largely for the discount. But I would pay it all off in a big hurry, so I didn't have much to worry about -- or so I thought ... See more

Have you ever used the charity style called "paying it forward" to pay someone's bills?


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See related: Pay-it-forward givers sometimes provide debt relief

Credit card tip of the day

If you have overseas clients who insist on wire transfers for payment, shop for a bank with low inbound foreign wire transfer fees, and save money over the year.

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