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6 signs of bad financial advice -- While good sound nuggets of money advice can help you keep money in your pocket, bad advice can leave you digging out of financial hole ... (See Advice)

Maxed out cards? Don't open another one -- She's maxed out five credit cards and can't pay what she owes on them, but asks if it's OK if she can use the new credit card she got ... (See Maxed out)

Credit card APRs remain flat at 15.03 percent -- Aug. 13, 2014: Average rates on new card offers remained at 15.03 percent Wednesday for the sixth consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate Report Aug. 13, 2014)

Card APRs locked at 15.03 percent for 5th week -- Aug. 6, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers held firm this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report Aug. 6)

Fines owed to city exempt from bankruptcy -- In most cases, back taxes, student loans, child support and fines owed to a governmental body are exempt from being discharged in bankruptcy ... (See Fines)

Rates remain at 15.03 percent for 4th week -- July 30, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained untouched this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

When is a bankruptcy officially discharged? -- The day you no longer are responsible for debt repayment after you file for bankruptcy depends on whether you filed under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 ... (See Discharge)

Personal loan consolidation won't help win a mortgage -- In trying to qualify for a mortgage, it probably won't help to consolidate several small personal loans into a big one with a higher rate ... (See Consolidate)

After illness, cards maxed out, turned down for loans -- When illness results in rising card balances and the banks won't give you a loan to pay them off, what paths can you take to get help? ... (See Maxed out cards)

Rates remain at 15.03 percent for second week -- July 23, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers didn't budge this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Tax lien won't impact shared credit card -- When adding someone with a tax lien to your card as an authorized user, that won't open any doors to the Internal Revenue Service ... (See Uncle Sam)

Credit card interest rates stay put at 15.03 percent -- July 16, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates report)

Yay! 3 cards paid off. Now what? -- Paying off card debt brings immeasurable relief, but once the balance is zero, do you keep the cards open or close them immediately? ... (See Paid off)

Ways to pay off high-interest debt -- Saddled with expensive debt? Instead of looking for new creditors, figure out why you're in debt in the first place and what you can do to lower it ... (See High-interest debt)

Rates rise for the second straight week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- July 9, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers rose Wednesday for the second consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report, July 9, 2014)

Rates rise to 15.02 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- July 1, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers rose this week for the first time in two months, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report, July 2, 2014)

Rates remain stuck at 15.01 percent for 8th week -- June 25, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers remained locked in place this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report, June 25, 2014)

0-percent balance transfer after debt in collections? Good luck -- Balance transfer offers aren't lifelines offered to people with bad credit, they're a deal for those who maintain good credit ... (See Balance transfer )

Card rates remain locked at 15.01 percent for 7th week -- June 18, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers didn't budge this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report, June 18, 2014)

Rates remain at 15.01 percent for 6th week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- June 11, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers held firm this week, stalling at 15.01 percent for the sixth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See APR on new card offers: 15.01% again)

How young adults can use credit safely -- One of the first lessons of young adulthood: it's much easier to get into debt than get out of it. We look at some of the pitfalls young people fall into with credit and how to avoid them ... (See Young credit)

Rates remain stuck at 15.01 percent for 5th week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- June 4, 2014: Interest rates on new card offers remained at 15.01 percent Wednesday for the fifth consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (more)

Thanks, Sis, but I'm ready for my own card now -- A man who got his sister's help to raise his score is ready to graduate to credit on his own -- taking his remaining debt with him via balance transfer ... (See Balance transfer)

Rates hold steady at 15.01 percent for fourth week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- May 29, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Rates remain stuck at 15.01 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- May 21, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers didn't budge for the third consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report, May 21, 2014: APRs stalled at 15.01%)

Debt settlement vs. credit counseling: similar aims, different means -- Both debt settlement companies and credit counselors run ads offering help in getting out of debt. But their tactics are very different ... (See Debt reduction)

Rates remain at 15.01 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- May 14, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained untouched this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate survey May 14, 2014)

Don't just transfer a balance, pay it down -- It's worthwhile to transfer a balance if the only other card is a dud -- but do the math and have a plan to whittle that balance down ... (See Balance transfer)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates rise to 15.01 percent -- May 7, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers inched higher this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (more)

Rate survey: Credit card APRs linger at 15 percent -- April 30, 2014: Average rates on new card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See April 30, 2014, rate report)

Big bill, small credit limit: Know your options -- In one hand is a big bill. In the other, an offer for a credit card with a 0 percent interest rate, but a too-small credit limit. They're not the only choices, Jane says ... (See Credit limit)

Rate survey: APRs hold steady at 15 percent -- April 23, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers were unchanged at 15 percent this week after dipping the previous week ... (See April 23, 2014 rate report)

YOLO: When is it OK to splurge? -- You max out your 401(k), never carry a card balance and have an emergency fund. When is it OK to blow the budget on a you-only-live-once moment? ... (See YOLO)

How to perform a credit transfusion on your spouse -- It's a tricky and dangerous procedure, but it's possible: The spouse with good credit can absorb the bad-credit person's debt by balance transfer ... (See Credit transfusion)

Rates rise to 15.02 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- April 9, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers ticked up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See April 9, 2014: Average APR rises to 15.02%)

Rates remain at 15.01 percent for 7th week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- April 2, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained locked at 15.01 percent Wednesday for the seventh consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (more)

3 who bounced back from bankruptcy to millionaires -- Bouncing back after a bankruptcy may not be easy, but it can be done. The most prosperous of the rebounders analyze their past shortcomings, chart a better route, then march full force into the future ... (See Bankruptcy to millionaire)

On disability, facing interest rate creep -- She was on her card's hardship plan to keep her APR low, but then the company changed ownership and her rates keep rising. Is there any recourse? ... (See Hardship rate)

Card interest rates remain locked at 15.01 percent -- March 26, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (more)

Winning the credit 'Game of Thrones' -- Managing your credit cards can sometimes feel like waging an epic battle with unseen enemies on all sides -- sort of like the characters on "Game of Thrones" ... (See Games)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15.01 percent -- March 19, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained stuck at 15.01 percent Wednesday for the fifth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

Does more 'stuff' really make you happy? -- Buying stuff gives you a quick high, but that doesn't last for long, says "Stuffocation" author James Wallman. By focusing your time and money resources on experiences instead, you’ll find joy while also avoiding depressing debt. ... (See Stuff)

Student loan payments choking new grad -- With student loan payments taking up 57 percent of her income, a new grad ponders defaulting as she can't see how she can keep up ... (See Default)

Credit card interest rates remain stuck at 15.01 percent -- March 12, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Don't default on a stipulated judgment -- When you agree to pay a creditor a reduced, but fixed amount each month to satisfy an old debt and then default, you risk having to pay the full balance ... (See Stipulated judgment)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15.01 percent -- March 5, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained at 15.01 Wednesday for the third consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

Disabled? How to discharge federal student loans -- After taking out student loans to earn a degree, medical issues kept her from pursuing her career. Now 65, she owes big, and a discharge may be her best bet. Here's how to win one ... (See Discharge)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.01 percent -- Feb. 26, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates tick up to 15.01% -- Feb. 19, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Feb. 19, 2014 rate report)

Include all debts in a management plan -- When going into a formal debt management plan from a credit counseling agency, you can't keep several credit card accounts open. That defeats the purpose of getting out of debt ... (See DMP)

After divorce, ex leaves joint debts unpaid -- You're never really free of an ex-spouse as long as you have credit card and other debt together. When one stops paying, what recourse do you have? ... (See Ex's debts)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15 percent -- Feb. 12, 2014: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained untouched this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

8 savvy habits of high-volume credit card users -- Some cardholders have learned how to charge and pay off massive sums on their credit cards while always coming out ahead. Here's what they're doing right ... (See Savvy habits)

2014 balance transfer survey: Beware combo deals, two-tier fees -- Long-lasting 0-percent balance transfer offers abound to help consumers pay down card debt, but new tweaks aren't so friendly ... (See Balance transfer survey)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15 percent -- Feb. 5, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates fall to 15 percent -- Jan. 29, 2014: Average rates on new card offers dropped this week for the first time in nearly six months. ... (See Rates)

Do you have what it takes for DIY debt settlement? -- Settling your own debts instead of hiring someone else can save you money and put you in the power seat, but it's not for the fainthearted ... (See DIY debt)

Credit card interest rates remain locked at 15.06 percent -- Jan. 22, 2014: Average rates on new card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates locked at 15.06 percent)

Single mom struggling with card payments -- A single mom living paycheck to paycheck wonders how she can clear up the charge-offs and late payments listed on her credit reports ... (See Credit score)

Credit card interest rates frozen at 15.06 percent -- Jan. 15, 2014: Average rates on new credit card offers remained stuck at 15.06 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Weekly Rate Report, Jan. 15, 2014)

Keeping a card balance to boost credit score is dumb advice -- Some financial "experts" claim that carrying a small balance on your credit cards is good for your credit score. It's time to kiss that myth goodbye ... (See Balance)

Q&A: How to save $1,000 a month -- Author Brian O'Connor cut his own middle-class budget by $1,000 per month and found that, in many cases, it was easier than he expected ... (See $1,000)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates begin year at 15.06 percent -- Jan. 8, 2014: Average rates on new card offers remained frozen in place Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates still at 15.06 percent)

Psst! A hot tip on debt elimination companies: They're bogus -- So the guy at the airport lounge was saying how a debt elimination firm cost just $49 to cut all debt. It's real, right? Erica splashes cold water in a reader's face ... (See Debt elimination )

The financial power of negative thinking -- Optimism may feel good, but pessimism is sometimes more helpful in building wealth. Here are six times it pays to have a more pessimistic financial outlook ... (See Negative thinking)

Credit card interest rates end year at 15.06 percent -- Dec. 31, 2013: A year of stability in credit card rates ends with APRs at 15.06%, just 0.1% higher than a year ago, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates stuck at 15.06 percent -- Dec. 24, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

The ultimate gift: paying off someone else's debt -- Interested in embracing your inner philanthropist? Instead of buying a gift, why not apply that cash to help whittle down a deserving person's debt load? ... (See Debt payoff)

Parent with dementia and a $40,000 debt: Who's liable? -- The cost of an assisted living facility has left no room for even the minimum payments on mom's credit cards. What's an adult daughter to do? ... (See Dementia and debt)

Rates remain at 15.06% for 5th week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Dec. 18, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained stuck at 15.06 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Weekly Rate Report, Dec. 18, 2013)

Credit card interest rates remain flat at 15.06 percent -- Dec. 11, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers lingered at 15.06 Wednesday for the fourth consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.06 percent -- Dec. 4, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained at 15.06 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15.06 percent -- Nov. 26, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.06 percent -- Nov. 20, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers inched higher this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Debt judgment puts inheritance at risk -- When expecting an inheritance after you've had a judgment against you for unpaid debt, don't worry -- that money doesn't automatically go to creditors. But worry: They'll come looking ... (See Inheritance and debt)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15.05 percent -- Nov. 13, 2013: Average rates on new card offers remained at 15.05 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.05 percent -- Nov. 6, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers rose to 15.05 percent this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

A glitch with e-statements, and poof! Your APR is 30% -- If you never signed up for electronic statements and ended up missing payments because of the switch, you may have grounds to reverse the credit damage ... (See E-statement woes)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.03 percent -- Oct. 30, 2013: Interest rates on new card offers lingered at 15.03 percent Wednesday for the fourth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Card APRs)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 15.03 percent -- Oct. 23, 2013: Average rates on new card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates remain near record highs -- Oct. 16, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.03% -- Oct. 9, 2013: Average rates on new card offers ticked up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15.02 percent -- Oct. 2, 2013: Average rates on new card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Fiancee leaves ex with big pre-wedding debts -- He gave her his credit card to buy a $3,600 dress and financed a $9,000 ring. Then she left the country, taking it all with her. What's a jilted lover to do? ... (See Wedding debt)

Wage garnishment laws differ by state -- If you're served with a summons for unpaid debt, where you live will determine whether a creditor can recoup funds through wage garnishment ... (See Garnish)

Credit card interest rates rise to 15.02% -- Sept. 25, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers lifted this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report, Sept. 25, 2013)

Credit card interest rates remain stuck at 14.99 percent -- Sept. 18, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report, Sept. 18, 2013)

Is it OK to close a card before I buy a condo? -- Closing a high-fee card can be a smart thing to do, but not when lenders are considering you for a home loan. Any credit score hit may cost you ... (See Credit score)

Credit card interest rates remain at 14.99 percent -- Sept. 11, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

9 debt myths debunked -- Did you hear the one about how making even a small payment will stop debt collectors in their tracks? If you believe that, you need some myth-debunking ... (See 9 debt myths)

Can you negotiate medical debt with collectors? -- Yes, you can negotiate over delinquent medical bills with a collection agency, but paying less than what is owed has consequences ... (See Medical debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.99 percent -- Sept. 4, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers rose this week for the first time in more than two months, to 14.99% ... (See Rates)

Rates remain flat for 3rd straight week -- Aug. 28, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Interest Rate Report, Aug. 28)

Americans look abroad to avoid student loan blues -- Frustrated by the lack of affordable colleges at home, U.S. students are looking overseas to get an education. Universities in Canada even farther afield offer comparable quality at a lower cost -- but you have to know where to look ... (See Students look abroad)

Building good credit doesn't happen quickly -- Paying on time for a few months will not drastically change a credit score, especially if you've lapsed in the past. But with patience and time, your score will rise ... (See Good credit)

Survey: Card satisfaction hits 7-year high -- Though impenetrable financial terms and opaque rewards programs still plague cardholders, we are increasingly satisfied with our plastic ... (See J.D. Power)

Credit card interest rates hold steady at 14.95% -- Aug. 21, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers held steady at 14.95 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Credit card interest rates remain at 14.95 percent -- Aug. 14, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers remained at 14.95 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

Pay off card charges before bill arrives -- If you budgeted for an item you put on plastic, pay it off right away instead of waiting for the bill to arrive. That way, you'll reduce any interest adding to the balance ... (See Interest charges)

Credit card interest rates dip to 14.95% -- Aug. 6, 2013: Average rates on new credit card offers fell to 14.95 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report Aug. 7, 2013)

Rates remain locked at 14.96% -- July 31, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained stuck at 14.96 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates unchanged a 6th week)

Credit card interest rates remain at 14.96% for fifth week -- July 24, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged Wednesday for the fifth consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Tattoo debt: Body art can create red ink -- Tattoos can come with surprising costs, both on the front and the back end. The best artists aren't cheap, and the worst can produce pricey mistakes ... (See Tattoo debt)

What to look for in an emergency credit card -- Unless you have huge sums of cash, have an emergency card handy -- one that won't cause extra problems if you actually use it ... (See Emergency card)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates stuck at 14.96% for 4th straight week -- July 17, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates unchanged a 4th week)

Help! My husband's ruining my credit -- They opened a joint credit card together and then her husband went "crazy" charging things they couldn't afford. To make matters worse, he stopped paying the bill ... (See Joint credit)

Q&A with 'Bootstrapper' author Mardi Jo Link -- Her book chronicles how she mended a broken heart and literally saved her Northern Michigan farm with alcohol, Buddhism and hard-won financial acumen ... (See Bootstrapper)

Divorce and card debt in community property states -- She's an authorized user on her ex-husband's card, but since they live in a community property state, she's not off the hook ... (See Divorce debt)

Oops! I bought something with my 0-percent balance transfer card -- If you transferred a balance to a 0-percent card and then bought something with it, you'll need to do some fancy minimum payment math to avoid interest charges ... (See Oops)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates don't budge -- July 10, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Credit card weekly rate report)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain at 14.96% -- July 5, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Ken Ilgunas' unique approach to avoiding college debt -- He lived in van for two years while attending Duke University with the goal of graduating with no debt. Now he's written a book about his philosophy and experience ... (See Ken Ilgunas)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain flat -- June 26, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

5 bankruptcy myths busted -- Only deadbeats, cheats and crooks file for bankruptcy, right? Nothing could be further from the truth, say the folks who deal with bankruptcy day to day ... (See Bankruptcy myths)

Old car debt hounds ex-wife -- What do you do do when your wages are garnished to pay for a repossessed car that was jointly owned by you and your ex? ... (See Joint debt)

Want to help a relative in debt? Do it carefully -- Sure, you can help a relative overwhelmed by debt. Help her negotiate, consolidate -- but be careful about taking that debt on yourself ... (See Relative in debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.96 percent -- June 19, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers rose this week for the first time in more than a month, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Dealing with $8,000 card debt hidden from husband -- Whether you reveal the hidden debt to your husband is up to you, but you need to change habits to stop it from growing and get a plan to pay it off ... (See Hidden debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain flat -- June 12, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained fixed this week at 14.95%, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Divorcing? Your kids don't need a money martyr -- Sally sharply arches her eyebrow at a one-sided divorce settlement that gives him the house, her the debt -- and a self-imposed college fund obligation on top of it all ... (See Divorce and debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates fall to 14.95 percent -- June 5, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers slipped this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (more)

Peer-to-peer loans catch on for credit card debt consolidation -- Peer-to-peer loans -- made by individuals to other individuals -- are booming as a debt consolidation tool. Though they can be a deal, they aren't for everyone. Here's how they work, what to expect ... (See P2P)

Stuck with card debt with no job, assets -- She has no work or personal property and cannot afford to pay her card bill. Can she still be pursued for the debt even if she has nothing? ... (See Card debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain flat -- May 29, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

9 tips for managing ADHD and debt -- Constructing and sticking to a budget and determining which bills need to be paid and when can be especially challenging for those with ADD/ADHD ... (See ADHD and debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.98 percent -- May 22, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers shot up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rates)

How to pick a bankruptcy attorney -- That’s it, you’re done. After struggling to pay your debts, you’re ready to consider bankruptcy. It’s time to contact a lawyer to represent you, but which one? ... (See Bankruptcy attorney)

Two balance transfers means payment dilemma -- The federal CARD Act of 2009 created rules about how payments should be allocated when there are multiple rates, but not for multiple balances ... (See Payment allocation)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates hold at 14.94 percent -- May 15, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See May 15, 2013: Card rates hold at 14.94 percent)

Pay off debt vs. settle it: Which is better for your credit score? -- With $4,000 in card debt and five months behind on the bill, she wonders if settling the bill or paying it off is better for her credit score ... (See Credit score and settlement)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates rise to 14.94 percent -- May 8, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers ticked up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rare report)

Is wife liable for ex's card debt? -- When a spouse has thousands in secret card debt and then files for divorce, exactly who is responsible for repaying that debt? ... (See Ex's card debt)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain at 14.93 percent -- May 1, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

2013 survey of balance transfer offers -- CreditCards.com's annual balance transfer offer survey finds fees are falling, but a new breed of tempting hybrid cards is on the rise ... (See Balance transfer survey)

Stop the debt shuffle, and figure out why you owe so much -- You have $55,000 in card debt. Now you want to borrow against a life insurance policy? Stop. Look at why you're in debt before you go any deeper ... (See Debt shuffle)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates fall to 14.93 percent -- April 24, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers dipped this week for the first time in more than two months, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See April 24, 2103: Rates fall to 14.93%)

6 crucial credit questions you should know answers to -- Not keeping current on the state of your finances can have dire consequences. Here are six money questions everyone should know the answers to ... (See 6 credit questions)

Rate survey: Credit card interest rates remain at 14.95 percent for ninth week -- April 17, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers have stalled out, and remained at 14.95 percent for the ninth consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See April 17: Rates at 14.95% for 9th straight week)

Credit card interest rates stay at 14.95% for eighth straight week -- April 10, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 14.95 percent once again this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rates survey, April 10, 2013)

Rates remain at 14.95 percent for seventh straight week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- April 3, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers lingered at 14.95 percent for the seventh straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Will credit score suffer with new card cancellation? -- Just how much will your credit score be impacted if you open a new credit card, pay it off right away, and then cancel it? ... (See Cancel a card)

Rates remain stuck at 14.95 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- March 27, 2013: Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Rate survey: Card interest rates hold steady at 14.95% for 5th week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Debt vs. savings: Who gets paid first? -- When facing student loans and other debts, saving for emergencies may seem counterproductive. But without a cushion, you're more likely to face financial peril ... (See Debt vs. savings)

Funding dreams on credit: Film financing -- Kenny Golde maxed out multiple credit cards and took out a business loan to finish a movie that went over budget, for total debt of $220,000 ... (See Film financing)

Funding dreams on credit: Bike champ -- Gene Hamilton charged as much as $10,000 every year during mountain bike racing season for gas, hotels and airfare and spent the rest of the year paying it off ... (See Bike champ)

5 who funded their dreams on credit -- Do you have a big aspiration, but a small bank account? Check out how these five people went into debt to fulfill their fantasies, and the lessons they learned ... (See Funding dreams)

Out of cash, out of work and in debt -- An unemployed couple can't find work in their new state of residence, keep using plastic to get by, but can't keep up with their credit card bills ... (See Unemployed)

Survey: Credit card interest rates stay at 14.95 percent -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Asking for a lower interest rate, higher limit on your credit card -- Following a brief lapse, a reader has restored her good payment habits and wants a higher credit limit and lower interest rate. Will her wishes be granted? ... (See Issuer requests)

5 steps to prevent your debt from haunting your heirs -- If you’ve got debt and die tomorrow, don’t assume it will disappear. Chances are, it will eat into the assets you’re planning to leave for your heirs and may even wipe out your estate. ... (See Debt and death)

Survey: Card rates remain at 14.95 percent for 3rd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 14.95 percent Wednesday for the third consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

7 things not to say to someone in a financial crisis -- What do you say to someone who confides in you to having severe money woes? Do you chide them for not being more responsible? Or do you change the subject? ... (See What to say)

Should you pay off card debt slowly or all at once? -- If you're carrying credit card debt, is it better for your credit score to pay it all off in one fell swoop or in smaller installments? ... (See Card debt repayment)

Rates hold at 14.95 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained static Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Rate fall to 14.95 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell Wednesday for the first time in nearly a month, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

After a debt judgment, inheritance may be at risk -- She's being sued for past due credit card debt. Can her creditors go after any inherited property or cash down the road? ... (See Debt judgment)

Rates hold steady at 14.96 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 14.96 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

On disability, can't pay high card debt - is home at risk? -- Coping with a major illness and massive credit card debt, a woman wonders if the card issuers can take her house if she stops payments ... (See Illness and debt)

Rates tick up to 14.96 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

When does it make sense to roll card debt into a refinance? -- A couple with huge card debt and high-interest mortgage wonders if rolling the card debt into a new, low-rate refinance makes sense ... (See Refinance)

Rates remain at 14.95 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady at 14.95 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

6 ways NOT to pay off holiday credit card debt -- While making good on your resolution to pay down your debt is a terrific goal, think twice before resorting to these six sketchy debt pay-off plans ... (See Bad moves)

Rates dip slightly after 10-week status quo: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell slightly Wednesday after remaining unchanged for 10 straight weeks, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Does closing a newly activated credit card hurt your credit score? -- She accidentally activated a card, but already has two in her wallet. Will canceling a card she never used hurt her credit score? ... (See Credit scores)

How to mend your bad credit rating -- If you have horrible credit, it doesn't mean it's ruined forever. Knowing how you got there and how to make things right can help ... (See Digging out of bad credit)

Please help me - I spent too much on Christmas -- She budgeted for holiday gifts, but went way over for the kids. And then, kablooey! There went the car, and here come the bills. Now what? ... (See Holiday budget blues)

Financial resolutions that stick -- Want to get your financial house in order in 2013? There are some tricks you can use to make sure you will achieve your goals this time around. ... (See Money resolutions)

Credit card lessons for college students -- What started out as an emergency card in college can morph into big, long-term debt if you're not careful. Plan carefully before moving on to another card ... (See College credit)

How to deal with card debt in unemployment -- A single mom is laid off with a son in college and has lots of credit card debt. Will turning to a credit consolidation company help or hurt her dilemma? ... (See Laid off, in debt)

Rates remain stuck at 14.96 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Nov. 28, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers idled at 14.96 percent for the third straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Rates hold steady at 14.96 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Nov. 21, 2012: Interest rates on new card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report )

Can multiple card payments raise your credit score? -- If you use your card a lot, making multiple payments in the months reduces your credit utilization, which can help boost your credit score ... (See Multiple payments)

Rates slide to 14.96 percent: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Nov. 12, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

How does settled debt impact your credit score? -- With four credit cards in collections, she wonders about the impact of paying less than what she owes ... (See Settled credit card debt)

Rates hold at 15.01%: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Nov. 7, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Card rates rise slightly: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Oct. 31, 2012: Credit card interest rates ticked up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Card rates stay at 15% for sixth straight week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Oct. 24, 2012: Credit card interest rates lingered at 15 percent Wednesday for the sixth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Using and signing spouse's credit card is fraud -- An ex-wife is saddled with the credit card debt that caused her divorce, but now her ex wants to sue her for fraud for using his credit cards ... (See Credit card fraud)

4 ways your credit card can boost happiness -- If your credit card doesn't make you happy, you're not doing it right, says new research. So forget a big-screen TV; go for experiences ... (See Credit cards and happiness)

Card rates remain at 15% for fifth week: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Oct. 17, 2012: Credit card interest rates remained at 15 percent Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Can't get credit after bankruptcy? 3 reasons -- After you emerge from bankruptcy, getting credit can be tricky if you still have certain debts, aren't earning enough or apply with the wrong bank ... (See Credit after bankruptcy)

Authorized card users don't have to pay up -- If you're an authorized user on your ex's credit card, you're not legally liable to the card issuer, but he could file a lawsuit for repayment ... (See Authorized users)

6 reasons it's time to break up with your credit card -- Sometimes relationships fizzle -- and that can be especially true of your relationship with your credit card. Here are six ways to know when it's time to move on ... (See Breaking up with your credit card)

Young adult financial lessons -- When teaching a young adult to make smart financial choices -- start with the basics and move in to the scare tactic. ... (See Young credit)

Credit card interest rates remain stuck at 15%: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Oct. 10, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 15 percent on Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates remain stuck at 15%: CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report -- Oct. 3, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at 15 percent on Wednesday, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates remain at 15%: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Sept. 26, 2012: Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady on Wednesday after rising to 15 percent the previous week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Cleaning up your credit score before a house purchase -- Forget the myth that no debt translates to a bad credit score. The fact is the less debt you have, the more a potential mortgage lender will like you ... (See FICO score)

Credit card interest rates hit 15%: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Sept. 19, 2012: interest rates on new credit card offers rose this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates hold firm: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Sept. 12, 2012 - Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady for the third week in a row, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

When does a debt management plan make sense? -- A single mom has racked up big card debt and also plans on going back to school. Would a debt management plan reduce her financial struggles? ... (See Debt management plans)

Credit card interest rates remain stable: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Sept. 5, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates held firm for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate survey)

What to do when a friendly loan goes unpaid -- Lending money to family and friends is risky, especially if you charge that loan to your credit card. What do you do when the bills go unpaid? ... (See Loans to friends)

Credit card interest rates remain unchanged: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- August 29, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates rise: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- August 22, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates ticked up this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates remain flat: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- August 15, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates held steady for the third straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

5 steps to take to overcome financial trauma -- You hit bottom financially, now what? If you're struggling with fear, guilt or shame, it's time to pull up those bootstraps and move forward ... (See Financial trauma)

Credit card interest rates remain unchanged: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- August 8, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates held steady for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

How debt management plans impact credit scores -- If your spending and debt are out of control, a visit to your local credit counselor can help -- but will entering into a debt management plan destroy your credit? ... (See Debt management plans)

CreditCards.com survey: Credit card sign-up bonus offers abound, with a hitch -- Card issuers are offering good promotional rates -- and there are still rewards to be had -- but consumers increasingly have to work for them. ... (See Credit card sign-up bonus survey)

Credit card interest rates rise: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- July 25, 2012 -- Credit card interest rates rose for the first time in nearly two months, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Chase agrees to $100 million settlement over minimum payment hike -- The giant credit card issuing bank agreed to pay for its 2009 decision to suddenly boost its "fixed' minimum card payments from 2 percent to 5 percent ... (See Settlement)

6 tips to keep your family from busting your budget -- You strive to stay on budget, but certain family members are always pressuring you to spend more than you have. What are your options? ... (See Money, family pressure)

Credit card interest rates remain unchanged: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Credit card interest rates stayed put for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates stay flat: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Credit card interest rates remained untouched this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Credit card interest rates fall: CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report -- Credit card interest rates dipped this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, June 27, 2012: Credit card interest rates stay put -- Credit card interest rates held steady for the third consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, June 20, 2012: Credit card interest rates stay flat -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained flat for the second consecutive week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, June 13, 2012: Credit card interest rates don't budge -- Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed put this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Fed survey: Recession shrank card debt, but crushed household wealth -- Card debt dropped after the recession, according a Federal Reserve survey of consumer finances, but net wealth plummeted ... (See Finances)

Tanisha Warner: Is it OK to transfer debt to a card that already has a balance? -- Consolidating debt to one card might make sense if the rate is low, but watch for fees and putting too much debt on a single card ... (See Transfer debt to one card?)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, June 6, 2012: Credit card interest rates down slightly -- Credit card interest rates dipped slightly this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Getting debt free means stashing credit cards -- Sure, there are all kinds of credit products out there, but if you're trying to whittle down debt, the best option is to live a plastic-free life for a while ... (See Stash the plastic)

Q&A with actor Steve Guttenberg -- Steve Guttenberg has starred in such blockbuster movies as "Three Men and a Baby," "Cocoon" and "The Boys from Brazil," but his greatest performance came as a teenager when he conned his way into Hollywood ... (See Steve Guttenberg)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, May 30, 2012: Credit card interest rates hold steady -- Credit card interest rates remained flat this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

5 steps to lose debt, get credit fit -- Just as you prepare for bathing suit season, losing debt and getting your finances in shape requires steely resolve and firm goals ... (See Credit, debt fitness)

7 tips for dealing with college debt -- Now that you have your degree, put those smarts to use to figure out how to get out from under your huge student loan debt ... (See 7 tips to pay off college debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, May 23, 2012: Credit card interest rates rise for first time in six weeks -- After five straight weeks of no movement, credit card interest rates ticked upward to 14.93 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Should one spouse take full debt responsibility? -- A married couple with joint card debt wants to transfer the balance to a lower rate card. Should the better credit score spouse take on the burden alone? ... (See Joint card debt)

Is it time to hire a daily money manager? -- Overweight? Hire a personal trainer. Dirty house? Get a cleaning service. But to whom do you turn to get a grip on overspending and debt? A daily money manager ... (See Daily money manager)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, May 16, 2012: Credit card interest rates don't budge -- Credit card interest rates remained unchanged for the fifth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, May 9, 2012: Credit card interest rates stay put -- Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed put for the fourth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Tanisha Warner: Keeping credit score high when you carry big card balances -- Even if your credit score is high, issuers may still reject you for a new card if your card balances are near their limit ... (See Credit card rejection)

Sally Herigstad: Dealing with a spouse's secret credit card debt -- When one spouse repeatedly lies about credit card debt and keeps it a secret, what's the other spouse to do? ... (See Secret credit card debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, May 2, 2012: Credit card interest rates remain unchanged for the third straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady for the third straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, April 25, 2012: Credit card interest rates remain unchanged for the second straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: How to help elderly mom get out of credit card debt -- When fixed income seniors are faced with insurmountable credit card debt, what can family members do to help? ... (See The elderly and credit card debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, April 18, 2012: Credit card interest rates remain unchanged -- Average credit card interest rates held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, April 11, 2012: Credit card interest rates drop -- Credit card interest rates dropped for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

4 ways to survive the Money Hunger Games -- Being a victor when it comes to money and credit management requires skill, maximizing your resources and playing to win ... (See Money Hunger Games)

Auto loan payments now outrank mortgage, credit cards -- Mortgage payments used to come first, then housing collapsed. Credit card bills took priority after that, but today, it's car payments that are paid first ... (See Debt payment rankings)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, April 4, 2012: Credit card interest rates decline -- Credit card interest rates dropped to their lowest level since February, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Q&A: 'Millionaire Mind' author T. Harv Eker talks money, debt and breaking bad habit -- "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" author shares how your personal money blueprint can either make or break your financial goals ... (See T. Harv Eker)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Mar. 28, 2012: Credit card interest rates remain unchanged -- Credit card interest rates held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate Report)

Sally Herigstad: Reduced payment plans not offered by all credit card issuers -- Need help getting your credit card payments reduced for a while? Be prepared to get different answers from your card issuers ... (See Reduced credit card payment plans)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Mar. 21, 2012: Credit card interest rates dip slightly -- Credit card interest rates dipped slightly this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

6 surprising things that won't hurt your credit score -- Losing your job, paying your taxes late or being locked up in prison won't hurt your credit score, as long as you keep paying on those bills ... (See Credit score myths)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Mar. 6, 2012: Moves by Chase, Best Buy push credit card interest rates higher -- Credit card interest rates jumped this week for the first time in nearly three months, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Can you sue an authorized user for nonpayment? -- Protect yourself from authorized users on your credit card charging up a storm on your card and then leaving you with a huge unpaid balance ... (See Authorized users)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Feb. 29, 2012: Credit card interest rates hit 8-month low -- The average interest rate on a new credit card offers fell to its lowest level since June of 2011, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: 6 tips for finding the right debt management plan for you -- Before you enter into a debt management plan, be sure to pick a credit counselor whose style and competence are a good match for you ... (See Debt management plan tips)

Spring clean your finances in 6 steps -- It's not just the rugs and windows that attention. Spring is also the perfect time to organize and refresh your finances. These six steps will help you get started ... (See Spring clean finances)

Sally Herigstad: Laid off, but still liable for ex-employer's card debt -- An employee opened an AmEx business card in her name for her company, got laid off, and is now being held liable for the debt ... (See Small business debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Feb. 22, 2012: Credit card rates' holding pattern continues -- The average interest rate on a new credit card offer remained unchanged at 14.91 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Do debt management plans hurt your credit score? -- With $35,000 in debt, a couple decided to get help by entering into a debt management plan. But they worry how a DMP will impact their credit scores and future purchasing power ... (See Debt management plans)

Q&A with Carl Richards: personal finance on a napkin -- "Behavior Gap" author Carl Richards may be more widely known as the man who illustrates personal finance concepts on paper napkins for the New York Times ... (See Carl Richards)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Feb. 15, 2012: Credit card rates remain in holding pattern -- The average interest rate on a new credit card offer remained unchanged, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, as credit card APRs' recent holding pattern continued ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Ex racks up $40,000 on joint credit cards -- After finally becoming debt-free, an ex-wife is dismayed to find her ex has racked up card debt on two old credit cards in her name ... (See Divorce and credit card debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Feb. 8, 2012: Credit card rates hold steady for 2nd week -- The average interest rate on a new credit card offer remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, though issuers are still tweaking APRs ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: You can pay someone else's debt and not be liable for it -- A daughter elects to help her dad with his collection payments, but he wonders if she will then be held responsible for the debt ... (See Paying someone else's debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Feb. 1, 2012: Credit card rates hit lowest levels in 5 months -- Interest rates on new credit card fell to their lowest levels since August 2011 this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

3 money lessons from "The Bachelor" -- Week after week, "The Bachelor" fans can take the lessons they learn in the fine art of romance and apply it to their personal finances ... (See The Bachelor)

Erica Sandberg: Dad racks up charges on son's credit card -- A father fraudulently opened a credit card in his son's name and charged $5,000. Now he can't pay more than the minimum. What are his son's options? ... (See Credit card fraud)

Sally Herigstad: Joint cards don't dissolve with divorce -- Getting divorced? If you jointly share credit cards, be prepared to cancel those cards and dissipate the debt before things are finalized d ... (See Divorce, credit cards)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Jan. 25, 2012: Credit card APRs unchanged for 2nd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Debt payoff debate: Pay smallest balance 1st? Or highest rate? -- A study says "debt account aversion" drives us to pay off small debts first, even if paying the highest-interest debt is always smarter financially ... (See Debt payoff debate)

Sally Herigstad: Do you marry someone who has big debt? -- He may be Prince Charming, but marrying someone who is carrying a lot of debt can put a serious crimp in your ability to plan for the future ... (See Marriage and debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Jan. 18, 2012: Credit card rates hold steady -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com survey of 2012 balance transfer cards shows offers getting better -- CreditCards.com's annual survey of balance transfer cards show increasingly longer zero percent periods, but with higher balance transfer fees ... (See Balance transfer cards)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Jan. 11, 2012: Average APR drops following First Premier move -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, due to a sharp APR drop for the priciest card in our survey. ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Jan. 4, 2012: Credit card rates steady as 2012 begins -- Interest rates on new credit card offers were unchanged to start the new year, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Dec. 14, 2011: Credit card interest rates shoot to record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers surged to a record high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Trying to escape a high APR via a balance transfer -- Trying to transfer a spouse's high-interest debt to your balance transfer card? Not all issuers will allow that to happen ... (See Balance transfer card)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Dec. 7, 2011: Credit card interest rates dip for 1st time in a month -- Interest rates on new credit card offers dipped slightly this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Cathleen McCarthy: Changing airline cards shouldn't cost you your miles -- Transferring the balance from one airline's credit card to another airline's card won't impact the miles that you've already earned ... (See Changing airline cards)

Sally Herigstad: Divorce, debt and community property states -- Dividing up assets and debt in divorce is complicated enough, but even more so when you've lived in states with different property laws ... (See Community property laws)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Nov. 30, 2011: Credit card APRs remain in holding pattern -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Can wages be garnished before court date? -- If you've been served for past-due debt, don't wait until the official court hearing to respond or you may find your wages garnished before you're prepared ... (See Wage garnishment)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Nov. 23, 2011: Credit card APRs unchanged as holidays near -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week as banks took their traditional Thanksgiving break from changing rates, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Who pays secret debt in divorce? -- When a spouse living in a community property state has secret debt that comes to light during a divorce, just who has to pay for it? ... (See Secret debt in divorce)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Nov. 9, 2011: Credit card interest rates hold steady -- The average interest rate on a new credit card offer stayed static this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. However, that doesn't mean that all of the nation's largest credit card issuers were sitting on their hands ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Tying up card debt when death's near -- A reader with cancer has only a few months to live and worries that the balance on her unpaid card debt will fall to her husband ... (See Credit card debt and death)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Nov. 9, 2011: Credit card APRs inch up, near record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up this week for the first time in a month, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Nov. 2, 2011: Credit card interest rates see 2nd drop in 3 weeks -- Interest rates on new credit card offers inched lower for the second time in three weeks, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Oct. 26, 2011: Credit card interest rates hold steady -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Oct. 19, 2011: Credit card APRs see 1st drop in 3 months -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell for the first time since July, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: 7 questions to ask before you do a balance transfer -- A zero-percent balance transfer card may sound like the perfect solution to your high-interest debt problem, but that's not always the case ... (See Balance transfer credit card)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Oct. 12, 2011: Credit card APRs reach another record high -- Another week, another record for credit card interest rates. APRs on new credit card offers reached 15 percent for the first time in the four-year history of CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

How fnancial troubles sometimes actually help relationships -- Sometimes it takes an extreme situation to bring people together -- an illness, accident or even an act of terrorism. But what about a financial crisis? ... (See Financial troubles and relationships)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Oct. 5, 2011: Credit card rates unchanged, remain at record highs -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained at record highs this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

QA with 'Frugalista' Natalie McNeal -- Single, 32, in serious debt and in a precarious job, blogger Natalie McNeal transformed her high-spending ways into a "frugalista" lifestyle ... (See Natalie McNeal)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Sept. 14, 2011: Credit card rates climb to another record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers climbed to another record high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, Sept. 7, 2011: Credit card rates stay at record highs -- Interest rates on new credit card offers stayed at record highs this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: In a debt management plan? No new credit for you -- If you have negotiated with lenders through a credit counseling service to pay down your debt, the last thing you want to do is take on new loans ... (See Debt management plans)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, August 31, 2011: Credit card rates rise to record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers rose to a new record high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Record high rates)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, August 24, 2011: Credit card rates jump to near-record levels -- Interest rates on new credit card offers jumped to a near-record high this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, August 17, 2011: Credit card APRs unchanged for 3rd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Weigh all costs when doing a balance transfer -- When thinking about transferring your balance to a lower rate card, you need to do the math and have a plan before you card-hop ... (See How to evaluate a balance transfer)

When debt is gone, will dreams come true? -- Are people really happier and better off when they escape the chains of debt? Many overburdened borrowers expect to be ... (See Debt-free dreams)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, August 10, 2011: Credit card APRs unchanged in wake of U.S. credit downgrade -- Despite the downgrade of the nation’s credit rating and an announcement from the Federal Reserve, interest rates on new credit card offers stayed the same this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Retirement funds off limits for debt repayment -- At 29, a reader proposes dissolving some or all of his 401(k) to pay off $37,000 in debt. Our expert says there are other, much safer, options available ... (See 401(k) debt solution?)

Sally Herigstad: Will bankruptcy impact an authorized user? -- Without a job and in debt, a wife considers bankruptcy, but asks if her husband is liable for debt on a credit card on which is an authorized user ... (See Authorized user, bankruptcy)

Sally Herigstad: How to deal with a debt limit meltdown -- For those dependent upon government assistance, the threat of suspended payments as a result of the current U.S. budget stalemate causes panic ... (See Debt meltdown)

What reality TV teaches us about credit and spending -- A slew of reality TV shows are tapping into our collective concern about saving money, spending it, turning clutter into cash and dealing with debt ... (See Reality TV money lessons)

15-minute fixes for your credit score -- Spending just 15 minutes on these expert tips can give your credit score anywhere from a small bump to a major boost ... (See Quick credit fixes)

Get out of debt smartphone apps -- Creating and sticking to a budget may not be fun, but using your smartphone to help you get out of debt sure beats updating budget spreadsheets on Quicken and Excel ... (See Debt-fighting smartphone apps)

Sally Herigstad: Duped by son, mom stuck with $20,000 debt -- What is a 76-year-old woman to do when she co-signs on credit cards and a car loan for her adult son and then he files for bankruptcy? ... (See Co-signing dangers)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, July 13, 2011: Credit card APRs stay at record highs -- Summer vacationers, beware: Credit card interest rates stayed at record heights for a second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

My credit, myself: Young adults using credit to boost self-esteem -- In an uncertain world, recent research shows that for some 20-somethings, it just takes a quick swipe of a credit card to feel like they’ve got everything under control ... (See Credit and self-esteem)

Gary Foreman: Credit card rate too high? How to negotiate a lower one, how to leave if you don't get it -- Credit card rate too high? Here's how to ask for a lower one -- and how to leave if you don't get it ... (See Negotiate your credit card rate)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, July 6, 2011: Credit card APRs hit record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers soared to record heights this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Pet debt: How animals cost you -- The cost of feeding and maintaining our beloved furry, feathered or other nonhuman friends can land pet owners in the financial doghouse ... (See Pet debt)

Sally Herigstad: It's a bad idea to pay one credit card and stop paying the others -- A reader wonders what would happen if she tried to pay off one credit card bill first and not pay on the others. Our expert says she'll only make matters much worse ... (See Stop paying cards)

Erica Sandberg: Will student's credit suffer if mom doesn't pay school loans? -- A mom wants to know if if her son's credit will be in jeopardy if she cannot make the payments on a Parent PLUS college loan ... (See Student loans)

Sally Herigstad: Collectors can refuse partial payments -- Our expert dispels the myth that submitting a partial payment on an old debt will prevent a collection agency from taking you to court ... (See Debt collection myth)

Credit card interest rates move higher, near record levels -- Credit card interest rates rose slightly this week, edging closer to record heights. The national average APR on new card offers climbed to 14.84 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Beware of debt relief phone call promises -- A woman wonders if those debt relief phone callers can help cut her $20,000 in credit card debt in half ... (See Debt settlement)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report, June 15, 2011: Credit card APRs unchanged for 3rd straight week -- Credit card interest rates stayed steady again this week, but that doesn't mean issuers were sitting on their hands ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Payment options for high-interest credit card debt -- Asking a credit card company to lower the interest rate on your debt can produce a variety of answers -- most of which you will not like ... (See High-interest card debt)

CreditCards.com weekly rate report, June 8, 2011: Interest rates unchanged for 2nd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Steps to make good on a defaulted student loan -- A reader wants to make good on a defaulted student loan and wonders how to go about "rehabilitating" it ... (See Student loans)

7 big post-divorce money mistakes -- Breaking up is not only hard to do, it can be brutal on your finances -- especially if you commit one of these big financial goof ups ... (See Divorce and money)

Sally Herigstad: Inheritance rules after you've filed for bankruptcy -- A reader wants clarification of the 180-day rule about inheriting money after you've filed for bankruptcy ... (See Bankruptcy and inheritance)

Credit card application rejected? 3 steps to getting next one approved -- Rejected for a new credit card? Take these steps to make sure that the next time you apply for new plastic you are approved ... (See Credit rejection)

CreditCards.com weekly rate report, June 1, 2011: Interest rates unchanged this week -- The average annual percentage rate (APR) on new credit card offers was unchanged this week, staying fixed at 14.83 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Daughter's credit at risk when mom defaults -- A mom defaulted on three credit cards where her minor child was an authorized user. She wonders if her daughter's credit is in jeopardy ... (See Piggybacking)

Patelco CU Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Patelco CU Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Patelco CU Gold credit card fees)

Penn State Employees CU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Penn State Employees CU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Penn State Employees CU Classic credit card fees)

Pentagon FCU Standard credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Pentagon FCU Standard credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Pentagon FCU Standard credit card fees)

Pentagon FCU PenPromise Standard credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Pentagon FCU PenPromise Standard credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Pentagon FCU PenPromise Standard credit card fees)

RBS Citizens Bank Platinum card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the RBS Citizens Bank Platinum card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See RBS Citizens Bank Platinum credit card fees)

Redstone FCU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Redstone FCU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Redstone FCU Platinum credit card fees)

Redstone FCU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Redstone FCU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Redstone FCU Classic credit card fees)

San Diego County CU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the San Diego County CU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See San Diego County CU Platinum credit card fees)

Security Services FCU Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Security Services FCU Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Security Services FCU Gold credit card fees)

Security Services FCU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Security Services FCU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Security Services FCU Classic credit card fees)

Simmons First National Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Simmons First National Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Simmons First National Bank Platinum credit card fees)

Simmons First National Bank Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Simmons First National Bank Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Simmons First National Bank Gold credit card fees)

Simmons First National Bank Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Simmons First National Bank Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Simmons First National Bank Classic credit card fees)

Intrust Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Intrust Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Intrust Bank Platinum credit card fees)

M and I Marshall Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for M and I Marshall Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See M and I Marshall Platinum credit card fees)

State Employees FCU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the State Employees FCU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See State Employees FCU Classic credit card fees)

Michigan State Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Michigan State Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Michigan State Platinum credit card fees)

State Farm Bank Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for State Farm Bank Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See State Farm Bank Classic credit card fees)

PNC Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for PNC Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See PNC Bank Platinum credit card fees)

Suncoast Schools CU Classic (Starter Card) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Suncoast Schools CU Classic (Starter Card) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Suncoast Schools CU Classic (Starter Card) credit card fees)

US Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for US Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See US Bank Platinum credit card fees)

UMB Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the UMB Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See UMB Bank Platinum credit card fees)

Virginia Credit Union Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Virginia Credit Union Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Virginia Credit Union Platinum credit card fees)

Virginia Credit Union Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Virginia Credit Union Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Virginia Credit Union Gold credit card fees)

VyStar CU Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for VyStar CU Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See VyStar CU Gold credit card fees)

VyStar CU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for VyStar CU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See VyStar CU Classic credit card fees)

Navy FCU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Navy FCU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Navy FCU Platinum credit card fees)

Wells Fargo Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Wells Fargo Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Wells Fargo Platinum credit card fees)

Patelco CU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Patelco CU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Patelco CU Classic credit card fees)

Wescom CU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Wescom CU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Wescom CU Platinum credit card fees)

Discover More credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Discover More credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Discover More credit card fees)

Fifth Third Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Fifth Third Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Fifth Third Bank Platinum credit card fees )

First Hawaiian Bank Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for First Hawaiian Bank Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See First Hawaiian Bank Gold credit card fees)

First Hawaiian Bank Classic credit card fees -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the First Hawaiian Bank Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See First Hawaiian Bank Classic credit card fees)

FNB Omaha Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for FNB Omaha Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See FNB Omaha Platinum credit card fees)

Delta Community Credit Union Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Delta Community Credit Union Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Delta Community Credit Union Classic credit card fees)

Delta Community Credit Union Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Delta Community Credit Union Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Delta Community Credit Union Gold fees)

Delta Community Credit Union Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Delta Community Credit Union Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Delta Community Credit Union Platinum fees)

Blue from American Express credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Blue from American Express credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Blue from American Express credit card fee)

First Tennessee Bank Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for First Tennessee Bank Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See First Tennessee Bank Platinum credit card fees)

First Tennessee Bank Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for First Tennessee Bank Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See First Tennessee Bank Classic credit card fees)

First-Citizens Bank and Trust Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for First-Citizens Bank and Trust Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See First-Citizens Bank and Trust Platinum credit card fees)

Clear from American Express credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Clear from American Express, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Clear from American Express credit card fees)

FirstMerit Corp. Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for FirstMerit Corp. Platinum, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See FirstMerit Corp. Platinum credit card fees)

FirstMerit Corp. Classic (Variable) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for FirstMerit Corp Classic (Variable) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See FirstMerit Corp. Classic (Variable) credit card fee)

Affinity FCU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Affinity FCU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Affinity FCU Classic credit card fee schedule )

FirstMerit Corp. Classic (Fixed) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for FirstMerit Corp. Classic (Fixed) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See FirstMerit Corp. Classic (Fixed) credit card fee)

Affinity FCU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for Affinity FCU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Affinity FCU Platinum credit card fee )

HSBC Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for HSBC Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See HSBC Platinum credit card fees)

America First CU Classic (no annual fee) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for America First CU Classic (no annual fee) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See America First CU Classic (no annual fee) credit card fees)

America First CU Classic (with annual fee) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the America First CU Classic (with annual fee) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See America First CU Classic (with annual fee) credit card fees)

America First CU Platinum Rewards credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the America First CU Platinum Rewards credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See America First CU Platinum Rewards credit card fee)

America First CU Classic Rewards credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the America First CU Classic Rewards credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See America First CU Classic Rewards credit card fee)

Arizona FCU Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Arizona FCU Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Arizona FCU Platinum credit card fees)

Bank of America BankAmericard Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Bank of America BankAmericard Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Bank of America BankAmericard Platinum credit card fee)

Baxter (BCU) Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Baxter (BCU) Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Baxter (BCU) Platinum credit card fees)

BBVA Compass Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the BBVA Compass Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See BBVA Compass Platinum credit card fee)

BECU (Boeing Employees) Classic (Rewards option available with $25 fee) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the BECU (Boeing Employees) Classic (Rewards option available with $25 fee) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See BECU (Boeing Employees) Classic credit card fee )

Capital One Classic Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Capital One Classic Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Capital One Classic Platinum credit card fees)

Capital One Platinum Prestige credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Capital One Platinum Prestige credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Capital One Platinum Prestige credit card fees)

Capital One Standard Platinum (Average Credit) credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Capital One Standard Platinum (Average Credit) credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Capital One Standard Platinum credit card fees)

Chase Platinum Slate credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Chase Platinum Slate credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Chase Platinum Slate credit card fees)

Citibank Platinum Select credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Citibank Platinum Select credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Citibank Platinum Select credit card fees)

Columbus Bank and Trust Platinum credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Columbus Bank and Trust Platinum credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Columbus Bank and Trust Platinum credit card fees)

Digital FCU Classic credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Digital FCU Classic credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Digital FCU Classic credit card fees)

BBVA Compass secured credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the BBVA Compass secured credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See BBVA Compass secured credit card fees)

Capital One secured credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Capital One secured credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Capital One secured credit card fees)

Pentagon FCU Gold credit card fee schedule -- Here's the 2011 fee schedule for the Pentagon FCU Gold credit card, according to the CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com annual Credit Card Fee Survey ... (See Pentagon FCU Gold credit card fees)

Sally Herigstad: How canceled debt can come back as a tax bill -- After her debt was written off in 1998, a reader is socked with a tax bill for $1,392 for the debt cancellation. She wonders if this is legal and if she really has to pay it ... (See 1099-C tax for canceled debt)

CreditCards.com weekly rate report, May 25, 2011: Average APRs fall on new card offers -- A move by Wells Fargo to cut the rates on two of its popular rewards cards caused the national average to fall in CreditCards.com's weekly rate report ... (See Weekly credit card rate report, May 25, 2011)

Nontraditional ways to seek financial guidance -- At the end of your rope with money issues? Maybe you should turn to a psychic, hypnotist or kinesiologist to help you work through your hurdles ... (See Financial guidance)

Sally Herigstad: Years of caregiving can lead to bankruptcy -- A reader gave up everything to care for her ailing mom and now faces mounting debt, no money and no job. Is bankruptcy the answer? ... (See Bankruptcy and debt)

5 mental money traps to avoid -- Turning your finances around is never easy, and these five mental money traps can keep you from making much progress ... (See Money traps)

Credit card interest rates climb higher -- Credit card interest rates jumped this week, after Discover raised the rate on one of its business cards. But that wasn't the only troubling news for those looking for a business credit card. ... (See Rate report)

Erica Sandberg: Digging out of the depths of divorce debt -- It's not uncommon to be saddled with debt post-divorce. But when you're too depressed to deal with it, asking for help is your first priority ... (See Divorce and debt)

6 steps to handle a sudden financial windfall -- While a surprise cash infusion is almost always welcomed, it raises questions about the most effective ways to use those funds ... (See Financial windfall)

Sally Herigstad: Seek help for unexpected medical bills -- After being mugged, an uninsured reader is socked with a huge ambulance bill she can't afford to pay. Ignoring the bill will only make things worse ... (See Medical bill help)

Credit card interest rates stay steady -- Interest rates on credit card offers stayed static this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, though banks aren't standing idly ... (See Weekly rate report, May 11, 2011 )

7 lasting money lessons from mom -- She taught you to tie your shoes, and may also have left you with some lasting tips on the right and wrong ways to use money and credit ... (See Money lessons from mom)

Credit card interest rates unchanged again -- With the cost of gas and groceries rising, consumers can take some solace in one thing that hasn't changed much lately -- credit card interest rates ... (See Rate report, April 27, 2011 )

Financial denial: When avoidance creates money mayhem -- In our final installment of money disorder stories, we focus on financial denial -- when the anxiety of dealing with debt is so great that you just check out ... (See Financial denial disorder)

What your dreams tell you about your money -- Money got you down? Don't be surprised if certain recurring themes show up in your dreams -- revealing increased levels of anxiety ... (See Money dreams)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Shift in student cards sends credit card interest rates higher -- The average annual percentage rate (APR) on introductory credit card offers climbed to 14.67 this week, its first jump since late February ... (See Credit card Weekly Rate Report, April 20)

Sally Herigstad: Why co-signing on a card for an ex is a mistake -- An elderly divorcee co-signed on a credit card to help her ex-husband. Then he died, leaving her to deal with the collection calls and debt ... (See Credit card co-signing)

Financial rejection: When wealth is uncomfortable -- Being rich is the American Dream, right? Not for those who suffer from financial rejection, a money disorder that prevents people from enjoying their wealth ... (See Money disorders: Financial rejection)

5 entrepreneurs whose credit cards funded their dreams -- Yes, most experts say don't do it, but these five people used their credit cards to start their businesses. Find out how if they would have done things differently ... (See Small business funding)

Credit card interest rates unchanged for 5th straight week -- Interest rates on credit card offers remained unchanged for a record fifth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, and experts say that’s good news for consumers ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report: Credit card interest rates steady for record 4th straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers held steady for a record fourth straight week on Wednesday, according to CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report. But that doesn't mean issuers are sitting on their hands. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates unchanged for record 3rd straight week -- For the first time since CreditCards.com began tracking interest rates in 2007, APRs on new credit card offers remained unchanged for a third week in a row, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

5 ways the Law of Attraction can help you get out of debt -- If you consistently think about being debt-free and banish negative money thoughts, can your mind lift you out of your financial hole? ... (See Law of attraction)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report: Credit card interest rates unchanged for second straight week -- The average annual percentage rate (APR) on new credit card offers remained unchanged at 14.65 percent for the second straight week, according to CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Protecting your credit during a divorce -- When faced with divorce, it's important to seek the advice of an attorney before agreeing to leave your home or trying to pay off joint debt ... (See Divorce and debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report: Credit card interest rates stay steady -- The average annual percentage rate (APR) on new credit card offers held steady at 14.65 percent on Wednesday, according to CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

10 ways to spring clean your finances -- It's the season of invigoration again, a time to ditch dusty financial items and habits and start fresh with just what you need to succeed ... (See Financial spring cleaning)

Disabled and in debt: Three choices -- A woman living on disability with credit card debt wants to stop paying the $5,800 she owes. Our expert outlines her choices. ... (See Disabled and in debt)

CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report: Barclays' move sends credit card interest rates lower -- Credit card interest rates inched lower for the second straight week as more banks begin testing offers for the spring ... (See Credit card rate report, March 9, 2011)

How to react to these 7 cringe-worthy credit moments -- Your card's been declined, an employer wants to run your credit report and your landlord laughs when he runs your credit. How to handle these embarrassing situations with aplomb ... (See Cringe-worthy credit moments)

Todd Ossenfort: Can collectors come after your inheritance? -- Public records are perused by debt collectors. If they find out you've inherited a chunk of cash, don't be surprised if they come out of the woodwork ... (See Debt collection)

Credit card interest rates see 1st drop of 2011 -- Credit card interest rates declined this week for the first time in nearly three months. But it’s not all good news for consumers, as card offers for applicants with poor credit continue to be costly ... (See Credit card rate report, March 2, 2011)

5 signs you're getting out of debt too fast -- While racing to the finish line to pay off debt, some quick repayment scenarios may hurt consumers in the long run, experts warn. ... (See Paying debt too fast)

Sally Herigstad: Bankruptcy can steal inheritance, even if it hasn't yet been received -- A reader wants to file for bankruptcy, but worries the judge will tap her deceased father's lawsuit settlements bequeathed to her to pay off her debts ... (See Bankruptcy and inheritance)

Credit card interest rates rise to highest level since December -- Credit card interest rates rose slightly this week -- puncturing a multiweek lull in which all 30 credit card issuers that CreditCards.com tracks left interest rates alone. ... (See Credit card rate report, Feb. 23, 2011)

Sally Herigstad: Jobless adult children rack up debt on mom's cards -- Three grown sisters have defaulted on $40,000 they racked up on their mother's plastic and wonder what they can do to fix the situation ... (See Charging on mom's plastic)

Credit card interest rates unchanged for 2nd straight week -- Credit card interest rates remained unchanged this week as banks returned, after a period of tumultuous change, to their seasonal slow period ... (See Rate report, Feb. 16, 2011)

6 exceptions to paying tax on forgiven debt -- Before you write a check to the IRS for forgiven debt, see if you qualify for one of these six exceptions to paying tax on that debt you didn't have to pay ... (See Forgiven debt exceptions)

When you marry Mr. Debt, be prepared to pay -- Exchanging vows with a debt-laden spouse doesn't make his debts yours, but it puts your relationship on high alert from the get go ... (See Marrying into debt)

8 creative ways to stay debt-free -- After months or years of paying down your debt, keeping yourself away from temptation can become difficult. Experts offer creative solutions to stay on track. ... (See Stay debt-free)

Erica Sandberg: The truth about Social Security benefits and wage garnishment -- Social Security benefits, in most cases, can't be taken as part of a wage garnishment. But a reader wonders how can tell those funds apart from other types of monies ... (See Social Security)

Credit card interest rates remain near record highs -- Credit card interest rates on new card offers were unchanged this week, lingering near record highs. ... (See Rate report)

3 options for dealing with the February financial freak-out -- February is often the month of reckoning for people losing their grip on credit card debt: Your January bill may have been bloated with holiday spending and debt realities ignored during the holidays are emerging. So where do you turn first? ... (See February financial freak-out)

Sally Herigstad: Retiring mom stuck with daughter's college debt -- A 60-year-old mom wants to retire this spring, but wonders if she can afford to as she co-signed on her daughter's unpaid student loan debt ... (See Co-signed student debt)

Chase move sends credit card interest rates higher -- Interest rates on new credit card offers, already in near-record heights, continued their slow, steady climb this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Put off marriage until after bankruptcy -- A reader wants to get married and then file for bankruptcy. Our expert warns her of starting off a marriage on such uneven financial footing ... (See Marriage and bankruptcy)

Federal Reserve leaves interest rates alone in first meeting of 2011 -- The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to start 2011 in the same place it has spent the past two years -- on the sidelines. Its rate-setting committee voted to leave interest rates alone ... (See Interest rates)

Credit card interest rates unchanged, stay near record highs -- Credit card interest rates remained unchanged this week as banks took a break from adjusting new card offers. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card balance transfers: How to find the best deals -- Those 0 percent credit card balance transfer offer dwindled during the recession. Now, they're making a comeback -- but you have to watch for the fees and fine print ... (See Find the best deals on credit card balance transfers)

0 percent balance transfer offers stage a comeback -- If you've noticed a fresh spate of 0 percent balance transfer offers in your mailbox lately, you're not alone, experts say. However, the latest offers come with some new terms and conditions that could trip up unsuspecting consumers ... (See 0 percent balance transfer offer)

QA: Liz Weston's new money commandments -- To help consumers navigate through this new financial climate, money expert Liz Weston talks about her new book, “The 10 Commandments of Money: Survive and Thrive in the New Economy.” ... (See Liz Weston)

Barclays, State Farm push credit card interest rates higher -- Credit card interest rates again crept nearer to record levels, spurred by rate increases by Barclays and State Farm Bank, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Interest rate report)

Credit card interest rates unchanged, despite Chase and Barclays moves -- Credit card interest rates remained unchanged this week, despite tweaks to card offers from Barclays and Chase ... (See Rate report)

Barclays' moves send credit card interest rates higher -- Credit card interest rates rose slightly this week after Barclays raised interest rates on two of its cards. ... (See Credit card APRs)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates unchanged as turbulent year closes -- Interest rates on new credit card offers remained unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, as banks wrapped up a turbulent year in which interest rates reached record highs. ... (See credit card APRs)

Todd Ossenfort: Getting out of high-interest credit card debt -- A disabled wife's $14,000 high-interest card debt is crippling her husband's ability to continue to pay the minimum amount due ... (See High-rate card debt)

Sally Herigstad: Will bankruptcy filing hurt ex-spouse? -- A divorced woman is ready to file for bankruptcy in a community property state, but is worried that her ex-husband may be pursued for her unpaid debts ... (See Bankruptcy and divorce)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report:Barclays, Cap One moves send credit card interest rates higher -- Credit card interest rates rose for the first time in six weeks after Barclays and Capital One adjusted card offers. ... (See Rate report)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Interest rates unchanged despite move from Chase -- A Chase interest rate tweak plus a Federal Reserve announcement still added up to zero movement in the average APR on new credit card offers this week. ... (See Rate report)

Sally Herigstad: Pay off balances or close accounts to boost credit score? -- A reader wants to know if closing card accounts or paying down her balances will improve her credit score ... (See Credit score)

Gary Foreman: Transfer car loan to a low-rate credit card? Yes, but carefully -- On the surface, transferring a car loan to a 0 percent credit card looks like a no-brainer. The fees and fine print may say otherwise ... (See Transfer car loan to a card?)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates drop on Capital One changes -- Interest rates on new credit card offers continue to head lower, thanks to changes from Capital One, but that doesn't mean borrowing has become a breeze. ... (See Rate report)

Consumer credit card balances continue to decline in October -- Credit card balances declined further in October, marking the 26th straight month that Americans' credit card debt has shrunk. ... (See G.19)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card interest rates unchanged after Thanksgiving holiday -- Banks, apparently still shaking off their tryptophan drowsiness, left interest rates on credit card offers unchanged this week ... (See Rate report)

Procrastination is key to a credit card and financial disaster -- Putting off paying bills or failing to clean up your credit report can ruin your finances when all you need is a little attitude readjustment. Here's how ... (See Financial procrastination)

Todd Ossenfort: Disputing, removing joint-account holder causes headaches -- Whether you're an authorized user or a joint account holder, mistakes and confusion may reign when trying to sever a credit relationship ... (See Shared credit accounts)

Sally Herigstad: Retired, deep in debt. Is bankruptcy the answer? -- After years of borrowing, a retired couple is drowning in credit card debt. Is bankruptcy the only way out? ... (See Retired, in debt)

10 expenses to cut to help pay off credit card debt -- In hard times, take a hard look at what's coming in, what's going out and see where you can free up some cash quickly to start hacking away at your debt ... (See Cutting back)

Weekly Credit Card Rate Report: Credit card APRs fall for second straight week -- Credit card interest rates continued to fall this week, pushed lower by a business credit card. ... (See Rate report)

When a credit card minimum payment increase becomes unaffordable -- A reader's credit card minimum payment skyrocketed to the point where some months he can't afford to pay it. What are his options? ... (See Minimum payment increase)

Credit card interest rates fall from record highs -- Credit card interest rates finally fell from record highs this week, but it's far too early for borrowers to celebrate. ... (See APRs)

Todd Ossenfort: When debt collection makes your life miserable -- A reader reduced a regular payment to her creditor by half and wants to know how much worse things are going to get ... (See Credit card debt collectors)

Sally Herigstad: Is a wife liable for her husband's student loans? -- A concerned wife is worried about her liability for her husband's student loan debt in the event that he passes away ... (See Student loan debt and death)

Credit card interest rates hit another record high -- If it seems like credit card interest rates are higher than they've been in a long while, you're not imagining things. This week, the national average APR on new credit cards hit another record high, according to CreditCards.com's database of card offer information. ... (See APRs)

Todd Ossenfort: Does saving trump carrying a high card balance? -- A reader has saved $70,000, but continues to pay only the minimum on a $14,000 card debt. Our expert shows questions her logic ... (See Savings vs. debt)

Sally Herigstad: 3 ways to pay off your mortgage early -- With $65,000 and 12 years left to go, a reader wants to know how to go about paying off her mortgage in five years or less ... (See Mortgage payoff plan)

Walmart rate hike sends credit card APRs to record high -- Interest rates on new credit card offers leaped to record highs this week, following a rate hike on Walmart's Discover card ... (See Weekly rate report)

Credit card APRs surge on First Premier card change -- Credit card interest rates neared record levels, after First Premier began charging the higher of two APRs to all of its new Centennial Classic cardholders. ... (See Weekly rate report)

Paying card debt trumps 2010 tax tips -- What may sound like a good tax strategy for 2010 may actually be less valuable to you than paying off credit card debt ... (See Credit card debt and taxes)

Sally Herigstad: Disabled and in debt: What to do? -- A reader who is temporarily disabled and unable to work wonders how in the world she can pay on her large debts. Our expert offers some advice ... (See Disabled and in debt)

Credit card interest rates rise on Chase, Cap One changes -- Interest rates on new credit card offers inched up this week, following after rate hikes from Capital One and Chase. ... (See Rate report)

Hoarders: Buried in debt -- For hoarders, the compulsion to collect, store and acquire things takes over the ability to keep track of finances. ... (See Hoarders and debt)

Paying off joint debt brought into a marriage -- When both partners bring substantial credit card debt into a marriage, it will take a joint effort in order to pay the debt off ... (See Joint card debt)

Credit card interest rates flat despite Chase changes -- Interest rates on new credit card offers were unchanged this week, despite several APR changes from Chase. ... (See Chase)

5 credit card urban legends and why we fall for them -- A magical way to erase debt, the debt collector who wants $0 and battling Osama with your plastic -- all urban legends that prey on our weaknesse ... (See Credit card urban legends)

Todd Ossenfort: Use caution when assuming another's debts -- A reader wants to transfer her partner's card debt to a card in her name. Our expert outlines the steps to take as well as the risks she's taking on. ... (See Credit card balance transfer)

Video: 4 ways to know if it's time for a new credit card -- Just because an outfit looked great on you when you were 16 doesn't mean you'd be caught dead in it today, right? The same goes for your credit card. ... (See Video)

Credit card interest rates see 2nd straight increase -- For the second straight week, it got more expensive to get a new credit card, though only slightly ... (See Rate report)

Todd Ossenfort: Student loans in default: What are your options? -- A reader has amassed huge student loans, but dropped out of college and is making only $200 a week. She wonders what her options are. ... (See Student loan default)

How to haggle to reduce your credit card debt and rates -- You've heard the ads promising quick and easy debt reduction, but there's nothing easy or quick about them ... (See Negotiating lower debt, rates)

You went into debt for THAT?!? Good examples of bad charging -- There's a right way and a wrong way to use plastic. And then there's a really, really wrong way. Here are tales of extreme and hazardous uses of plastic ... (See Credit card abuse)

CreditCards.com weekly survey: Interest rates jump following Capital One APR hikes -- Interest rates on new credit card offers offers jumped this week, after Capital One increased rates on seven of its cards. ... (See Rate report)

4 simple ways to cope with debt-related stress -- If you’re one of the millions of Americans in considerable debt, it isn’t just your pocketbook that could be affected, but your health, too. Here are four ways to help you cope ... (See Debt-related stress)

A newlywed's nightmare: hidden debt -- A new wife gets an unpleasant surprise from her new husband when he reveals that he has $20,000 in debt that he'd been keeping secret ... (See Hidden debt)

CreditCards.com weekly survey: Interest rates fall after Sony Card returns -- Credit card interest rates fall this week after the Sony Card made its return ... (See Rate report)

Empower your child to pay off his credit card debt with these 4 steps -- A mother is seeking guidance for her debt-ridden son. Our expert offers some common-sense steps to pay the debt down, but it won't be easy. ... (See Card debt)

QA with Lynnette Khalfani-Cox -- Like the plumber with leaky faucets at home, money coach and personal finance author Khalfani-Cox had racked up more than $100,000 in debt. ... (See Lynnette Khalfani-Cox)

Smart credit card strategies before and after a job loss -- If you've gotten a pink slip -- or expect that you soon will -- it's time to upend everything you thought you knew about using your credit cards ... (See Credit cards and job loss)

Gary Foreman: After co-signing daughter's mortgage, both the loan and retirement plans turn upside down -- When their daughter's home loan went upside down, a couple's retirement plans went topsy-turvy. But there are options ... (See Co-signed mortgage troubles)

CreditCards.com weekly survey: Interest rates remain unchanged for second-straight week -- Credit card interest rates held steady this week at their lowest levels since mid-May ... (See Rate report)

Todd Ossenfort: When the CARD Act backfires on you -- A reader with multiple low-rate promotional card balances has found that the new CARD Act is thwarting her attempt to pay down several balances ... (See Credit CARD Act)

Credit card interest rates unchanged despite NFL card's return -- Interest rates on new credit card offers were unchanged, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, following the return of the NFL Extra Points Rewards credit card. ... (See Rate report)

Your options for reducing a high credit card APR -- If your card issuer won't lower your high rate APR, you have several options -- including moving to a new card ... (See Credit card APR)

Capital One's moves send credit card interest rates falling -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after Capital One introduced lower rates on several of its cards. ... (See Rate report)

Interest rates stay steady, but 59.9 percent APR reappears on First Premier card -- The national average interest rate on new credit card offers was unchanged this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, even as one issuer reintroduced an extremely high rate. ... (See Rate report)

Wells Fargo interest rate increase sends credit card APRs higher -- Interest rates on new credit card offers rose slightly this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after Wells Fargo increased the rate on a card ... (See Rate report)

Capital One APR decrease sends credit card interest rates to 3rd drop in 4 weeks -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell for the third time in four weeks, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after Capital One lowered the rate on a card product. ... (See Rates)

Amid economic uncertainty, Federal Reserve leaves interest rates alone -- Amid signs that the economic recovery is in doubt, the Federal Reserve on Tuesday kept interest rates unchanged, leaving the majority of credit cardholders protected from sudden increases in their annual percentage rates ... (See Fed)

Credit CARD Act doesn't prevent new fees -- While the new law does regulate a lot, what it doesn't do is prevent card issuers from imposing creative new fees, such as "maintenance" fees. ... (See Credit CARD Act)

The credit card carnival -- enjoy the ride! -- Poorly managed credit can seem like spending eternity at the carnival -- complete with thrill rides and junk food -- if you don't know how to take control. ... (See Credit card carnival)

Interest rates fall after Walmart card makes online return -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fall after G.E. Money brings back its Walmart Discover card. ... (See Rates)

Erica Sandberg: Is a balance transfer credit card right for you? -- A reader has $6,000 in debt on a high-interest credit card. She's considering getting a low-interest balance transfer card, but is right for her? Our expert gives her the scoop. ... (See Balance transfer)

Interest rates rise after Chase adjusts card offer -- Credit card interest rates increased following Chase's adjustment of a card offer. ... (See Rate report)

3 steps to take after destroying mom or dad's credit -- A son who did major damage to his father's credit wants to make things right. Our expert gives advice on how to get his credit -- and his relationship with his dad -- back on track. ... (See Repairing credit)

Don't retire card debt with 401(k) savings -- While it may be tempting to cash out retirement accounts to pay down card debt, you'll most likely regret that decision later ... (See Retirement and debt)

Consumer financial protections at least a year away -- Long ramp up time for new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau means consumers will have to wait for credit card protections ... (See Consumer financial protection)

Credit card contracts unreadable for most Americans -- A CreditCards.com analysis of the contracts filed in a federal database shows most can't comprehend the agreements their credit card issuers send them ... (See Unreadable card agreements)

New federal credit card agreement database shows potential, isn't user-friendly -- A new federal database of credit card agreements contains a wealth of information, but it isn't presented in a user-friendly way, critics say ... (See Credit card agreement database)

10 wordiest credit card agreements -- Of all the credit card contracts posted online in a new Federal Reserve database, these droned on the longest, according to a CreditCarsds.com analysis ... (See Credit card agreements)

Quotable: What lawmakers, experts say about CreditCards.com's readability study -- Lawmakers, consumer advocates, banking industry officials and financial literacy and readability experts react to the CreditCards.com analysis of the readability of U.S. credit card agreements ... (See CreditCards.com readability study)

Readability of the credit card agreements from 20 largest issuers -- Large national banks issue more than 90 percent of the cards in the United States. Here's how their credit card agreements compare for readability ... (See Credit card agreements)

10 most unreadable credit card contracts -- Of all the credit card contracts posted online in a new Federal Reserve database, these were the 10 most unreadable, according to a CreditCards.com analysis ... (See Unreadable card contracts)

10 most readable credit card agreements -- Of all the credit card contracts posted online in a new Federal Reserve database, these were the 10 most readable, according to a CreditCards.com analysis ... (See Credit card agreements)

Credit card Interest rates fall for first time since May -- Credit card interest rates fell last week for the first time in more than two months, according to CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates hold steady for 2nd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers were unchanged for the second straight week, as banks left their card products alone. ... (See Rate report)

Minimum payments won't dent high-interest debt -- When only making minimum payments on card balances with varying APRs, the higher-interest debt is only going to go up until you pay more than is required ... (See Credit card minimum payments)

4 key questions to ask when considering a cash advance -- Recession-bitten consumers are stepping away from credit card cash advances with a vengeance. That's a good thing, financial experts say. Cash advances are a bad financial idea, except in the most dire of emergencies. ... (See Cash advance)

Consumers paying more credit card bills on time -- Not since 2002 have Americans been so good about paying their credit card bills on time, according to recent loan delinquency numbers from the ABA. ... (See Credit card delinquencies)

Interest rates advance for fifth consecutive week -- Credit card APRs increased for the fifth straight week, the longest increase in nearly three years. ... (See Rate report)

Transferring mom's balances to your cards? Not so fast -- Yes, you want to help, but if you allow a family member to transfer a balance to your credit card account, you are legally liable for that debt ... (See Credit cards)

Credit card interest rates rise for fourth straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers tiptoed higher this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, marking the fourth consecutive weekly increase. ... (See Rate report)

Capital One move pushes APRs higher for 3rd straight week -- Another week brought with it another interest rate move by Capital One, sending credit card APRs still higher. ... (See Cap One)

5 simple steps to a faster debt payoff -- A reader's credit card statement showed him what it would cost to pay off his debts in three years. He wants to do it sooner. Our expert tells him how ... (See Debt payoff)

Get angry at your overdue debt, not your lender -- You've fallen behind on your payments and you're angry at the carmaker who's asking for the payment you agreed to make? Get real ... (See Get angry at debt)

Cap One's moves push credit card interest rates higher -- Interest rates on new credit card offers surged higher this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, following card adjustments by Capital One. ... (See Rates)

Getting financially fit at 50 isn't too late -- A reader is 50 years old, has credit card debt and no savings. She wonders if she'll end up homeless someday. Our expert gives her some good news. ... (See Starting late on retirement saving)

Capital One's rate hikes send credit card interest rates higher -- Interest rates on new credit card offers rose this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, spurred by rate increases from Capital One. ... (See Rate report)

Don't fall prey to aggressive debt collection tactics -- Debt collectors know what buttons to push, so if you've never dealt with them before, you may agree to a repayment plan that you can't afford ... (See Debt collection tactics)

Credit card interest rates' slide continues -- Interest rates on new credit card offers declined for a record fifth straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after Citi lowered rates on a card product. ... (See Interest rates)

Charge card vs. credit card: What's the better choice? -- A student with excellent credit wants a second credit card. Our expert lays out her options. ... (See Charge vs. credit)

Managing high costs of adoption and fertility treatments -- Parents who create their families through fertility treatments or adoption can face staggering bills before their children even arrive. ... (See Baby financing)

Only credit card payments over the minimum go to high APR balances -- If you are only paying the minimum payment for a card with multiple APR balances, then the new law doesn't cover how the issuer applies that payment ... (See CARD Act)

Credit card interest rates fall for record 4th straight week -- Card rates continue to be volatile, with cards entering and exiting the market as the industry -- faced with the recession and new regulations -- rapidly changes ... (See Rate report)

5 steps to tackling debt while unemployed -- An unemployed reader is deep in debt and desperate. Our expert offers five tips for getting herself back on track ... (See Paying off debt)

Target's moves send credit card interest rates to 3rd straight decline -- Credit card interest rates fell again, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, spurred by Target's recent move to eliminate its Visa credit card. ... (See Rate report)

How to read, understand your credit card statement -- A lot of work goes into something no one likes to see: a credit card bill. This interactive guide breaks down how yours should look and what it must contain ... (See Card statements' new look)

Citi's moves send interest rates down for 2nd straight week -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell for the second straight week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, amid signs the consumer lending environment may be improving. ... (See Rate report)

Which of the 4 types of debt-help companies is right for you? -- Deep in debt but not ready for bankruptcy? Consider these types of companies, but beware: credit help comes in many forms, and not all of them are good for you ... (See Debt help)

Interest rates fall as issuers modify credit card offers -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after issuers tweaked the rates on several card products. ... (See Rate report)

4 ways to shorten lengthy credit card payoff -- Once the interest rate on a card with a large revolving balance is jacked up, you have to explore options other than paying the minimum ... (See Card payoff)

Interest rates rise as credit card issuers tweak offers -- The industry continues to writhe and adjust as card issuers learn to cope with the Great Recession and new regulation ... (See Rate report)

DIY, credit card style: Issuers roll out 'do it yourself' cards -- More companies are rolling out tools on the Internet that give consumers greater control over the features of their cards ... (See DIY cards)

Bad credit card issuer's moves send interest rates lower -- Interest rates on new credit card offers fell this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, after subprime issuer Credit One tweaked some of its card offers ... (See Rate report)

How the Credit CARD Act will affect types of credit cards -- The Credit CARD Act has pushed card issuers to make big changes -- and some types of credit cards will be impacted more than others. We look at each type. ... (See Card law impact)

High balance on just one card can hurt credit score -- Check your credit score and keep all your cards' balances low or you could upset your attempt to refinance a home ... (See Balance hurts refi odds)

Parents' 5 other card choices for college-age children -- The plastic payment card choices for parents of young adult children changed since new law shuffled the deck. ... (See College)

If you miss your credit card's opt out notice, you pay the price -- If you missed your credit card issuer's notice of an interest rate hike and didn't opt out in time, you're left with three choices. ... (See Opt out)

Beware of phone calls offering credit card relief -- New telephone scams are targeting consumers with promises of lowering credit card interest rates, fixing damaged credit reports. ... (See Beware)

How to pay off $11,000 in card debt in three years -- A reader wants to pay off $11,000 in debt on four credit cards in less than three years. Our experts shows him several strategies to help him reach his goal. ... (See Strategy)

Credit card agreement from your issuer -- Federal law now requires credit card issuers to post their agreements; find yours from this list. ... (See Agreements)

New card statements may elicit fear, anxiety about debt -- New information-packed credit card statements could increase your anxiety. Find out why that's a good thing. ... (See CARD Act)

From credit card disaster to card master: 7 tips from the debt reformed -- Repaying big card balances is hard enough, but remaining debt-free is even more so. Learn how seven credit card 'disasters' turned into credit card masters. ... (See Reformed)

3 easy steps to simplify your financial life -- Sick of living in financial chaos? Get it all under control without outside help. Here are three steps to get you on your way. ... (See Chaos)

You can be sued for nonpayment of credit card debt -- The road of not paying your credit card accounts is not a pretty one. Expect late fees, higher APRs and, eventually, collections. ... (See Debt)

New credit card era begins with latest CARD Act provisions -- It's a new day for credit cards. As of Feb. 22, new consumer protections within the Credit CARD Act of 2009 take effect. ... (See Era)

White House to answer consumer questions about Credit CARD Act -- The White House will answer Americans' questions about the new credit card reform law during a live online town hall at 2 p.m. EST Feb. 22. ... (See White House credit card town hall)

When even the minimum payment on your credit card is too much -- When making your credit card's minimum payment becomes impossible, you have options. One of those options does NOT include paying less than the minimum. ... (See Too much)

Interest rates mostly steady as credit card reform nears -- Interest rates on new credit card offers were little changed this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, as the countdown continued toward implementation of major credit card industry reforms. ... (See Rate report)

3 common credit mistakes -- and how to fix them -- One credit mistake can easily lead to another and to another, as one reader found out the hard way. Her mistakes were common -- and easily avoidable. ... (See Mistakes)

Credit card revenge spending: When love goes wrong, the hurt go shopping -- Getting burned by the one you love can inspire the desire to get back by charging up credit accounts. The ultimate cost, however, may be borne by you. ... (See Burned)

7 ways to protect against being a victim of credit card revenge -- Just suffered a break-up from a revenge-seeking ex? Here's how to make sure your credit is safe. ... (See Revenge)

Negotiating down card debt and your credit score -- You can ask a card company not to report your debt settlement to the credit bureaus, but there's no guarantee that it will comply. ... (See Score)

Feds plug loophole in credit card law that prevented rates from instantly falling -- The Federal Reserve fixed a problem in the wording of the Credit CARD Act that would have made consumers wait 45 days if they wanted reduced interest rates. ... (See Credit card interest rates)

No change in credit card APRs this week -- Credit card interest rates were unchanged this week, as banks paused after pushing rates to heights not seen in more than two years. ... (See Interest rates)

Your options when paying the minimum isn't possible -- When living from paycheck to paycheck, any disruption in income can have immediate effects on your financial situation, including not being able to pay the minimum on your cards. ... (See Help)

Credit card reform arrives in the form of the Credit CARD Act -- The most sweeping credit card changes ever are being imposed on credit card issuers, which in the course of complying, are making dramatic changes in consumers' credit card accounts -- not all of them welcome ... (See Credit card reform law goes in effect)

After medical bills lead to wage garnishment, consider bankruptcy -- When a wage garnishment cuts your living expenses substantially, prioritize what's left, buy time and consider bankruptcy. ... (See Wage)

New Year's personal finance predictions for 2010 -- You'll change the ways you and your family will spend, borrow and save, experts predict. ... (See 2010)

Credit card rates dip again, but more hikes likely coming soon -- Interest rates on new credit card offers declined slightly this week, although experts say that dip doesn't mean cardholders should expect borrowing on plastic to get cheaper anytime soon. ... (See Rate report)

Sorry, you can't opt out of a credit card rate increase from promotional rate -- Promotional (teaser) APRs are temporary and that was disclosed when you got the credit card, so you can't opt out of the new, higher rate. ... (See Teaser rate)

Tough choice: credit card debt vs. down payment on a car loan -- Yes, you can raise your credit score by paying down card debt, but you don't want to get upside down on a car loan in the meantime. ... (See Cash)

Credit card interest rates keep climbing higher -- Interest rates on new credit card offers climbed higher this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, as banks continue to charge cardholders more to carry a balance. ... (See Rate report)

'No payment, no interest' credit card deal? No way -- Make no mistake: If you've got a credit card with a balance, you've got a minimum payment to make each month. If you don't make it, you're asking for trouble. ... (See Minimums)

Creative new fees escape CARD Act rules, surprise consumers -- The Credit CARD Act of 2009 puts the lid on some longtime charges levied against cardholders, but a new report shows that a crop of fees are quietly taking their place. ... (See Report)

8 tricks to not rack up card debt during the holidays -- Here are some tactics you can use to enjoy the holiday season without racking up a lot of credit card debt. ... (See Debt)

Credit card interest rates keep moving higher -- Credit card interest rates jumped slightly again this week, as banks continued to make it more and more costly for consumers to use their plastic. ... (See Rate report)

Tori Spelling, Ed McMahon, Kim Kardashian, Courtney Love: Celebrity credit card lessons -- If we had the kind of money celebrities had, we'd do a better job managing our credit card debt, right? Judging by these celebrity credit card stories, maybe not. ... (See Lessons)

A desperate debtor's option: hardship programs -- Your debt's sky high and even meeting the minimum payment is out of reach. Here's hope: Some card issuers will allow you to enter into a hardship program to help you meet your obligations, but on more reasonable terms ... (See Hardship)

Personal loans offer less risky alternative to credit cards -- Think of a personal loan as a credit card's more-stable, less-popular cousin -- it's just as pricey, but its terms tend to be fixed. ... (See Personal loans)

Credit card interest rates unchanged after holiday -- Credit card issuers took a holiday from raising interest rates this week, as experts began to see signs that consumers' access to credit may be starting to ease. ... (See Rate Report)

Frugality: Just a fad? Or will consumers keep saving after the recession? -- The tanking economy brought us recession chic. It became cool to clip coupons, throw potlucks and swap used items, but how long will it last? ... (See Spendthrifts)

BofA rate hikes push national average credit card APR higher -- Annual percentage rates on new credit card offers rose slightly this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, as Bank of America increased rates on two of its cards. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card APRs fall sharply, but you shouldn't get too excited -- Annual percentage rates on new credit card offers fell sharply this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, but don't expect your APR to drop, too. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card rates' ascent shows no sign of slowing -- It just keeps getting more and more expensive to be a credit card holder -- and analysts say there's little change in sight. ... (See Rate report)

How to pay $12,000 in credit card debt quickly -- When it comes to paying off card debt, it's important to remember that there's no quick fix. Determination and patience will do the trick. ... (See Pay off)

Rates steady this week, but banks keep tweaking other terms -- Banks may have left rates unchanged this week, but they nevertheless made some changes behind the scenes that could impact cardholders' pocketbooks ... (See Rate report)

Convenience (checks) comes at a price -- When it comes to convenience checks, your best bet is to proceed carefully. The fees and interest on convenience checks can quickly escalate, and they can be potential targets for identity thieves. ... (See Costly)

Debt can slow down retirement goals -- Debt happens. But how you handle it depends on whether you take charge of it or you allow it to take charge of you. ... (See Budget)

Credit card interest rates push higher again -- APRs on new credit card offers inched up to 12.64 percent this week, says the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. This continues recent trends of rising interest rates this year, as banks continue to make moves ahead of a new card law. ... (See Rate report)

How credit card interest charges accrue on a daily basis -- With daily periodic interest charges adding to your credit card balances, the odds of making a dent in your debt by paying just the minimum is minimal. ... (See Interest)

Credit card rates flat as banks look for other ways to boost profits -- Interest rates may be flat, but don't cheer yet: Banks are simply shifting their money-making strategies, experts say. ... (See Rate report)

What to do when debt triples your income -- When your debt load is more than triple your income, it's time to seek a solution. Debt counseling, debt settlement and possible bankruptcy can set you free. ... (See Debt and disability)

Credit card APRs fall slightly, reversing recent rate-hike trend -- Credit card interest rates dropped slightly this week, after several banks made a commitment to abstaining from additional rate hikes. ... (See Rate report)

Major issuers' rate hikes send national average card APR higher -- Several credit card issuers raised interest rates this week, driving the national average annual percentage rate on new credit card offers upward for the third straight week to 12.64 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

American Express boosts national average credit card interest rate -- American Express this week raised annual percentage rates on several of its card offers, pushing the national average APR higher for the third time in four weeks. ... (See Rate report)

APRs rise, even after Fed leaves rates unchanged -- The Federal Reserve chose to leave lending rates unchanged earlier this week, but credit card issuers didn't follow suit. ... (See Rate report)

How to build a better credit card portfolio -- Standing pat with one card isn't a smart move today. Allocate credit as you do assets, strategically trimming or adding cards to get the most out of each. ... (See Portfolio)

Does credit card debt follow you if you move overseas? -- Moving overseas doesn't mean you strand credit card debt acquired in the States -- especially if you ever plan on returning home ... (See Abroad)

Credit card rates steady as banks struggle with uncertain economy -- Amid mixed economic signals, banks kept interest rates unchanged on credit cards offers this week at 12.28 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Options for dealing with a minimum payment increase -- As issuers try new ways to bring in cash, cardholders may face boosted minimum payment requirements. If you can pay the new minimum, you should, and stop carrying a balance in the future. ... (See Hike)

What you stand to lose if you don't pay your credit card bill -- A reader wonders just what would happen to her if she just stopped paying her credit card bill. Legal action, garnishment and property liens, our expert warns. ... (See Pay up)

After a pause, credit card interest rates resume upward march -- After staying flat the previous week, the national average interest rate on new credit card offers rose to 12.28 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

How to safely, securely destroy a credit card: 6 tips -- With credit card fraud and identity theft on the rise, a single scissor snip won't cut it anymore. ... (See Destroy)

Consumer credit plunges record $21.5 billion in July -- Consumer debt fell by an unprecedented $21.5 billion in July, according to new Federal Reserve data, as consumers continued to shy away from borrowing in the recession. ... (See G.19)

Best to apply cash to credit card debt or down payment? -- A reader wants to know whether it is wiser to use a lump sum of cash to pay off credit card debt or dump into savings for a future house down payment. ... (See Cash)

Credit card APRs steady, though banks are tweaking other terms -- Even as banks continue to tinker with their business models in reaction to new credit card legislation, the national average annual percentage rate on new credit card offers was unchanged this week at 12.17 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Personal finance boot camps fight debt with hard-nosed approach -- They're probably never going to force you to scrub the latrine, hike for miles in the driving rain or call you a maggot, but personal finance boot camps promise to use some tough love to help you gain control over your finances and debt once and for all. ... (See Boot camp)

Credit card issuers don't make hardship programs easy -- It's a Catch-22. Though you've kept up payments until now, you can't pay anymore. But your issuer won't work with you until you start missing payments. What to do? ... (See Hardship)

After run of rate hikes, banks leave APRs unchanged -- Banks paused this week following a recent run of interest rate increases, leaving the national average annual percentage rate on new credit cards unchanged at 12.17 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

How magnets can ruin credit cards -- "Demagnetization" can render a card useless; know what to do if it happens. ... (See Useless)

10 ways to pay down credit card debt -- A young family with $35,000 in credit card debt wonders whether filing for bankruptcy is the solution. It isn't, says our expert. ... (See Debt)

Help with credit card debt -- Whether you're trying to dig out from under debt or just avoid it in the first place, our Credit Card Help section can help you make better decisions ... (See Debt)

8 steps to reducing credit card debt -- This structured, disciplined plan will help you bat down credit card debt and regain financial control ... (See Reduce debt)

Think twice before rolling credit card debt into mortgage refinancing -- People with equity in their homes can still borrow against it to settle debts. With mortgage rates at historic lows, consolidating credit card debt in a refinance can substantially lower monthly expenses. Yet many financial experts advise against it. ... (See Refi)

A guide to navigating through bankruptcy -- If you're among the growing number of people considering bankruptcy, this package of news articles, tips and statistics will help to get you through ... (See Bankruptcy)

70 years old with $20,000 in credit card debt -- A senior citizen wants to know how she can manage to pay down $20,000 in credit card debt when she's unemployed and on a fixed income ... (See Broke)

Economic optimism falls for first time since February -- Instead of hoping for financial freedom at the end of the tunnel, most are seeing a never-ending train ride of debt and unemployment, new data reveals. ... (See Consumer confidence)

When your spouse's debt collection becomes your nightmare -- If your spouse's credit card debt is headed south and the debt collectors are calling, there is a good chance that your assets are at risk, too. ... (See Debt)

Killing off the credit card balance that refuses to die -- Late charges, over-the-limit fees, interest rate hikes and cash advance fees can all prevent you from paying down that previously unrelenting credit card balance. ... (See Balance)

What are your rights when opting out of a rate increase? -- You can't opt out of a rate increase after the stated deadline, but you may be able to freeze the account at the old rate. ... (See Opt out)

5 new rules in the credit card balance transfer game -- Transferring a credit card balance used to be so easy and painless that some consumers referred to it as a game, but that game has changed. ... (See Transfer)

4 ways to fight minimum payment increases -- Thousands of credit card customers were surprised by news that their credit card minimum payments will more than double. Find out what your options are. ... (See Ouch)

Can one spouse's bankruptcy destroy the other's credit? -- If your spouse files for bankruptcy, your credit score may or may not be impacted, depending on where you live and what you owe. ... (See Bankruptcy)

Credit card APRs jump for 4th time in 5 weeks -- Following a brief pause last week, the national average annual percentage rate on new credit card offers rose for the fourth time in the past five weeks to 12.06 percent, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. ... (See Rate report)

Americans rank high for credit card frugality -- Americans ranked highest among eight major countries in terms of limiting credit card purchases in an attempt to save. ... (See American thriftiness)

9 things you must know about debt consolidation -- Debt consolidation programs, called debt management plans, can help you get back on track, but they can also be unnecessary and even detrimental when done poorly or for the wrong reasons. Here's what you need to know. ... (See Debt)

After weeks of increases, credit card APRs finally stand still -- Ending a streak of three straight weekly APR increases, the national average interest rate on new credit card offers held steady this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report. Just don't expect it to last. ... (See Rate report)

Closing credits for filmmakers: Credit cards no longer viable as movie funding source -- Credit is the lifeblood of America's independent film industry, but stringent loan regulations curtailed access to credit and threaten the industry. ... (See Indies)

Credit card APRs rise for third straight week -- Borrowing money on a new credit card continues to become increasingly expensive, as banks work to protect themselves from a weak economy. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates keep moving higher -- The cost of using credit cards continues to rise, giving consumers yet another reason to keep their plastic in their wallets. ... (See Rate report)

Credit card interest rates rise ahead of new law -- Regulations plus recession make card issuers pull the APR trigger and hike cardholders' rates. ... (See Rates rise)

CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report: Rates barely lower -- The national average annual percentage rate on new credit card offers edged barely lower this week, according to the CreditCards.com Weekly Credit Card Rate Report, but analysts expect interest rates to rise in the not-too-distant future. ... (See Rate report)

CreditCards.com's Weekly Rate Report: Rates unchanged -- Credit card interest rates didn't move this week, but experts say recently introduced laws and an eventual economic recovery likely mean higher credit card APRs in the not-too-distant future. ... (See Rate report)

New law bans card payment allocation trickery -- If you use your credit cards for balance transfers or cash advances in addition to making purchases, your credit card payments will soon go further, starting in February. ... (See Payments)

When family members ruin your credit -- Authorized users on your credit card have two freedoms: to rack up debt on your account and to bail when it comes to paying it off ... (See Family)

Protecting your credit score when paying down debt -- It's a Catch-22: you opt to pay down your credit card debt, but then your credit limit gets cut. What's a cardholder to do? ... (See Cut)

Credit not right? Time for a credit card checkup -- Is your credit not feeling quite right? If so, it may be overdue for an annual checkup. Fortunately, a thorough exam doesn't involve an appointment with a hard-to-reach specialist: This Rx is strictly DIY. ... (See Checkup)

A practical guide of what to expect when filing for bankruptcy -- American bankruptcy laws were created for catastrophic events, where debt resolution can give you a fresh start and let you become a productive, contributing citizen again. ... (See Bankrupt)

Personal finance experts reveal which credit cards they use and why -- Personal finance experts reveal which credit cards they use -- and why. ... (See Experts)

Your keys to getting in the 700+ credit score club -- Having good credit pays -- in dollars and cents. In an ever-tightening credit market, having a solid credit history with a credit score well over 700 will open doors to money-saving opportunities ... (See Club)

Your options for negotiating outstanding debt -- If your income has been dramatically reduced, then you may qualify for some assistance from the creditor that might not negatively affect your credit score. ... (See Score)

Credit card video: Balance transfers and your credit -- The Credit Guy -- Todd Ossenfort of Pioneer Credit Counseling -- explains what a balance transfer is and how it can affect your credit. ... (See Balance transfers)

You can do it! 10 ways to motivate debt repayment -- Just seeing the amount of your liabilities can instill a "Why try? I'll never pay it all off" despair. While high debt can make you feel hopeless, it's not. Effort does produce results. ... (See Yes you can!)

Lending standards keep tightening, Fed says -- It didn't get any easier to borrow on credit cards at the start of this year, based on the Federal Reserve's quarterly loan officers' survey released today. ... (See Loan survey)

Can my Social Security benefits be garnished for credit card debt? -- Be at ease; your Social Security can't be garnished for credit card debt. But you still need to get a budget together. ... (See Garnish)

Stop the temptation of credit card convenience checks -- If you never plan to use the blank 'convenience' checks from your credit card company, consider asking your credit card company to stop sending them. ... (See Checks)

How to react to a 'rate-jack' attack -- The bad news is in. Your credit card issuer has sent a change in term notice of an impending interest rate hike on your account. But you have options. ... (See How to handle credit card rate increases)

Is the American love affair with credit cards over? -- It's no surprise that many consumers are unhappy with credit card companies, but their unhappiness may lead to long-term behavioral changes ... (See Change)

Egg or sperm donation, medical experiments: Struggling consumers go to extremes to tackle debt -- You've given blood, sweat and tears to pay off those credit card bills, but what about your sperm and eggs? In tough times, some consumers see cash offered by participation in medical tests, sperm and egg donation as a viable way to attack card debt. ... (See Extreme)

Ex-wife maxes out joint cards: Who pays? -- Divorce is at best unpleasant and at worse very painful. Plus, the lingering separation of finances can add to the pain for years. ... (See Maxed out)

Credit card glossary terms to know for when you move -- Moving is stressful enough without having to worry about your credit, but if you're not careful and don't plan ahead, the opportunities for a move to cause credit chaos can multiply. ... (See Moving credit)

Credit Card Help: 8 things you must know about credit card debt -- Credit card debt is not inevitable. Here are some basic credit guidelines to help keep you out of debt ... (See Credit card debt)

Credit Card Help: 10 worst credit card mistakes -- Making these 10 mistakes will turn good credit into bad and bad credit into lenders-won't-go-near-you credit. ... (See Mistakes)

Credit Card Help: 8 tips to keep credit card rates and fees low -- As the cost of credit creeps ever higher, micro-managing your finances is assuming greater importance. Here are 8 tips to help you keep your interest rates and fees low ... (See 8 tips to keep credit card rates and fees low)

9 things you should know about balance transfers -- If you've racked up debt on a high-interest credit card, transferring the balance to a low-rate card sounds enticing -- but it's not quite as simple as it sounds ... (See Transfer)

Credit card video: The basics of debt settlement -- A credit counselor discusses what debt settlement is and how it can help or hurt you. ... (See Credit card video: The basics of debt settlement)

Credit card interest rates - interactive graphic on APR changes -- Since coming under financial pressure, credit card issuing banks have stopped passing along rate cuts from the Federal Reserve, CreditCards.com data show ... (See Credit card interest rates)

How to handle credit card bills when pink slips loom -- For those who are struggling to make credit card payments now or will if they lose their jobs, rising interest rates could present a real problem -- but there is help. ... (See Pink slip)

10 grandchildren + $100,000 in card debt = bankruptcy? -- Even though bankruptcy may seem like the answer to clean the debt slate, if you don't change your situation, it won't help at all. ... (See $100,000)

Credit card video: Credit card debt warning signs -- A credit counseling expert discusses signs that might indicate you're in trouble with credit card debt. ... (See Credit card debt video)

Credit card video: Debt collectors now more willing to deal -- You'd think that debt collection would be booming these days, but even debt collectors are having trouble. They're more willing to cut deals, accept alternate payment plans. ... (See Debt collection video)

Credit card glossary terms to know when you're in debt -- Experts advise to always pay off your balance, don't spend more than you have and keep your credit balance well below 50 percent of your available credit. ... (See Debt)

Good credit cardholders lumped in with bad -- Banks are pulling back more than ever before to limit the amount of risk they have, so even perfect payment clients are compromised ... (See AmEx)

Example shows how switching credit cards has become harder, costlier -- We took some typical prices of cards and fees in the credit card marketplace of early 2009 and find that for the credit card shopper who fits the average, the cost is ... ... (See Balance transfer)

Don't like your credit card terms? Just switch, right? Maybe, maybe not. -- If you don't like your credit card, just get a new one, right? Not so easy any more. ... (See Switch)

Not all issuers allow you to opt out of rate increases -- When hit with a sudden increase to your APR, most card companies allow you to opt out, keep the old rate and pay off the balance, but not all are so kind. ... (See Opt out)

When medical problems hit, bankruptcy can make sense -- Bankruptcy laws were created for catastrophic situations, not for carelessness. However, filing should be done only when other options have been considered. ... (See Last resort)

7 bad credit card habits to break now -- and how to break them -- Just about everyone has a few destructive habits to break -- and when it comes to credit, the sooner you replace them with more positive behaviors, the more money you'll save. ... (See Bad habits)

Poll: 1 in 3 resolve to slash debt this year -- About 1 in 3 consumers resolved to reduce their debt in 2009, based on New Year's resolutions outlined in a new poll from CreditCards.com. Still, Americans are more committed to spending time with family and losing weight than erasing their debt. ... (See Debt)

The spiritual side of debt counseling: faith-based debt counselors abound -- For the devout in search of debt counseling, faith-based organizations can offer more than just number-crunching, dollars-and-cents advice. They can offer spiritually sound financial counsel that can help debtors chart a course to financial freedom. ... (See Faith)

Financial steps to take when you're sinking in debt -- When you're behind on your mortgage and credit card bills, figuring out how to stay afloat may seem impossible, but there are drastic measure you can take to keep from sinking. ... (See Sinking)

7 things not to do when you've maxed out your credit cards -- With unemployment rising and many credit card companies slamming the door on new credit and slashing current credit limits, many consumers find themselves moving ever closer to maxing out their credit cards. In this situation, the best thing to do may be to figure out what you shouldn't do. ... (See Maxed)

6 new rules for negotiating changes in credit card terms -- With credit card companies slashing credit lines and raising interest rates to recoup heavy losses, cardholders face new hurdles when trying to negotiate credit card terms. ... (See 6 rules)

How your credit card can bail you out of debt -- Often criticized for encouraging overspending, several credit card issuers recently rolled out programs and rewards cards to help customers pay off debt, save and invest. ... (See Bailout)

Credit card balance transfers: The landscape is changing -- Balance transfers are valuable tools, but the radically changed 2009 landscape means they're trickier and harder to find. ... (See Balance transfer)

Best credit card stories of 2008 -- The year 2008 saw unprecedented change in the credit card industry, turning card debt from convenient friend into everyone's enemy. These are the top 10 stories that helped chronicle it. ... (See 2008 review)

6 steps to a successful credit card balance transfer -- Balance transfers aren't easy any more. Take these steps to increase your odds of success. ... (See Balance transfer)

9 predictions for credit cards in 2009 -- This has been a tumultuous year for credit cardholders and issuers. What does 2009 hold? We'll take a look. ... (See '09 card predictions)

Balance transfer 101: Tips, advice on transferring credit card balances -- Learn the steps critical to successfully performing a balance transfer. ... (See Balance transfers)

Payment strategies for holiday debt -- The holiday season is a wonderful time for relaxing with family and friends and exchanging gifts. However, ongoing economic troubles can make it hard to save ... (See Holiday spending)

Credit card debt consolidation -- Credit card consolidation may be right for you if you are facing high interest rates. ... (See Credit card consolidation)

Balance transfer offers: Compare your options -- Learn how to find the best balance transfer credit card offers. ... (See Balance transfer offers)

Credit card consolidation -- Methods for credit card consolidation and how to save money in interest and finance charges. ... (more)

Credit card recommendations for your post holiday bills -- Credit card bill-paying tactics that can help you deal with high post holiday card payments. ... (See Credit card debt)

Multiple balance transfers can hurt your credit -- A repeated pattern of transferring from one balance transfer credit card to the next each time the introductory APR expires can be a bad idea. ... (See Balance transfers)

Become debt-free with credit card debt consolidation -- If you have a large outstanding credit card balance, now might be the time to consider your credit card debt consolidation options. ... (See Credit card debt consolidation)

Your monthly credit card statement gets a makeover -- Credit card issuers have begun to roll out new monthly statements to their customers. The makeovers were required by new federal rules that take full effect July 1, 2010. ... (See Changes)

Creating a plan to pay off $60,000 in credit card debt -- A reasonable amount of time to pay off unsecured debt is five years or less, so in order to pay off $60,000, expect to pay about $1,300 a month ... (See $60,000)

How to talk to creditors when you can't pay credit card bills -- A step-by-step guide to talking with creditors when there isn't enough cash for a complete payment. ... (See Deal)

Help! My APR's been hiked to 27.99 percent -- Credit's tight and your card issuers are reacting by boosting interest rates. Your choices are either to pay off the balance or transfer to another card. ... (See Balance transfer)

Paying less than minimum won't ward off garnishment -- Paying less than the minimum amount won't ward off garnishment. It's best to contact creditors directly to work out a payment plan. ... (See Small payments)

Credit card cash advances for a home down payment? Not smart -- With no-money-down mortgages gone, lenders say they sometimes see buyers draw credit card cash advances to make their home down payments. ... (See Cash advance)

CreditCards.com's credit crunch survival guide -- Credit's getting tougher to come by these days, and this credit crunch impacts virtually every American. So what is a consumer to do? It depends on how you use your card. With that in mind, we've created this guide to help you make your way. ... (See Crunch)

Disabled vet seeks relief from credit card debt -- A disabled veteran living on a fixed government income is overcome by credit card debt and seeks a way out. ... (See Help!)

Take control of debt, avoid bankruptcy -- Bankruptcy is not the easy solution to debt reduction -- it's expensive, takes time and paperwork and destroys your credit rating for almost a decade. ... (See Bankruptcy)

Credit card addiction: How to break the spending cycle -- For compulsive buyers, the overwhelming need to buy is an obsession that can ruin finances, marriages, careers and even lives, say compulsive shopping addicts and researchers. ... (See Compulsive shopping)

Leaving country won't avoid wage garnishment -- Leaving the country to escape credit card debt doesn't guarantee that it will be gone if and when you come back. ... (See No escape)

Using retirement to pay off high debt isn't the answer -- Using retirement funds to pay down high credit card debt isn't the best solution. Creating a budget and living within your means is. ... (See Budget)

Sold the house, have some cash, now what? -- Seniors who are downsizing need to pay off debt, create fixed-income investment income and have an emergency fund to cover financial surprises. ... (See Downsizing)

How to buy a car with a credit card -- and when not to -- Not all car dealers let you, but for those with rewards cards and faith in their ability to repay, buying a car with a credit card can make sense. ... (See New wheels)

What credit card users need to know to survive the 2008 credit crunch -- Experts advise credit card users to pay down credit card debt and wean themselves off of credit card spending. ... (See Cash only)

Compare today's 0 percent balance transfer offers -- Comparison chart shows that 0 percent introductory periods are shorter, fees tougher to dodge. ... (See 0% offers)

Are 0 percent APR balance transfer credit cards doomed? -- Consumers' mailboxes used to be flooded with offers for balance transfer credit cards with lengthy introductory interest periods of 0 percent. Not anymore. ... (See Vanishing zeros)

Make your pension generate income beyond your death -- When you die, your pension dies with you or you can purchase life insurance with a portion of your pension, leaving behind an income for your spouse and inheritance for your heirs. ... (See Income)

How credit card balance transfers affect your credit score -- When a consumer is faced with a high-rate card, switching to a lower-rate card is smart, if you do it right. ... (See Balance transfers and credit score)

Life insurance is for the living, not for credit card debt -- An adult child wants to use her elderly parents' life insurance proceeds to pay off her credit card debt -- before they die. ... (See Payout )

Establish retirement priorities when paying off debt -- Using retirement funds to pay off high-interest credit card debt? Not such a good idea, says 'Maturing Loans' columnist Alan Klayman. ... (See Retiring)

Pros and cons of using social lending for credit card debt consolidation -- Social lending can be a good choice for consolidating and retiring credit card debt, but has drawbacks ... (See Pros and cons)

How to use social lending to consolidate credit card debt -- Shedding credit card debt is the most common cause that people seek loans on 'social lending' sites such as Prosper. ... (See Debt)

When is the right time to retire a student credit card? -- If your student credit card has a low credit limit and high interest rate, you should look to graduate to a better card. ... (See Card graduation)

Inheritance strategy: Pay off credit cards, evaluate the mortgage -- When you inherit money, it's important to pay off debts, starting with those carrying the highest interest rate. ... (See Inheritance strategy)

Back-to-school credit card advice for students, parents -- Tips for financing the school year, dealing with credit wisely and learning how to finance post-graduation life. ... (See Credit education)

Opting out of a credit card rate increase? Keep records! -- When opting out of a credit card interest rate increase, it is critical to keep copies of your letter and mail receipt in case the issuer decides to up the rate again. ... (See Opting out)

Fed leaves rates unchanged; card rates to stay put -- The Federal Reserve, as expected, left a key interest rate unchanged. ... (See FOMC)

Low interest rate and rewards credit cards can put cash back in your pocket -- With food and gas prices escalating, Americans need to budget more carefully than ever before, including resisting the short-term solution of charging up debt on credit cards. ... (See Budgeting)

What happens to credit card debt if a bank fails? -- If a card-issuing bank were to fail, consumers would still owe the money and have to pay it -- but to someone else. Terms might change, too. ... (See Keep paying)

When is a credit card's 'fixed rate' not really fixed? -- If you sign a credit card agreement with an issuer that claims to practice 'universal default,' your 'fixed' interest rate can be raised at any time. ... (See Fixed rate)

Does it pay to reduce card debt before death? -- A reader faces terminal illness and significant credit card debt. She wonders if the debt, since it is unsecured, will have to be paid out of her estate when she dies. ... (See Credit card debt and death)

Five-year-old credit card debt has debt collectors calling -- With a job loss and 5-year-old credit card debt and only Social Security income, a reader needs a lot of help -- starting with knowing her rights, says Maturing Loans columnist Alan Klayman. ... (See Old debt)

Saving for emergencies, retirement come before paying off credit card debt -- Creating an emergency fund and contributing to your retirement fund should always come before paying off credit card debt. ... (See Credit card debt)

Charging up a storm before filing bankruptcy is considered fraud -- Thinking of loading up your credit cards before you file bankruptcy is considered fraud. ... (See Credit card fraud)

Managing on-time credit card payments -- When transferring balances to 0 percent cards, it's critical to make on-time payments or you'll lose out. ... (more)

When balance transfers make sense -- There's no sense in delaying balance transfers to lower interest rate credit cards if your credit is good. ... (more)

Two years behind on credit card payments -- How do you even begin to pay back credit card debt that is two years old? ... (See Credit card debt)

Entering retirement with credit card debt -- Carrying credit card debt into retirement requires a plan. ... (See Retirement and debt)

Card issuers apply payments to lower interest rate balances first -- Balance transfers, cash advances and purchases typically have different APRs. Card issuers apply payments to lower interest rate balances first. ... (more)

Retired, with too little income and too much in property taxes -- Living just off her Social Security income, a 72-year-old woman asks columnist Alan Klayman how to go about paying her property taxes on such a small fixed income. ... (See Retirement and taxes)

How to maintain retirement lifestyle while managing debt -- Debt complicates the calculation on how much you'll need to retire in comfort, says 'Maturing Loans' columnist Alan Klayman. ... (See Retirement and debt)

Laid off, debt climbing -- If you have savings, there are ways to decrease reliance on credit cards by setting up a short-term income strategy, says Alan Klayman in the debut 'Maturing loans' column. ... (See Unemployment and debt)

Deep in debt? You may be able to cut a better settlement deal -- A recent drop in prices that debt buyers pay for bad credit card debts may give consumers negotiating settlements more room to negotiate. ... (See Debt settlement)

Trying to thwart recession, Fed cuts rates by 0.75% -- The Federal Reserve, as expected, slashed a key interest rate, but whether that cut will be passed along to individual cardholders depends on the bank, the card agreement and the credit standing of the consumer. ... (See FOMC)

Recession-proof your credit and finances -- Economic downturn. Temporary slump. Whatever you want to call it, you need to be prepared financially for economic ups and downs. ... (See Managing credit during a recession)

Card issuers' bad earnings reshape credit card offers -- The awful annual results reported by credit card issuers may not be felt only by shareholders. They have begun to cause pain to some credit cardholders, as well. ... (See Credit card offers)

Credit card balance transfers -- This series of articles will help you figure out the best way to transfer and consolidate the balance of your debt. ... (See Guide to balance transfers)

CreditCards.com poll results: Credit and health care costs -- A CreditCards.com poll finds a majority of Americans realize that inability to pay their share of health care costs has the potential to wipe them out financially. ... (more)

15 tips for paying high medical bills -- Savvy consumers should comparison shop for payment options when paying for medical expenses. Here are some helpful tips to cope with high medical bills. ... (more)

When do credit card balance transfers make sense? -- Having a firm repayment plan makes the difference, The Credit Guy tells a reader. ... (more)

Pay off credit card debt or declare bankruptcy? -- It's painful, but a reader who took $13,000 in credit card cash advances and lost it to an Internet scam needs to pay the money back, says The Credit Guy. ... (more)

Q&A: Pawn off $10,000 credit card debt on son? No way! -- The Credit Guy, who answers readers' questions for CreditCards.com, thinks this parent can pay off the delinquent bill. ... (more)

Holiday credit card debt solutions -- Climbing out of holiday debt isn't easy, but it has to be done. Here's how to assess the damage and get a plan together. ... (See Regret)

Cure the debt hangover, shed credit card debt -- This set of articles will help you understand why you keep finding yourself in holiday debt, how to get out of this mess and how to prevent it from happening again next year. ... (more)

Credit Score - Protect yours with a debt consolidation plan -- In order to protect their credit score, many consumers are seeking debt consolidation loans. ... (more)

Expert Q&A: Budget for debt, but not too tightly -- A recent college graduate saddled with debt needs a spending and paydown plan, but it's bound to fail unless it includes some fun, says The Credit Guy. ... (more)

21 resolutions to beat credit woes and debt regret -- Minimize debt and maximize credit advantages in the coming year with these 21 credit and debt resolutions. ... (more)

Disclosures would increase on subprime credit card fees -- Subprime cards carry upfront fees that the Federal Reserve board contends are not clearly disclosed to customers. ... (more)

Regulation Z proposed changes for minimum payments -- Credit card companies and credit issuers would have to tell account holders how long it would take to repay loans if they make minimum payments. ... (more)

Regulation Z amendments would require changes in credit card terms -- Regulation Z amendments would require changes in credit card terms to be displayed in a table for easy reading. ... (more)

Rules for credit card periodic statement disclosures -- Under proposed federal rule changes, monthly credit card statements would include tables to clearly disclose fees, interest, purchases and other details. ... (more)

Credit card reform: The fine print of proposed changes to Regulation Z -- Regulation Z requires creditors to disclose all costs and terms before a new credit card's first use. However, according to the board, "Currently, there are few ... (more)

Regulation Z rules proposed for credit card fee disclosures -- Credit card companies would have to clearly disclose fees charged to credit cardholders. ... (more)

Regulation Z would require credit card APR disclosure rules -- Regulation Z would require credit card companies to clearly disclose APRs. ... (more)

Regulation amendments propose fixed rate credit cards -- Fixed credit card rates would actually be fixed under Regulation Z amendments. ... (more)

Reg Z proposes credit card notice of term changes to 45 days -- Changes in terms of credit card contracts would need 45 days' advance notice. ... (more)

'Regulation Z' overhaul to change credit card fine print rules -- The Federal Reserve Board has proposed the most sweeping changes in nearly 30 years to credit card disclosure rules, known as Regulation Z. ... (more)

Regulation Z: Feds move to change credit card rules -- The Federal Reserve Board is likely to decide on final credit card disclosure rules in 2008. ... (more)

How the public feels about Regulation Z proposed changes to credit card disclosure rules -- Comments from consumers, credit grantors, payment processors and others on proposed changes to credit card disclosure rules ... (more)

Ask The Credit Guy: Should I do credit rehab myself? -- Credit counselor Todd Ossenfort, aka The Credit Guy, answers a reader's question about whether it's wise to embark on do-it-yourself credit repair. ... (more)

The history of credit cards -- A history of credit cards, including the first general use credit card and the first charge card. ... (more)

The short, unhappy life of a credit card -- On average, a card lasts must three years before delamination, degaussing or (ulp!) scissors, so CreditCards.com asked one credit card to reminisce about its short unhappy life. ... (more)

Anatomy of a credit card -- Ever wonder what all those numbers mean, or what's on that black stripe? Find out here. ... (more)

Strategies for managing, getting rid of credit card debt -- Strategies for managing and getting rid of debt, including debt consolidation, while not hurting your credit. ... (more)

Credit card arbitrage: Easy, but dangerous money -- Credit card companies usually make money from consumers. For a few daring consumers, it's the other way around. ... (more)

Artist peddling designs for your credit card -- Anthony Adams makes unique credit card designs and skins. Read more at CreditCards.com. ... (more)

Buying a car with a credit card -- Using a low interest credit card rather than a car loan to finance a car could be an option, as long as you are aware of what could trigger an increase in the card's APR. ... (more)

Credit card study shows Americans' feelings toward credit cards -- A new credit card study shows many people think credit cards are an easy way to fall into debt ... (more)

Credit card balance transfer: Move debt to a lower interest card -- Periodically transferring credit balances to a lower interest card may be a good strategy. ... (more)

Senior citizen debt increasing -- Senior citizens are finding themselves in debt trouble as they take on more lines of credit. ... (See Senior debt)

Balance transfers: Credit card transactions affected by interest rates -- As interest rates climb, consumers have been using balance transfers to save money. ... (more)

Credit card debt information (2006-2007) -- Listing of facts and statistics related to the credit card industry and personal debt. ... (more)

Low APR credit cards: Lose debt and high rate cards -- The marketplace is full of low APR credit cards to help consolidate your debt. ... (more)

Credit card balance transfer may save you money -- Smart credit card balance transfers include avoiding too many credit inquires. ... (more)

Tax refund: Use it to pay off credit card debt -- If you are one of the lucky Americans getting a tax refund this year, instead of buying that new big-screen TV, you may want to pay off card debt instead ... (See Refund)

You might have credit card problems if... -- Find out if your credit card debt and problems are bad enough for a financial advisor. ... (more)

What to look for in credit card specials -- When looking for credit card special promotions, weigh carefully which will work best for you. ... (more)

0% APR Credit Cards May Help Consumers in Record Debt -- American families are looking to 0% APR credit cards and debt consolidation to reduce costly debt. ... (more)

Balance transfer credit cards help get you out of debt -- Consider transferring high interest debt to low rate credit cards to avoid debt trouble. ... (See Balance transfer)

Online credit card applications: FAQ about CreditCards.com and your card application -- If you're wondering whether it's safe or smart to apply for a credit card here at CreditCards.com, it's both. Here are answers to frequently asked questions ... (more)

5 steps to eliminate credit card debt -- In five not-so-simple steps, learn how to eliminate charge card debt and take control of your finances. ... (See Eliminate card debt)