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e-toll blues
Beat the e-toll rental car blues
If you ever find yourself stuck in a rental car on an e-toll road with no cash option, you have more choices than to get gouged now or gouged later. Here are six tips ... More
7 signs you need to cash in your rewards -- now!
It's tempting to stockpile reward points, envisioning a big, paid-in-points vacation someday. But the reality of miles and points is they become less valuable with time ... More
Wal-Mart store card switch gives consumers reason to compare
If you're a Wal-Mart co-branded credit card holder, you're about to get a new credit card, which brings up a new reason to research the benefits of holding a co-branded card  ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Should I pay in full, even after a debt settlement?
If it's been years since the settlement, and the credit damage is mostly behind you, it's best to just let it go  ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Boyfriend's check-cashing request sounds like fraud
Her boyfriend is in Africa and asked her to cash a check and send him money. Even if it's legal, it's not smart ... More
‘New Frugal You’ by Gary Foreman
Taking over parents' finances: the first steps
Don't wait until it's too late. Get information now and make necessary changes while they still have the capacity and legal authority to do so ... More
Taking charge blog
Rate Report
Checking account studies: fees less hidden, but bigger
If you're in the market for a new checking account, you should have an easier time comparing fees. But once you settle on an account, watch out for fee gouging  ... More
In an upset, Magic Johnson card stuffed
If you want "The Magic by Magic Johnson" prepaid debit card, act now -- on June 30, it's going to be slam-dunked forever ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 4/9/2014
National Average
15.00%
Business
12.80%
Low Interest
10.37%
Balance Transfer
12.64%
Cash Back
14.84%
Reward
14.96%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%