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Weekly newsletter: January 14, 2016

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5 ways to avoid (or deal with) late fees
Late fees can quickly add up, and harm your credit. So avoid them if you can, and deal with them smartly if you must. More...
7 quick tasks to protect your ID
Got 10 minutes? Then you can take a step to prevent identity theft. Each of these seven steps can be accomplished in 10 minutes or less. More...
Earning rewards takes work
at home, vacation rental sites
Airbnb, HomeAway and other vacation rental companies have no rewards programs, but you may be able to coax some rewards out by carefully using the right card. More...
‘Speaking of Credit’ by Barry Paperno
Check credit score before applying for balance transfer
Inquiries and new accounts both ding your credit score, so choose carefully. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
Don't secretly add an authorized user to boost your rewards
Some rewards cards offer extra points for adding someone to your account, but make sure you ask the other person first.  More...
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
New to credit? Boost score with car loan, secured card
Adding different types of credit accounts helps build your credit score. More...
Taking charge blog
Rate Report
Card-connected, Web-enabled fridge replaces your sour milk
Never make a last-minute trip to the store again with this fridge. It not only records your shopping list for you, but connects to online grocers to order your items. More...
4 free apps to help you spend less, save more
Keeping up with finances can be hard in the most mundane of times, but it's even harder if you have to change up your routine. Try these apps to stay on track. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 1/14/2016
National Average
15.12%
Low Interest
11.87%
Balance transfer
14.29%
Business
13.11%
Student
13.42%
Cash Back
15.28%
Reward
15.24%
Airline
15.15%
Bad Credit
22.84%
Instant Approval
18.16%