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July 25, 2013
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Credit reports now show card bill-paying habits
The big three credit bureaus are adding new payment data to the reports of some 160 million card-carrying adults showing whether you rack up interest charges, giving issuers another reason to chase you -- or avoid you.
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.
Big deposit, bankrupt merchant: What to do
Ever paid a deposit to a merchant that goes belly up? All's not lost, if you paid with plastic, but beware -- refunds can be tricky.
Money pros' advice to younger selves
We asked financial professionals to imagine they could go back in time and pass on to their younger selves the wisdom about money they've gained.
What to look for in an emergency credit card
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
Unless you have huge sums of cash, have an emergency card handy -- one that won't cause extra problems if you actually use it.
Found a lost purse? Don't use the cards
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
If that lost purse or wallet turns up after you've reported the cards missing, it's too late. Wait for the new ones to arrive.
You may lose perks using travel sites
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Booking via online travel sites should allow you to claim air miles, but you may lose out on perks reserved for those who buy direct.
McDonald's sample budget forgets debt
McDonald's now infamous sample budget, which was designed to help fast-food workers better manage their cash, left off debt repayments.
Don't pay full price for that mattress
Thanks to some research and haggling, our blogger scored a $900 mattress set for a little over $500. Want to know how she did it? Read on.
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