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Pros, cons of paying taxes with plastic
A multitude of IRS tax payment options exist, including using plastic. Before you boost your balance to pay your taxes, know exactly what to watch out for ... More
Not all free credit scores are equal
More than 25 million credit card holders now have access to a free credit score through their card issuers, but it may not be the tell-all number you think ... More
Healing your inner financial child
Struggling to break certain money habits? The problem may not be your budget, but your childhood. Understanding why may help you overcome them  ... More
‘Opening Credits’ by Erica Sandberg
Can I use my credit card after bankruptcy?
There is no specific amount of time you have to wait before you can start charging again after bankruptcy. In fact, it can even help rebuild your credit  ... More
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Eviction mars credit, hunt for new lease
When trying for a new lease, the marks on your credit left by an eviction are harder to remove than stains on an old carpet ... More
‘Let's Talk Credit’ by Jane McNamara
How partial payments affect credit scores
The credit score damage was already done back when you defaulted, but paying it back, even partly, can make you look better to lenders ... More
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Quest for 100k point sign-up bonus - Part 1
A credit card rewards bonus of 100,000 American Airlines points is tempting, but the requirement to spend $10,000 in three months is full of obstacles ... More
3 financial lessons I wish my parents had taught me
Learning by example is always helpful, but sometimes it's not enough. As children try to understand the complex world of money, they may need more instruction than just getting an allowance or watching a parent use coupons ... More
Credit card rate report
As of 3/27/2014
National Average
15.01%
Business
12.98%
Low Interest
10.33%
Balance Transfer
12.66%
Cash Back
14.71%
Reward
15.03%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Airline
15.30%
Student
13.27%
Instant Approval
28.00%