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Issuers roll out limited-time deals for holidays
Even the stingiest spenders will be able to stretch their holiday budgets by playing their credit cards right. Issuers have again sweetened their year-end offers with limited-time special deals.
12 creative ways to wrap gift cards
With a little ingenuity and a few extra bucks, you can turn that 3-1/8-by-2-1/8-inch piece of plastic into a thoughtful and guaranteed-to-bring-a-smile present.
2012 gift card chart
Blacklisting Black Friday? Check out our annual survey of 63 of the top gift cards and save yourself from shopping headaches.
Issuers boost VIP experience programs
Issuers step up special offers for cardholders, using leverage as event sponsors to extend VIP perks to more mainstream customers.
Expert credit card advice
Why multiple payments can raise a credit score
'To Her Credit' expert Sally Herigstad
Making multiple payments in a month reduces your credit utilization, which
your credit score.
Re-aging old card debt can land you in court
'Opening Credits' expert Erica Sandberg
Debt that passed the statute of limitations should stop debt collectors from suing you, unless you reaffirm the debt as yours.
Payments are current, but can you negotiate?
' expert Tanisha Warner
You can try to settle for less than full payment if your bills are current, but it may not work -- and don't stop paying to force the issue.
Fly to New Zealand using miles, points
'Cashing In' expert Cathleen McCarthy
Earning enough rewards points for a U.S.-New Zealand flight early next year will take patience, but some airline deals can help.
'Taking Charge' blog
Gold card made of real gold
What becomes a Eurasian oil oligarch most? Why, the first-ever, diamond-studded card from Sberbank in Kazakhstan, made from real gold, of course!
MasterCard's muscle card with no brakes
There's a new status card in town that packs something the rest of you lack: a tiny keypad and LCD digital numeric display.
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