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Weekly newsletter: October 8, 2015

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5 things to do now to avoid holiday debt
It might be incredibly annoying to hear “Jingle Bells” in stores right after Labor Day, but when you think about it, retailers might be doing you a favor. More...
US card acceptance abroad grows, even at kiosks
Travelers' woes diminish as new data suggests the vast majority of U.S. Visa cards work abroad, even at previously troublesome payment machines. More...
Video: Do you need a credit card RFID protector sleeve?
Thieves can theoretically capture data from your tap-to-pay card. The chance is small, but here's what you can do to avoid it. More...
‘Cashing In’ by Tony Mecia
Can I earn grocery rewards points at Wal-Mart?
Merchant category code classifications matter when using rewards cards. More...
To Her Credit by Sally Herigstad
Even paid-off cards usually canceled in bankruptcy
If a card has no balance, you'll still end up losing it. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Repeat balance transfers cut debt, but control spending, too
To really eliminate debt, you have to do more than transfer debt from one 0 percent credit card to another. More...
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Online, mobile payments take sting out of wedding charges
Writing check after check for your wedding can be downright painful.TheKnot.com calls this “check fatigue.” Now, some couples are looking to mobile and online payments to help take the sting out of paying multiple vendors. More...
Microchips photo-bomb customized cards
Blogger Fred Williams concedes that EMV chip cards have their benefits. But, like many Americans, Williams customized his card, using a photo of his cat Bertha. The new chip is going to cover up part of her face, and that won't do. More...
Credit card rate report
As of 10/8/2015
National Average
15.00%
Low Interest
11.62%
Balance transfer
14.12%
Business
12.85%
Student
13.14%
Cash Back
15.27%
Reward
15.14%
Airline
15.10%
Bad Credit
22.73%
Instant Approval
18.00%