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Weekly newsletter: December 23, 2015

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15 fun, easy ways to wrap gift cards
Don't feel trapped in a plain white envelope, or even those tiny tin boxes. Give your gift cards more "wow" factor this holiday season with some creativity and a personal touch. More...
What interest rate increases will cost you
Consumers will pay up to $192 million more a month on their credit card balances starting this month, according to Federal Reserve data. More...
Credit score obsession: 7 signs you have one
If easy access to your credit score has you checking it obsessively, it might be time to rethink your relationship with FICO. More...
‘Credit Wise’ by Kevin Weeks
Merchant refund can create credit balance
Yes, you can spend down that cushion, but wait until it's in hand. More...
Cashing In by Tony Mecia
Costco cardholders need a new strategy
Costco's co-branded AmEx is being replaced by a co-branded Visa.  More...
‘To Her Credit’ by Sally Herigstad
Options in case 'written off' debt reappears on credit report
Just because a debt is not listed on your credit report, doesn't mean you're not still responsible for it. More...
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Real-time security alerts bring peace of mind
When blogger Sienna Kossman made an unusual purchase, her card was declined and she immediately received an text message alert from Discover, reassuring her that her issuer was on the alert for fraud. More...
Not all alumni cards are created equally
If you want to show off your alma mater every time you pay, a university-affiliated card might appeal to you. But be sure to read the terms of the card before you apply. More...
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