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Citi’s ThankYou rewards sharing Facebook app an exercise in frustration

Connie Prater

My friend says, “No Thanks,” to request to share information on Citi’s ThankYou Point Sharing app. Reaping the benefits of Citi’s new rewards sharing program may not be as easy as it appears. Arm twisting may be necessary if none of my friends have that rewards card or any rewards points to share with me.

And who among my friends is going to be want give up their hard-earned rewards so that I can buy a tent or go on a cruise?

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When protecting your money, don’t be afraid to make the extra call

Matt Schulz

Sometimes the difference between keeping $150 and losing it is one simple phone call.


It’s a simple lesson: Persistence pays. It’s also one that every personal finance expert worth their salt will tell you is among the most important to learn. No one cares about your money as much as you do, and to keep it, sometimes you have to fight for it.


I learned that the hard way today during one incredibly irritating morning of back-and-forth with a major airline.


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Emily’s list: First college credit card edition

Emily Crone

The first year of college for many freshman means getting their first student credit card. While the Credit CARD Act of 2009 severely restricts handing out plastic to those under 21, you can get a card if your parent co-signs on the card or if you can prove that you have the income to pay the bills. Your first credit card can be a great personal finance tool, but can also bring disaster if used recklessly.

A college student I know recently asked me if I had some tips for using his first credit card, so I thought I would share my ideas here as well. And for more money and credit advice, check out 10 of my favorite blog posts from personal finance bloggers from the past week.

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Thanks for the 11-cent break, but can you make those gift cards reloadable?

Connie Prater

When I filled my car up with gas recently, I saved 11 cents per gallon off the current market price by using a retail store gift card.

That’s a good deal.

Several retailers around the country are offering similar deals to drive traffic to their stores. It’s apparently working as family budgets are being stretched more and more with the bad economy.

I applaud them. But can they make them reloadable for it’s easier on the environment?

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Latest credit card perk: free museum admission on weekends

Matt Schulz

Bank of America cardholders, if you’re looking for a free way to get out of the summer heat Labor Day weekend, try your local museum.


The bank’s Museums on Us program provides Bank of America credit or debit card holders with one free general admission to 150 different museums, zoos, science centers and more around the country on the first full weekend of every month through the end of the year. Some people will find the program lacking — for example, 22 states have no museums participating — but it’s just another example of a perk given by a card issuer to lure new cardholders and keep current ones happy.


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