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Swap those unwanted gift cards online

Jeremy Simon

Perhaps you have always loved every gift you have ever been given. But more likely, you realize that sometimes good intentions aren’t enough for you to overlook how truly horrendous that sweater from Cousin Gertrude looks when you put it on. With the surge in gift card giving, that sweater you can’t stand may be replaced by a piece of plastic from a store you wouldn’t be caught dead shopping in.
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Clueless about credit? Enroll in Financial Peace University

Emily Crone

Financial Peace University comes highly recommended for those who still have some major learning to do about personal finance.
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Social Security payments to be available via debit card

Daniel Ray

Millions of Americans get Social Security payments but have no bank accounts. Under a program announced Friday, the federal government would give these “unbanked” Social Security recipients the option of withdrawing their benifits via a new debit card.
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I hate identity thieves, but love Mari Frank

Emily Crone

All the talk of identity theft in the news recently wasn’t just hype: the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit group, just announced that 2007 was the worst year ever for personal data theft. My good friend was a victim, and I even had a close call. But if you do find yourself in identity theft doodoo, Mari Frank is a good person to know.
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Surprise! Credit card delinquencies fall

Daniel Ray

Maybe only some chunks of the sky are falling. The American Bankers Association today released its quarterly study of consumer borrowing, and despite an overall gloomy picture, credit card delinquencies were down.
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