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Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 30

Despite the pervasive meme that Oprah was fired at 23, there are a lot of youngsters who make me feel pretty lousy about my accomplishments in my 20s. I am going to go ahead and add these three who got an 800-plus credit score before they turned 30 to the list. So 30 is maybe less of an unlucky number this week after all, and more of a looming deadline.


This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Not just in stereo: If you’re a die-hard belieber or a nostalgic Linkin Park fan, you were probably a crying mess at your keyboard this past week after both artists’ tours were canceled for very different reasons. So maybe you’re looking to trade up your tickets to see a more handsome, more dedicated, more talented and just all around better artist (yes, I am talking about Harry Styles, and, yes, shade intended) after Justin Bieber disappointed you. Or maybe you’re looking to soothe your sadness with a consoling show by another artist in the case of Linkin Park. Either way, we have some tips on how to use your credit card to ensure you get the tickets you want before they are gone. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to step foot in the presence of Gaga as her tour starts this week, make sure you have that credit card with you.

Clowns, why did it have to be clowns: Friends, I have some disturbing news. This week is International Clown Week and like the icing on a twisted and sadistic cake, the remake of “IT” comes out next month. But you know what’s scarier than a shape-shifting, child-killing clown? Well, not much actually. But having your credit cards stolen is pretty terrifying. Good thing some payment tools are looking out for your privacy and your security, even if that might mean earning fewer miles or rewards points along the way.


What you might have missed last week.

Order in the court: There are a lot of reasons why you can’t sue your credit card company on Judge Judy. First of all, she isn’t a real judge, but more importantly, there’s likely a tiny chunk of fine print on your card agreement preventing you from doing so. found that eight of 11 major credit card issuers require mandatory private dispute resolution before you can even think about suing. Luckily, some of them let you opt-out of that part of the contract, also known as arbitration. But you still can’t go on Judge Judy because she’s still not a real judge.


When your authorized user is a “Mooch”: Are you and your credit card’s authorized user fighting like Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci? (If you’ve been living under a rock since last Thursday, be forewarned – that link contains some creative cuss words.) Well, it turns out, the fix for that is pretty easy if you are the cardholder. But maybe next time, be careful who you’re calling the Cain to your Abel.

Tangled in the web

Here are things from around the internet that the staff are reading.

It’s too hot to spend money on your credit cards. –American Bankers Association

You’re texting thieves your credit card number and don’t even know it. –KrebsonSecurity

Sapphire Reserve cards are giving away too much money. –Wall Street Journal

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