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Football frenzy, reading rager and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s number is: tens of thousands

Normally in this part of the blog, I try to convince myself and you that I am funny in an attempt to get you to keep reading. But this isn’t a joking matter. Thousands and thousands of people were driven or rescued from their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and many can’t even get back to assess the damage left by about 50 inches of rain.

So in this part of the blog today, I am going to ask you to do what you can. I am also going to leave some resources here, and then I will let you get back to your regularly-scheduled snark.

Here are some ways you can volunteer to help Houston. -Quartz

Donate money to local organizations to maximize its impact. -New York Times

If you’d rather donate goods, ensure it is something victims can actually use. -CBS News

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

That’ll move the chains: Do you have a flag with a football mascot hanging as a curtain in your house? Do you and your friends have rivalries that drive you to prank each other for days on end? This is the week for you. Bookended with college football’s kickoff this past weekend and the NFL’s first game on Thursday, you may not leave your couch. Buy your chips and queso, your burgers and your beer with your NFL card and you may get a good deal. But did you know that your alma mater’s team may be kicking butt at football, but they have a terrible credit score?


Bookworms: Did you ever get in trouble as a kid for bringing books to a restaurant because you were just so involved? No? … oh definitely, me neither. But if you want to give in to your more literary tendencies in light of Wednesday’s National Read a Book Day or Friday’s International Literacy Day, start by cracking open one of these books that talk about credit or dipping into a book by one of our recent podcast guests.


What you might have missed last week.

Ca-ching:  Our experts have told me it’s OK to use your credit card for everything. Really. But they do say you should maybe refrain from spending like the Kardashians, because we all know you don’t have that Kardashian money.

Part-timing old-timers: Your credit card is keeping you from your dream of running that little art-house movie theater in a sleepy town square, you say. Turns out, paying back the mountains of fast food you’re charging on that credit card each month is keeping you from saving for retirement.


Tangled in the web

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

Taylor Swift, in embracing her inner snake, is trying to squeeze free marketing and merch sales out of her fans who are willing to pay hundreds of dollars to see her live. –Business Insider

My fellow Texans, while being the best, are also simultaneously the worst and made a run on gas. –Fortune

The only thing that could be worse than agreeing to drop your friend off at the airport is paying for it. –Boston Globe

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is trying to claw its way out of mortal peril. –New York Times


Reach out to us

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And while you’re reading my tweets about the devastation of Harvey, follow us at @CreditCardsCom. We even made this easy little button for you.

While you’re calculating how much that movie theater will cost, like us on Facebook, maybe we can help. (Yes, there’s an easy button for that as well.)

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