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DNA tests, CFPB survivor and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 43 percent

That’s the number of cardholders who are revolving debt. The debt they’re accruing is probably more than the worth of that free plane ticket or hotel stay on a rewards card. If your credit limit is burning a hole in your pocket, maybe stick to a low-interest, plain-vanilla card.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Digital get down: As you tend to your Black Friday wounds over some turkey sandwich leftovers, how about you load up on DNA kits to make sure these people really are your family, and you know, other Cyber Monday deals. Here are 10 Cyber Monday hacks for finding the stuff your so-called “family” wants at a price you can afford.

Warm and fuzzy feeling: After you’ve spent way too much on your sister’s kids’ cousin and everyone else on your list, think about using your rewards or utilizing your credit card in other ways to give back to some of your favorite charities. Maybe your heart will even grow three sizes that day.


What you might have missed last week.

You have been voted off the island: The ultimate game of “Survivor” started this weekend over at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On Monday, two people claimed the title as the interim head of the agency, replacing Richard Cordray, with an impending legal battle to find out who the true leader will be. Let’s just hope the court doesn’t try to decide who gets the seat by seeing who can stand on a perch for the longest time.

Hear those kettle bells ringing: Don’t have any $1 bills to fold up into the tiniest possible sliver? No loose change from the groceries you just bought? You no longer have to feel guilty passing by that Santa-hatted volunteer ringing their bells. Salvation Army has caught up with the plastic times.

Tangled in the web

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

American Airlines knows where you live and much, much more. –Bloomberg

At least Macy’s wasn’t hacked on Black Friday? –Reuters

Uber, however, was hacked, just not on Black Friday. –Wall Street Journal

And in other terrible app news, Russians are laundering money through that cute Airbnb cabin you love. –Fast Company

This poor man got his credit cards stolen on live TV while being very Irish. –The Sun

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