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McNuggets and TSwift, and other credit news to know this week

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This week’s (un)lucky number is: 57 percent

That’s the number of healthy eaters who said they definitely don’t have enough money to do everything they want to do. But that doesn’t mean you should go out and order a 20-piece McNuggets meal and, oh why not, super-size me. Because if you look at the number of people who eat healthily and have enough money to do everything they want, you’ll drop those nugs and pick up some celery (negative calories, ya know).

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Retail (that will make you need) therapy: For all you yahoos who think that just because we put the pumpkins away that means it’s time to break out the trees and the lights and the snowmen – you’re wrong. Keep your tinsel and holly to yourself until Nov. 23 at the very earliest. But I will concede to one holiday tradition that can (and probably should) start early. Shopping. While out and about buying things for your siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents (you know, with the one-for-them-two-for-me method) be leery of the retail cards your favorite store offers you. Store cards usually come with incredibly high interest rates and little in the way of rewards. But not all retail cards are created equal, and we’ve picked our three best retail cards so you can take advantage while out on the gift hunt.

Are you ready for it?: So with the new Taylor Swift album out on Friday, you’ll be wanting the iTunes download, the physical copy and both versions of that special-edition Target version because obviously, you need the magazines that come with it. When you’re making these everyday, very-normal, not-obsessive purchases, skip the cash and rake in the rewards.


What you might have missed last week.

Yellin’ for … Jerome Powell: Good old Janet is out, and Jerome may soon be in. Powell was nominated Nov. 2 to become Federal Reserve chairman, and the Fed is still expected to raise rates at the end of December. You can start preparing for the hike now with our guide to cutting your debt as rates rise.

Tangled in the web

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

Joke’s on you, Uber. The ultimate millennial magnet, Starbucks, is working on its own credit card. –USA Today

This guy really wanted to see the Astros, maxed-out credit cards be damned. –Houston Chronicle

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