Living with credit, Rewards, Shopping

Turkey, travel, Black Friday and other credit news to know

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 30 percent

That’s the number of millennials that said they have let their rewards expire. I know in college it was a money saver to push the “best by” date, but we’re adults now so maybe use those rewards before they disappear. That’s like throwing money in the trash. Look, there’s even a handy guide to help you remember not to forget.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Turkey day: So your grandma guilted you into buying a last-minute flight because she’s making your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, huh? Some of the best airline cards could get you there for a little cheaper and even could get that bag full of dirty clothes you’re hoping she will wash for you checked for free.


Dark days: After you’re stuffed, it’s time to roll out of your food-induced coma on the couch and throw some elbows with soccer moms for deals. I’ve seen some horror stories at the front of lines, but luckily our video producer made this Black Friday survival guide for all your aggressive shopping needs. Don’t forget to keep your credit card handy so the dad who snatched the three-story Barbie dream house won’t get a better deal than you. If fist fighting and trampling isn’t your thing, check out’s guide to saving on the holidays no matter when you shop.



What you might have missed last week.

You probably don’t know this, but you should: The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau’s chief announced his departure last week, which could spell disaster for consumers depending on whom you ask. Richard Cordray will leave the watchdog organization that spearheaded the now-repealed arbitration rules at the end of November.

It gets dark at like 2 p.m.: We may have gotten an extra hour of sleep (or partying) when Daylight Savings Time ended a couple of weeks ago, but I still can’t catch up. I get tired at 5 p.m. because it looks like nighttime. It’s just not right. But the upside is you will probably spend less in these colder, darker days.


Now you can irresponsibly spend $7 on coffee with a branded credit card: Millennials can’t afford houses because they just drink so much Starbucks, and the company is prepared to keep stoking that fire. Starbucks announced in an earnings call that it is going to offer a credit card and a prepaid card and one of our writers does not approve.


Don’t lose your head: Mastercard won’t require signatures soon, contactless cards are finally rolling out in the U.S. market and head transplants are apparently now a thing. One of these things is not like the other, but I think they’re still a sign the future is upon us.


Tangled in the web

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

I’ve lost count. Forever 21 apparently exposed credit card numbers. –Business Insider

McDonald’s in Japan were apparently not credit card friendly until recently. –Sora News 24

Traveling during retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. –MarketWatch

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