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Seasonal jobs and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

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

That’s the number of card issuers who trap customers into arbitration with no way to opt out. It’s a complicated concept that basically disallows cardholders to join class-action lawsuits against the issuer. But it also depicts how the fine print you quickly scroll past on your credit card terms and conditions should at least be skimmed.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Workin’ around the Christmas tree: There’s a ton of seasonal jobs around the holidays and just as many reasons to get one. I won’t steal our blogger’s thunder, but one big reason is PRESENTS.

As shoppers rush home with their over-budget treasures: At this point, we all know to be wary of the retail cards offered to us at the register while we buy $100+ worth of matching pajamas for our entire family. (You do know that, right? I’ve told you guys!) But maybe you should think twice before spending that Kohl’s Cash or Old Navy Super Cash. I know, I know but now your dogs need matching PJs, but just resist.


What you might have missed last week.

Last week on Survivor: The guy who called the CFPB a sick, sad joke is exercising authority over the agency now and promises it will be dramatically different. But the woman who is also claiming the CFPB throne hasn’t been voted off the island yet, so stay tuned for more twists, turns and cliffhangers.

People charge the darndest things: One of our writers found a way to put clown noses, $10,000 worth of adult toys and a smelly Smurf costume into one story. If you’re trying to think up wild ways to meet a sign-up bonus’s minimum required spend but don’t want to go that far, here are some ideas to get you there.

Tangled in the web

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

The apartment couldn’t have been too small to store thousands of fake credit cards. –Miami Herald

So you want to buy bitcoin with your credit card? –CNBC

China is trying to make their version of FICO happen. –The Wall Street Journal

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