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Cookie Monster and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 3 percent

That’s how much you could be making on that “Dog Lives Matter” necklace that you definitely should not buy but probably are going to anyway. You could be getting 3 percent back on all your purchases, ill-advised or not, with one of the best flat-rate cash back cards.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: The Super Bowl that no one except those Crisco-cover-pole-climbing Eagles fans wanted to see is happening this Sunday whether we like it or not. But if you’re still planning on going to Minneapolis because you hate yourself, expect to pay far more than the average for tickets and food and earn some airline miles even if you don’t have a travel card. The rest of us will be on the couch, eating delicious food with good friends while the entire nation finally joins together in harmony to root against Tom Brady.

Thin Mints or die: It is just cruel that Girl Scouts sell their devilishly good cookies so quickly after I swear off sweets every year. Why couldn’t they sell them in like, November, when I’ve completely given up any resemblance of nutrition and would eat a box with a side of Dr. Pepper as a full meal. Alas, they’re out there and for those of you who can actually “have self-control” or whatever, you can buy via plastic. Lucky you.


What you might have missed last week.

Foreign concept: Citi dropped foreign transaction fees on its Costco Anywhere Visa last week and one of our editors is already ready to cash in on the break on his annual overseas trips. Does Costco sell flights to Spain in bulk? No? OK, I guess I will settle for those weird pizza breadstick things.

Bit by bit: It’s getting easier for Wall Street to trade bitcoin, but not for you. You probably can’t and definitely shouldn’t buy bitcoin with your credit card.
Tangled in the web
Here are things from around the internet the staff are reading.

I am in the wrong business. Apparently, I need to be a fast-food restaurant manager. –The California Sun

Nutella, which is causing a panic, isn’t even that good, guys. –AP


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