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Ashes and hearts and other credit news to know this week

Taylor Tompkins

This week’s (un)lucky number is: 91.6 million

That’s how many new credit cards were opened in 2017. That’s almost as many as before the economy came crashing down around everyone in 2008. We’ll call that a win for consumer confidence.

This week

These are the things to look forward to this week.

Cardiac arrest: Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, and I know that’s news to you. Even though I told you last week. And have been dropping hints since December. I also know you don’t have anything planned. Good thing your buddies here at created this how-to guide so you can plan something quick and on the cheap.

Ashes to ashes: Valentine’s Day also coincides with Ash Wednesday this year, so maybe consider turning your Fat Tuesday partying into cash for charity. While you’re at it, maybe you should consider giving up Facebook for Lent, because your grandma just liked that picture of you Mardi Gras-ing.


What you might have missed last week.

Lord of the Rings: The Olympics are in full swing and the U.S. has two gold medals already under its belt. One thing Americans won’t be winning a medal for anytime soon is paying off debt and San Antonio is leading the way in being really bad at it. Even if the U.S. team bombs in the games this winter, the country will still be setting records – just maybe not the ones they want.

Tangled in the web
Here are things from around the internet the staff are reading.

This has absolutely nothing to do with credit cards, but this girl flushed her hamster alive at an airport. –USA Today

You can bet on the ponies with your Chase card now. –Payments Journal

If only we could all be having as much fun as this photoshopped Janet Yellen. –Bloomberg


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