Posts by maryh

Living with credit, Research, regulation, industry reports

Las Vegas flunks debt report card

Men’s Health put together a list of cities in its November issue with the worst personal debt, “Is Your City A Debt Trap?” and gave grades from A+ to F.
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Protecting yourself

Persistence pays! Got a refund on expired rebate gift card

I was in a perfectly good mood before I called to find out the balance on a Visa rebate gift card from Cingular, now AT&T. The gift card was a rebate that I got after buying a Motorola V3i razor cell phone from Cingular in January 2007. At the time, I didn’t notice the fine print on the back of the card: It would expire in June 2007.
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Living with credit, New products, Protecting yourself, Shopping

Gold is good, say Russian makers of real metal credit cards

In what looks like an April Fool’s article, a Russian English-language newspaper, Kommersant, says that in Russia, credit cards made of actual gold and platinum are about to hit the Visa and MasterCard marketplace.
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Fine print, Rewards

Must-have hold ’em/blackjack game so worth all those reward points

I have 18,675 World Points on my TexasExes Bank of America rewards card, which I got for being a TexasEx via a telemarketer to alumni. The card had a low interest rate at first, but it’s popped into the stratosphere. (Don’t ask.) I really want to get rid of that interest rate, and will be calling Money Management International soon for help in getting it slashed. That will mean closing the account, so I might as well redeem the points first.
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