Category Archives: Protecting yourself

Card benefit cuts could cost you on your next vacation

Kelly Dilworth

Before you embark on a summer vacation, double-check whether your credit cards still offer money-saving benefits, such as car rental insurance or trip cancellation protection. A growing number of credit card issuers are trimming benefits – or eliminating some of…
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Free credit freezes are coming – but similar options are already here

Fred Williams

Americans will get free, fast credit freezes following last week’s enactment of S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. Most of the law’s 73 pages soften bank regulations that were designed to prevent another financial crisis…
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Not paying late is the best way to keep your good credit

John Egan

Not long ago, I stopped by the office at my apartment complex. While I was there, one of the employees delicately informed me that my rent was overdue. The due date is the first day of each month, but they’ll…
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Sears testing credit cards as a security deposit

John Egan

When I was (much) younger, Sears was one of my family’s go-to department stores for appliances, housewares, clothing and so much more. At one time, I even had a Sears credit card. I must admit, though, that I rarely, if…
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4 money lessons I wish I’d learned in high school

Kelly Dilworth

Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans think high schools should teach a required course in financial literacy, according to a recent survey by the credit bureau Equifax. Yet, just 17 states require high schools to teach basic financial skills, according…
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