Sears Mastercard is an odd but good choice for gas rewards

Mike Cetera
Sears Mastercard is an unlikely winner for gas rewards

When it comes to household spending, the annual cost to fuel up your car is about as much as the typical household spends on clothing but much more than it spends on cellphone service. In other words, gas accounts for…
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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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Beer vending machines? Yes, they’re a frosty, sudsy thing

Jay MacDonald

Last week, if you’d told me I could dip my credit card into a vending machine and stroll away with a frosty can of beer, I would have assumed you’d been drinking. But as I write this, my eyes (and…
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How the humor of debt can set you free

Erica Sandberg

Debt tends to make people unhappy, anxious and grumpy, but sometimes laughing at how we got into our financial holes can relieve the stress and show us new ways to start chipping away at all that we owe. Making light…
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To understand interest cost, convert APR to dollars

Fred Williams

It’s bad enough that many of us don’t know the annual percentage rate (APR) our credit cards charge. But even when we do know the rate, we are not good at understanding how much the interest will cost. A new…
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