Tag Archives: foreign transaction fees

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…
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Why I’ll start using my Costco card on my overseas trips

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date. Please see the card issuer’s website for the most current version of the offer. As I’m starting to plan my family’s summer vacations, I’ve realized that one of…
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Traveling abroad? Save money by charging in local currency

Stephanie Zito

When paying by credit card in a foreign country, you often will be given the option of making the charge in the local currency or having the charge calculated in U.S. dollars. Making the correct choice will save a lot.…
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My worst travel experiences and how to avoid them

Julie Loffredi

When I travel, my credit card is the equivalent of a safety blanket. Knowing I can easily pay for unexpected expenses gives me peace of mind whether I’m on vacation or a business trip. Plus, I just find it easier…
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Giving back for the holidays

Emily Crone

The holiday season is all about giving. We shop like crazy so we can give presents to our friends, family, and loved ones. We bake and serve food to others, sing songs for others, and travel to be with loved ones. But many of us also look at this as a time to give back and donate to charities and the needy.

I have walked past several Salvation Army bell-ringers dressed in red this holiday season, and sadly, I rarely have cash to give them. The good news is that we often don’t need cold, hard cash in order to give back anymore. Most charities now accept donations via credit card on their websites or through PayPal. You can also find credit cards that donate a percent of spending to charities ranging from animal rescue to environmental conservation to breast cancer research. Some credit cards allow you to use your rewards for donations to charities or to offset your carbon footprint.

I hope you have happy holidays, regardless of whatever you celebrate. But before you go on break, be sure to check out my roundup of 10 of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week, including a few about donating and giving back.

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