The Ultimate Guide to Credit Cards
Monday, November 28, 2022
Erica Sandberg
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Erica Sandberg is a consumer finance expert and journalist whose articles and insights are featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, MarketWatch, Forbes, and MSN Money.

An experienced media host, she's led many financial programs, including her podcast, "Adventures With Money." She's appeared on Fox, CNN, "EconTalk" and "The Dr. Drew Podcast," and has been the resident money and credit authority for KRON-4 News in San Francisco for more than 10 years. Her book "Expecting Money: The Essential Financial Plan for New and Growing Families" was first released in 2008, and the 2017 edition is out now.

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5 Credit Card Debt Forgiveness Options

5 Credit Card Debt Forgiveness Options

There is nothing quite like being forgiven. Maybe you hurt a friend, and they told... read more »

Erica Sandberg 11/3/2022
20 Things You Didn’t Know Your Credit Card Could Do

20 Things You Didn't Know About Your Card

The most basic function of a credit card is that it allows you to purchase things... read more »

Erica Sandberg 10/3/2022
Credit Card Ownership By Age, Income, Gender & Race in 2022

Card Ownership By Age, Income, Gender & Race

Data on who applies for and receives certain credit cards and what they do with... read more »

Erica Sandberg 9/19/2022
Which Credit Card Companies Provide the Best Credit Cards? 

Which Card Companies Have the Best Credit Cards?

Choosing a credit card can be a confusing process. Not only are there a huge number... read more »

Erica Sandberg 8/17/2022
Does Applying For a Credit Card Hurt Your Credit? 

Does Applying For a Credit Card Hurt Your Credit? 

To get a credit card in your own name, you’ll need to complete and submit an... read more »

Erica Sandberg 7/18/2022
6 Great Reasons to Use a 0% APR Deal

6 Great Reasons to Use a 0% APR Deal

Credit cards that offer 0% APR deals to new cardholders can be compelling. There... read more »

Erica Sandberg 6/2/2022
How to Use Credit Card Rewards to Buy Airline Tickets

5 Ways to Use Rewards to Buy Airline Tickets

No matter your destination, the price of airline tickets can be steeper than you... read more »

Erica Sandberg 5/4/2022
Credit Cards For Kids & Ways to Help Them Build Credit

3 Credit Cards & Credit-Building Tips For Kids

Children often want to feel more grown-up than they actually are, and that includes... read more »

Erica Sandberg 3/28/2022
Business Credit Card Personal Guarantee: What It Is and Why Banks Require It 

Why Banks Require a Personal Guarantee For Business Cards

One of the first steps you may want to take when starting your own business is to... read more »

Erica Sandberg 2/24/2022
How to Use a Prepaid Card Online in 2022

How to Use a Prepaid Card Online

Prepaid cards are among the safest and most convenient payment tools on the market... read more »

Erica Sandberg 1/18/2022
Which Credit Card Companies Report Authorized Users?

Which Credit Card Companies Report Authorized Users?

One of the most compelling benefits of becoming an authorized user on another... read more »

Erica Sandberg 12/15/2021
How to Pay Your Credit Card Bill in 2022

How to Pay Your Credit Card Bill For Each Major Issuer

After using your credit card to make a purchase or to withdraw cash, you will need... read more »

Erica Sandberg 11/9/2021
14 Types of Lenders You Should Know About

14 Types of Lenders You Should Know About

The United States has no shortage of available lenders. Some are financial... read more »

Erica Sandberg 10/18/2021
How to Get Approved For a Loan in 2022

How to Get Approved For a Loan

Getting the message that you’ve been approved for a credit product you applied for... read more »

Erica Sandberg 9/27/2021
Hardship Accommodations By Credit Card Issuer in 2022

Hardship Accommodations By Credit Card Issuer

There may come a time when you can’t manage even the minimum monthly payment for... read more »

Erica Sandberg 8/23/2021
17 Reasons to Pick Up the Phone & Call Your Credit Card Issuer

17 Reasons to Call Your Credit Card Issuer

As a society, many of us have become more accustomed to texting, direct messaging... read more »

Erica Sandberg 7/6/2021
How to Leverage Credit Cards to Build Wealth in 2022

How to Leverage Credit Cards to Build Wealth

Whether you currently have a negative or positive net worth, credit cards can help... read more »

Erica Sandberg 6/17/2021
6 Steps to Take After Graduating From Secured to Unsecured Credit

6 Steps After Graduating From Secured to Unsecured Credit

A secured credit card can be a terrific option when your credit rating isn’t high... read more »

Erica Sandberg 5/24/2021
Credit Card & Electronic Payment Processors by Market Share in 2022

Top Card & Electronic Payment Processors by Market Share

You probably don’t think about how your credit or debit card transactions are... read more »

Erica Sandberg 5/6/2021
17 Credit Card Fees & How to Avoid Them

17 Credit Card Fees & How to Avoid Them

Like it or not, credit cards come with a variety of fees. As an account owner, you... read more »

Erica Sandberg 4/1/2021