All articles tagged Credit Card Usage (54)

2 Ways to Reduce Your Credit Card Interest Rate

2 Ways to Reduce Your Credit Card Interest Rate

If no one has told you -- and you've yet to discover it for yourself -- credit card debt can be expensive. And, the longer you carry that debt, the more expensive it can get. For example, on a card with a typical 17% annual percentage rate (or APR), a $500 purchase could cost you almost $100 extra in interest fees — and could take nearly two years to pay off — if you only make the minimum payment. That means the great suit that was on sale for $500 could actually cost you $600... read more »

11 Lesser-Known Credit Card Perks & How to Use Them

11 Lesser-Known Credit Card Perks & How to Use Them

You know that the credit card in your wallet helps you make purchases safely and conveniently, but there are other advantages it could have. In fact, many credit card issuers have created an entire menu filled with various perks for its customers. While not all will be relevant to your lifestyle, odds are at least a few of these little-known benefits will work to your financial advantage. 1. Extended Warranty Protection If you buy something with a warranty and then the item breaks... read more »

12 Best Medical Credit Cards of 2019

12 Best Medical Credit Cards of 2019

A good plan is the key to success for many things in life, including your personal finances. But, no matter how excellent the plan, some things simply defy planning — like medical emergencies. And, while having a healthy emergency savings can be enough to buffer a few medical bills, a single trip to the emergency room can easily wipe out even the most robust savings account. While many medical offices offer financing through medical credit card accounts, a regular, open-loop... read more »

18 Best Gas Credit Cards for 2019

18 Best Gas Credit Cards for 2019

A typical internal combustion engine operates thanks to a reaction between fuel and oxygen that causes hot gases to expand within the cylinders. Those gases drive the engine's pistons, generating work, which — along with other key components — powers your vehicle. In other words? Without fuel, the engine doesn't work. And without a working engine, your car isn't going anywhere. So, if you have an internal combustion engine in your car, you need gas. And gasoline isn't cheap.... read more »

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have for Good Credit?

How Many Credit Cards Should I Have for Good Credit?

If you're like the average American, you might have two credit cards in your wallet. If you're a rewards enthusiast, you may have more than 40 cards. And if you're a credit card collector, you could have over a thousand credit cards (and a custom wallet). But, what's the right number of credit cards? Better yet, consider it another way. Most of us know by now that credit cards can impact your credit score, influencing whether you qualify for loans and other new credit. So,... read more »

21 Best Credit-Building Credit Cards for 2019

21 Best Credit-Building Credit Cards for 2019

In today's world, having good credit is a bit like having a decent internet connection: while you can technically get by without it, it definitely makes many things a whole lot easier. Of course, building good credit takes a bit more work than phoning up the cable company and asking for a bandwidth upgrade. Merely establishing enough credit to get a credit score requires six months, and reaching the top credit tiers can take years. But — you have to start somewhere. For many... read more »

21 Best Vacation Credit Cards in 2019

21 Best Vacation Credit Cards in 2019

As one workday blends into the next, it can become hard not to feel sometimes as though your life has become a mediocre remake of the movie Groundhog Day — and you're Bill Murray. It's at this point that you know it's time to take a vacation. But whether you make a solo getaway or take the whole crew, vacations are budget busters at the best of times. That's where a little smart credit card use can come in remarkably handy. By using the right credit cards for your vacation... read more »

21 Best Credit Cards for Teachers in 2019

21 Best Credit Cards for Teachers in 2019

Between classroom supplies, snacks, and professional development purchases, the average teacher spends as much as $1,000 of their own money each school year. For a new teacher, that could mean as much as 3% of your entire income spent on things that would be provided in other professions. While changes in policy and funding are slow to happen, you can reduce your out-of-pocket classroom expenses with the smart use of credit card rewards. You can earn big rewards on every field trip,... read more »

7 Tips to Pay Your Rent or Mortgage with Credit Cards

7 Tips to Pay Your Rent or Mortgage with Credit Cards

Upon entering the real world for the first time, one of the most shocking things to many young people is often the exorbitant cost of housing. Whether you rent or pay a mortgage, you're looking at an average of at least $800 a month in many areas — and that's assuming you don't live in an expensive city. With so much of our monthly wages going toward that roof over our heads, it seems a shame to miss out on potential credit card rewards. But paying your rent or mortgage with a... read more »

2019 Chase “Refer-A-Friend” Offer: Earn Credit Card Bonus Points

2019 Chase “Refer-A-Friend” Offer: Earn Credit Card Bonus Points

Friends share. Whether it's recipes, gossip, or financial advice, most people often pass on what they've learned to their friends. But the smart friends get rewarded for all that sharing. With Chase's Refer-A-Friend program, you can earn bonus credit card rewards simply for, you guessed it, referring a friend who signs up — and is approved — for an eligible Chase credit card. Of course, the keyword here is "eligible." Only a handful of Chase cards qualify for the... read more »