Category Archives: Credit Cards

Google to Stop Listing Games with In-App Purchases as “Free”

It began in December last year, when the European Commission issued a statement to market leaders (namely Google and Apple) which requested that they begin transparent labeling practices on games with hidden costs. The commission finally realized that many app … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Warns Shoppers Who Get Store Credit Cards for a Discount

It wasn’t that long ago when retail stores would offer you a freebie to open up a credit card account. While this still happens, there has been a shift to retail outlets offering an immediate percentage discount off of a … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Won’t Be Giving FICO Scores Anytime Soon

Now that some credit card companies are giving FICO scores to customers with their monthly statements, some people wonder why the free credit score companies don’t simply begin providing users with their FICO score as well? Many of these free … Continue reading

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AAA Predicts More Travelers and Higher Gas Prices This Fourth of July

There are going to be more cars on the road this Fourth of July, and the most since 2007,¬†according to AAA travel. An estimated 4.1 million Americans will be on the road traveling 50 miles or more away from their … Continue reading

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Why Credit Karma Doesn’t Give Members Their FICO Score

One of the things which stands out when looking at websites like Credit Karma, Credit Sesame, and Quizzle is they don’t give their customers their FICO score. Instead, they give a FAKO score (sometimes referred to as an educational score), … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Rivals: 5 Credit Cards Offering Free Credit Scores

It used to be those playing in the free credit score arena knew each other well. Credit Karma was the king, with others like Credit Sesame and Quizzle trying to dethrone it. While they were all battling each other, a … Continue reading

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United Changes Its Frequent Flier Program: Some Ways to Earn Miles without Flying

For anyone who likes to save money by playing the frequent flier game with airlines, United just made it a little harder for the average person to earn miles to qualify for free airline tickets. This isn’t a surprise. It’s … Continue reading

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Will Capital One Make Credit Karma Obsolete?

First it was Discover. Now it’s Capital One that is throwing a wrench into the business model Credit Karma has created for its livelihood. There continues to be huge changes in the arena of free credit scores, and Capital One … Continue reading

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Americans Love Debt Again: Consumer Credit Card Spending Surges by $8.8 Billion

Consumers seem to have forgotten their lesson that debt is not their friend. In what might be a positive sign for the economy that consumer spending is increasing, the April data from the Federal Reserve isn’t good news for those … Continue reading

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The Best Credit Cards for Amazon Purchases

By Will Charles Amazon.com is one of the most well known and popular online retailers, because of this in 2013 they did $74.45 billion in revenue. If you’re anything like me you do a lot of your shopping on amazon, … Continue reading

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Money Topics They Don’t Teach in High School, but Should

One of the biggest disgraces of the school system is that it often fails to teach basics that we all need for everyday life once we graduate. A prime example of this is basic personal finance. If we could get … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Alternatives for a Free Credit Score

There was a time when the only way you could get a free credit score was to hand over your credit card. You would usually have to sign-up for a credit monitoring service as part of the deal which wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Credit Karma vs Discover FICO Score Review: Which is Better?

Now that Discover cards are offering free credit scores to all their card holders as part of their monthly statement, more people are wondering whether the score from Credit Karma or Discover is better? This isn’t an easy question to … Continue reading

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LifeLock Junior Child Identity Theft Protection Review

We have noted that LifeLock isn’t a scam, but it’s also something you really don’t need. The problem with all identity theft protection plans is they can’t actually protect your identity from being stolen. All they can do is help … Continue reading

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14 Money Lessons from Benjamin Franklin

Long before the financial gurus with their TV shows and persona finance books to sell were around, Benjamin Franklin was giving down-to-earth, sound money advice to anyone who would listen. The advice was so sound that it’s still relevant and … Continue reading

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Credit Karma vs FICO Score

One of the negative points thrown at websites like Credit Karma is that the free credit score they give is not your FICO score. Credit Karma offers three different types of credit scores, all supplied by the credit reporting agency … Continue reading

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Consumer Borrowing Increase Verifies Consumers Still Stink at Finances

If there was any ray of hope that US consumers could learn the lesson that consumer debt was not their friend, and try to part ways with it, the latest numbers suggest that consumers have no intention of breaking up … Continue reading

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Credit Sesame Offers Free Identity Theft Protection to Target Data Breach Victims

When Target exposed credit card information of 70 million of its customers, one of the things they did was to offer them one year of free credit monitoring. For the Target customers that wanted to take advantage of the free … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Sending Money by Voice through Your Glasses

Making your financial payments by cellphone may be considered old school in the not too distant future. Imagine that you come home and your roommate tells you your split of the utilities for the month. Instead of taking out your … Continue reading

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