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Christina Majaski, 06/21/2016

Get Credit Without the Credit Inquiry with the Shopping Cart Trick

Get a credit card with this trickIf you are looking for store credit cards to help rebuild your credit, or you want to apply for your favorite store card without the credit inquiry affecting your credit, you can use a trick known as the shopping cart trick. This trick allows you apply for store credit cards online without the hard pull that can often result in a decrease in your credit score. Stores that allow you to use the shopping cart trick include Walmart, Victoria’s Secret, Sports Authority, and many others. 

Christina Majaski, 06/15/2016

Best Hotel Rewards Programs Explained

Hotel rewards programs comparedIf you frequently travel, it’s important to make sure you get the most out of your hotel stays with the right hotel rewards program. The best hotel rewards programs and credit cards for free nights are the Marriott Rewards and Hilton HHonors programs and for families, the best hotel rewards program is the Choice Privileges program. For business travelers, there are many options, but the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel rewards program is considered one of the best.

Christina Majaski, 06/06/2016

What Credit Cards Solutions do you have After a Bankruptcy Situation?

Credit cards after bankruptcyFiling bankruptcy can give you a new beginning and a fresh start to good credit. However, getting credit cards after bankruptcy can be confusing and, sometimes difficult until you have increased your credit rating. Fortunately, there are credit cards designed for those who have filed bankruptcy and may have lower credit scores. Some of the best credit cards available after bankruptcy are unsecured, like the Credit One Unsecured Platinum Visa, which bases your annual fee on your credit worthiness and may even award 1% cash back. Other cards you should consider after bankruptcy, include secured options like the Capital One Secured MasterCard, which comes with no annual fee, no foreign transaction fee, and no balance transfer fee. By using one of these cards and making note of a few of our easy tips for repairing your credit, you’ll be on your way to a good credit score after bankruptcy, in no time.

Christina Majaski, 05/24/2016

What Credit Card can you get with Poor Credit?

Poor credit credit cardIf you have poor credit, and you’re looking for a credit card that you can use to help rebuild or build your credit rating, you have a number of options. The cards available for those with poor or lower credit scores, are designed to give you an opportunity to use the card as you would any card, and, as you manage the account responsibly, your payments are reported to the credit bureaus resulting in better credit scores. Some of the best credit cards for poor credit include options that require a security deposit as well has those that do not require deposits.

Christina Majaski, 05/16/2016

No Interest Credit Cards - too Good to be True?

No interest credit cardOne of the biggest expenses when it comes to using credit cards, is the interest rate. Depending on your credit worthiness, the APR can be more than 20%, which adds up quickly even if you only use your card once in a while. In order to get the most for your money, it’s best to choose the credit cards with the lowest interest rates. Even better are no interest credit cards. These cards are rare, but are available in different forms, including cards like the Citi Simplicity card which offers new cardholders 0% introductory APR for purchases and balance transfers for 21 months. Other no interest cards include charge cards like the Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, which is a charge card with no interest. Here are other things to keep in mind when choosing a no interest rate credit card.

Christina Majaski, 05/10/2016

How to Establish Credit?

how to establish creditWhether you are 18 years of age and just starting out establishing a credit history, in the process of reestablishing after bad credit, or looking for ways to establish business credit, there are options available to help give you a boost in your journey. Some of the best cards for starting out include student credit cards like the Discover it for Students, and for reestablishing credit, you might want to consider one of the U.S. Bank Secured cards or one of primor’s line of secured credit cards. Last, if it’s business credit you need to establish, we’ve included some helpful tips and new business credit card recommendations for getting your business its own solid credit rating.

Christina Majaski, 04/20/2016

What is the Best Airline Rewards Program?

Best airline rewards programIt’s no secret that airline rewards and frequent flyer programs provide travelers with some of the best perks available. If you are loyal to a specific brand or airline, you’ll likely find the best program to be the one accompanying that brand. However, for those who haven’t yet chosen a particular airline, or your travel arrangements vary according to whichever provides the best deal, you may be interested in which airlines are known for providing the best frequent flyer programs.  Many of these reward programs offer an extra incentive to choose their particular airline and provide benefits that not only make your time in the air more comfortable but can also help you save money each time you fly.

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Christina Majaski, 04/17/2016

Who Needs a Black Card?

Black Credit CardWhen many of us think of a Black Credit Card, we imagine celebrities and wealthy people. The truth is that many consumers won’t ever need a Black credit card, but if you do, you may find the benefits are worth considering. Here’s what you need to know about the luxury cards referred to as Black Credit Cards.

Christina Majaski, 04/10/2016

Medical Credit Cards Review - Better Use a Regular Card

Medical credit cards - should you use them?Medical bills have long been a primary cause of bankruptcy and debt. Many consumers look for other options to help pay for medical expenses with credit cards. Although you can essentially use any credit card to cover medical bills, there are medical credit cards specifically designed for this purpose that may provide additional benefits. Plus, even if you have health insurance, a medical credit card can cover expenses that aren’t included with your insurance such as medical devices and equipment...

Christina Majaski, 03/28/2016

6 Best Cash Advance Credit Cards

Cash advance credit cardsCredit cards provide a number of benefits, but they can also come in handy by providing a line of credit you can use in the event of an emergency. If you ever need cash quick, most cards allow a cash advance option you can access from either the ATM or checks that you can fill out and use as if you are writing the check from your bank account. However, cash advances are not generally recommended because they not only come with extra fees and a higher APR, but there usually isn’t a grace period. So even if you do pay off your balance before the next billing cycle, you’re still charged an extremely high amount of interest. If you do find yourself in a pinch and have no other choice, here are the best credit cards to consider for cash advances.

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