Curtis Arnold, founder of Cardratings.com, passes along techniques he has used to escape credit card debt, "creatively finance" his wedding, car, and home purchases, and earn thousands in credit card "perks" every year. Along the way, he offers advice targeted to…
Managing Money Topic: Credit
A listing of news items, events, books, and publications on credit.
- April 25, 2016Raising money for civic projects through crowdfunding
- April 18, 2016You can haggle with your college over financial aid
- April 15, 2016Does your credit card contract contain a hidden surprise?
- April 15, 2016A.T.M. ‘skimming’ fraud is surging, but you can take precautions
- April 11, 2016Why it’s good to see if your child has a credit report
CA News & Special Reports
2012 Fall Issue: Credit Card Comparison Site Survey Consumer Action looked at 54 sites to determine which ones offer the most useful and complete information to credit card shoppers. To narrow the list, we evaluated them using a checklist of key elements—and 13 met all or most of our criteria. Three sites met all nine criteria. (Wednesday, October 31, 2012)
Five Recent Publications
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Chinese). This concise guide to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) makes consumers aware of what collectors must do under the law, what they are allowed to do, and what they are prohibited from doing. It also provides information about getting a collector to stop contacting you, what your options are if a collector violates the FDCPA and where to get more information or personal assistance.
Money Management 1-2-3: TWO: Achieving Financial Goals. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part two, Achieving Financial Goals, addresses updating your budget, accumulating a nest egg and protecting your assets. Topics include budgeting and debt management, filing your tax returns, saving and investing, homeownership and insurance.
Money Management 1-2-3: ONE: Getting a Strong Start. The “Money Management 1-2-3: Be Smart About Money All Your Life” series focuses on basic money management skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level. Part one, Getting a Strong Start, addresses how to manage your income, use credit wisely and live within your means. Topics include understanding your pay stub, creating a budget, setting up bank accounts, establishing and building good credit and managing student loans.
A consumer’s guide to choosing a prepaid card (Chinese). A prepaid card that charges low fees, comes with desirable features and offers strong consumer protections can be a good choice for many consumers. This publication will help you learn how to compare your options and choose the best prepaid card for your needs.
A consumer’s guide to ‘chip’ cards (Spanish). Esta publicación responde a preguntas sobre tarjetas de crédito y débito, explicando por qué está ocurriendo el cambio hacia "tarjetas inteligentes” (con chip), cómo cambiará el proceso al pagar por sus compras, las protecciones para el consumidor y dónde obtener más información sobre las tarjetas con chip.
Liz Pulliam Weston is a personal finance columnist whose twice-weekly columns for MSN Money reach more than six million people each month. In her new book she provides a complete action plan for improving your credit score. Credit scores—numbers that sum up your credit…
The U.S. credit reporting system keeps detailed financial histories on more than 200 million Americans. Evan Hendricks' Credit Scores & Credit Reports is a well-informed, informative, and well-written guide to a subject of great and growing importance to consumers. Hendricks, a foremost privacy expert,…
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