The 'terms and conditions' pages can seem overwhelming. Here are 7 things you'll want to know about a credit card before you apply.
Not every card issuer will ding you for using your card overseas or taking advantage of a 0% balance transfer offer. And that is why learning to play your cards right is so valuable.
Expect less direct-mail advertising and a lot more social media and targeted ads, plus a big push for nontraditional bank customers.
Because swiping a card is less painful -- and less limiting -- than taking money out of your wallet, it's easy to get into debt. Climbing out is harder, but it can be done.
You could get turned down for your 'preapproved' credit card, and you might get a lower interest rate if you shop around on your own.
Plan on driving this summer? You'll want to know which credit cards give you the best deals at the gas pump.
If you use prepaid debit cards, be clear upfront what fees you will face. There will be plenty.
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