Credit cards have gotten a bad rap, but depending on how they're used, they can be a consumer's friend.
You might want to pack earplugs, a sweater and reading material in your carry-on. But if you want to buy anything, bring a credit card.
You may be able to, but you'll have to jump through a lot of hoops first.
The delinquency rate on credit cards was down to its lowest level since 1994, according to second-quarter reports. Meanwhile, credit card borrowing is inching up.
Look for higher interest rates on mortgages, just for starters. Rates for other consumer loans, including credit cards, also could be affected.
There is a plastic ceiling -- credit cards that will be denied to you no matter how high your credit scores are.
Just like the government, consumers have depended too much on borrowing and debt. Here's how to balance your personal budget.
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