Will Multiple Balance Transfers Hurt Your Credit?

A reader named Laura e-mailed me this week with a question about balance transfer offers and credit scores: Does “jumping from card to card” with balance transfers hurt your credit? A Quick Recap of Balance Transfer Credit Cards It’s a great question. But before getting to the answer, let’s put the question into context. Cards […]


The Best Frequent Flyer Credit Cards of 2012

I recently changed jobs. With my new job, I’ll be traveling a lot more, and that’s prompted me to spend some time researching everything from frequent flyer programs to hotel rewards to rental car promotional offers. It’s also going to result in a few changes to the credit cards I carry. So I spent some […]


The Unemployed Need Not Apply!

Imagine being out of work and desperately looking for a job. You come across a job opening that matches your experience and skill set perfectly. But there’s just one big honking problem. The ad says that the “unemployed need to apply.” What?!? (Source: NYtimes) And apparently this is a much bigger problem than you might […]


McDonald’s Monopoly Game is Back!

The McDonald’s Monopoly game starts today (September 27, 2011). I’ve been a big fan of this game ever since McDonald’s first launched this marketing juggernaut in 1987. So this year I thought I’d give you everything you need to know about the game, including how to play online, how to get free game pieces and […]


Just Locked In a 3.75% Fixed Rate 30-Year Mortgage

My wife and I refinanced our mortgage earlier this year. We had a 30-year fixed rate loan at 5.625%. We refinanced with no points to a 30-year fixed rate at 4.875%. I was convinced at the time that we would never refi our mortgage again. Boy was I wrong. In fact, just last week we […]


6 Top No Annual Fee Credit Cards of 2017

One of the biggest factors people use to pick a credit card is whether or not it has an annual fee.  Credit cards with no annual fee are exponentially more popular than those who charge members each year for the privilege of carrying the plastic.  But sometimes, the price a consumer will pay by avoiding […]