DR 110: The Complete Guide to Cash Back Credit Cards

Guide to Cash Back Credit Cards

Recently two readers emailed me about cash back credit cards. Their questions prompted me to put this guide together to help readers better understand, compare, and choose a cash rewards credit card. First let’s look at the emails. From a reader named Pop: You have a great post on a strategy to use cash back […]

Published or Updated: September 25, 2014

Reader Question: Does Applying for a Balance Transfer Card Hurt Your Credit?

FICO Formula

A podcast listener named Jennifer emailed me about balance transfer credit cards and her credit score. She plans to apply for a home equity line of credit soon and is concerned that getting a card before then could lower her FICO score. Here’s Jennifer’s email: I have started listening to your 31 day money challenge […]

Published or Updated: September 18, 2014

Amazon.com Rewards Visa Card Review

Amazon Rewards Visa

A reader named Harold emailed my recently. We discussed a number of topics, one of which was the Amazon.com Rewards credit card. Here’s what Harold had to say: would mention one more to you..the Amazon visa. I’ve been using it over the past year and very happy with it. You get 1% match on everything, […]

Published or Updated: August 25, 2014

9 Credit Cards That Offer Free Airline Companion Tickets

Credit Cards with Free Airline Tickets

Credit card companies are constantly closing loopholes to make airline rewards less valuable. Taxes, fees, and limited availability all eat into the value of your credit card miles. But as airfare gets ever more expensive, one credit card reward becomes more valuable – companion tickets. Many of today’s top airline reward credit cards offer free […]

Published or Updated: July 31, 2014

8 Best Cash Back Credit Cards of 2014

Citi Platinum Select

Cash back credit cards are one of the best ways to put extra money in your pocket. With the top cash rewards giving you 2% or more on every purchase, and many offering bonus cash for new card members, the time is never been better to get a credit card that pays you to use […]

Published or Updated: October 25, 2014

Discover it® Chrome Review

Discover has just launched a new version of its Discover it card. The new card, called the , offers a new and more convenient approach to cash back rewards. Let me explain. Traditionally, Discover’s cash back rewards have followed the quarterly rotating category approach. Each quarter certain categories of purchases qualify for 5% cash back […]

Published or Updated: October 2, 2014

Reader Tip: Pay Your Credit Card Bills Before They’re Due

Pay off credit card early

Some folks have trouble paying their credit cards on time. Paying them early seems completely out of the question. Yet we got this great money tip from a reader named Steve who does just that: I have a money tip for credit cards. Let me know what you think. About six months ago, I started […]

Published or Updated: April 28, 2014

DR 055: Beverly Harzog: How She Paid Off $20,000 of Credit Card Debt in 2 Years

Beverly Harzog

A great success story can be very motivating. And that’s exactly what Beverly Harzog brings us in today’s podcast. Beverly describes how she sunk into $20,000 of credit card debt, maxing out all seven of her cards. But her story doesn’t stop there. She then shares with us how she climbed out of the debt […]

Published or Updated: April 18, 2014

Financial Decisions are About More Than Math

Forget the Math

When it come to financial decisions, you can learn a lot from both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. What they teach us – together – is that when it comes to financial decisions, you need to go beyond the math. So much of finance involves math, and we certainly don’t shy away from that here. […]

Published or Updated: April 14, 2014