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Can Credit Cards Help Us Spend Better?

In the midst of the recession, some credit-card companies are trading in the old, carefree “life takes Visa” approach and rewarding more responsible credit use instead. Chase Blueprint is a system that can be activated with certain Chase cards....

It’s Not Just About the U.S. Anymore

Whether you’re an avid day trader or your portfolio is on set-it-and-forget-it, we have some news from the market frontlines. The days of thinking and behaving like a U.S. investor are over. Done. Sayonara. Auf wiedersehen. Why? Three words:...

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Lessons from the U.S. Debt Debacle

Months of doom-filled predictions, public debates, people scrambling to protect themselves from disaster. Remind you of anything? No, not the recent debt ceiling debacle, silly. We’re talking about Y2K: widespread hysteria that engulfed the final...

FSA Money: 4 Days to Use It or Lose It

The grace period for spending down the 2010 funds in your flexible-spending account is up on March 15. Remember, whether you allocated $200 or $2,000 to be saved in your FSA last year, those are use-it-or-lose-it funds. Not every company provides...

Single Mom Start-Up Debt

For the first time in 10 years, I have gone into debt—a whopping $4,200—to restart my life as a single mom.  I’ve had to buy a car ($1,000 down payment)  rent an apartment ($2,400 for the first month and security)  buy furniture for the apartment...

Save or Pay Off Debt?

It's a common dilemma: Should you put all your spare cash toward paying down debt, or build up your emergency savings—or a little of both? It's a serious question now. If you lost your job, the average length of unemployment is about 33 weeks—or...

Debt Diet Part III, Time to File Bankruptcy?

  This post is a follow-up to Debt Diets Part I and Part II. Mary Reed and Gerri Detweiler are co-authors of "Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights." They also answer debt questions at...

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