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What can cities do to close widening budget gaps in a way that is both consumer- and environmentally-friendly? Try parking meters that accept credit and debit cards. Read more»
One of the big unanswered questions about the financial crisis and recovery: Will people hit hard by investment, housing or job losses come out of this thriftier? Or will they go back to their old free-spending ways? Recent evidence is intriguing, but mixed. Read more»
By Eileen A.J. Connelly, AP Personal Finance Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers struggling to pay their bills in the first few months of the year got an immediate benefit from credit card reforms. Late credit card payments fell sharply in the first quarter, and at least part of the drop can be attributed to the law that kicked in Feb. 22 curbing interest rate hikes and various fees. Read more»
Swiping Your Card Means More Fees
By: Brian O'Connell
Consumers likely don’t think twice about swiping their credit cards through a retail outlet scanner, but they should. As it turns out, “swipe” fees are one of the most lucrative fees for banks and card issuers— and one of the most costly for consumers. Read more»
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Cash In on Unwanted Gift Cards
By: Brian O'Connell
Gift cardholders who want to sell their unused gift cards have, so far, very little recourse. But now, using a cool new Facebook app, gift cardholders can sell those cards on the open market — and potentially revolutionize the gift card market in the process. Read more»
Deals of the Week: May 5
By: Brian O'Connell
Welcome to Cinco de Mayo — a great chance for America to stretch its cultural muscles and enjoy a nice Mexican feast tonight — but not before checking out the best banking deals in the marketplace. Read more»
Q: I keep hearing that I can get only one free credit report every year from But I see what seems like dozens of other sites that offer free credit reports, too. What’s the deal? — R. Nagy, Lambertville, N.J. Read more»
U.S. consumers often find it difficult to banish old collection information from their credit reports — even when the statute of limitations kicks in. What can you do to clear your good name? A little digging, some good paperwork habits, and the guts to dispute an old collection item from your credit report. Read more»
The American Express Centurion Card, more commonly known as the "Black Card," has become the status symbol du jour for high-end cardholders. But how do you get your mitts on one? It’s not easy, but here are some ideas. Read more»
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