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Make Credit Cards Work For You By Earning Rewards

Credit cards have had a bad rap in the press lately; some credit cards have increased their annual percentage rates and some have increased their fees.  Most have made at least a few changes to the way they do business thanks to last year’s CARD Act.  However, if consumers are responsible with what they charge on their credit cards and are disciplined to pay off their balances each month, there are many benefits to using a credit card.
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Platinum Card® from American Express Review – The Premium Card for You

*Note – This particular offer isn’t currently available.*

The Platinum Card® from American Express has been around since 1984, but it has no problem keeping up with the changing wants and needs of its affluent customers.

The company’s goal is to ensure that the customer is taken care of, and that through benefits and points, the card will pay for itself.

While all the cards offer excellent benefits, the Platinum card’s Membership Rewards First program specifically focuses on making travel easier and less stressful (making it an excellent travel rewards card).

First off, understand that the American Express Platinum Card® is a charge card not a credit card.

This means you will be paying your balance off monthly.  That’s great since you won’t pay any interest on the card.  It also means there’s no pre-set spending limit (thought that doesn’t mean unlimited spending).
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Ditch That Spending Plan?!?

Have you drawn up a detailed budget and are struggling to keep to it? According to an article in the NYT*, it would be best to just give it up.  Well, not exactly.  But it does say that keeping to a strict budget might not be the best way to go about spending less or saving your money.  The money and pyschology experts they interview say that a budget can be like a diet — it doesn’t often last long and may just end up with you standing at the freezer late at night devouring a quart of ice cream right out of the container.

It’s human nature, they say.  We generally have trouble following through with our “best-laid plans.”  And after a long period of focusing on restrictions — we binge.  Compounding the problem is the abstract nature of credit cards and such.  Watching cold, hard cash dwindle is far more painful and thus more effective in reigning in our spending.
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Which is More Valuable: Tax Deduction or Tax Credit?

As Tax Day draws closer, many are looking for documentation and trying to figure out whether they are taking a deduction or credit for each item that they hope will bring a tax advantage.  Understanding the difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit is important — especially when you stop to consider that one is more valuable than the other.

Is That a Deduction or a Credit?

The difference between a tax deduction and a tax credit can be expressed by the way it affects your taxes.
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Send Credit Card Companies A Message By Using Cash Only

Using cash instead of credit cards

A few years ago, it was a credit card user’s world. As long as you paid on time and didn’t go over your limit, you could have your choice of credit cards and interest rates.  However, with the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act (CARD Act) that went into effect last year, meant to crack down on credit card companies, consumers are finding that they are paying higher interest rates.  In addition, it can be harder to negotiate a lower interest rate.

I had a credit card for over 15 years that routinely offered an interest rate below 10%.  Now, the interest rate is 15.99%.  When I called to have it lowered, they would not negotiate with me as they had in the past.  When I threatened to take my business elsewhere, they were unfazed.  “Sorry,” I was told, “there is nothing we can do at this point.”
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Fighting Fair: How to Disagree About Money in Marriage

Don't let money be a sore point in your marriage

Marriage can be hard enough some days. Throw money into the mix, and things can get downright ugly.  However, just as disagreements in other aspects of your married life don’t have to result in permanent rifts, disagreements over money don’t have to ruin your relationship.  As with all things in marriage, money issues need to be worked through. Here are some ideas for overcoming disagreements about money in marriage:

Know Thyself

One of the best things you can do is understand your relationship with money.  In order to articulate your position on money to your partner, you need to be able understand.  Think about why you spend (or save) money the way you do.  You should also come to grips with why you don’t like the way your spouse handles money, and determine whether or not your own preferences and money prejudices are coloring the situations.
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Continental Airlines OnePass® Plus Credit Card from Chase – Miles and More – Review

Do you fly Continental Airlines? If so then you need to look at the benefits of the Continental Airlines OnePass® Plus Card credit card!  Read on for our review.

This credit card, backed by Chase, is an interesting airline miles card, giving you benefits on Continental Airlines as well as airlines miles credit for United as well (they are merging).

[Please note: The Continental Airlines OnePass card is no longer being offered due to the merger of United and Continental.  The Continental card has been merged into the United MileagePlus® Explorer Card.]

Let’s take a look at what the Continental Airlines OnePass® Plus offers:

Bonus Miles

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