Questions tagged [credit-card]

Credit cards are unstructured debt accounts linked to a plastic card that allows the holder to make purchases from retailers that accept the card. Common credit card networks in the U.S. include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

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Oversimplify it for me: the correct order of investing

I have been reading the top posts here, and the recommendations for what to invest in are often similar. What I'd like to know, in as simply of terms as possible, is what the consensus is on priority ...
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Should I take out a loan to pay off a relative's credit card debt?

Recently a close relative revealed to me that she has run up $40,000 in credit card debt over the last few years, which she can no longer manage because the interest payments are eating up all of her ...
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Should I finance a new home theater at 0% even though I have the cash for it?

My wife and I are considering buying a home theater - plasma TV & new stereo - on Black Friday this year. We do have the cash for it, but Best Buy is offering 0% financing for up to 3 years on ...
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Do people tend to spend less when using cash than credit cards?

I know this is a popular theory on this site and finance blogs/media in general, but I'd like to know if there is any reliable research on the subject. I can share personal experience that makes me ...
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Why do credit cards have their number and CVC code printed on them for all to see?

Ever since online commerce became a reality, it was sufficient to know the credit card number, expiration date and CVC code to purchase anything online. Things are slowly changing as MFA is getting ...
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What should I do about a dealer that took a deposit then sold my motorcycle to someone else?

I recently was interested in purchasing a motorcycle from a dealer but I was about to be out of town for a few days for a vacation. I called him and said I can make a deposit on the bike for $500. He ...
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Bank claims debit card was physically scanned - half a continent away. What could have happened?

I have had the same debit card for several years, and I've never had a problem with any fraudulent charges until yesterday. I am careful about where I use my debit card number online, and I am fairly ...
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Should I sign the back of my credit card?

When getting a new credit card, what is the policy in regards to signing the strip on the back? Should I sign it? Should I write "See ID"? Should I leave it blank? Should I sign it AND write "See ID"? ...
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Pay online: credit card or debit card?

I have a credit card and a debit card. I could use both to pay online. Credit card is only a bit less convenient since I have to transfer the money back in the credit card account later. Is it safer ...
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MasterCard won't disclose who leaked my credit card details

I was recently informed, by the payment processing agency of my bank, that an online shop was compromised and that as a precaution my MasterCard credit card was frozen and replaced. There was no ...
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Is this person wanting to pay my credit card trying to defraud me?

A friend of mine is in another state wanting to pay my credit card. He says he needs my credit card number, name on card, username, password, and card limit. Is he trying to defraud me? Or does he ...
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Should I open a credit card when I turn 18 just to start a credit score?

I spend about $20-30 a week on my debit card, with periodic $200-300 purchases every few months. I've thought about getting a credit card the moment I turn 18 and using it to buy everything, then ...
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Is there a “catch” on my “increased credit limit”?

Today I received a letter from the bank that issued my credit card. Basically it says that, since I'm "one of their best customers" my credit (card) limit has been increased. This is the second time ...
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Credit card details stolen every 1-2 years. What am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

Background I just had my credit card canceled because of fraud. This is actually a perfectly normal occurrence for me, which is the impetus behind this question. The card in question was only about ...
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Can I become debt free or should I file for bankruptcy? How do I manage my debt and finances?

I am 35 years old, single, and live in the US. My income is 78K to 80K after taxes and insurance. I pay $1,500 for rent+utilities, $150 for phone bill, $450 for auto loan, $300 for auto insurance (...
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Should I use a zero-interest credit card for a large one-time purchase?

An upcoming purchase (nearing $10,000, in the US) would drain savings more than I'd be comfortable with, and I'm wondering if using a zero-interest card to effectively spread out that purchase for 15-...
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Why auto-renew instead of canceling the subscription after free-trial?

Almost all companies give you a 7/14/30 day free trial to try their service (eg: Netflix, Spotify). Some people forget to cancel the subscription and after the free trial expires, these companies ...
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Can one live in the U.S. and not use a credit card?

The title may not be very accurate. I'm European (Italian) so I don't have a very clear idea of how it works in U.S. My understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) is that the economy there incentivises ...
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How can sister protect herself from impulse purchases with a credit card?

My little sister is 18, and currently has a bank account with a debit card. She and mom believe it might be time to get her a credit card, mostly to build up her credit rating than out of necessity. ...
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Didn't apply for credit card but got an application denied letter?

I was recently forwarded a letter by the owner of my old address that turned out to be from a credit card company, informing me my application had been declined. Ignoring that this letter was sent to ...
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Is it ever a good idea to close credit cards?

I have a bunch of credit cards with no balance, while others have fairly high balances. I'd like to close the 0 balance cards, but I know that will reduce my overall balance and hurt my credit rating, ...
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I have 9,000 cash. What debt should I pay first?

I have 9,000 cash right now and I want to use it to pay some debt. It won't cover all, but I want to spend it on the best way possible. These are my current debts: Loan balance 3,867.35 - 23.55% ...
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Paying off debt and living within means vs. long term planning

My husband and I are divided as to the best way to handle our current financial situation. First, a little background. We are in our high 20’s, have been married for six years and have three kids. ...
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How do credit card companies make profit?

How do credit card companies make profit by giving us credit for 40-50 days (India). I purchase something on my credit card and I pay it to the credit card company after some days. How are they going ...
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I won USD 50K! Now what should I do with it?

I won a sweepstakes and will be getting USD 50k...it is verified that it is legitimate although no taxes have been taken out so I will have to claim this income on my taxes next year, they will send a ...
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The Benefits/Disadvantages of using a credit card

Recently I was approved for my first credit card, and I was trying to find out the exact repercussions that using it would have on me, and my credit. For now I've only been using the credit card for ...
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Would I ever need credit card if my debit card is issued by MasterCard/Visa?

My debit card is issued by Visa, but MasterCard AFAIK doesn't differ in that case. I can use it to pay in shops, online, to reserve place in hotel etc. I manage to constantly have enough money on ...
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How were US credit cards verified in-store in the 1980's?

Back in the 1980's, many major retailers in the United States would accept credit cards using what was sometimes called a "knucklebuster" - a hand-operated device that would take a carbon-copy ...
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What are the reasons to get more than one credit card?

I currently have one credit card, and I was thinking of applying for another one since my current card is Amex, and not many stores support that, so I'm thinking of getting a Visa or Mastercard one. ...
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How much effort (and why) should consumers put into protecting their credit card numbers?

The more I think about it, the more it seems to me that credit card information is among the least worrisome type of personal information belong to any consumer. If someone's credit card number is ...
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Credit card offering 0.5 miles for every cent rounded up. Too good to be true?

I just received an offer on my credit card (Barclays Aviator, if needed to verify). The offer (Flight Cents) is as follows: I can choose a limit every month ($1 to $500) Every transaction during a ...
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Is it legal to use cash pulled from a credit card to pay the monthly payment on that credit card?

I've got a buddy who is having problems with credit card debt. He had a small business go sour on him and ended up with about 35K of debt that's he struggling to keep under control while looking for ...
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Do institutions have right to ask for your credit card security code and all other CC data?

A school wants my credit card data including a security code. They've sent me a form to fill in about my card. As I know security code is something that shouldn't be shared publicly. Should I provide ...
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My credit card company is asking for my current income citing “Federal Regulations”

So I received an e-mail today from a bank from whom I have an existing credit card as follows: To consider you for a future credit line increase, federal regulations require us to have your ...
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Optimal way to use a credit card to build better credit?

I have a credit card with a $700 limit and I am curious how to optimize credit gain with it. Right now, I use it once a month (usually on something small like a drink from a convenience store or ...
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Getting $10,000 and have $16,000 balance on two credit cards - How to allocate payments?

I'm getting a chunk of money - $10,000. I have 2 credit cards, each with $8,000 on them. Both have the same interest rate. Should I put $5,000 toward each of them? This way, would my monthly bills ...
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Purpose of having good credit when you are well-off?

I notice people talk about credit scores for many things, but typically they are: Helping tools for mortgages; Ability to get better loans; Ability to get better financing options. The general ...
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Why are credit cards preferred in the US?

Where I'm from, credit cards are common, but they're not considered the main daily use-case, as opposed to debit cards. What are practical reasons credit cards are preferred over debit cards in the US?...
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How can a credit card company make any money off me? I have a no-fee card and pay my balance on time

How does a credit card company make any money off of me using their card if there are no fees associated with the card (I don't pay any extra) and I pay off my balance on time every month (so I don't ...
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Can a merchant accept some Visa cards but not others?

I recently ate at a restaurant that accepts Visa but has a policy that specifically excludes accepting Costco Visa credit cards. I have never heard of such a thing. While the Costco Visa credit card ...
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I received a refund when I did not return the item, and they won't reverse the refund? At what point is that considered “my money”?

The item was a mattress, which I still have and never asked to return. They made a mistake with my delivery and the delivery fee was supposed to be returned. However, the credit, about $600 is on my ...
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What happens to my credit history if I pay before my credit card bill is generated?

I've read that keeping one's credit card utilization below 20% improves your credit score. If for some reason I have an expense that is greater than 50% of the credit limit and I pay by credit card, ...
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Will a credit card issuer cancel an account if it never incurs interest?

I have a few credit cards that are currently carrying some larger "promotional" balances. These are purchases that I decided to put on a 6, 12, or 18 month 0% APR financing offer vs. taking any points ...
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Why does Chase Freedom require me to “activate” my card for rewards every quarter?

Note: The "activation" I am talking about here is not the same as the "activation" in this question. I just got a Chase Freedom credit card, mostly for the 5% cash back rewards. I had seen that ...
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Who is responsible for a dead person's credit card debt?

If a person is dead, who is responsible for their credit card debt incurred during the time they were alive? What if he was pronounced dead at 3:00 PM, and the purchase on their card happens (or get ...
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What are some creative ways to run up my credit card bill without any cost to me?

I got a new credit card with a very large signup bonus - as long as a minimum amount is spent on the card in the first 3 months. I usually don't go for things like this but in this case the bonus is ...
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? Lots of situations when I find myself in need of ...
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Making a big purchase over $2500. I have the money to cover it. Should I get a loan or just place it on credit?

I am planning to make a big purchase. I have the money in savings to cover it, but I don't want to drop $2500 all at once if I can avoid it. I have a credit card with a $9000 limit, but I know that ...
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My credit card was unexpectedly charged 1$, the merchant wants my SSN and personal data to tell me why, do I risk identity theft?

I received a phone message from my credit union's fraud detection department about a transaction for $1 that raised a flag. I called them back and was given the information recorded with the ...
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Does having a credit card make it easier to get a mortgage?

I've never had a credit card and the only debt I have is my student loan. A number of my friends and family who have credit cards have said that having one makes it easier to get a mortgage as you'll ...