Credit 
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Visa Signature Perks

I read a lot of forums and deal sites, like Fatwallet Finance, and I’ve been noticing a lot more deals out there for Visa Signature cardholders. Visa Signature is a class of Visa cards, it’s not an actual card itself. For example, the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card is a Visa Signature card and comes with all the perks of the Visa Signature program and the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards program.

Most of the cards are a loyalty card of some kind, whether it offers airline miles or cashback or reward points, and many of them have an annual fee (because they are a loyalty reward card).

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 Taxes 
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Government to Issue Debit Cards for Tax Refunds

Plastic is a very real part of our society. Indeed, cash is rarely used as we pay with credit or debit. The government has long let taxpayers use credit cards to pay their taxes, and now the government is trying to decide if it is worth it to issue debit cards to those expecting refunds. Bankrate.com reports that a pilot program will be used to see how taxpayers react to receiving a Visa debit card in the mail instead of a paper check.

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 Credit 
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5 Credit Cards to Avoid at All Costs

Free Soda for Credit CardIt’s true: There are some ways that credit cards can help you. With proper planning, you can get a credit card that provides you with free merchandise, travel discounts and cash back. The right rewards card, when used responsibly and paid down, can be a boon to your finances. Additionally, the responsible use of credit can help you build a financial reputation that can save you money when you get home loans and auto loans.

But, not all credit cards are created equal. Here are 5 credit cards to avoid at all costs:

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 Shopping 
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Visa, MasterCard & American Express Cardholder Discounts

If you have a Visa or MasterCard, you’re eligible to receive discounts from a variety of vendors just for using that card? For example, with a Visa card you can get $10 off your purchase of $39.99+ at 1-800-Flowers by using the card and giving them code 42VISA? If you have a MasterCard, you can get $10 off a purchase of $39.99 at 1-800-Flowers by using the card and giving them code MAST33? Your card could be issued by Citi but as long as it has the Visa or MasterCard logo, it’s a Visa or MasterCard card and you’re eligible for these discounts. (American Express gets in on the 1-800-Flowers fun by giving you $10 off $34.99, just call it in and let them know, code AMX4)

Sometimes you can get better deals by going to deal hunting sites or sites that give you a kickback on your purchases (Fatwallet, Ebates), but these are good starting points.


 Cars 
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Credit Card Rental Car Insurance is Secondary Coverage!?

The Consumerist posted some information about rental car insurances and credit cards with a great list of the coverages (based on whether it’s a Discover, American Express, MasterCard or Visa card). I thought that perhaps the individual issuers (like Citi, Capital One, Bank of America, etc.) might build off the base insurance so I did some more digging. It turns out that the auto rental insurances offered by your credit card is secondary coverage, not primary coverage.

When I looked at the list of auto rental insurance coverages for Citi cards, I saw that the basics matched the table on the Consumerist. However, this paragraph stood out for me:

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 Business, Credit, Personal Finance 
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50 Fun Facts About Credit Cards

I was a little bored one day and thought I’d try to find fifty fun facts about credit cards that I didn’t know before hand and put them all in once place for you all to munch on and enjoy over the weekend. Some of the things I already knew, like the AMEX Centurion card has a $2500 annual fee and a $250,000 annual spend requirement, but others I didn’t, like how American Express started off as a shipping company and later branched out into financial services.

I broke the fun facts into these general categories: Historical Nuggets (with subcategories for each major card company), Useful Things That Make You Go Hmmmm…, Technobabbliciousness, Legal Ways You’ve Been Hosed & Un-Hosed, and Department of Holy Crap They Make A Ton of $$$$$. Historical Nuggets obviously covers the history of cards and the various companies. The Useful Things That Make You Go Hmmmm… covers some useful consumer information that may one day come in handy in your daily life. Technobabbliciousness covers some interesting facts about the technology behind credit cards. Legal Ways You’ve Been Hosed & Un-Hosed covers various court rulings and other legalese that explain why the environment is the way it is (like ridiculous fees and interest rates!). Finally, Department of Holy Crap They Make A Ton of $$$$$ is just a collection of mind-boggling statistics that should make you think twice about starting your own credit card company.

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