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Natalie Hollingshead

Natalie Hollingshead

Natalie Hollingshead is a freelance writer living in the Mountain West. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been a professional writer and editor for more than a decade. Natalie has worked as a bridal magazine editor, restaurant critic, travel expert and parenting columnist, in addition to writing about business, marketing and personal finance.

  1. June 29, 2017

    You’re finally finished with high school and college bound this fall. Getting a credit card before you hit the books come September may be on your to-do list for the next months, but be aware that it’s not as simple as signing on the dotted line and getting a card in the mail.

  2. June 22, 2017

    Earning cash back or airline rewards are two major credit card perks, but they are not the only ones that credit cards offer. That little piece of plastic in your wallet can do a lot more for you, if you don’t shortchange yourself. Read on for a list of lesser-known credit card perks.

  3. June 14, 2017

    It may be complicated, but understanding how credit card interest and annual percentage rates work is really in your best interest. It’s hard to win at the credit card game and make the best possible financial choices for you without a solid comprehension of what terms like interest rate, compound interest and APR mean. Luckily, you don’t need a degree in finance to understand the acronyms on your billing statement.

  4. June 8, 2017

    There are times when taking it to the limit is a good thing — like when you’re racing in the Indy500, for instance, or finishing your first marathon. When it comes to credit card limits, the best policy is to keep your distance.

  5. May 31, 2017

    One of the last things you want to deal with after the death of a loved one is his or her credit card debt. Depending on the type of account and laws where you live, dealing with credit card obligations after the death of a loved one may be a fact of life. The sooner you know what you’re dealing with, the better.

  6. May 24, 2017

    The only thing better than a vacation is a free vacation. Sound too good to be true? Well, for many savvy credit card users, free, nearly free, or on-the-cheap vacations are a way of life. Using travel credit cards can help you earn that summer vacation of your dreams without putting a luxury-vacation-sized dent in your wallet.

  7. May 12, 2017

    All your bags are packed and you’re ready to go. However, before you head on that vacation, make sure you’ve packed more than one way to pay for all that fun you’re going to have. True, cash is king, but on vacation using a credit card is easier and offers more protection than toting around a wad of cash.

  8. April 28, 2017

    Swiping a credit card with reckless abandonment may feel fun and carefree — until you get your bill in the mail. The elation you feel with every purchase can quickly turn to despair if you’ve inadvertently stacked up debt you aren’t able to immediately repay. Make your credit cards work for you, not against you, by following these 10 best practices for using credit cards responsibly.

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