Credit card applications: the fine print

On October 16, 2010, in Managing money, Spending money, by Jim Wood

I received yet another glossy credit card solicitation in the mail this week. Normally these go straight into my recycling bin, but since I’m now blogging about personal finance, I thought it might be interesting to read the details of this offer. The solicitation was a partnership between a major bank (whom I will fondly […]

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Sneaky gas station tricks

On October 8, 2010, in Managing money, Spending money, by Jim Wood

I’ve recently been stopping at a national-branded gas station with fairly inexpensive gasoline that’s on the way home from my son’s karate school. The first couple of times, I was getting ready to pump the gas while daydreaming about something else. As I reflexively went to hit the “87-octane” button, my hand stopped in a […]

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