Is Credit Card Usage a Sin? Are Credit Cards Unbiblical?

A few months ago, I had a very loving, yet honest, email from a reader who was upset that I promoted credit cards at Help Me Travel Cheap. The main concern was that using a credit card is accumulating debt. The reader assumes that debt equals sin so credit cards must be a sin. I decided not to publicly respond to the concern and had a healthy email dialogue with the kind woman. Over the last … [Read more...]

Best Ways to Maximize Cash, Credit Card, and Debit Card Rewards

Yesterday, Jason was kind enough to write a guest post on how he maximized rewards.  Today, I’ll give my thoughts on the subject and share what I believe are the best methods for maximizing your credit card and debit card rewards. #1 Cash: Reward Potential – Unlimited if it Helps You Stay within Budget You might be thinking that you don’t get any cash back with cash.  Yes, that is true. But for … [Read more...]

DIY Rewards Cards: Pay Yourself Back Without Going Into Debt | Guest Post

Today I’m publishing a guest post by Jason Jacobs. Jason Jacobs is a missionary in a web programmer's body. In addition to working on financial fitness, he also spends a lot of time writing about his journey towards physical fitness. You can follow his progress at Finding My Fitness. Many of us are probably trying to get out of credit card debt quickly. We’ve also seen the ads telling us the … [Read more...]

Cash Back Debit Card | How to Get More Cash Back with PerkStreet Financial (Limited Time Offer)

Editor's Note: This post was updated Oct5th, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. EST to clarify some details I misunderstood about the PerkStreet Financial holiday promotion. For the last several months I’ve been hearing about PerkStreet Financial and their cash back debit card. My first reaction – what?! A bank that encourages you to spend, not save! Then I realized that we spend money all the time, and so … [Read more...]

Please Put Down the Pitch Fork | Exploring Credit Card Fanaticism

You can call them what you wish.  I call them fanatics. Webster’s defines a fanatic as one who has an “intense uncritical devotion”. In the credit card discussion, I would say that credit card fanatics share these attributes: Have an opinion that they think must apply to everyone else. Refuse to see any possible positive benefits of the other side. Have extremely negative things to … [Read more...]