Tagged With credit cards

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Market research form J.D. Power has been looking into the Aussie credit card market, looking for the company that offers us the best credit cards. But the bad news from their study is that most of us are pretty clueless when it comes to the specific terms and conditions card issuers put on us.

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Dear Lifehacker, I keep seeing certain types of debt (mortgages, student loans) referred to as "good" debt, whereas other types (credit card debt, for example) are referred to as "bad" debt. What does that mean? What makes a certain type of debt "good" and another type "bad?"

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One of my pet hates when I shop is that little notice next to the counter that says the use of credit cards and debit cards will incur extra fees. In many cases, the charges have been far in excess of what the stores actually pay for the transactions and the ACCC has had enough. They are now going after companies and taking them to court for adding what they deem excessive fees. Today, they've announced they're going after car rental firm Europcar after Cruisin Motorhomes was forced to pay $12,600 in fines earlier this month. If you're taking payments by credit card, or feel you're being slugged excessively, there are steps you can take.

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You may have seen wallets or backpacks advertising RFID shielding, a protective covering designed to keep malicious ne’er-do-wells from scanning any items that contain embedded wireless receivers, like certain credit cards and passports. Sure, RFID shielding does prevent unwanted wireless transmissions, but with so little evidence of RFID-based theft, combined with the security measures present in today’s RFID tech, it doesn’t seem to be a threat you need to worry too much about.

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There's a lot of advice about giving your kid a credit card. Find one with a low interest rate. Don't cosign for the card because you might ruin your own credit. Make it extremely clear to them that yes, it's real money and yes, they must pay it back on time and in full.

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Most people are at least a little stressed out about money. That's understandable: Savings are low, expenses are high, we're taking on increasing amounts of debt. Some days it seems like we'll just never make enough money to retire or take that holiday we've been dreaming of. Here's what you need to know.

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Last week, we were given a sneak peak at Halo: a new contactless payment system from Bankwest that puts your banking details into a ring. Boasting batteryless, app-free operation and waterproofing up to 50 metres, it's the first "IoT wearable" concept that I'm actually exited about.

It's also one of the cheapest wearables on the market, with an introductory price of $29. Here's what you need to know!

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A person's credit history is kind of like an invisible Sword of Damocles. We know it's out there, but tend to adopt a head-in-the-sand approach until it suddenly chops you in the neck. Fortunately, it's possible to improve your creditworthiness in a few easy steps. This infographic illustrates how to swing credit scoring back in your favour.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm getting on in life and at this point it seems unlikely that my credit card debts will ever be paid off in full. (I can barely afford the monthly interest repayments, let alone the outstanding debt.) I also don't own much in the way of assets. So my question is: What happens to my credit debt when I die? Do I need to worry about my adult son getting saddled with my debt?

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The smartest way to do your Christmas shopping is to order everything online; especially if you despise crowds. The only downside are those damn delivery fees.

Fortunately, it's possible to avoid shipping costs entirely by choosing the right retailers and employing this simple hack.