Do Credit Cards Cause You To Spend More?

July 7th, 2013

credit card psychologyToday’s post addresses the oft-asked question “Does having and using a credit card cause me to spend more than I would if I just carried cash around?” Much research has been done on this topic, and we’ll cover some of that below. We’ll also cover some basic, but interesting, psychology around consumer behavior in general when it comes to handling cash.

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Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Review

June 13th, 2013

Map From First Starbucks (Pike Place, Seattle)

Well, today seemed like a fitting day to blog about the Alaska Airline Loyalty Program (Mileage Plan), as they’re headquartered in Seattle, and that’s where I am today.  I even managed to visit the very first Starbucks!

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The Platinum Card® From American Express: Is It Worth It?

May 17th, 2013

The Platinum Card® From American Express is really designed for those seeking VIP treatment and benefits.  This card is technically a charge card, not a credit card (meaning: you’re expected to pay your outstanding balance in full each month).

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Is American Express Platinum Concierge Service Worth It?

May 12th, 2013

amex-platinum-concierge-reviewSince the American Express Platinum card comes with a $450 annual fee, and one of the main benefits of the card is the 24-hour concierge service, it only makes sense that folks will be asking whether the concierge service is useful.

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American Express® Green Card Review

May 10th, 2013

The American Express® Green Card is an entry level American Express® charge card that offers many of the same perks you would find in a more expensive American Express® card. Don’t confuse this as a credit card, because your full balance is due each and every month. I’ll explain some of the intricate similarities and differences between the Green card and the Gold card, which is a slightly more expensive American Express® card.

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