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Credit Cards Compromised, Investing, Debt, and More!

Our favorite credit card has a new number. Ugh! We’ve had this card for years, since it deposits 2% into our kids’ 529 plans [1]. In fact, we even have the card number memorized!

We were notified that millions of MasterCard holders account numbers were compromised last week and issued a new card. Sure, no big deal. Unless that is the card that all of your services auto bill (Vonage [2], Satellite, Amazon back up data [3], etc.)

Do yourself a favor! Keep a list of all your auto payments and the credit card that they bill. While it’s easy to come up with the list for the monthly bills, it’s harder to remember some of the yearly bills that automatically get charged to your credit card.

Ironically, Credit Check Total [4] sent us a notification of “Potentially Negative Information” appearing on our credit report. The cause: Lost or Stolen Card. It’s amazing that anyone could view that as negative when it was MasterCard who had the problem. However, our scores did not change.


Bring Back Thrift Week. $100 Savings Bond is up for grabs for the winner that can answer this question in 50 words or less: “What’s the best thrift advice or habit you’ve picked up from someone who grew up in thriftier times?” Enter at Bring Back Thrift Week [5].

Turbo Tax Giveaway. You have until Friday, March 27 to enter the TurboTax Spring Giveaway [6].




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