Blinded by sign-up bonus rewards points

For the first time in perhaps decades, I received a payment overdue notice. I applied for the American Express Premier Rewards Gold card in early spring to take advantage of its 50,000 Membership Rewards points bonus offer with the $175 annual fee waived the first year. I was approved and had to spend $1,000 within three months to get the points.

Spending the $1,000 wasn’t a problem. Paying the bill in a timely manner was.

2014 Midyear Checkup List

While most people really only take a good look at their finances at the beginning of the year (Did you make resolutions to get out of debt? Save more?), and then again at tax time, it’s a good idea to review your monetary situation now. Why? We’re halfway through the year and it’s time to [...]

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