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Who would not be interested in getting an interest-free loan for 12 months for any type of purchase just for taking a few minutes to complete a credit card balance transfer offer? Or a free round-trip airline ticket twice a year just for making purchases on a rebate card? Or lowering their insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars a year just by raising their credit score? Obviously, just about every consumer is interested in saving money and getting freebies! Hence, the universal appeal of this book cannot be overstated. Today, the average American household has 12.7 credit cards. Banks maximize their profits by "nickel and dimeing" and outsmarting their cardholders: that's why credit cards are their most profitable product. Banks spend billions enticing consumers with rebates, freebies, low-introductory rate offers, and airline miles. Learn how to take full advantage of these offers, without paying for them through brutally high interest rates, fees, and penalties! Arnold offers specific advice targeted to young consumers who are being aggressively targeted by credit card marketers; retirees facing credit discrimination; Americans recovering from bankruptcy or other debt problems; and even consumers with great credit. You'll learn the techniques he has personally used to escape credit card debt, "creatively finance" his wedding, car, and home purchases, and earn thousands in credit card "perks" every year.
About the Author xxi
Chapter 1: It’s Not Just Plastic–It’s Money! 1
Chapter 2: Show Me the Money! Credit Card Rebates 23
Chapter 3: Unlock the Key to Huge Savings: Master Credit Card Rates and Transfer Offers 51
Chapter 4: Avoid Problems That Hinder Maximum Profits 75
Chapter 5: How to Slash Your Debt and Keep Your Hard-Earned Money for Yourself 89
Chapter 6: Watch Out: Traps and Scams Can Cost You Big Bucks! 119
Chapter 7: Start Out on the Right Foot–Credit Cards for Students and Saving for College 155
Chapter 8: Use Targeted Cards to Your Financial Advantage 179
Chapter 9: Your Credit Report and Score: The Better You Look, the More You Profit 209
Chapter 10: Maximize the Benefits of Your Cards by Taking Advantage of Additional Free Perks 237
Chapter 11: Master Advanced Card Techniques to Save and Make Money 259
Chapter 12: Capitalize on Future Card Trends 283