Tales from the Wallet: How to Pick the Best Rewards Card For You

How do you typically use credit cards — and what are your tips on how to pick the best rewards card for you? We’ve discussed some great rewards credit cards (Kat is still using her Amazon Visa!), but we thought we’d have a broader discussion today about readers’ credit card habits — the good and the bad. Which do you think are the best credit card rewards — and what are your tips on how to pick the best rewards card for you? (Pictured: bright red Kate Spade wallet – highly rated and only $88 at Nordstrom.)

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I’m always using my credit cards, because like a lot of people, I barely ever carry cash. (It bugs me when I’m at a bakery or other business that doesn’t take credit cards, even though I get it.) I like how the fraud protection is better with credit cards than with debit cards, too; my cards have been compromised a couple of times and I’ve never been liable for anything. And the rewards don’t hurt: My Citibank Simplicity card lets me earn cash back, and my TJX card (Marshalls, TJMaxx, and Sierra Trading Post) earns me gift certificates at those stores. My husband and I also have a UPromise card from Barclaycard that generates money for our son’s 529 plan. (His grandparents have one too that also contributes to his account.)

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Weekly Roundup

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– You’re welcome, hubs:  Jezebel notes that the husbands of educated women live longer.  (Pictured:  Graduation Cap Cupcake, originally uploaded to Flickr by clevercupcakes.)

The NYT talks about the recession and the gender gap.

Above the Law gives us an update on that female lawyer’s photo that we posted about last week. (Hint: it’s even worse than you thought!)

Lifehacker advises how to find the best credit card based on your lifestyle, and rounds up the best online free weight management tools.

– Jauntsetter offers some great advice on booking a trip (part 1 and part 2); meanwhile the WSJ has some tips on getting a free upgrade on your next flight.  (Update: Sorry about the incorrect link; it’s been fixed!)

Weekly Roundup

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Elena Kagan wore a pantsuit for her first oral argument!  Above the Law has all the details on her outfit.

The NY Lawyer’s “Snark” column (tongue in cheek, but not really) advises “constant vigilence,” and we have to agree.

– Should you name your daughters masculine names in order to help them to succeed?  The ABA Journal wonders.

Lifehacker advises how to securely destroy your credit card in 15 slices.

Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering News rounds up attractive magazine holders for your office or home.

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