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Credit card advice

I live in Toronto I recently started a full-time job (two weeks ago) and I've been using a debit card (with RBC) for the past five years. I didn't want to get a credit card because I didn't want to get sucked into the system. But yesterday changed my outlook on things, so I decided to apply for a low interest card. Question is, what options do I have and would I get accepted? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 on Nov 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Sim card for German iPhone while in the US for 2 weeks.

German visitor to the U.S. need a micro sim card with data for her iphone... [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Credit card balance transfer questions.

My husband recently had to put $5000 on his credit card after using our emergency savings. We will not be able to pay this amount at the end of the month or in the next few months. I'm interested in the option of a balance transfer to a new card with a lower interest rate. [more inside]
posted by Coffee Bean on Aug 25, 2014 - 16 answers

Display issues on my laptop

My new laptop works perfectly except for the screen. At boot, the contrast is almost grey. On certain colors/wavelengths(?), there seem to be tiny pixels gyrating, almost like snow on old-fashioned TVs, but much smaller. It's nonetheless distracting. What settings do I change? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Aug 10, 2014 - 1 answer

Looking for the best Credit Card option to transfer Approx. 18k balance

Fell on some hard times in the last two years, blah blah blah... Anyways...We built up about $18,000 in credit card debt, with little savings left.... We are slowly getting back on our feet and would like to minimize the damage of interest that will build as we try and pay this card off... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Aug 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Need Help with Thank You Card wording

What's a sensitive Thank You card wording for the surviving widow of one of my friends? She sent us a gift for our recent wedding even after he passed away (and subsequently I did not invite her alone, but had sent a Save-the-Date when he was alive). I'm probably over thinking this but I don't want to trigger anything emotional. I don't really know her. I want to show incredible gratitude while acknowledging her loss. This is something I have not dealt with fortunately in other instances. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Aug 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Can I gain something by strategically opening credit cards?

In January, I got my business successfully running, paid off and closed a bunch of personal credit cards, and began making a decent amount of money. Now I'm in a place to start opening credit cards and rebuilding my credit. Last time I looked (10 years ago), there were ways to open new credit card accounts, and as long as you were responsible about always paying off all of your balances at the end of every month, you could get bunches of free flights and bonuses and things. I recall people who played with new account bonuses as a relatively lucrative game. Is this still a thing? Is it worth the time?
posted by sirion on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Is your credit card cool?

I'm shopping around for a credit card for the first time in ages - I've decided airline miles are a sucker's game, and just want something more straightforward. I'd like to know if there's anything really forward-thinking going on in the credit card world, because it all looks like "fees versus rates versus weird points schemes". If you have a credit card that you love (or hate) can you tell me why? FWIW, good credit, revolve occasionally (once a year or so?), and willing to pay a fee for something truly good. I've looked at previous questions but it feels like the landscape changes so quickly!
posted by ersatzkat on Mar 28, 2014 - 29 answers

How to create a hard link or symbolic link from NTFS to FAT32?

How to create a hard link or symbolic link pointing from a folder on NTFS C:\ to a folder on FAT32 USB SD card? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Mar 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I change my rewards program without changing my credit card?

I have a Visa credit card though an airline rewards program. I moved last year and have rarely been flying on that airline recently, since they don't have a lot of flights out of my current location. Since I'm not getting much out of the rewards, I'd like to change to another rewards program (not airline-related) that I'm sure to use more. I don't want to unnecessarily hurt my credit history by canceling the card and opening a new one. The new rewards card I'm interested in is also Visa, and offered through the same bank as my current card. Is there a way I can keep the same credit card account and simply switch reward programs?
posted by redlines on Mar 20, 2014 - 7 answers

Will this affect my credit?

I have near perfect credit. I only use my Discover card that I have rewards on and pay off the balance every month. I do have a credit card from a credit union that I never use. I just received a letter in the mail that stated that the credit union credit card is about to expire and won't be reissued due to inactivity. Will this affect my credit? If I don't care about the card, should I just let it "die"? Thanks
posted by kbbbo on Mar 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Congress requires SMARTCARD technology to be built into Visa/Mastercards

In a meeting today, I was told that Congress will be requiring Visa/Mastercard and the various banks that provide Magnetic-Stripe debit and credit cards to their customers to upgrade their technology to cards that incorporate SMARTCARD technology, with unique card ID-numbers. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Feb 7, 2014 - 15 answers

Giving a business address for a personal credit card / Patriot Act

Aside from whether I should or why I should care what address I give a credit card company or bank, I am wondering whether the Patriot Act actually does allow consumers to give companies a business street address. It appears so but I'm no legal whiz so I'm looking for some answers out there. [more inside]
posted by trandolph on Jan 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Socially responsible credit card?

I need to sign up for a new credit card and am looking for one that is as socially/environmentally responsible as possible (i.e. not tied to big banks, corporations and/or oil companies who would be profiting off me as a consumer and doing bad things with that profit). Does such a card exist? I've searched online but am wary of bias.
posted by athousandtelephones on Dec 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Lost my camera in the snow; is it worth trying to find it in the Spring?

I dropped our point-and-shoot today while sledding with the kids. I figure the camera is a write-off, but I may be able to find it when the snow melts. Will the SD card still be good? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Dec 28, 2013 - 11 answers

NYC Photo Card Printing ASAP

Where in NYC can I order a printing of 250 photo cards with the quickest turnaround? I'm talking like 24-48 hours. Can pay $$$. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Dec 10, 2013 - 5 answers

What's your favorite credit card?

I am (finally) shopping for a credit card and I want something with cash back and/or airline rewards. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 1, 2013 - 26 answers

University library card privileges?

Inspired by the rap battle over in Meta, does anyone have suggestions on how to get a library card at a US research university without being a current student or faculty member? Is there such a thing as an independent researcher?
posted by leotrotsky on Aug 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Sony Xperia J Not Reading Sim Card

Hi all, my Sony Xperia J isn't reading sim cards. The sim card (3) that came with the phone works on other phones; the Xperia won't read other sim cards. What can I do to get this handset working? This is my work phone and I'm the breadwinner around here, so it's a bit urgent! Thanks. I've got two Win7 PCs to assist in fixing it.
posted by Mistress on Aug 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Graphics card upgrade for Dell Inspiron 560?

For his birthday, my son would like to upgrade the graphics card on his Dell Inspiron 560. Little help here? [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Jul 23, 2013 - 7 answers

What is the point of the plastic card the hospital gives me every time?

Every time I go to the hospital for a routine visit, I get a plastic card that looks kind of like a credit card, embossed with my name, my age, my birthday, my doctor's name, and the date and reason of the visit. No one ever asks to see this card; no one looks at it. I get a new card every time. It seems expensive and wasteful -- does anyone know why they do it?
posted by cider on Jul 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Credit card fraud but card was never activated, is this even possible?

A few days ago my mom got a bill for a department store credit card, Dress Barn issued by Comenity bank, she opened up 5 years ago. She took advantage of the "get 20% off when opening a credit card with us" offers at the time. When the actual card came, it just sat unactivated in her filing cabinet. The card didn't have a visable expiration date on it. [more inside]
posted by glenno86 on Jul 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Card carrying members

I need to find resources to produce a small batch of membership cards for my club. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Jun 25, 2013 - 8 answers

I want to copy a mini sim card to a micro sim card, how do I do it?

I have an aging smartphone that I'd like to replace with a different unlocked smartphone I intend to buy. The old one uses a mini-SIM, the new one has a micro-SIM slot. [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night on Jun 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Lace + Card + ??? = Lace Card!

What glue do I need to attach crochet lace to a card / wedding invite? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on May 30, 2013 - 13 answers

A USB key doesn't really lay right in an envelope, you know?

How do I gift a physical representation of an MP3 download? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on May 15, 2013 - 17 answers

Debit cards compromised twice - what's the deal here?

Today, my bank's fraud detection department gave me a call - apparently, somebody had attempted to use my debit card for a purchase in Colombia. I live in London, UK. This is an annoyance, but it's particularly worrying because something similar happened less than two months ago - they called me up and said that although my card hadn't been used, they had information that it may be compromised. The card that was used in Colombia today was the replacement, which I've had for only a few weeks. My money is safe and my card has been cancelled (again). But my main concern is HOW this has happened - keylogger? Dubious, but legit-seeming site? Compromised wifi? And how do I keep myself safe in future? [more inside]
posted by Ted Maul on May 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Question title? I can't even think of my own title!

Hope me Hivemind, I need a title for my business card! [more inside]
posted by moons in june on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

What does a 9-year-old boy need to know?

I will be giving a newly minted 9-year-old gentleman of my acquaintance a wallet for his birthday. I was thinking of printing and laminating a card full of important reference information for a young man of his age. Sort of an ultra condensed Schott's Original Miscellany. What should I put on it?
posted by Capn on Apr 18, 2013 - 27 answers

What is a good credit card for a band (or a small LLC) ?

We're looking to obtain the best credit card possible for a 5 person band with minimal expenses and income. We're an LLC incorporated in NYC. Band expenses typically include food, gas, merch supplies (shirts, blank CDs etc) and the occasional cash withdrawals, but the big anticipated purchase is a van (used -- no more than $5k). Suggestions for checking accounts also welcome...
posted by qzar on Apr 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Dominion for iPhone alternative

Dominion (the card game) doesn't seem like it's ever likely to come out for iOS. What are some alternative iPhone games that riff on Dominion style play that are can be played thru game center and are turn based (able to take hours to make a turn.) Thanks!
posted by Brent Parker on Apr 9, 2013 - 7 answers

What do you use your Visa rewards points for?

I've just recently been alerted to the fact that there's such a thing as reward points on my Visa. I checked into my account for the first time and found out I have about 35,000. I have no idea how to use them. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Convince me not to get a personal loan to pay off my credit cards.

Should I take out a personal loan to consolidate my credit card debt? Does anyone have any experience with personal loans through Discover? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Mar 26, 2013 - 29 answers

Needed: Credit Card That Allows Hard Spending Limit On Companion Card/AU

Hello I am in need of a credit card that allows me to set a hard limit on authorized users. In addition I need for the card to allow a different limit for the primary and secondary card. [more inside]
posted by flummox on Mar 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Business credit with employee usage alerts?

Is there a business credit card that can alert you in real-time (or close to it) when your employees' cards are used? I currently use Chase Ink and it disappoints in this regard. I can setup real-time alerts, but they only work for the primary card, not all employee cards. I was a little incredulous of this at first, but my Chase rep confirmed it is so. Any business cards that can do this? (ideally with cash back, esp. for gas; ideally visa). thanks!
posted by grammalvsu on Mar 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Joint credit cards and my credit score

Credit experts: When I enrolled in college, my father added me onto a new credit card to have at my disposal. Now it's becoming an albatross. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Feb 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Valentine's day boxes for adults in the workplace

Do you have any suggestions for a group of graduate students doing Valentine's Day boxes at our desks at school (like we did for our elementary school Valentine's Day parties)? I need help with both box design, as well as suggestions for the Valentines themselves! [more inside]
posted by joan cusack the second on Feb 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Calling card for rare use to call UK and maybe Kazakhstan from US

I'm thinking my best option for staying in phone contact with my one or two overseas friends (mainly UK) might be a calling card. Can anyone recommend a specific card? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 30, 2013 - 12 answers

Amazon Gift Cards

Can I use an Amazon Gift Card to pay for items on Amazon.com AND the Amazon App Store or do they each have their own gift card? [more inside]
posted by boby on Jan 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Doesn't Apple want my business?

Can I really not use an Apple Store gift credit to buy an iTunes card? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jan 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Christmas cards for grinches

I need some pithy one liners to write inside of Christmas cards to some old cranks. [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Dec 13, 2012 - 13 answers

Thank you for helping me print thank you photo cards

I need help printing thank you cards using my own photo - want a company to print them for me. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Help Me Find [Card Game] Converts!

There is an obscure (to the US) card game I love: Eighty Points, and its simpler brother Forty Points. It's a partnered trick taking game, and feels a little like Bridge and Spades. However, it requires four (or six, though I've never played that variant) people to spend many hours together, kind of like a DnD campaign. How do I recruit people for this game? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

I see your feline friend, and I raise you one kitty companion...

I need to name my kitten after a term in (contract) bridge or something card-related. I feel like I've exhausted most options... [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Oct 24, 2012 - 44 answers

21+ actually?

There's a Boston-area shoegaze festival called Deep Heaven Now happening this weekend, and I'll be in Boston. The ads say 21+, and I'm not 21. How likely is it that I'll actually be carded? Is there a "draw Xes on your hands" option? (Also, if I can't get in, do you have any other recommendations for good live music on Friday night?)
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2012 - 5 answers

In search of a decent prepaid card

I need a card I can charge with money, online, for someone else's use in grocery stores, department stores, gas stations, etc. They don't need to be able to get cash with it. It shouldn't be possible for them to take out more money than I put in. This will be an ongoing thing, so I'd like to minimize fees. Has anyone had any experience with something like this that they liked?
posted by ubiquity on Oct 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Network in style

Business Card Holders! Do you have recommendations for business card holders? I want to get my husband one for his birthday. Thank you so much!
posted by tessalations999 on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Accept Credit Card offers with Free CASH$?

Is there any good reason not to take advantage of free cash back offers from credit card companies as long as I pay my monthlies promptly? FOr that matter, free miles offers? I have been doing so for some years and my credit score seems to stay strong and yet I was always told that there is no such thing as a free lunch/.
posted by dougiedd on Oct 10, 2012 - 10 answers

light card game recommendations

Seeking recommendations for light to medium difficulty card games from one to 8 players. No boards, no game pieces, just cards. Yes, I know there is Boardgamegeek, but I would like current recommendations from the mefites. And I thank you. P.S. I like No Thanks, Coloretto, The Great Dalmuti, Rat-a-tat-cat, Rook. I don't like Bohnanza, Apples to Apples, Skip Bo, Hearts, Blink, Rage.
posted by luvmywife on Oct 10, 2012 - 39 answers

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