Ellen is a former credit card writer for NerdWallet. She covered personal finance issues for more than 20 years at Bloomberg and Bankrate.com.
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How to Make the Most of Your Capital One Journey Student Card
This a good first card because it rewards you for paying on time and gives you tools to monitor your credit.
Comparing Student Cards: Capital One vs. Discover
One offers a simple cash-back rate that you can boost with on-time payments. The other has lucrative bonus categories. Both can help you establish good credit habits.
Discover Gives Everyone Free FICO Scores
Unlike most free credit scores available to the public, FICO scores are calculated with the same models used by most lenders.
American Express Gold vs. AmEx Premier Rewards Gold: What’s the Difference?
These cards look alike, but there are a couple of key differences. The Premier Rewards Gold has a higher annual fee but gives you more.