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2006: A look back - A look ahead  
  Debit card usage surpassed that of credit cards in 2006 as the industry continues to promote new card programs.
 Credit cards: A look inside
 Personal finance calendar  Personal finance calendar 
   
Mortgage  
   
Home equity  
   
Auto  
   
CDs & investing  
   
Credit cards  
   
Checking & savings  
   
College financing  
   
Insurance  
   
Taxes  
 
 
 

Plastic played an even bigger role in our lives in 2006 and the trend is accelerating.

Review 2006
Debit cards outdid credit cards in dollar volume in 2006 for the first time as consumers increasingly chose a pay-as-you-go strategy.
Preview 2007
New uses for prepaid cards, contactless payments and exclusive credit card rewards programs will be promoted in the coming year.
Best moves 2007
Paying them off is best, but, in addition to the obvious, here are some other good moves to make.
Beware automatic bill pay
It's convenient, but it can cause problems if you're not careful.
Monitor your credit reports
A look at the pros and cons of ID-theft protection plans, from credit freezes to credit monitoring services.
Paying minimums suicidal
This interactive calculator demonstrates the financial trap of paying only minimums.

 






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