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Don't slack off during summer

What's not to love about summer? Relaxing vacations, cookouts and weekend getaways abound. And, chances are, credit cards, debit cards, balances and bills are the last things on your mind.

In the summer, especially if you're traveling, "checking balances more often is probably good advice," says Nessa Feddis, senior vice president for consumer protection and payment for the American Bankers Association.

"And because of mobile banking apps, it's easier to check," she says.

Want to keep that plastic safe, even as you chill by the pool? Here are seven strategies, plus a few bonus tips, that you can use right now.

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