Savings challenge: pay your credit card bill every week?

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This will probably come as no surprise, but I’m a big fan of using a credit card as your primary payment method.

First off, they offer better fraud protections than cash or debit cards. They also offer a bunch of ancillary benefits — such as extended warranties, purchase protection and, more notably, rewards points — that can save you money over the long haul. Case in point: I recently put $120 worth of rewards points toward an upcoming vacation.

But how can you get these rewards and stay on top of your bills?