Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'



Contests and

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

Driver Safety

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!


AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

You can get free, face-to-face tax assistance nationwide.

Money Matters Tip Sheets

Download and print out these PDFs to help with your financial matters.

AARP Books

Visit the Money Section

Enjoy titles on retirement, Social Security, and becoming debt-free.


Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming Money webinar or find materials from a past session. 

Jobs You Might Like

most popular


Ask Sid

Are Business Credit Cards Worth It?

A huge drawback: They're not covered by key protections of the Credit CARD Act

Q. I'm self-employed and have been receiving lots of solicitations for "business" credit cards. Are they a better choice than regular cards for people like me?

A. These cards are touted as having generous rewards and enhanced transaction reporting to help you monitor spending. But they come with a huge drawback: They're not covered by key protections of the Credit CARD Act of 2009.

See also: More on credit, loans and debt.

Unlike regular plastic, these cards, also marketed for "professional" or "corporate" use, may be subject to "anytime" changes in terms: unrestricted increases in penalty fees, perhaps, or sudden interest rate hikes for any violation of terms — even on existing balances. In a recent survey, the Pew Charitable Trusts found that people 65 and older get a higher proportion of offers for these cards than any other age group.

Also of interest: Credit card payoff calculator. >>

Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

your money

Discounts & Benefits