This Credit Card will Self Destruct in One Month

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My calendar is cluttered with reminders to cancel this service or that.  The streaming video service for college hoops that automatically renews in April.  HBO when Game of Thrones ends.  Even a certain business social networking site with a free one-month trial followed by a pretty steep monthly charge. A few missed cancelations, and your bootstrapped startup could be racking up unnecessary charges. 

You can avoid these surprise charges with a tool provided by most major credit card companies.  To provide less risk of your credit card info from being stolen during on-line purchases, banks will provide you a temporary card number for online purchases.  For instance, Bank of America allows you to set both the credit limit and expiration date for a temporary number that charges back to your main credit card.

Use one of these temporary numbers with a low credit limit or short expiration date and you can limit how much and for how long an auto-renew can charge you.

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