CoPatient: Helping You Answer “Is This a Reasonable Medical Bill?”

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High-deductible health plans are still growing in popularity. While these can be a great way to save on your monthly premiums, it also means that when you do have to visit the emergency room, you get to tackle nearly the entire bill instead of a … [Read the rest]

Data Breach Counter Tool: Exactly What Personal Information Has Been Exposed?

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The New York Times has come out with another neat interactive tool that provides a sobering count of both how many and what types of your personal information has been exposed to hackers. I like that they break things down as exposing your e-mail … [Read the rest]

Playing “Fill-In-The-Blank” Mad Libs with Financial Buzzwords

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After you spend enough time consuming financial media week after week, you start seeing patterns in the noise. I understand why of course, as creating content to feed the beast can get quite exhausting. But hopefully, by pointing out these out, … [Read the rest]

History of 0% APR Interest Rates + Who’s Carrying a Monthly Balance?

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From 2005 to 2007, a peek at my credit report might have revealed that I had over $30,000 in credit card debt. The good news is that I borrowed it at 0% APR and then immediately stashed it in an FDIC-insured bank account earning 6% interest at … [Read the rest]

Acorns App Review: Auto-Invest Your Spare Change, Now Free For Students

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Updated review. New Android and web versions. Added details about "students invest for free" feature (anyone 24 and under). When I wrote about WiseBanyan, I remarked that now people could start investing a portfolio of ETFs with as little as 100 … [Read the rest]

Motif Investing Review – Be Your Own Fund Portfolio Manager, Even Get Paid By Others

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(Updated review, added new features. Motif is also offering a Free Trade Day on Friday, August 21st where all customers can get a free market order trade for a single stock/ETF.) Ever wanted to manage your own mutual or ETF? A new brokerage … [Read the rest]

Museum Day 2015: Free Admission Nationwide On Saturday 9/26

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Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free! This is in following the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, … [Read the rest]

Weight Management vs. Money Management Advice Similarities, Revisited

I've written previously about the importance of permanent habit change in both managing your finances and your body weight. After finishing Smart People Don't Diet by Charlotte Markey and then reviewing my Kindle highlights, please allow me to … [Read the rest]

Portfolio Charts Visualization Tool: Returns vs. Time (Holding Period)

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When investing in stocks and bonds, it is important to take a long-term perspective. We've all heard that phrase. A new tool called PortfolioCharts.com lets you create charts that make it easier to visualize the relationship between returns and … [Read the rest]

DietBet Review: Game Tips, Final Results, Payout Details

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I just completed a weight-loss challenge at DietBet.com, where I bet my own hard-earned cash that I could lose 10% of my body weight within 6 months. More specifically, a group of folks (strangers or friends) agreed on a weight loss goal, put money … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates for Savings Accounts and CDs – Updated August 2015

Our family keeps a year's worth of expenses (not income) put aside in cash reserves; it provides financial insurance with the side benefits of lower stress and less concern about stock market gyrations. In my opinion, emergency funds can actually … [Read the rest]

Consumer Reports on Auto Insurance: Watch Your Credit Score, Shopping Behavior

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Consumer Reports (CR) has released a multi-part Special Report on Auto Insurance, included in their September 2015 print issue but also available online without a subscription (at least for now). They analyzed over 2 billion quotes from over 700 … [Read the rest]