Big List of Auto Insurance Premium Comparisons for All 50 States

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The standard advice for saving money on auto insurance is to shop and compare prices. You could use a comparison website, but they may not include every insurance carrier listed in your state. A lesser-known fact is that auto insurance is … [Read the rest]

Morningstar Individual Investor Conference 2016

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Morningstar is holding a free online event this Saturday, April 2nd called the Individual Investor Conference. Starting at 9am Central, according the full agenda there will be six live streaming video sessions from their staff. You can chat … [Read the rest]

Free FICO Score from Bank of America Credit Cards

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This post provides updated information and instructions regarding the free FICO score that is available to Bank of America credit card holders. (Thanks to reader Andy for the tip.) Background. Bank of American started rolling out free FICO scores … [Read the rest]

RingPlus: Basic, Free Cellular Phone Service – 1000/1000/1000 Talk/Text/Data

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Update March 2016. It has been six months and I have been enjoying my free cell phone service from RingPlus with no hassles or unexpected charges. I still don't use it for my primary business/personal line, but at this point I'd be comfortable … [Read the rest]

IRS Estimated Taxes Due Dates 2016

If you have self-employment or other income outside of your W-2 paycheck this year, you may need to send the IRS some money before the usual tax-filing time. Here are the due dates for paying quarterly estimated taxes in 2016; they are supposed to … [Read the rest]

New Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi Review

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Citi and Costco have finally released the details of their new co-branded credit card, the Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi. However, the new card is not available for new applicants until at least June 20, 2016. Here's a quick overview of the … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2016

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Activation for 2nd quarter 2016 now open - includes Sam's Club and BJs Wholesale clubs! The credit cards below offer a hefty 5% cash back on certain categories that rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but I also rack up … [Read the rest]

OpenSignal and Sensorly: Free, Crowdsourced Cellular Coverage and Data Speed Maps

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A common frugal tip is to lower your cellphone bill by switching to a cheaper provider. Many of the cheaper options use the T-Mobile and/or Sprint networks, which in general have fewer cellular towers and coverage density. But what should really … [Read the rest]

Book Review: Money for Something – A Free Investing Primer

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There is always a demand for starter books on investing and personal finance, especially as graduation season is coming up again. Although they often cover similar topics, the execution varies widely. For example, I found Tony Robbin's "7 Simple … [Read the rest]

Pay Taxes With Credit Card: Lowest Fee Rates and Limited-Time Promotions

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We all know that personal income tax filings are due soon, but so are the first round of quarterly estimated taxes for 2016. Many of us with freelance or side-gig income must makes these payments in order to avoid a tax penalty at the end of the … [Read the rest]

New JetBlue Card Review from Barclaycard

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JetBlue has announced two new consumer credit cards - the JetBlue Card (no annual fee) and the JetBlue Plus card ($99 annual fee). These are both issued by Barclaycard, as JetBlue recently ended its credit card relationship with American Express. Are … [Read the rest]

Navy Federal Credit Union 0% APR No Balance Transfer Fee Promotion

NavyFed Credit Union has a limited-time promotion going on until Saturday, April 30th where if you do a balance transfer from an external financial institutions to your existing Navy Federal card, you'll get a 0% APR for 12 months with no balance … [Read the rest]