Citibank Checking Billpay and Mobile Check Deposit $100 Promotion

Citibank is running a $100 bonus promotion good for existing checking account customers. You have to first enroll in the offer by 7/31/14, and then you can earn $10 per month for doing each of the following activities from … [Read the rest]

Oyster App Review: Personal Finance and Investing Books

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Wouldn't a Netflix for books be neat? You could borrow all the books that you wanted to read and then return them when you're done. Oh wait, they already invented it and called it a library. But seriously, what if you wanted it all available … [Read the rest]

Best Baby Registry? Return Policy, Completion Discount Comparison (Updated)

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Updated details, added new stores, and added our own experience. You're gonna have a baby! Part of the whirlwind is deciding where to start your baby registry. Similar to wedding registries, you go to the store, pick up a bar code scanner, and … [Read the rest]

Cash Is Still King, But Most People Prefer Debit Cards Over Credit Cards

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The Federal Reserve recently released a report about about consumer payments [pdf], and it had some interesting results (at least to me). Via Business Insider. Here are the distilled highlights. Cash is still the most frequently used form of … [Read the rest]

Why Non-Traded REITs Are a Horrible Investment

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Just as important as finding a good investment is knowing what investments to avoid at all costs. If you simply manage to avoid putting any money into financial sinkholes, you'll come out ahead. I've already mentioned the common mistake of … [Read the rest]

Limited-Time Offer: 60,000 Bonus Points For Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus, $300 For Ink Cash

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Update: This LTO is now EXPIRED Chase has just boosted the sign-up bonuses on their Ink cards. The Ink Bold Card and Ink Plus Card cards now offer 60,000 Ultimate Reward points after spending $5,000 within 3 months, which are worth 60,000 United m … [Read the rest]

Best Buy vs. Rent Calculator Ever? Interactive & Fully Customizable

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There are a plethora of buy vs. rent calculators out there, but virtually all of them make at least some fixed assumptions. They might assume that you could invest the difference between renting and buying in the stock market at 8% return while you … [Read the rest]

Recommended Reading List for Young Investors

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I just finished reading If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly, a free starter book on personal finance by respected author William Bernstein. As the PDF was only 16 pages long, you could probably finish it during a lunch hour or commute. … [Read the rest]

Mortgage Qualification and Credit Scores

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Sometimes I wonder what all the fuss about credit scores is about. But mortgage underwriting is one area where it is very important, mostly due to the unwillingness or inability of lenders to look beyond a subprime credit score. Many brokers that … [Read the rest]

Walmart Savings Catcher: Finally a No Hassle Low Price Guarantee?

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Many stores offer a "low price guarantee" but in reality nobody actually uses them. You have to find the competing price yourself, wait in the returns line, all for the opportunity to argue with the cashier about the validity of your claim. Who … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Personal Advisor Services Review – Low Cost Managed Portfolio and Guidance

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Many people hire a financial advisor because they aren't comfortable investing on their own, and they appreciate having an experienced person to talk to whenever they have any questions. However, this usually means paying at least 1% of your … [Read the rest]

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Review: Two Roundtrip Flights + Companion Pass Info

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Southwest has brought back their 50,000 bonus point promo for the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card. That's worth 2 Roundtrip Flights (over $700 in airfare with no limited-capacity seating hoops or $500 in Amazon.com gift cards) a … [Read the rest]