Big List of Free Consumer Reports (1/2): See Your Confidential Credit, Banking, and Payday Lending Data

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There are many companies out there that make money by collecting and selling data - your personal data. In the past, it was often difficult if not impossible to see what they were telling prospective lenders, landlords, even employers about you. … [Read the rest]

Walmart Savings Catcher: Automated Low Price Guarantee Now Nationwide

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(Update: Walmart's new automated low price guarantee appears to be nationwide now. While still in "beta", their FAQ has been scrubbed of any geographical limitations. Their inclusions list was changed to add the phrase "most fruits and … [Read the rest]

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card: 50,000 Bonus Points + Free Night Certificate

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Another credit card has upped their usual sign-up bonus given all the competition recently - this time it is the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase. Thanks to reader Naveen for the heads up. The offer for new Marriott cardholder … [Read the rest]

Horizon Motif Review: Commission-Free, No Advisory Fee, Index ETF Portfolios

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Motif Investing is a discount brokerage with a twist: you can buy a basket of up to 30 different stocks or ETFs and the entire basket costs just $9.95 a trade. When I first heard of this company, I thought it would be a cool way to build your own … [Read the rest]

Covestor Core Portfolios Review: Free Managed ETF Portfolio

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Low-cost index ETF portfolio are everywhere these days! Covestor is a site that usually charges you a fee to manage your portfolio to follow various active managers, with fees ranging up to 2% per year (split Covestor/manager 50/50). However, they … [Read the rest]

TradeKing Advisors Review: Managed Core and Momentum ETF Portfolios

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Another online ETF portfolio advisor joins the mix. Discount brokerage TradeKing, possibly best known for their $4.95 stock trades, announced a new subsidiary called TradeKing Advisors which will directly manage ETF portfolios for retail customers. … [Read the rest]

Infographic: Income for Maximum Happiness For All 50 States

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You may have read that a Princeton University study by Deaton and Kahneman found that people were more satisfied with their life as their income rose, but only until about $75,000 a year. After that, higher income did not result in greater … [Read the rest]

Current Amex Special Offers: Whole Foods, JC Penney, Best Buy

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Updated 7/21/04. This post will be updated to include selected recent special offers from American Express that are widely available to their cardholders. These promotions often offer the opportunity for easy savings without changing your … [Read the rest]

Groupon Deal: Sam’s Club Membership

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Available again. Groupon has a special Sam's Club Plus membership deal where for $45 you get: One-year Sam's Club Savings membership ($45 value), which includes a membership card for the primary cardholder and a complimentary membership card … [Read the rest]

Kindle Unlimited Review: Personal Finance and Investing Books

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Amazon has just announced Amazon Unlimited, an eBook and audiobook subscription service that costs $9.99 a month (30-day free trial) and not included in Amazon Prime. They claim over 600,000 titles in their library, although that number is padded … [Read the rest]

Free FICO vs. non-FICO Credit Score Comparison

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Updated with new scores. There are many free credit scores are available nowadays, but how do they compare in real life? There are three major credit bureaus - TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian - which all may have slightly different information … [Read the rest]

Non-Traditional Retirement Story: 50% Savings Rate and Year-long Vacations

Rarely are people who achieve a non-traditional retirement profiled on mainstream media, and when they do it's usually with a "omigosh look at these crazy people" type of article. So I was surprised when I ran across this couple who talk casually … [Read the rest]