The New Financial Bundle: Checking + Savings + Credit Card + Brokerage + Retirement Advice


Last week, Ally Financial announced that they are acquiring TradeKing. What made this interesting was that they didn't refer to TradeKing as a discount brokerage firm, but a "digital wealth management company". This another move from independent … [Read the rest]

E-File Your Federal and State Tax Extension Online For FREE! (Updated 2016)


Updated for 2016. This year, the deadline for federal tax filing is Monday, April 18th, 2016. If you file for an extension, you can extend the time allowed to file your return by six months to Monday, October 17, 2016. (It does not extend the time … [Read the rest]

Chase Freedom Unlimited Review – 1.5% Cash Back + $150 Bonus

Chase Freedom Unlimited

Chase has introduced a new cash back rewards card called the Chase Freedom Unlimited which earns a flat 1.5% cash back on all purchases. The new card will be in addition to and separate from the existing Chase Freedom, which has 5% cash back on … [Read the rest]

New Rules on Fiduciary Duty for Retirement Account Advice

The Department of Labor has released their final rule on reducing conflicts of interest on retirement savings advice. As expected, the new rule now requires any person who provides investment advice on retirement accounts like 401(k) or IRAs to act … [Read the rest]

Bill Fixers: Let Someone Else Haggle Your Cable and Phone Bills For You


Successful haggle update, April 2016. Shortly after the NY Times profile of Bill Fixers came out, I submitted a request for them to help me lower my Time Warner cable bill. I had haggled with Time Warner in the recent past, but was currently back … [Read the rest]

WreckCheck App – Auto Accident Checklist


While doing the research for my auto premium comparison post, I noticed that several of the state websites promoted an app called WreckCheck. Created by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), this free mobile app for iPhone and … [Read the rest]

Big List of Auto Insurance Premium Comparisons for All 50 States


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


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


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 America started rolling out free FICO scores … [Read the rest]

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


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]

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


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]