Mango MasterCard Prepaid Card Review

Update: The Mango MasterCard is currently unavailable. Our recommended alternatives is the Serve from American Express. Earlier, we published a review of RushCard, a prepaid credit card. To our surprise it sparked a bit of controversy. The question that got so much attention was whether the fees RushCard charges are too high. As part of […]

Citi Launches Mobile Application for the iPhone

Citi recently launched a free mobile application for the iPhone. Since I’ve been a long-time banking and credit card customer of Citi, and since I have an iPhone, it seemed like a good product to review. I’ve never used my iPhone for online banking, and my first reaction was that it just isn’t necessary. I […]

How to Make Full-time Money as a Part-time Writer

Recently I’ve received a number of e-mail and comments from people really struggling financially. In some cases it’s due to divorce, in other cases it’s a job loss. Whatever the situation, a lot of people could use some extra cash. In the past, I’ve written about ways to earn extra money. Today, we are going […] vs.

Update: is no longer available. However, you can now get your credit score for free from Credit Sesame. Maintaining a high credit score has become more important than ever. From getting the best rates on mortgages, car loans, and credit cards, to qualifying for the best car insurance rates, your credit score has a […]

Warning: Your Mutual Fund May Be a Ticking Tax Time Bomb

One of the investing lessons I learned the hard way involves taxes. When I first started investing outside of retirement accounts, I didn’t consider how tax efficient the funds were that I had selected. For starters, I was only investing about $100 a month. And because I had no intention of selling the funds, taxes […]

Choice Trade Review: $5 Trades, $0.99 Options

Looking at the website design of, you may be wondering if it can compete with more prevalent online discount brokers like TradeKing and Scottrade.  Never judging a book by its cover, if you decide to dig down beneath the surface, you’ll find that has built a very impressive trading platform and can offer […]