Archives for January 2010

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 […]

Published or Updated: June 6, 2013

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 […]

Published or Updated: March 24, 2014

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 […]

Published or Updated: January 9, 2014

When Do Negative References Get Removed From Your Credit Report?

These days, an individual’s personality, success and education can all be defined on “records”.  In high school and college, you’ve got your permanent record, which really isn’t that permanent but is useful in scaring students into staying on the straight and narrow.  Once you turn 18, you have your “criminal record” which usually sticks with […]

Published or Updated: May 4, 2011 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 […]

Published or Updated: May 1, 2016

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 […]

Published or Updated: January 2, 2013

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 […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2011

Review of RushCard Prepaid Cards

With credit card companies charging more and more fees, the number of transactions with debit and prepaid cards has increase significantly. The result has been a rush of new prepaid cards hitting the market, including prepaid cards with no fees or low fees. This means good news for consumers as banks and prepaid card issuers […]

Published or Updated: May 14, 2016

How to Correct an Error on Your Bank Statement

I found an error today while checking my bank account online. Capital One processed a check for $215.00, but mistakenly recorded it as $215.20. Now I know the error was only twenty cents, but I always find it unnerving when my bank makes a mistake. And of course, sometimes banks make big mistakes. If your […]

Published or Updated: March 23, 2012

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