New Starwood Preferred Guest Rewards for 2012

Recently I applied for the Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. For new cardholders, you can earn up to 25,000 bonus Starpoints, which was the primary reason I got the card. It’s also why the card is considered by many as one of the best travel credit cards. So it caught my attention […]


Can’t Pay Your Taxes? Read This

What should you do if you can’t afford to pay your taxes? Recently I came across a page on the IRS website that answers this question, at least in part. Believe it or not, the IRS offers installment plans that allow taxpayers to pay their taxes over time. Before we get to the installment plans, […]


A Free and Easy Way to Track Reward Miles and Points

Update: Manilla closed its doors on July 1, 2014. You can find alternatives to Manilla here. After yesterday’s article about how to get 100,000 bonus points with the British Airways Visa Signature card, I started to think about all of the reward miles and points I have. Like many, I have rewards on credit cards, […]


401k vs IRA–Where Should You Save for Retirement?

Among the many decisions we all must make about retirement, one of the most perplexing relates to the types of retirement account options. For many of us, there are a lot of choices including a 401k, Roth 401k, Deductible IRA, Roth IRA, and a Non-deductible IRA. And that’s not even counting 403b accounts, SEP IRAs, […]


Citi® Platinum Select® / AAdvantage® MasterCard® – 30,000 Bonus Miles

My family and I just returned from a vacation in which we spent $264 for a plane ticket to Florida and back. That might not be a bad deal, except that– The “ticket” was for our luggage! So when Citi relaunched a miles card that lets you and up to 4 companions each check one […]


2012 Tax Filing Deadlines

If you’ve already filed your taxes you probably feel a sense of relief like I do. Much like the relief you feel when a root canal is over. For those who have procrastinated, you need to know the filing deadline dates. This year you have two bonus days to file your taxes. You don’t have […]