Track Your Finances with HelloWallet

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I‘ve been writing about finance for many years now, having trudged through the many reviews of online software to help consumers budget.   Quicken has always been my software of choice, but I have to say that as of today, I’ll be using HelloWallet for all of my budgeting needs.  This software may be a bit […]

Published or Updated: January 27, 2012

OptionsHouse Current Deals and Promotions

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It’s become routine for online discount brokers to woo customers by providing a few free trades or a little up-front cash. But OptionsHouse has taken the idea to another level.  Currently, OptionsHouse is offering five different promotions, each awarding a little something different for potential traders. I use OptionsHouse for both casual investing and to […]

Published or Updated: January 18, 2012

Visa and MasterCard are not Finite Options for Rental Car Insurance

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Let me tell you a horror story about credit card rental insurance.  A few weeks ago I needed a rental car.  Enterprise was located right around the corner, so I figured I would give them a shot.  This was my first rental car, so I wasn’t exactly sure how this process worked. But to my […]

Published or Updated: December 8, 2011

OptionsHouse $600 IRA Bonus

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In a down economy, the possibility of earning big cash bonuses without shelling out money of your own has proven to be difficult.  Outside some of the best credit card deals, banks are becoming more stingy with their promo offers. But OptionsHouse has just launched a goody.  From now until December 31st, 2012, anyone who […]

Published or Updated: April 16, 2013

Get A Totally Free Credit Score from Credit Sesame

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It wasn’t until a few years ago that a consumer could obtain their credit score without entering their credit card information.  Most credit monitoring services would offer a “free trial”, ready to charge the day after the trial expires.  Now, anyone can obtain their  Experian credit score for free, without entering payment information by signing […]

Published or Updated: December 20, 2011

Triple Credit Report and Score from Privacy Guard for $1

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Free credit reports are nothing new. But as we’ve have written before, while you can get your free report at AnnualCreditReport.com, it won’t come with your credit score.  A company called Privacy Guard, however, just launched a 30-day trial for $1 that allows users to check their triple credit report and score. So I decided […]

Published or Updated: November 26, 2011

TD Ameritrade Review – A Canadian Spin on the US Market

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen Sam Waterston (who you might know as district attorney Jack McCoy on Law and Order) promote TD Ameritrade in television commercials. But after years of wondering whether or not they are a top notch online discount broker, I decided to give them a shot.  Oddly enough, I learned […]

Published or Updated: December 6, 2012

Just Saved Another 30% Using Progressive Snapshot

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Living in Miami as a single guy with a terrible credit score, my auto insurance bill was out of control.  I’m pretty sure had I decided to pick up comprehensive and collision insurance,  I would have been paying more than most families pay on their mortgage.  Geico was just not cutting it and two years […]

Published or Updated: September 16, 2011

15 Cool Ways to Save on Electricity

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Last year, the average household spent about $2,150 on energy bills.  While that’s a lot of money, just a few small steps can save you 5-10% annually on your energy bills. Ten percent of $2,150 is not a life-changer, but it is a life-enhancer and it’s very easy money.  We have a number of  ideas […]

Published or Updated: September 15, 2011