What Certificate of Deposit is Right for You?

Bank CD's

I began investing in certificates of deposit when I was 13. Back then (yes, we had color TV and telephones) there were just two options when it came to picking a CD: the term and the amount of money you wanted to invest. Today, things are a bit more complicated. The good news is that […]

Published or Updated: June 7, 2013

Banks vs. Credit Unions–Where to Find the Best Interest Rates

Banks Versus Credit Unions

Photo: shehan365 Where do you go to find the best interest rates? With the Occupy Wall Street and Bank Transfer Day movements in the news, I lot of folks have moved from big banks to credit unions. And that raises an important question–do banks or credit unions have the best interest rates? Now in some […]

Published or Updated: January 22, 2012

Where To Buy Cheap Checks Online

Checks Superstore

Photo: jridgewayphotography Banks are robbing us blind. As we mentioned last week in our article about how to order checks online, ordering check refills from your bank can be a costly mistake. All banks do is pass the order off to another company, and then mark up the costs to consumers. Instead, there are several […]

Published or Updated: May 10, 2013

How To Order Checks Online

Check-Screen-Shot

Photo: Newton Free Library Checks are evil. I’m serious. In a world of electronic transactions, debit and credit cards, direct deposit, PayPal, and online payments, shouldn’t physical checks be a thing of the past? Yet, I’m amazed at how many checks my wife and I go through. From charitable contributions to school lunches, we write […]

Published or Updated: November 22, 2011

List of Free Online Checking Accounts

Aurora Bank Logo

With the revolt against bank fees in the news, I thought it was a good time to highlight some no fee online checking account options. The great thing about online banks is that not only are their checking accounts free, but many of them even pay interest. For those that pay interest, online banks can […]

Published or Updated: March 3, 2014

Don’t Be a ‘Bank Transfer Day’ Lemming

Bank Transfer Day

Saturday was ‘Bank Transfer Day.’ Spurred by the $5 debit card fee Bank of American planned to charge customers, a movement was born to get banking customers to switch from big banks to credit unions. Why they planned it on a Saturday when most credit unions are closed is anybody’s guess. Today in the Washington […]

Published or Updated: July 12, 2012

EverBank Checking Account $60 Cash Bonus with Reimbursed ATM Fees!

EverBank $60 Bonus

Bank of America has taken it on the chin the past few weeks after announcing it would charge a $5 monthly fee to all customers using a debit card. The sad reality is that Bank of America is not the first or the last bank to charge customers a debit card fee. And it seems […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2012

How to Find a Great Credit Union

With bank fees on the rise, many are looking to take their business to smaller financial institutions. One popular option are credit unions. A credit union is a cooperative financial institution owned by its members. As a result, these smaller institutions often offer banking services at lower costs and with better rates. In the Daily […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012

Citi Raises Fees On Checking Accounts

Occupy Wall Street

When in rains, it pours. Last week Bank of America announced a $5 fee to use its debit card. This week the Occupy Wall Street protesters are fanning out across the country, looking to unseat the bonus marchers in the history books. And now my own bank, Citi, has gone and raised fees on its […]

Published or Updated: October 28, 2012