ING Direct $25 Electric Orange Account Signup Bonus

If you’re looking for an ING Direct account opening bonus, you’ve come to the right place. In case you haven’t heard, you can get a $25 bonus for opening an Electric Orange checking account through one of the links listed below and depositing at least $250. Note: If you already have an ING Direct account […]


In the Wake of an Outage: Is HSBC Direct Reliable?

A week or so ago, I received a somewhat cryptic e-mail from HSBC Direct apologizing for “recent system issues” and saying that they were working to “test and re-engage the impacted systems” such that they could “return to full-system functionality.” The full text of their e-mail follows: Dear XXXXXX, I want to update you on […]


Friday Fun: The Ten Most Popular Travel Destinations

I’ve mentioned in that past that I’m a huge fan of TripAdvisor for researching our travel plans. Well, last night I got an e-mail from them containing a list of the ten places that TripAdvisor users searched for most often during the month of August. Here it is: Las Vegas, NV Cancun, Mexico Paris, France […]


Quicken 2009 Discounts

In case you’re a Quicken user like me, I thought I’d point out that Quicken 2009 is just around the corner. It’s supposed to start shipping on September 3rd, and they’re currently offering discounts ranging from 20%-36% on their various products. Update: They’re now offering $20-$50 discounts on their most popular products, as follows: Quicken […]


Weekly Roundup – Mailing Articles Edition

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve added the ability to send articles via e-mail from right here on the website. Just scroll down to the end of an article, click the “e-mail this article” link, fill in the required fields, and send it on its way. This is a great way to share articles with […]


Get the Best Mileage for Your Car-Buying Dollar

With all the recent talk about high gas prices and strategies for improving your mileage, I thought I’d highlight a recent article from Consumer Reports on getting the best fuel economy for your buck. CR dug through their recent ratings and compiled a list of the most reliable cars ranked by their cost per mpg. […]


Help a Reader: Upside Down on a Condo

A reader named Brian recently wrote in with the following quandary: We own a condo in Las Vegas. It was purchased 5 years ago at a value of $200K. It currently is valued at $125K. The loan we have is for $163K and it is interest only with a 4 point margin on top of […]


The Best Cash Back Reward Credit Card

The other day, a reader wrote in with the following question: I’m in the market for a reward credit card. Which one do you recommend? That’s a great question, especially since many credit card issuers have been scaling back on their rewards programs over the past year or two. I’ve always been of the opinion […]


Risk-Free Banking

Three Four banks have failed since July, eight nine so far this year, and there are upwards of 90 more on the FDIC’s “troubled” bank list. It’s a nerve-wracking time, to be sure. So what can you do to reduce you risk when it comes to banking? Here’s a list of five tips from a […]


Save Money on Gas by Tracking Your Mileage

About two months ago, I wrote an article detailing my progress in improving my gas mileage. By making a few small adjustments to my driving style, I was able to improve my mileage by 15%. Today, I wanted to share a more general tip for saving money on gas: track your mileage mileage. If you’re […]