Archive for August 2009

Citi to Remove Automatic Travel Insurance

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

I recently learned that Citi is removing the automatic travel insurance from their cards, effective September 1, 2009. If you’re anything like me, then I know exactly what you’re thinking… “Travel insurance? What travel insurance?” To be completely honest, I was vaguely aware of this coverage, but my card usage is primarily governed by one […]

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Published on August 31st, 2009 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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How to Save Money on Homeowners Insurance

Written by Nickel - 11 Comments

I’ve written in the past about how to save money on health insurance, life insurance, and car insurance. Today I’m going to round things out with an article on homeowners insurance. What follows is a list of eight tips for reducing your premiums and saving a ton of money. Focus on your rebuilding costs While […]

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Published on August 31st, 2009
Modified on February 24th, 2010 - 11 Comments
Filed under: Insurance
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Ally Bank Raises Savings Account Interest Rate

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

Late last week, Ally Bank did something that’s been almost unheard of over the past year or so… They raised the interest rate on their online savings account. No, it wasn’t a large increase, but at least it wasn’t a decrease. It remains to be seen if anyone else will follow suit, but I doubt […]

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Published on August 30th, 2009
Modified on December 14th, 2012 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Banking
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How to Track Lending Club Investments in Quicken

Written by Nickel - 22 Comments

I’m now convinced that investing through Lending Club is (at least for me) more than just a passing fancy. As such, I decided that it was high time to start tracking things in Quicken. I’ve actually been avoiding this task because I’ve already invested in over 100 loans, and the prospect of tracking so many […]

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Published on August 28th, 2009 - 22 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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401(k) Limits to Decrease in 2010?

Written by Nickel - 15 Comments

According to human resources consulting firm Mercer, the IRS might be forced to reduce 401(k) contribution limits in 2010. Next year’s limits, which are tied to inflation, will be announced in October. Inflation has been negative since March so, unless it picks up between now and October, the IRS will have no choice but to […]

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Published on August 27th, 2009 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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Attention Finance Freaks – Consider Your Loved Ones!

Written by Matt Jabs - 14 Comments

Finance Freaks please step forward… Are you like me? The Personal Finance FREAK of the house? The one who is always pushing the envelope, always trying to cut costs, boost savings, etc. If that sounds like you, then let me first say… Well done! If you stay the course by spending less than you earn, […]

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Published on August 27th, 2009 - 14 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Get a $25 Bonus from Lending Club

Written by Nickel - 5 Comments

This is just a reminder that the good folks at Lending Club are offering FCN readers a $25 signup bonus* just for opening an account. Here’s how it works… 1. Visit Lending Club using a link in this post 2. Open and activate a lender account 3. The $25 will be automatically deposited in your […]

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Published on August 26th, 2009 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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What is a Mortgage Escrow Account?

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

I recently received an e-mail from a reader who is interested in paying off her mortgage early. In it, she asked the following: Is it better to pay money monthly that is applied to your escrow or your principal? I would like to pay the equivalent of one extra mortgage payment a year, but I’m […]

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Published on August 26th, 2009 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Mortgages,Real Estate
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Shopping for Homeowner’s Insurance on a Condo

Written by Laura Martinez - 7 Comments

We’ve been busy shopping around for home insurance for the condo that we’re buying. I’ve contacted several agents by phone and e-mail looking for a good deal. I’ve successfully reduced our car insurance bill by half simply by checking with different companies, so I know this will be worth the effort. Why do you need […]

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Published on August 25th, 2009
Modified on October 4th, 2011 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Insurance,Real Estate
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Get a $75+ Bonus from Zecco

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

About a week ago, I received an e-mail from Zecco, an online discount broker, with details about their “Friends Program.” The short version is that you’ll get a $75 bonus or 20 free trades for each and every friend that you refer. If you already have a Zecco account, here’s what you need to do: […]

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Published on August 24th, 2009 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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