Archive for November 2010

Amex Extends $25 Small Business Promo

Written by Nickel - 9 Comments

Guess what? Amex has extended the deadline on their “Small Business Saturday” $25 credit promotion. It was originally set up to be a one day event (11/27 only) and limited to the first 100k cardmembers that signed up. Now it will run until 12/31, and is open to the first 300k who sign up. Briefly, […]

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Published on November 30th, 2010
Modified on December 1st, 2010 - 9 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Dollar Cost Averaging vs. Value Averaging

Written by Laura Martinez - 6 Comments

No one wants to lose money, especially money that they’ve worked hard to earn and save. At the same time, just about everyone is trying to increase their portfolio’s value and make as much money as they can. Some people subscribe to investment newsletters to learn the ‘secrets’ of investing, while others are constantly on […]

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Published on November 30th, 2010
Modified on December 1st, 2010 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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Online Shopping Gone Horribly Wrong

Written by Nickel - 15 Comments

Over the weekend, I ran across a fascinating – and somewhat disturbing – account of a new approach to e-commerce. You can read the full article from the NY Times. I’ll just summarize it briefly here, and then talk a bit about what you can do to protect yourself from this sort of thing. The […]

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Published on November 29th, 2010
Modified on December 1st, 2010 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Online
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Small Business Saturday

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new shopping holiday nestled between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s called “Small Business Saturday,” and it’s the brainchild of American Express OPEN – the small business unit of Amex. Beyond simply encouraging you to go out at shop at small, locally-owned businesses, Amex is offering you $25 […]

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Published on November 26th, 2010
Modified on November 28th, 2010 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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How to Get Your Spouse Involved in Managing Your Finances

Written by Neal Frankle - 12 Comments

If you’re the one managing the finances, tracking the expenses and mapping out your family’s financial plan, you deserve a lot of credit. But I’m sure there are times when you wish your spouse was more involved. First, because it takes time to steer the money ship and it’s only fair to share that burden. […]

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Published on November 26th, 2010
Modified on November 28th, 2010 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Planning
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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To all of our readers in (or from) the United States… Happy Thanksgiving! I’m not sure about you, but my day will be spent going on a hike with the kids, watching football, and eating a wonderful dinner. Speaking of which… Did you know that a typical Thanksgiving dinner weighs in at a hefty 1500 […]

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Published on November 25th, 2010
Modified on November 28th, 2010 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Miscellany
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Chase Freedom Black Friday Bonus Rewards

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This is just a quick note to say that the Chase Freedom card is offering bonus rewards for purchases at select online retailers starting on Black Friday. More specifically, you can earn 8% cash back rewards by shopping at any of the following retailers between Nov 26-30: Apple Online Store Gap Toys’R’Us Barnes & Noble […]

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Published on November 24th, 2010
Modified on November 28th, 2010 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Credit Cards
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The Price of Happiness

Written by Nickel - 6 Comments

How much money does it take to be happy? That question was the focus of a recent survey by Princeton economist Angus Deaton and psychologist Daniel Kahneman. What they found flies in the face of the notion that money can’t buy happiness. Sort of. In their study, Deaton and Kahneman found that, as people earn […]

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Published on November 24th, 2010
Modified on November 28th, 2010 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Do You Need Mortgage Protection Insurance?

Written by Laura Martinez - 10 Comments

Have you ever thought about buying mortgage protection insurance? Do you even know what it is? My husband and I first heard about mortgage protection life insurance from our mortgage company. They’ve been sending out little sales pitches along with our mortgage statements. I’m usually skeptical about programs and accounts advertised by banks, but on […]

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Published on November 23rd, 2010 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Insurance,Mortgages,Real Estate
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Making Your Initial Mutual Fund Investment

Written by Nickel - 4 Comments

388 309 A reader named Mark recently wrote in with an investing quandary… He’s identified two possible funds to serve as the basis of his long-term investing, and he’s wondering how to get started. His top choice (let’s call it Fund #1) has a minimum investment of $10k, whereas his second choice (Fund #2) has […]

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Published on November 22nd, 2010
Modified on November 30th, 2010 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Saving & Investing
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