Archive for February 2011

How Are You Preparing Your Taxes?

Written by Nickel - 10 Comments

With just over six weeks until Tax Day 2011, many have already done their taxes, and most have at least started thinking about doing do so. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to run a poll about your preferred method for preparing your federal income taxes. {democracy:122} As for us… After […]

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Published on February 28th, 2011
Modified on March 5th, 2011 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Polls,Taxes
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Get Five Free iTunes Songs From American Express

Written by Nickel - 10 Comments

Editor’s Note:  This limited-time iTunes offer has expired. Here’s a bit of Friday fun… From now through March 15th, you can get five free songs via iTunes by registering your American Express card through this link. This is a promo for existing cardholders, not a signup bonus. To participate, simply click this link, register your […]

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Published on February 25th, 2011
Modified on November 25th, 2013 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Credit Card Usage Statistics – Do People Still Love Plastic?

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

We’ve all heard that the recent economic difficulties have prompted more Americans to start paying down their debt, increase their overall savings rate, etc. As a part of this trend, credit card usage has reportedly declined. Well… If you actually look at the numbers, you’ll see that reports of the demise of credit cards have […]

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Published on February 25th, 2011
Modified on December 5th, 2013 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Approaching Retirement With No Savings?

Written by Neal Frankle - 8 Comments

I recently received the following e-mail recently from “R”: I will be 55 yrs old in another month (ugh!) and have made very poor financial choices in my life. Because of that, I have very little retirement savings (about $8,000), nothing in my savings account, have a job where I live paycheck-to-paycheck. I do have […]

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Published on February 24th, 2011
Modified on February 26th, 2011 - 8 Comments
Filed under: Planning,Retirement,Saving & Investing
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Discover More Cash Back Reward Categories for 2011

Written by Nickel - 2 Comments

This is just a quick note to share with you the 2011 Discover More cash back rewards calendar for 2011. For those that are unaware, the Discover More card offers a base level of “up to 1% cash back” on all purchases, with 5% cash back in specific, rotating categories subject to quarterly enrollment and […]

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Published on February 23rd, 2011
Modified on November 5th, 2012 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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How Will You Use Your Tax Refund?

Written by Nickel - 26 Comments

Are you expecting an income tax refund? If so, you’re not alone. Based on IRS statistics, there were nearly 142 million federal tax returns filed last year, of which nearly 109 million (ca. 79%) of resulted in an income tax refund. The total amount refunded was a little more than $362 billion, for an average […]

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Published on February 23rd, 2011
Modified on February 26th, 2011 - 26 Comments
Filed under: Taxes
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Save for Retirement Before You Save for College

Written by Laura Martinez - 18 Comments

Many parents would do just about anything to give their kids the best opportunities in life. In some cases, they’ll even go so far as working extra hours to make sure their children have access to activities, tutors, etc. that can put them ahead. Given this, one area that worries many parents is the high […]

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Published on February 22nd, 2011
Modified on November 9th, 2016 - 18 Comments
Filed under: Uncategorized
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Four Financial Lessons to Learn From the Donner Party

Written by Guest Contributor - 7 Comments

This is a guest post from Jesse Michelsen of Personal Finance Firewall, a site where he shares tips for making better financial decisions so you don’t have to go hungry. Jesse also contributes to the Money Crashers personal finance blog. Ah, the Donner Party. One of the most grotesque, bizarre and puzzling stories from the […]

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Published on February 21st, 2011
Modified on February 27th, 2011 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Get a Free Flight With the All-New Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card from Chase

Written by Nickel - 15 Comments

EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS OFFER IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. See our page for Best Airline Miles Credit Cards for the current offers. Speaking of frequent flyer credit cards… While looking at the new Southwest Airlines frequent flyer program, I ran across the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Plus Credit Card – FREE FLIGHT I’ve been digging around […]

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Published on February 18th, 2011
Modified on March 6th, 2013 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards,Travel
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Why I Bought More Life Insurance

Written by Neal Frankle - 3 Comments

Do yourself a favor and re-evaluate your life insurance needs every few years, or whenever there have been significant changes in your personal situation. You’ll sleep better at night, and so will your family. I just updated my financial plan and realized that I need more life insurance. Even though I’m a financial planner, I […]

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Published on February 17th, 2011
Modified on February 19th, 2011 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Insurance
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