Archive for March 2012

Are You Playing the Mega-Millions Lottery?

Written by Nickel - 19 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, the Mega-Millions jackpot has topped $540M. Yes, you could win just over a half billion dollars (before taxes of course) for the low, low price of one dollar. So… Are you going to buy a ticket? If you’re not interested in paying for the privilege of playing the lottery, you […]

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Published on March 30th, 2012
Modified on April 1st, 2012 - 19 Comments
Filed under: Miscellany
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Discover Card Birthday Month Bonus

Written by Nickel - 17 Comments

Editor’s Note: This offer expired and is no longer available. Check it out… Discover Card is running a promotion where they’ll double your cash back during your birth month. Unfortunately, the offer only applies to $500 in purchases, and it doesn’t apply to 5% bonus purchases, so it’s actually only worth $5 in bonus cash. […]

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Published on March 29th, 2012
Modified on June 8th, 2015 - 17 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards
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Why You Should Consider Becoming a Landlord

Written by Hank Coleman - 15 Comments

My job is requiring me to move to a new town. So, my wife and I are faced with what seems to recently be the newest typical American family dilemma. What should we do with the home that we bought almost four years ago? While it can be hard to figure out whether to buy […]

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Published on March 29th, 2012
Modified on April 1st, 2012 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Mortgages,Real Estate,Saving & Investing
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Be Aware of Exchange Rates When Traveling

Written by Nickel - 7 Comments

As I sit here in the airport waiting for my flight, I wanted to share a tip for international travelers… A few weeks ago, I talked about the best credit cards for international travel. Today, I want to talk about currency exchange. For starters, I’ll just say that credit cards are a great way to […]

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Published on March 28th, 2012
Modified on April 1st, 2012 - 7 Comments
Filed under: Credit Cards,Travel
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Eight Tips for Raising Money-Dumb Kids

Written by Ed Avis - 12 Comments

Lots of articles try to convince you that raising money-smart kids is a good idea, but you know better. Who wants kids who limit their immediate gratification by putting money in a savings account? And every parent knows life is a lot better if you shut your screaming kid up by buying her everything she […]

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Published on March 27th, 2012
Modified on April 1st, 2012 - 12 Comments
Filed under: Consumer,Education,Frugality
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Bank of America Turning Mortgage Holders into Renters

Written by Nickel - 15 Comments

The latest news on the mortgage front is that Bank of America is testing a new program where they turn (former) homeowners into renters. Yes, really. It’s called the “Mortgage to Lease” program and it aims to convert those who are behind on their mortgages into leasees. When I first hear this news, I was […]

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Published on March 26th, 2012 - 15 Comments
Filed under: Debt Reduction,Mortgages,Real Estate
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Double-Check Your Bills on a Regular Basis

Written by Nickel - 10 Comments

Earlier this week, I received a “thank you” flyer from AT&T for signing up for their for roadside assistance program. The only problem with this is that I never signed up for it. Curious as to what I was going, I logged into their site to check my bill — and boy, am I glad […]

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Published on March 23rd, 2012
Modified on March 26th, 2012 - 10 Comments
Filed under: Consumer
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Roll With the Retirement Punches

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 5 Comments

We’re taught our retirement years will be a period of unalloyed pleasure, a placid, decades-long stretch seldom roiled by the kinds of concerns, worries, and sleepless nights we face all too often over the course of our work lives. In truth, the retirement years can be fraught with nervousness and fear. We may see our […]

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Published on March 22nd, 2012
Modified on March 26th, 2012 - 5 Comments
Filed under: Retirement,Saving & Investing
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How to Sell a Used Car

Written by Nickel - 14 Comments

As I noted a week ago, we recently bought a new car. That meant it was time to sell our old car. In general terms, I avoid trade-ins because: (1) they make the deal significantly more complex, making it harder to get a good deal, and (2) you can generally get considerably more selling your […]

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Published on March 21st, 2012
Modified on March 26th, 2012 - 14 Comments
Filed under: Automotive
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Get a $10 Amazon Gift Card for Just $5

Written by Nickel - 3 Comments

Here’s a quick little deal for those of you that shop at Amazon… AmazonLocal is offering a $10 Amazon gift card for just $5. You can access this deal by clicking this link. There’s a limit of one per household. Note: This offer expires at 3AM Eastern on Wednesday morning, so if you’re reading this […]

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Published on March 20th, 2012 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Consumer,Online
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