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Chase Total Checking Account Promotion – $150 Bonus

Chase Bank is offering a $150 bonus for new customers when you open a Chase Total Checking account deposit $100 and set up direct deposit within 60 days of account opening. You can avoid monthly service fees if you make a $500+ direct deposit … [Read the rest]

Free Summer Bowling Promotions

In celebration of National Bowling Day, register and get a coupon for a free game of bowling at participating centers on August 11, 2012. You can also try the direct download link here. Valid for a free game up to $6 value. Limit one free game … [Read the rest]

Lowe’s Iris: DIY Home Security System With No Monthly Monitoring Fee?

Home improvement chain Lowe's just announced a new "smart home" system called Iris where you can monitor and control your home through your smartphone or computer. The DIY system can be installed with just an ethernet broadband connection and a … [Read the rest]

$15 Free Live Nation Credit With Starwood Preferred Guest

If you are a member of the Starwood Preferred Guest hotel program (good credit card), enter your SPG number at spgpromos.com/lncashcodes and get a free $15 promo code (limited quantities) redeemable towards merchandise or concert tickets. The … [Read the rest]

FNBO Direct Returning Customer Promo 1.35% APY

If you have a dormant FNBO Direct account, you may be interested to know that they are offering a promotional rate of 1.35% APY beginning July 1, 2012 on all the money above what your balance was on June 29th, 2012. (Only available to existing FNBO … [Read the rest]

Free 500 Delta Skymiles via Le Club Accorhotels

It would appear that you can get 500 bonus Delta Skymiles by signing up for a hotel rewards account with Le Club Accorhotels and choosing Skymiles as your preferred loyalty program. Reading the fine print, I'm not quite sure if you need to actually … [Read the rest]

Completely Use Up Prepaid Credit Cards With Split Tender Transactions

Here's a quick tip for using up those last few dollars of a prepaid Visa, Mastercard, or American Express cards with bonuses. When you use up the last bit of an store-specific gift card, the register zeroes out the card automatically and tells you … [Read the rest]

American Express & Foursquare Promotion

Update: Foursquare and American Express are running this promotion again nationwide - even if you did it already previously - this time for $5 off $10 at participating small businesses. I just looked for restaurants nearby that accepted AmEx and … [Read the rest]

Lessons From Micro Units, Small Spaces, and Tiny Houses

Last week, New York City mayor Bloomberg announced a design competition for new “micro-unit” apartments ranging from 275 to 300 square feet (press release). The goal is to address the increasing demand by smaller households, as the average rent for … [Read the rest]

My Credit Card Rewards Maximization Strategy

Speaking of credit card rewards optimization, I was thinking about how the algorithm might work for me. I'm curious if others have a similar system. Man, I have a lot of cards... Tier 1 - Special Rotating or Temporary Promotions (5%+ back) First … [Read the rest]

Wallaby Card – One Card To Rule Them All?

If you're like me, you use multiple credit cards to maximize their rewards in different situations. Gas on one card, groceries on another, and maybe yet another one for restaurants. What if you could just charge everything on one dummy card, and … [Read the rest]

Start Your Own Micro-Business With Shared Coworking and Fabrication Spaces

Do you dream of working for yourself instead of "The Man"? Indeed, early retirement and/or financial independence is often achieved by successful small business owners. In addition, any retirement plan will be more robust if you can earn some … [Read the rest]