Rewards Credit Cards: Rotating Categories 2011 July to September (5% + Up to $200 Cash Back)

Rewards credit cards are very popular, with more folks trying to stretch every dollar. Besides, who doesn't like cash back? The following credit cards offer a hefty 5% back, but only in certain categories that rotate each quarter. Even though this … [Read the rest]

Weekend Reading: The American Dream, Dollar Coins, Fidelity Problems, and United/Continental Merger

Happy Birthday America! Here's some of what I've been reading over the long weekend: The Death of the American Dream I A good long-ish editorial from the The American Interest magazine about the "American Dream". The American Dream used to … [Read the rest]

California vs. Amazon.com in Sales Tax Battle

California, along with many other states, is broke. As part of an attempt to create more revenue, California passed a more aggressive law to force online merchants to collect sales tax. A 1992 Supreme Court decision stated that retailers that … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Financial Independence Day Promotions

Capital One 360 is running their usual "Financial" Independence Day promotion. Valid only July 1st & 2nd, 2011 (why not until the 4th? who knows). New 360 checking account customers will receive an opening bonus of $50 when they make three … [Read the rest]

Mortgage Down Payment Size vs. Delinquency Rate

As part of new reforms, the government is debating what downpayment size should be required for a "qualified" residential mortgage. If a mortgage doesn't meet the new standards, the lending bank would have to retain 5% ownership even if selling … [Read the rest]

Book Review: SuperFreakonomics – Economics Lessons

Super Freakonomics is the follow-up to the 2005 bestseller, Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner. This review will not be a summary of all the stories inside, although they are indeed entertaining. Given that they compare Santas and prostitutes, … [Read the rest]

Top Credit Card Bonuses Roundup – June 2011

If you have a good credit score and the discipline not to get into consumer debt, you can profit from your responsibility by participating in various credit card promos where their ad dollars go into your pocket. There have been some exceptionally … [Read the rest]

Free $2 Credit for Amazon MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com is offering $2 of free credit towards MP3 downloads with the code CLOUDMP3. No purchase required. Enter code at this link. It should increase your gift card balance by $2 for music purchases only. You must redeem the code by June 30, … [Read the rest]

Free 500 Hawaiian Airlines Miles

Hawaiian Airlines is offering up 500 free miles if you link your Twitter and HawaiianMiles accounts. This will bring you a bit closer to the islands and also resets your miles expiration date (after 18-months of inactivity). While you're at it, … [Read the rest]

Why You Should Ignore the Dow Jones Index

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) is an antiquated, somewhat-arbitrary, poorly constructed, incomplete indicator that does a subpar job of tracking the actual performance of the U.S. stock market. There, I said it. Every time I see it … [Read the rest]

Free Weekend Day Car Rental From Hertz

Rental car agency Hertz is revamping their frequent renter program, and is offering 500 bonus points (enough for a free rental day on a weekend) 100 bonus points per day on rentals from 7/1 to 9/30/2011 when you register online. You must be … [Read the rest]

Prosper New Lender Promotion: iPod Nano, Bose, iPad 2

Peer-to-peer lending site Prosper recently received another round of VC money and it appears that they are offering a new iPad 2 promotion to attract enough lenders to match their borrower demand. If you open a new lender account by June 30, 2011 and … [Read the rest]

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