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Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express Review

I keep seeing the Blue Cash Everyday® Card from American Express winning "Best Best Cash-Rebate Card" from financial magazines like Kiplinger's Personal Finance. A few people have asked about it, so here's my quick review. First of all, new … [Read the rest]

Up to $100 For New Accounts at Bank of America and Chase Bank

Bank of America is offering a $75 bonus for new customers opening a personal checking account with them by April 30th. If you open online, you will probably get a hard credit check. If you open in a branch, you should be able to avoid this. Use … [Read the rest]

Housing Search Trade-Off: Price vs. Commute Time

From Washington, D.C. to New York City, from Atlanta to Portland, a huge part of finding a house is balancing the desire to have a shorter commute to work and the higher price tag that inevitably comes with it. Some people live farther away to spend … [Read the rest]

Maxed Out: Movie About Credit Cards – My Cynical Review

The big McMansion picture in my last post reminded me that I had to finish watching Maxed Out, a film about the credit card industry. You can watch it for free (albeit in low quality) on Google Video [90 minutes long]. The very first scene … [Read the rest]

About Our Home-Buying Process: Index of Posts

I'm trying to build a coherent series on the home-buying process, so to help me organize here is an index of posts that I've already written so far. Those with no links are outlines for future posts. If you think something is missing or want me to … [Read the rest]

March 2008 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

"Good" Credit Card Debt If you're a new reader, you may have some concerns about my high levels of credit card debt. I'm actually taking money from 0% APR balance transfer offers and instead of spending it, I am placing it in high-yield savings … [Read the rest]

GrandCentral Phone Service: No Invitation Code Needed

The virtual phone service GrandCentral has been invite-only beta for several months. But now the blog service Blogger (also owned by Google) is offering users free memberships. But hey, the special sign-up link works for everyone! :) Not really … [Read the rest]

FISN Bank CDs Paying Over 8% Interest: Being FDIC-Insured Isn’t Enough

I've already written about Millennium Bank - the offshore bank offering 8% certificates of deposit that are not FDIC-Insured, let alone highly regulated. More recently, a group called the Federally Insured Savings Network (FISN) has been advertising … [Read the rest]

Nine Traits Of The Middle-Class Millionaire

Russ Alan Prince, author of The Middle-Class Millionaire, has been trying to understand a new sub-class of Americans called the "working rich". Prince defines them as those with net worths between $1 million and $10 million, but who still work for … [Read the rest]

Free Credit Score Report Card and Analysis

In case the last 5 free ways to get your credit score weren't enough, there's also the free Credit.com Report Card. It is actually a pretty comprehensive analysis, providing: Credit Score Range: This provides a hint of your credit score based on … [Read the rest]

Remove Your Information From Junk Mail Lists For Free

My 5-year-old shredder is dying from all the junk mail I've fed it over the years. I'm totally hyped about buying a jumbo 12-sheet shredding beast. Coincidentally, I just ran across a free service called ProQuo.com that supposedly helps you remove … [Read the rest]

Finding Cheap or Discounted Ski Lift Tickets

This is a bit late in the season, but if you like to ski or snowboard be sure to sign up for the e-mail newsletter by SlidingOnTheCheap.com. They send out a free weekly newsletter that summarizes all of the specials and discounts offered by each … [Read the rest]