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HSBC Direct now at 4.25% APY

HSBC Online Banking is now paying 4.25% APY interest, leading all no-minimum no-fees savings accounts. I opened one recently and just got full online access to my bank account earlier this week, and I'll be putting up a review shortly. $25 opening … [Read the rest]

Credit Transfer Denied, But With Possible $100 Silver Lining

So I asked if I could transfer my credit limit from my other Citi credit cards to my new Citibank Professional Card, as discussed previously. I got the same answer that other readers got - No, because it is considered a professional/business card. … [Read the rest]

Credit Limit Transfer Denied, But With Possible $100 Silver Lining

So I asked if I could transfer my credit limit from my other Citi credit cards to my new Citibank Professional Card, as discussed previously. I got the same answer that other readers got - No, because it is considered a professional/business card. … [Read the rest]

Switching to 6-Month Treasury Bills

My current 4-week T-Bill ladder has been working smoothly, with the money going in and out of the C of I so that I don't have to do anything but watch the interest add up. But, this week's T-Bill auction results gave a disappointing 3.63% rate, … [Read the rest]

Pet Insurance Revisited: Self-Insuring Update

A while ago I asked out loud "Is Pet Insurance Worth It?". My conclusion was no, so we started putting $20 a month into an ING sub-account instead. Well, we have a spaniel, and he got an ear infection. We ended up taking him to the vet today since … [Read the rest]

Carnivals and Festivals and More, Oh My!

For your pecuniary perusal, this week's carnivals are up: Carnival of Personal Finance #26 Carnival of Debt Reduction #13 Festival of Frugality #1 … [Read the rest]

Saving Money With Cheaper Hobbies?

Another good frugal living tip I hear is to get cheaper hobbies. I know a lot of people with very expensive hobbies - Golf, Boats, ATVs, Gadgets, Photography, and Mountain Biking come to mind. Each of these involves pressure to buy the latest and … [Read the rest]

GMAC Bank paying 4.30% APY

As mentioned by readers. GMAC Bank MM Savings at 4.30% - FDIC Insured, $500 minimum to open and maintain to avoid fees, ATM Card, limited check writing. I don't have an account with them currently, let's hope others move to match. … [Read the rest]

Budget Results for November

As expected, since we hosted my family for Thanksgiving, we blew through the Dining and Groceries budget guidelines this month. It takes a bunch of food to keep 6 people fed for 6 days. We finally finished our ham and turkey leftovers though! … [Read the rest]

Sunrocket VoIP Phone Service Review

I replaced my landline telephone service and switched to SunRocket VoIP service back in February. I got a whole year of unlimited local and long distance, with tons of features, for $199 a year or $16.58 a month. Now that I've had it for 10 months, … [Read the rest]

Fun with Dick and Jane – Consumerism Comedy

Just saw a trailer for Fun with Dick and Jane, a new Jim Carrey movie hitting on how we are too obsessed with owning Stuff and "Keeping up with the Jones'". In this case the Jones' have a new voice-activated Benz, while Dick looks sadly at his mere … [Read the rest]

Confused?

I guess I've been leaving newer readers behind with all this talk about taking advantage of credit cards with 0% balance transfer offers. Sorry about that. Check out this old post: How to make money off of 0% APR balance transfers … [Read the rest]

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