Will American Express Eliminate Repeat Bonus Offers?

One of our favorite strategies to rack up sign up bonuses was highlighted by a reader named Steve who earned $6,000 in sign up bonuses. He highlighted his tips and tricks including the ability to recycle or repeat bonuses offers as often as he can. He shared that in order to recycle a bonus offer [...]

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Marriage Tension and Money

This month’s Money Magazine had an interesting article asking What’s Your Money State of Mind? The article is the result of a survey of 1018 Americans who are 18 or older. The information in the magazine is presented better than the article on the web. It gave more statistics and fewer anecdotal quotes. Regular readers […]

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Financial Literacy Game App Could Help Students Avoid Debt

We are working on a cool project that we believe your readers will find interesting. It is a new, innovative… READ MORE

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The Truth About Why Taxes Are So Stressful

Do you find yourself stressed out around tax time? What about even thinking about doing your taxes? If so, you are not alone. Taxes are often thought of as a dreaded part of the year causing stress and leaving people feeling overwhelmed and depressed. Why Are Taxes So Stressful? Sure, the act of filing taxes [...]

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Wealth Strategy: Track Your Net Worth

This post was originally published in early 2009, but brought to the forefront as I believe it’s one of the more important strategies for growing wealth. For those of you who have been following my journey, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a big believer in tracking and managing progress to help achieve desired goals.  I […]

Is College a Waste of Time and Money?

There is no simple answer to the question “Is college worth it?” Some degrees pay for themselves; others don’t. American… READ MORE

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Vice President Announces Program Offering College Credit for Apprenticeships

This week, the Obama administration announced s couple of2 new initiatives aimed at better training students for “in-demand jobs of… READ MORE

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How to Stay Motivated While Looking for Jobs

It’s not fun being unemployed or underemployed. In fact, there are a number of studies that indicate that being unemployed can be bad for health, and long-term unemployment and underemployment can be more damaging to your overall mental health and wellness than many other negative life events. One of the issues is that it can […]

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Best Way to Maximize Barclaycard Arrival Points for 2.27%

I picked up the Barclaycard Arrival card in my Credit Card Application Spree last spring. While I’ve redeemed most of the points (or miles as they call them) I earned from the $440+ sign up bonus, I still have more to cash out. Whenever I redeem points, I like to make sure I’m redeeming them [...]

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Marriage Penalty or Marriage Bonus?

Several years ago, a friend and I were discussing taxes.  One of his complaints was the frequently mentioned marriage penalty.  I pointed out that in his particular case, he and his wife were actually the recipient of a marriage bonus. What is the marriage penalty? Here is a table showing the upper limits for each […]

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With Increased College Competition, A Thought On Decreasing Rejection

I hate this time of year. Not because we are in the middle of a very difficult school budget season… READ MORE

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Prestigious Schools Push to Enroll Low-Income Students

Many highly selective colleges are in search of “High Achieving, Low Income’ students (HALI). Usually, these smart scholars are in… READ MORE

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Use Terms and Conditions to Prevent Disputes

If you are like me, you’ve scrolled past thousands of terms and conditions without reading them. If my website’s traffic is any indicator, almost no one cares about the terms and conditions of this site. Nonetheless they are important for several reasons. Here’s one very important reason: my advertisers require that I have one. I […]

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Hawaiian Airlines 35,000 Point Sign Up Bonus

This week’s Free Money Friday Deal could be really great for anyone planning a big family trip or honeymoon to Hawaii. Barclaycard is offering a great sign-up bonus of 35,000 bonus miles on their Hawaiian Airlines credit card! How to Get Your Bonus Sign up for the Hawaiian Airlines card. Spend $1,000 on purchases in [...]

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Lousiana Paves Way For Education-Business-Government Synergy

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s plan to create a $40 million incentive fund to direct dollars to high-demand programs that will fill… READ MORE

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What is a Bitcoin? Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Bitcoins?

There are virtual worlds out there, and also virtual currencies. Bitcoin has come up as the most well-known, traded, and used virtual currency thus far, so much so that it’s spiked the interest of governments and the IRS. So what exactly is a virtual currency, a bitcoin, and how does the IRS treat them for [...]

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Two Really Last Minute Tax Deductions: Traditional IRA and HSA

Last year, during my annual tax visit to the accountant, we discovered that there was a close call with my income. One more deduction would have been just the thing. After a minute of thought, the accountant reviewed my Health Savings Account contributions and realized that I hadn’t maxed out the contributions. He pointed out […]

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Closing Costs When Selling a Home

Buying a home today isn’t cheap. Soaring house prices coupled with tighter mortgage rules, has helped make housing a lot less affordable. If you’ve ever purchased a home before, you should be well aware of closing costs. But buyers aren’t the only ones stuck footing the bill. Sellers have their own closing costs to contend […]

Private Loan Disclosures At Center of ‘Know Before You Owe’ Bill

With many incoming college students unable to afford rising tuition costs, and low-cost federal loans only providing some assistance, private… READ MORE

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Hostels 101: A Cheap Way to Travel

Our Spring Break travel series continues! Have you considered a hostel? What is it and why is it so cheap? If you’re watching your pennies but want to get out and see the world, hostels could make it a reality. Travel being expensive and hostels being unsafe are just a few of the common travel [...]

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Ask the Readers: Saving Money through Upromse?

Eight years ago, I went nuts and signed up for everything I could that would make me even a little more money. For example, I got credit cards that paid good rewards and made sure never to carry a balance on them. I signed up for frequent flier programs on every airline and hotel even […]

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Community Colleges Forge Non-Tuition Revenue Streams

As state funding for public colleges shrinks, community colleges are continually looking for ways to keep budgets afloat while remaining… READ MORE

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Monkey Butlers Reviewed: Real Savings or Monkey Business?

Over the last month, I’ve been participating in a program to review monkey butlers from Ambler’s training program. They’ve been working on this monkey butler training program for close to five years now. It started out as something at their resort, but now they’re expanding to bring the monkeys home to you. Ambler contacted me […]

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How To Get Cash if You Owe Taxes This Year

It can be pretty scary and unnerving when you owe the IRS money especially when you did not think you were going to owe taxes. There are many reasons why you may owe the IRS once you are done filing your federal income taxes this year. If you find yourself owing and don’t have the [...]

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How To Get Cash if You Owe Taxes This Year

It can be pretty scary and unnerving when you owe the IRS money especially when you did not think you were going to owe taxes. There are many reasons why you may owe the IRS once you are done filing your federal income taxes this year. If you find yourself owing and don’t have the [...]

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