Best of My Dollar Plan: February

Posted by Madison on March 1, 2017

This month our most popular finance tips were replacing cable with Sling TV, a big credit card application spree, the return of the Starwood 35,000 bonus, delayed tax refunds based on certain tax credits and how to automatically earn money from the BOA Better Balance card.

If you missed the most popular finance tips this month, here’s a quick overview:

Most Popular: February

IRS Will Delay Tax Refunds if You Claim These Tax Credits. The IRS now holds your tax refund for claiming certain tax credits. These refunds may begin to show up this week.

How to Automatically Earn $120 Every Year from the Better Balance Rewards Card. Set it up and forget it! Instructions on how to automate charges and cash back on this card.

$4,292 Credit Card Application Spree. Churning credit card bonuses is still one of my favorite hobbies! A hobby that brings in thousands of dollars makes it even better.

Starwood American Express Brings Back 35,000 Point Sign Up Bonus. The Starwood card only offered this high of a bonus once last spring. If you are considering it, pick it up during the increased bonus.

Replace Cable with Sling TV to Save $850 Per Year. Have you heard of Sling TV? How we switched to Sling TV to save money.

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American Express EveryDay Sign Up Bonus Worth $100

Posted by Madison on February 24, 2017

American Express offers a sign up bonus of 10,000 membership rewards points. The 10,000 bonus points are worth $100 in gift cards. However, as I mentioned in my $4,292 Credit Card Application Spree, the benefits of this card go beyond the sign up bonus. You can pool your MR points across multiple cards and use […]

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5 Money Challenges to Help You Save More Money

Posted by Don on February 23, 2017

We all know that in order to reach our financial dreams, we have to save money. Most of us go about this by saving whatever is left over at the end of the month. Sadly, this usually amounts to nothing as we spend all we have (and in some cases, more than we have). In […]

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Amazon $8.63 Off When You Spend $50 Today

Posted by Madison on February 22, 2017

Amazon is celebrating a top reputation ranking in a corporate poll. What does it mean for you? $8.63 off your purchase at Amazon today! The promotion page says you’ll save $8.62, but if you read the small print, it’s actually 8.627 rounded up to $8.63. The thank you promotion discount is off of a $50 […]

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The Starwood American Express card just increased their sign up bonus to 35,000 points! This is their highest sign up bonus; the only other time they offered it was last spring for a few weeks. The standard sign up bonus is 25,000 points and they usually bump it up to 30,000 points sometime during the […]

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Replace Cable with Sling TV to Save $850 Per Year

Posted by Madison on February 16, 2017

We finally got rid of cable and replaced it with Sling TV. We’ve talked about How to Get Rid of Cable and Still Watch TV for years, but ran into stumbling blocks, mainly for sports related programming. Cutting cable or switching to a lower cost provider is a great way to save money. Here’s how […]

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When is the Tax Deadline? It’s Not April 15

Posted by Madison on February 15, 2017

The 2017 tax deadline for your 2016 tax return is on April 18, 2017. Why is the Tax Deadline Not on April 15? Weekend Days. The tax deadline is extended when the traditional April 15 deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday. In this case it would be on the next business day (Monday). Emancipation […]

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Wells Fargo Cash Wise Visa $150 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on February 10, 2017

Wells Fargo is offering a $150 sign up bonus on their Cash Wise Visa card. The card also earns 1.5% cash rewards. If you use mobile payments, you’ll earn 1.8% during the first year. I mentioned this card earlier this week during my $4,292 Credit Card Application Spree. After picking up a $250 Sign Up […]

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IRS Will Delay Tax Refunds if You Claim These Tax Credits

Posted by Madison on February 9, 2017

There is a new delay this year for tax refunds. The delay will apply to 2016 tax returns filed in 2017. This year, the delay is due to a new law, the PATH Act of 2015. The law requires that tax refunds including the earned income tax credit or the additional child tax credits will […]

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$4,292 Credit Card Application Spree

Posted by Madison on February 8, 2017

It’s time for an application spree! Sign up bonuses from credit cards continue to be a big money maker for us. In addition, I pick up points that allow our family to travel on trips we wouldn’t otherwise take. Usually I alternate each spree with my husband. I’m trying something new this time around. After […]

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