The Big Purchases Often when we become interested in personal finance and saving money we do something that is human nature — we focus on the big stuff like houses, cars, etc. It makes sense too – armed with careful research and smart negotiating tactics you can save large amounts of money on big-ticket purchases. […]

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Extra Cash Back this Summer from Discover

Posted by Madison on July 3, 2009

It’s Free Money Friday! And just in time for the upcoming 4th of July celebration is a cash back offer from Discover for your holiday travels. Discover is offering 5% cash back on the following categories July through September, 2009: Gas Stations Hotels Theme Parks Zoos Bookstores How to Get Your Cash Back Sign up […]

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Bonus to Link Northwest and Delta Miles

Posted by Madison on July 2, 2009

Northwest and Delta are giving out bonus miles to link your Worldperks and SkyMiles accounts. Although, I’m not exactly sure how many miles you get! Scott and I both got the same letter on the same date last month. His letter offered 1,000 bonus miles for linking his accounts; mine offered 500 bonus miles. All […]

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Flashback: One Year Ago… June 2008

Posted by Madison on June 30, 2009

I had a blast checking out the archives last month, so I thought we’d make a reoccurring feature. It’s fun to see what was happening in the financial world a year ago. Here were the most popular articles that were written in June 2008. Many of them still have a lot of relevance this year! […]

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12 Tasks for Your Mid Year Financial Checkup

Posted by Madison on June 29, 2009

When we reach the half way point of the year, I like to do a mid year financial checkup. Here are some tasks for this summer’s checkup; some from my list and some from readers. Mid Year Financial Checkup Check Your Credit Report. Don’t forget to use your annual free credit report. In addition, if […]

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FatWallet Cash Back

Posted by Madison on June 26, 2009

Recently, I asked What is Your Favorite Cash Back Program? A reader, Simon, pointed out that I forgot FatWallet! I often mention the FatWallet Finance forums as one of my favorite places to hang out. But, as Simon reminded me, FatWallet also has a special place in my heart for earning cash back! Let’s explore […]

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Student Loan Rates Will Drop to All Time Low

Posted by Madison on June 25, 2009

Great news for those of you with student loans! On July 1, the interest rates on Stafford loans and PLUS loans will drop to an all time low! Here’s what the new rates will look like: Stafford loans in in-school or grace period status: 2.00% Stafford loans in repayment: 2.50% PLUS loans: 3.38% This is […]

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Microsoft Money Being Discontinued Next Week

Posted by Madison on June 24, 2009

I’m heartbroken. Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Microsoft Money product. I’ve been a diehard user for more than a decade! That’s thousands of transactions and details from almost every financial move I’ve ever made. Microsoft Money Plus Home and Business is the center of my Financial Organization detailing almost 200 accounts in multiple […]

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You Need a Budget Review

Posted by Kate on June 22, 2009

Many of you with an interest in personal finance have probably explored various budgeting strategies and tools that can help make the task a bit easier. One popular program is You Need A Budget (YNAB), a tool that promises simple, easy-to-use software and a money management methodology. I recently took a look at YNAB Pro […]

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What is Your Favorite Cash Back Program?

Posted by Madison on June 19, 2009

What is your favorite cash back program? That’s what a reader, Howard, wants to know. He brings up a great point: I’m sure mathematically, it might make sense to pick the optimal program every time. For those of us who don’t wish to keep track of so many, do you recommend one over the others? […]

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