Archive for November, 2008

Do You Have a Black Friday Story?

Posted by Madison on November 28, 2008

We all know I’m in love with Black Friday! Whether it’s shopping resources for the big day, getting free stuff or shopping online, I think it’s such a fun event. However, since we’re out of town, I didn’t do my usual routine. Hopefully, I’m still sleeping. (OK, I have two toddlers, that would never happen!) […]

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My Wishlist by American Express 2008

Posted by Madison on November 26, 2008

American Express Wishlist is back! It’s sort of like the Black Friday after party! It’s especially useful if you are busy shopping online and you want to take a break for something fun. American Express Wishlist Dates. The dates for this year’s wish list are December 1-18. American Express Card. You have to have an […]

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An Administrative Error Could Cost You Your Retirement

Posted by Madison on November 25, 2008

When was the last time you checked your pay stub? I’m not talking about your gross pay or net pay, I’m talking about the withholding for social security, service year credits for your pension plan, and all other administrative accounting that takes place with your employer. The following story is an unfortunate reminder of how […]

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Online Shopping Resources: Cyber Monday and Beyond

Posted by Madison on November 24, 2008

Didn’t feel like getting up early and braving the crowds and long lines on Black Friday? Cyber Monday is just for you. Today, is the online version of Black Friday… Cyber Monday! If you plan to shop online today or anytime this holiday season, here are some helpful resources to save money. Cash Back Programs […]

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Holiday Travel, Shopping, and Your Retirement

Posted by Madison on November 19, 2008

I’m so proud of myself! We almost always fly down to visit our in-laws. However, this year we’ve decided to drive to save some money. (Especially since now we would have to buy an additional seat for our two-year-old.) Because we usually have a lengthy layover at O’Hare, driving will probably only take about 1-2 […]

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Opening a New Solo 401k

Posted by Madison on November 18, 2008

I recently opened a new self employed 401k (or solo 401k) plan. I set up one plan with two accounts, one for my husband and one for me. It all started when I got an email from David at My Two Dollars who was looking to compare self employed tax deferral options for his own […]

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Are You Ready to Lose Your Job?

Posted by Madison on November 17, 2008

It’s probably not something you want to hear right now: you’ve lost your job. The news struck close to home last month when a family member lost his job. Watching him go through the process made me realize that with some advance planning, it could have eased some of the burdens. Preparing to lose your […]

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Additional $50 from ING Direct

Posted by Madison on November 14, 2008

Now that we’ve all gotten our ING $25 Bonus, it’s time to cash in for $50 more! Heather A. sent me an email about a great deal she found by signing up for a new Electric Orange checking account at ING Direct. $50 Sign Up Bonus Here is how to get your $50 bonus: You […]

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Rate Chasing with High Yield Savings Accounts

Posted by Madison on November 13, 2008

Just as you secure your money in a savings account at a bank with the highest interest rate, another bank offers a higher interest rate. With a quarter million dollars in the bank from credit card arbitrage, I’m always on the look out for the best rate. What is Rate Chasing? Rate chasers move their […]

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Contests, Freebies, Money Mindset and More!

Posted by Madison on November 12, 2008

Contests and Freebies Do you love entering contests and signing up for freebies? You can check out the new Simply Contests blog featuring as many easy to enter sweepstakes, contests, and freebie offers that she can find. You can also subscribe to her feed to stay on top of all the contests! Test Your Color […]

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