Archive for May, 2009

Schwab 2% Cash Back Credit Card

Posted by Madison on May 29, 2009

Schwab is ending their cash back card for new applicants. See our list of best cash rewards credit cards to find another card with great cash back. I love cash back credit cards. If you pay in full every month, it’s a great reward. I’ve been shopping credit cards lately, and found the Schwab Bank […]

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Advanta Closes all Credit Cards, 529 Plans, and More!

Posted by Madison on May 28, 2009

Advanta, which is one of my favorite credit card companies for small business cards, is closing their doors on Saturday, May 30. We got a letter in the mail two days ago. Talk about a quick exit! I know many of you got an Advanta card for 0% Balance Transfers in the past. The good […]

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Flashback: One Year Ago… May 2008

Posted by Madison on May 27, 2009

Another year has passed, which people remind me about frequently, since I’m turning 30 this month. I thought it would be fun to see what was happening one year ago, here at My Dollar Plan! Here were the most popular articles from last May. Obviously, many of them are still very relevant today, even though […]

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Help a Reader: Keep the House or Save for Retirement?

Posted by Madison on May 26, 2009

Time to help out a reader, Marke, who is facing a tough decision. His home has lost value, like many people today, and he’s not sure how to handle it. However, it’s not just his house he’s worried about. He’s nearing retirement, and needs to start planning for that, too. It seems that keeping his […]

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USAA $100 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on May 22, 2009

Checking account deals are popping up all over. This week USAA wants to give those with ties to the military $100 to open one for Free Money Friday. How to Get Your Sign Up Bonus Open a new USAA checking account by May 31, 2009 with a minimum deposit of $25. Set up and maintain […]

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Going to Court, Debt, and Investing

Posted by Madison on May 21, 2009

My court date is today. If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll remember about a month ago when I got pulled over for speeding and got a ticket. Both kids were in the back seat and had all kinds of questions for me after I got the ticket. Being accountable to a 1 and 3 […]

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Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009

Posted by Madison on May 20, 2009

The Senate passed the new Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009 yesterday. After the new credit card bill is worked out with the house, and the President signs it, the changes take effect in one year. Credit Card Bill of Rights Here is a summary of the changes included in the new credit […]

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I logged into my Lending Club account this week to see how my loans are doing. So far my net annualized return on investment is 8.44%! My Lending Club Account My loans are all current, which is much better than the loan I had at Prosper, which was charged-off last week because the person filed […]

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Small Business ARC Loan Arbitrage

Posted by Madison on May 19, 2009

The Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 included some terrific financing opportunities for small businesses. The SBA ARC Loan Program offers 0% loans to small businesses for up to five years. The program caught my eye, because it looks like a fantastic arbitrage opportunity! ARC Loan Program The loan program offers loans to small businesses […]

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Write for My Dollar Plan

Posted by Madison on May 18, 2009

I accept quality, original guest posts for publication. If you are interested in submitting an article here’s how: How to Submit an Article Send your submissions to for consideration. Text format is preferred, but I’ll also accept submission in email or word documents. Feel free to include any relevant information about yourself that you […]

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