Archive for June, 2011

Ask Madison: Reader Mail Volume 5

Posted by Madison on June 30, 2011

Time for another round of reader mail. Let’s jump right in: Have you heard any update on the mfs class action lawsuit you wrote about some time ago? no word in years…wondering what the disposition is. – Dan I’ve been wondering too… but I haven’t heard a word on it yet! The FAQs don’t list […]

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How Do You Combat Spending Anxiety?

Posted by Jill on June 29, 2011

So many of you wrote helpful comments when I talked about needing to buy a new car… but I still haven’t done it! My very generous grandparents have a pretty new car that mostly sits in their driveway. When they heard I was moving home and would be temporarily carless, they offered to let me […]

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AwardWallet Point Tracking with Free Upgrade

Posted by Madison on June 28, 2011

Every time we take advantage of a new bonus and sign up for a new offer or program, it makes keeping track of frequent flyer miles, credit cards rewards programs, and loyalty rewards programs a mess. Add in the quarterly switching of credit cards and maximizing various online shopping cash back programs and remembering to […]

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It’s almost time for the 3rd quarter 2011 cash rewards credit cards bonuses. Since many credit cards now offer cash back on a rotating quarterly schedule, we have to reorganize each quarter. With the holiday weekend coming up, I wanted to be sure everyone had enough time to get your cards switched out before traveling, […]

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Citi Dividend $150 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Kate on June 24, 2011

Citi just keeps the Free Money coming! This week for Free Money Friday, Citi is offering an easy $150 sign up bonus for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select card. How to Get Your $150 Sign up for the Citi Dividend Platinum Select card by June 30, 2011. Make $500 in purchases within 3 months of […]

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Should You Liquidate Savings to Pay off Debt?

Posted by Jill on June 22, 2011

Many articles have covered the crossover point – the point where earnings from investment income exceed living expenses, so that you can theoretically stop working for an income and instead just live off of your investments – detailed extensively in the book Your Money or Your Life. At some level, the crossover point is the […]

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5 Scary Foreclosure Fiascos

Posted by Amanda on June 21, 2011

According to RealtyTrac, the average foreclosure is being sold for $166,830, and there are currently 1,757,899 foreclosed homes around the US flooding the market. Facing so many foreclosures, major lenders such as JPMorgan Chase, Ally Financial’s GMAC Mortgage unit and Bank of America turned to sub-par practices in order to process the sheer volume of […]

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My Google Wallet Wishlist

Posted by Madison on June 20, 2011

Google recently announced their new mobile payment system, Google Wallet. It’s a free app on your smartphone to make purchases at bricks and mortar stores. Here are the highlights from Google: You’ll be able to store your credit cards, offers, loyalty cards and gift cards, but without the bulk. When you tap to pay, your […]

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Citi ThankYou® Preferred $250 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Kate on June 17, 2011

Update: This offer is expired. Please see our credit card directory for current offers. Citi continues to come through with some great Free Money Friday offers. This week, you have two options with the Citi Thank You cards: you can sign up for the Premier $500 – $665 Sign Up Bonus with an annual fee […]

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Free Hilton Gold Status or 5,000 Points

Posted by Madison on June 16, 2011

Planning to travel this summer? Here’s a quick travel perk for you. Hilton is offering free gold status for the summer. To upgrade your Hilton Honors account, enter the account number of a Visa signature credit card at: Hilton Honors Visa Signature upgrade. If you stay 3 times, your gold status will extend until next […]

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