Archive for September, 2011

Can Stores Set Minimum Credit Card Purchase Amounts?

Posted by Amanda on September 29, 2011

In the article 6 Reasons Why You Need to Carry Cash, I mentioned that only carrying around credit cards makes it a nuisance to make purchases from merchants who implement credit card minimum purchase requirements. In the comments section, multiple readers claimed that it is actually against the terms of service between credit card companies […]

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Pressing the Reset Button

Posted by Jill on September 28, 2011

I can’t believe it’s already the end of September. I’ve always thought of this time of year as a chance for new beginnings. It undoubtedly comes from so many years of starting a new school year around this time. But I think it’s also because it’s just a little easier to recommit to goals and […]

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Betterment Review and $25 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on September 27, 2011

Everyone knows I’m the first to sign up for a new account if there’s a sign up bonus. So when Betterment showed up, of course I opened an account for the free $25! But beyond the sign up bonus, what exactly is Betterment and how does it work? Here are my thoughts after opening my […]

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Citi Thank You Preferred $500 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on September 23, 2011

Update: This offer is expired. Please see our credit card directory for current offers. What a great end to our entire week of Free Money offers…. $500 in gift cards! We saw a bunch of $500 sign up bonuses this summer, but the Citi Thank You Preferred card is the first $500 sign up bonus […]

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It’s that time again! Time for 4th 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 to make sure we get the best cash back, especially with the holidays coming up. You know the drill: switch out the […]

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$50 Sharebuilder Bonus for Existing Accounts

Posted by Madison on September 21, 2011

Sharebuilder is giving out bonuses again! You can earn $50 from Sharebuilder, and the good news is that you can take advantage of the bonuses even if you already have an existing account, a rare free money deal! Free Money week continues with the Sharebuilder bonus. In case you didn’t get the email from Sharebuilder […]

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TradeKing $100 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on September 20, 2011

Apparently, it’s national refer a friend month. I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not, but today we have another referral program to earn free money: $100 from TradeKing. And we all know I love free money! In spirit of Free Money week, which we kicked off yesterday (and by the way is […]

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Discover Bank $25 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on September 19, 2011

Discover Bank just launched a new refer-a-friend program. It’s an easy one too, which I’m always excited about, so we’re celebrating Free Money early this week! In fact, I think we should declare this an official free money week, so be sure to check back every day for more free money. Here’s how to get […]

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CNBC Million Dollar Portfolio $50 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on September 16, 2011

CNBC is running a million dollar portfolio challenge starting on Monday, September 19. You can win $1 million, a Maserati, and exotic vacations. However, it’s not the sweepstakes that caught my eye, it’s the $50 from FXCM they’re giving away as part of the promo and it’s this week’s Free Money Friday! How to Get […]

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Do You Use a Rewards Checking Account?

Posted by Madison on September 15, 2011

I’m on the hunt for a new checking account. Our primary checking account is currently at Schwab. But over time, the interest rate has dropped, and now that they abandoned the 2% credit card, the overall package is no longer competitive. Time to go shopping for a new bank. I’m considering Consumers Credit Union which […]

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