Archive for June, 2012

This week’s Free Money Friday is a good one. American Express is offering not one but two great cards with statement credit bonus offers! How to Get Your Statement Credit Sign up for the American Express Blue Sky or Blue Sky Preferred card. Spend $1,000 within the first 3 months. As a welcome bonus, you’ll […]

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How to Collect Multiple Credit Card Sign Up Bonuses

Posted by Madison on June 27, 2012

After completing our Credit Card Application Spree to Maximize Sign Up Bonuses, I had a stack of new cards that all had various requirements to get the bonuses. Spend $500 in 3 months, $2k in 4 months, etc. With some careful planning, I set our plans in motion to collect over $1500 in sign up […]

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3rd Quarter 2012 5% Rotating Cash Rewards Credit Cards

Posted by Madison on June 26, 2012

It’s summer! Time to clean out your wallet and reassign the cards you are carrying to take advantage of 3rd quarter 2012 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. […]

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Finance Tips: Baby Registries, Debt, and More

Posted by Kate on June 24, 2012

Summer can mean a lot of social outings but you’ll feel a lot better come fall if you take some time to watch your budget over the next few months. Here are some good finance tips to help inspire you! source: uscpsc Weekend Finance Reads Best Baby Registry? Return Policy, Completion Discount Comparison – A […]

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Amazon Visa $30 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Kate on June 22, 2012

Who doesn’t love an Amazon gift card? This week’s Free Money Friday offers you just that plus some other great Amazon perks! How to Get Your $30 Gift Card Sign up for the Amazon Visa. Upon approval, a $30 gift card will instantly be loaded into your Amazon account! Amazon Terms and Conditions No […]

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7 Ways to Enjoy Wine and Craft Beer on a Budget

Posted by Kristen on June 21, 2012

Enjoying craft beer and wine doesn’t have to mean spending too much money. Wine and beer may be one of the first things people cut out when they’re trying to be more financially conscious and trim the budget, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to learn about and drink wine and beer […]

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How to Throw a Frugal Party for Kids

Posted by Adrienne on June 19, 2012

Throwing a frugal kids party is both fun and easy if you let it be. I just counted and I have thrown 11 kid’s parties (and counting). Here are some tips to make it an enjoyable time for you, the kids, and your wallet. source: Adrienne Tips for a Frugal Kids Party Make Your Own […]

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11 Reasons Why Investors Fail

Posted by Don on June 18, 2012

Investing is supposed to be easy; you take an amount of money, invest it in the market, and let it grow in value over time. If it is so easy, then why do so many people fail at it? Here are 11 reasons why investors fail. Hopefully you aren’t committing all of these mistakes. If […]

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How to Calculate RMDs

Posted by Madison on June 14, 2012

My aunt is turning 70 1/2 this year. Congrats! For those of you familiar with IRAs and 401ks, you know it’s a magical number because it’s time to start Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). If you have multiple accounts at various places, the RMD rules can get a little tricky to navigate. Let’s walk through the […]

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Are Morningstar Ratings Trustworthy?

Posted by Don on June 13, 2012

Before investing in mutual funds, many investors inquire about the Morningstar rating, or star rating of a particular fund. If it has a high rating, they assume that it is a good fund to invest in. But is it? Just because someone else thinks a mutual fund is good to invest in doesn’t necessarily mean […]

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