Archive for May, 2017

Best of My Dollar Plan: May

Posted by Madison on May 31, 2017

This month our most popular finance tips were how to manage money as a couple, retirement calculators you should try, investment advice for recent college grads, figuring out how long you should keep all your financial documents and the new sign up bonus on the US Bank Altitude Reserve card. If you missed the most […]

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During my $4,927+ Credit Card Application Spree earlier this week I stumbled on a card with a sign up bonus worth $455. I’ll be honest; I was really surprised since this card is rarely mentioned. The only reason I found it was because I already have Citi cards in all the other categories! The Expedia+ […]

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Three months goes by quickly! That means it’s time for an application spree. Sign up bonuses from credit cards are one of my huge money makers. The cards with travel bonuses also fund our family travel. I’m continuing on with the third application spree in a row for myself to see how far I can […]

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How to Manage Money in Your Marriage

Posted by Madison on May 22, 2017

Figuring out how to manage money in your marriage is a timely topic for all couples. Are you newlyweds trying to figure out how to manage your money together for the first time? Or are you a married couple wanting to make adjustments to your money management style? Finances in marriage are a hot topic […]

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Citi 60,000 American Airlines Miles Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on May 19, 2017

Citi increased the sign up bonus on their American Airlines AAdvantage card to 60,000 miles for a limited time. I picked up this card in my $4,292 Credit Card Application Spree this spring when it was 50,000 miles! I sent a message to request a match and they honored it; you may want to try […]

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What is the Marriage Tax Penalty?

Posted by Madison on May 18, 2017

The marriage tax penalty exists when married couples have to pay more than double the taxes they would if they were two single people. This increased tax burden after marriage became known as the marriage tax penalty. It’s one of a handful of the financial consequences of marriage. The marriage tax penalty doesn’t apply to […]

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How Long Do You Really Need to Keep Those Papers?

Posted by Madison on May 16, 2017

How long do you need to keep records? When we don’t know how long to keep something, we end up keeping it forever… or not at all. Being organized is not the same thing as keeping all papers and financial records forever! How long do you need to keep bank statements? How long do you […]

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Are you interested in seeing where you stand when it comes to retirement? Do you want to see if you are on track or falling behind? Try a retirement calculator to help you answer these questions. In years past, to get access to powerful retirement calculators, you had to hire a financial planner who would […]

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Barclaycard CashForward $200 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on May 12, 2017

Update: This card was discontinued in December 2017. Please see our credit card directory for replacement offers. Barclays doubled the sign up bonus on their Barclaycard CashForward card from $100 to $200. The Cash Forward card earns 1.5% cash back plus bonuses on redemptions. The bonuses increase the cash back rate to about a 1.579% […]

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10 Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by Adrienne on May 11, 2017

You should not stress over what to get mom for Mother’s Day. (Believe me mom doesn’t want you to stress out over her.) You can get a thoughtful gift for your mom without spending a lot of money. The key is to THINK about who you are buying for. For instance my mom likes flowers […]

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