Southwest increased their signup bonus on the Rapid Rewards Plus credit card from Chase for a limited time to 60,000 miles. It was 40,000 bonus points. Last time we reviewed Southwest a longtime reader, Richard, sent us a survey that tested airlines for frequent flyer award seat availability. Southwest topped the list five years in […]

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15 Inexpensive Wedding Ideas

Posted by Kristen on June 7, 2017

Weddings are supposed to be about celebrating the love we have with the person we want to spend the rest of our life with. It’s about vowing to be together and celebrating that vow with our family and friends. Unfortunately, many times getting married becomes all about money. People become so caught up with weddings […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred $500 – $625 Sign Up Bonus

Posted by Madison on June 2, 2017

I mentioned in my $4,927+ Credit Card Application Spree for Summer Travel that I was skipping the Chase Sapphire Preferred card because of the 5/24 rule (see more about that below). However, if you are just starting out in pursuing sign up bonuses on credit cards, or if you haven’t opened lots of new cards […]

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29 Financial Tips for New College Graduates

Posted by Madison on June 1, 2017

Years ago readers shared their favorite financial tips for new graduates. While some things change over the years, some things stay the same. Financial advice for new grads is apparently timeless. There were lots of incredible tips for new grads; here are 29 of the best financial tips for new graduates to get started on […]

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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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