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Ally Interest Checking Account Opened

When I talked about Ally Bank Interest Checking Account in January when the product was introduced, I mentioned that I may get one for myself. What I like about the new checking account isn’t that it bears interest. With 0.50% APY for balance under $15K, there isn’t much I can earn. Rather, what attracts me […]

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Know Thy (Financial) Self

You may be an introvert or an extrovert. Maybe you’re highly organized or barely able to stay afloat of the clutter. Whatever your personality type, you also have a spending type. Identifying and knowing your spending type and financial habits is one of the first steps to taking control of your monetary resources. Ignore or […]

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Sallie Mae Savings Account Review: High Yield Plus Upromise Benefit

A high interest rate savings account is an essential part of our financial system. With a large amount of money that is currently held in bank accounts, I’d love to get as much return as possible while making sure that the money will be there when we need it in the next few months. Unfortunately, […]

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TurboTax 2009 Has Some Nice New Features

I have been a customer of TurboTax for a few years already. When I used the software to prepare my own taxes in the past, I always got the PC version, the software that requires installation on my own PC. I know Intuit has been offering the equivalent, online tax preparation software for sometime, but […]

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Squeezing One Last Deduction out of 2009

Surprisingly, many people do not realize that they can still get one last deduction out of 2009 even though their current calendar reads 2010. No, this isn’t fantasy or traffic grasping SEO hype — there really is one way for you to still get another deduction on your 2009 taxes. Ready? Here goes: If you […]

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CARD Act Aims To Finally Protect Consumers

Last year, President Obama finally pushed legislation through Congress that is aimed at protecting American consumers from the unscrupulous practices of credit card companies.  This week, the new credit card law finally takes effect. On Monday, February 22nd, the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act (the CARD Act, for short) begins guarding credit card […]

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Virginia Education Savings Trust (VEST) Review: Low Cost 529 Plans With Solid Investment Options

When I opened the 529 college savings plan for our first daughter in 2005, the plan offered by New Jersey was never an option to me because there is not tax benefit for using NJ 529 plan even for the state residents. But that wasn’t all. What really made me stay away from NJ college […]

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Creating a Home Directory

Anyone who believes in the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” will also agree that the best way to save money is by managing what you already have well. Without some kind of organization in place, this can be easier said than done. That’s where a home directory comes […]

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