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Give Yourself a Bonus for 2009

With businesses still struggling to keep employees in this economy, 2009 year-end bonuses are in short supply. Even when bonuses were small, they were still fun little gifts that allowed you to put a few extra dollars into the savings account, buy a couple of fun items for yourself, and fix up your wardrobe. Just […]

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Four Quick and Easy Ways Not to Blow Your Budget during the Holidays

Okay, I love the holiday season. Love it. And I am the biggest sucker for holiday related consumer goods. Holiday themed peppermint flavored drinks? Yes please. Jingle bell shaped earrings? I’ll take two. The Nutcracker on ice starring that guy who did the voice of Papa Smurf? Oh, I wouldn’t dream of not buying tickets. […]

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Big Changes Affecting Your Money Are Coming in 2010

Earlier this year, the Labor Department announced that standard deductions, federal income tax brackets, and personal exemptions for most tax filers will remain unchanged in 2010. These amounts typically rise by the rate of inflation every year. This year though with the economy still sluggish taxpayers will see no increase in these amounts which is […]

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American Express Launched ZYNC Card for Young Adults

Early last week American Express introduced a new card called ZYNC, a card that aims at young consumers in their 20′s and 30′s who are looking for credit cards that offer flexible rewards program yet don’t cost a lot to own. Since it’s a charge card, not a credit card, the cardholder is required to […]

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Cashless Charitable Contributions

While giving to those less fortunate is always important, the holidays provide a unique opportunity to reflect on our own blessings and to give to others who may not be as fortunate. For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed taking my son out to toy stores where I helped him select two toys, one for […]

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American Express Gift Card Holiday Promotion

The holiday is right around the corner and it’s time to prepare some holiday gifts for the kids’ school teachers. In the past, we always teamed with other parents to give the teacher one gift card with contributions from everybody in the group. This year, things are little different because we are relatively new and […]

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Citi Student Credit Cards Special Holiday Promotion

Citibank is running a special holiday promotion for two of its student credit cards: the Citi Forward Card and the mtvU Card. From now till January 15, 2010, if you apply and are approved for either one of the two cards, you can receive extra rewards (in ThankYou Points) when using the card during the […]

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Cash vs. Debit Cards

Recently, CNN Money declared that “Cash is King for the Holidays“. According to a new survey done by the National Retail Federation, one out of four consumers intend to pay for their holiday gifts using cash, that’s 9.1% increase from last year. Another 42.5% of Americans intend to use their debit or check cards for […]

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