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Citi mtvU Card: Getting Rewarded for Having a Good Grade

Are you a college student who are shopping for your first credit card? If you are, Citibank has a credit card for you, which not only gives you generous cash back for items you are likely to shop very often, but also rewards you for having a good grade. The card is called Citi mtvU […]

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Fidelity Reduces 529 Plan Costs

I am using Fidelity 529 plan to save for our older daughter’s future education. The investing started nearly four years ago and it’s still going every month now. When I read an article on Morningstar.com yesterday that Fidelity is reducing costs of its direct-sold 529 plans, I was quite happy to hear the news because, […]

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How To Keep Our Thrifty Habits After Frugality Loses Its Popularity

Americans have short memories like goldfish, and the same thing is true about American investors and savers. With unemployment at its highest level since 1983, more people have been squirreling away money in rainy day funds and other investments recently. The recession, unemployment, and dwindling 401(k) plans have had everyone scared to spend much money. […]

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When Is It Time to Hire a Financial Planner?

A lot of us feel like we have a good handle on our financial lives. We balance the checkbook every month. We sock money away in our retirement plans. We even have a little left over to have some fun with. Things are going well, right? It could be but the idea of “managing your […]

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How to “Find” Holiday Money

It’s already the end of November and for many, myself included, that means holiday shopping. From holiday gifts to decorations to food for the family table, all the festivities can really add up. The good news is that even retailers have not been immune to the downslide of the economy and are now working hard […]

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Use Automatic Alerts to Avoid Late Fee and Returned Check Fee

From the first day I had my own bank account, I have always maintained an adequate level of fund in my checking account to cover everyday expenses. Since when money goes out of and comes into the account is very predictable, I don’t have to keep a lot of my money in the checking account […]

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The True Cost of a Coupon

Like many frugal femmes, I love to clip coupons. Every Sunday I relax with a cup of tea, a sharp pair of scissors and the Sunday paper. I flip through all the coupons and clip any I see for products that I regularly use. Recently, I’ve noticed many stores pointing consumers toward the use of […]

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Revolution Money To Be Part of American Express

When I read the news this morning that American Express is paying $300 million to buy Revolution Money, the first thing came into my mind was “What will happen to Revolution Money Exchange once it becomes part of a big business that doesn’t usually offer free services?” I first knew Revolution Money more than two […]

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