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Morningstar’s Best and Worst 529 College Savings Plans

Really, I almost got a heart attack when I saw Ohio CollegeAdvantage is among the worst college savings plans published by Morningstar yesterday because that’s the one I opened for our younger daughter last year. Fortunately, what I have isn’t exactly what’s named in the Morningstar list. Anyway, Morningstar yesterday published its annual ranking of […]

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SmartyPig Eliminates $25 Check Fee

It seems that SmartyPig continues to improve its service to lure more customers. After reducing most of the fees they charge savers for their services shortly after launching the site, SmartyPig also eliminates the $25 fee for requesting a paper check yesterday. Previously, when account holders reach their saving goals and wish to get the […]

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Promotions at Brokers for New IRA Accounts before Tax Deadline

There are only four days left before the April 15 tax deadline, but it isn’t too late to make 2007 IRA contribution which has a limit of $4,000 ($5,000 if 50+ years old). At this time, some brokers are offering incentives to encourage people to open IRA accounts with them. For example: Scottrade: 1-year subscription […]

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Considering Another Bank Account

I was really impressed the other day when I found out that Provident Direct, a little known online bank, was offering 4.50% APY with their high-yield savings account, when everybody else was paying almost a full percentage point less. At that time, I was thinking of getting a new account if they won’t dramatically lower […]

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SmartyPig Reduces Fees to Try to Make the Service Attractive

I reviewed SmartyPig a couple of days ago. Though in general the concept presented by SmartyPig, social+savings, is good, my biggest concern is the cost of letting others contribute to my saving goal. Paying $4.95 each time to make a $50 contribution doesn’t make a whole lot sense. Then yesterday, I got an message from […]

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Social Security Exhaustion Date, USPS Free Recycling Through Mail, and First Ever Actively Managed ETF

The government today updated its outlook on Social Security and Medicare and there’s no good news for folks who will retire in 10 years from now. According to the annual trustee reports released by The Department of Treasury, the Social Security Trust Fund will run into negative cash inflow in 2017 and exhaust its assets […]

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SmartyPig Review Plus Two $50 SmartyPig Gift Cards Giveaway

How do you like the idea of letting other people, family members and friends, help you reach your saving goal? If that, letting others help you reach your saving goal, is what you are looking for, then SmartyPig could the answer. How SmartyPig Works The concept of SmartyPig is quite simple: You set a saving […]

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Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards

As crude oil went over $110 a barrel, gasoline prices are also surging. According to, (BTW, a good site to find the cheapest gas in your area) the national average price of regular gas is $3.257 per gallon. Though New Jersey has the lowest gas prices in the nation, filling up our cars every […]

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