The Best 0% Purchase Credit Cards of 2014

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A great way to save money and earn reward points is to use a 0% purchase credit card (note that these 0% rates are introductory).

These cards can be a great way to avoid paying interest while gaining credit card benefits, rewards, miles, or cash back.  Additionally, 0% purchase credit cards offer an opportunity for you to make a slightly larger purchase, and pay it off over time.

Another bonus is the fact that many of these credit cards also come with 0% balance transfer offers.

It’s important to understand, though, that 0% Introductory rate purchase credit cards should be used carefully, and with planning.

When used as part of a plan, o% Introductory rate purchase cards can give you the advantage of a great introductory rate, and the ability to rack up the points or miles.  And, because you have an introductory period, you can take two, three months, or longer to pay off a larger purchase.

Don’t Use the 0% Introductory Rate, or the Rewards, to Justify a Purchase

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What are the Different Stock Market Exchanges?

The stock markets are often referred to as “the stock market”, as if it’s a single unified market.

The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth.

What we refer to as the stock market is actually a collection of markets, some domestic, some foreign.

What are the various stock markets, and why are they different?

The New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE

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The Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013 – The Fiscal Cliff Averted

In an unusual act, Congress convened and passed a big time piece of legislation on a major holiday – New Year’s Day.

The bill, the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2013,  prevents the country from slipping off of the so-called fiscal cliff and it seems to have worked–at least temporarily.  Instead of collapsing on the first trading day of the new year, the financial markets had a strong rally on news of the passage of even an imperfect bill.

What Just Happened with Congress and the Fiscal Cliff?

The fiscal cliff negotiations were originally expected to include tax issues, spending, deficit reduction and even a hint of real tax reform.  Nothing that dramatic came about, but here are some highlights of what has been delivered:

  • Most Bush-era tax cuts have been made permanent
  • Jobless unemployed insurance benefits for 2 million long-term unemployed were extended for a full year
  • A Medicare reimbursement cut of 27% has been prevented
  • The top tax rate has been increased from 35% to 39.6% for individuals earning over $400,000 and couples earning over $450,000
  • Taxes on high income taxpayers will also increase on income from capital gains and dividends as well as inherited estates
  • Blocked a provision that would have made millions of middle class taxpayers subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

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The Debt Movement – Pay Down Your Debt, An Interview With Jeff Rose

Are you in debt?

I don’t mean to get all personal on you.  It’s OK to admit though, many of us are in debt in some way, shape, or form (we are).

If you want to get rid of your debt help is here – The Debt Movement.  

This will be a HUGE 3-month push to pay down debt.  You will have the opportunity to join together with personal finance bloggers as well as people like yourself who are working their way out of debt.

I had the fortune of shooting a few questions to Jeff Rose, The Debt Movement’s founder and chief evangelist , also known for his excellent site Good Financial Cents.

Me: Jeff, what is The Debt Movement all about?

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Best Careers for the Future

What are the best careers for the future?

Rather than doing the usual “Top 10 Careers for the Future”, I’ve decided instead to look at several broad career fields and highlight the better performing careers in each field.

Not everyone is cut out to be a doctor or an engineer, so we’ll take a look at a number of careers and hopefully you’ll find one that works for you.

Each career listed will include median pay level and projected job growth from 2010 through 2020.  Source: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Occupational Employment Statistics

Healthcare

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Chase Ink Cash® Business Card – Review

Small business owner?  Looking for a line of credit as well as helpful tools to manage your business?

Take a serious look at the Ink Cash® Business Card.

Here’s a card for your small business offering a nice introductory bonus right now.  This one’s a credit card (as opposed to the Ink Bold® Business card which is a charge card and you must pay in full every month) and it has the added benefit of no annual fee.

Reward Yourself With Cash

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PerkStreet – Free Online Checking, Cash Back Rewards and More – Review

Who PerkStreet Free Online Checking is For
Sadly PerkStreet will be closing its doors for good on September 26th, 2013.  They are not accepting any new applications.  If you have money with them already then your money is safe.  For more information on PerkStreet’s closing take a look at their announcement article: http://www.perkstreet.com/announcement.aspx

We’ve done a write-up about the closure and what your next steps should be if you have a PerkStreet account: PerkStreet Financial Online Checking is Shutting Down (What Happens to My Money?)

 

Are you looking for a free checking account that offers more than just basic checking services?

How about an alternative to using a credit card for your purchases (but don’t want to carry cash)?

PerkStreet(SM)’s online checking account is not only free, but offers up a generous cash back rewards when you use their debit card.

Read on for our PerkSreet review.

PerkStreet offers the debit card that helps you get debt free.  By using a debit card for your purchases you can PerkStreet Financialeasily manage your money and budget for what you spend rather than risk the possibility of incurring credit card debt.

Their rewards checking helps further being debt free by giving you up to 25% cash back on purchases (depending on the purchase).  They offer free online checking accounts and perks like bill pay, free ATM usage, excellent rewards, easy mailed-in deposits, and more.

The premise behind the bank is to offer superior service and you can talk to a live person 24 hours a day with any questions you might have.  The company’s focus is to serve people who want to manage their money responsibly and not go into debt with offering generous rewards for debit card use.
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