My Blogging Essentials or What I Use To Blog

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Every now and then the subject comes up – What do I use to blog?  Let me give you a quick rundown of my blogging essentials:

WordPress.org - Here’s where it all starts.  WordPress.org provides the major framework for this site.  Without it I wouldn’t be able to set up a place where I could write and we could all communicate on the articles.  WordPress.org is free to download but you need a hosting plan somewhere else in order to get it up and running.
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What’s This Groupon I Keep Hearing About?

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Maybe you’ve seen some ads on the web. Perhaps you heard about it on the local news.  I don’t know about you but I’ve been hearing about Groupon everywhere!

So what is this Groupon all about?!?

Groupon (group+coupon) is a site that offers up a daily deal on some of the best attractions, eateries, and shops in your area (well, in lots of areas so far).
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It’s Still A Good Idea To Buy A House In This Economy

The New York Times, in their Your Money section, recently ran an article titled In Defense of Home Ownership. In the article the author, Ron Lieber, takes to task the notion that now is a horrible time to buy a house.  He mentions that despite the bad housing news we hear, stocks going nowhere, and unemployment not getting better, now can still be a good time to buy.

Here are his cases where home-buying can still make sense:
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Discover More Card with $50 Cash Back Bonus Review

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We’re all looking for the best ways we can use our credit cards and one way to help is to find the card that best fits our needs. Here’s a card that could help with your spending habits – the Discover More Card with a $75 $50 cash back bonus.

Note: The Discover More Card with Cash Back Bonus has expired.  Take a look at our Discover More Card review to see the features of the non-cash-back bonus version.

Here are the features:

  • Get $50 Cashback Bonus when you make $250 in purchases within 3 months
  • 0% intro APR on balance transfers for 12 months, then the variable APR of 11.99% – 20.99%
  • 0% intro APR on purchases for 6 months, then the variable APR of 11.99% – 20.99%
  • 5% Cashback Bonus® in categories that change like travel, gas, groceries, restaurants, home improvement stores and more
  • Up to 1% unlimited Cashback Bonus on all other purchases
  • No Annual Fee

Let’s break this down:

If you have a credit card balance on another card and aren’t happy with the card, here’s an opportunity to transfer your balance to a card with 0% APR for 12 months.  With 0% you can really attack the principal without compounding your interest owed.  Just be aware of the 12 month limit and make sure the transfer is worth the balance transfer fee (there is an initial fee of 3% to transfer though the balance will not have interest for 12 months).

If you know you will be making a big purchase, the Discover More card can be good since you are getting 0% APR on new purchases for six months.  Keep in mind though that after six months interest will start.  Consider this against some retail cards where if you don’t pay in full you are charged interest back to the purchase date.

A $75 $50 (updated 04-02-11) bonus is pretty cool. You do have to make $250 in purchases within three months though.  If you don’t use a credit card often and don’t think you will make it to $250 then this incentive doesn’t help you.  But if you know you have a big purchase coming up (remember 0% APR for six months) or know you will make the $250 threshold, then getting $50 back is nice.  Use your credit wisely and that’s free money!

I’m always using one of my cards over another because I can earn points on it (we pay our balance in full so the points are a real bonus for us).  Cash back is an alternative to points that’s pretty useful since you don’t have to figure out what to turn your points in for.  Getting up 5% cash back, depending on the category, can add up quickly!

No annual fee is pretty self-explanatory. Used to be you could reasonably expect to get a no annual fee card if you had decent credit.  But these days credit card companies are tightening up and I think you will see more annual fee cards on the market.  That the Discover More Card with $50 cash back doesn’t have an annual fee is pretty cool.

Should you sign up for the Discover More Card with Cashback Bonus?

Don’t just sign up for another card if all you want is the bonus. Remember every line of credit opened affects your credit score so you need to be careful.  But if you are looking for a new card that fits the features of the Discover More Card then you should really give it a look.  It could provide some nice perks for you.

Sign up for the Discover® More Card – $50 Cashback Bonus.

* Always make sure you read and understand the terms of any credit card before you sign up.  Be aware that the terms may change after this article’s publication.

Awesome Groupon Gap Deal – Today Only

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Groupon Deals 125x125Have you heard of Groupon? Basically they are a deal site which offers new deals every day in various cities across the country.  In order to get the deal, enough people need to sign up for it.  Well today Groupon is offering up a national deal with the GAP.  It’s actually a pretty good bargain.  Here it is:

Customers can get $50 worth of items at the GAP for only $25!!  This includes sale items as well.  That’s stretching your shopping dollar twice as far!!

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Why Invest In Stocks

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Despite all the latest turmoil of the stock market during the Great Recession of 2008, as we now call it, investing in stocks remains the premier means to investing.

The stock market tends to have volatile performances in times of any economic uncertainties, but that is why it is a good barometer for the economy.  The stock market in general will always deliver long-term returns, just as the economy eventually advances after trying times.

No other investment vehicles are as closely and directly related to the many aspects of an economy as the stock market.  As risky as it may seem, the stock market is still arguably the most rewarding investment place.

Two critical elements are worth considering in answering “why invest in stocks?”
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Why Invest in Bonds?

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Why invest in bonds? We hear so much about stocks in the news but bonds don’t get mentioned with the same level importance and urgency (the Dow stock index gets all the glory on the 6 o’clock news).  Yet bonds are an integral piece of most portfolios as well as being an important debt instrument, used to create capital for businesses and municipalities.
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