Isn’t grocery shopping a huge time suck?
You pack the family in the car, go to the grocer and deal with the kids running around, stand on line, then drive back to unload groceries. If you’re like me, odds are this is done on the weekend which is the closest you have to free time.
What’s the alternative? Peapod.
Check out more in our Peapod review below.
Peapod is an online service (through Stop & Shop) that all allows you to shop online for your groceries. They put together your order and deliver it to you. Simple and efficient.
Here are the basics of Peapod grocery shopping…
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).
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.
One of the more interesting and innovative ways to save up for specific goals is to make use of SmartyPig. SmartyPig is a free online savings tool that allows you to save for for specific financial goals. Whether you want to save up $500 for back to school shopping, or $5,000 for a family vacation, it is possible to use SmartyPig to reach that goal. The concept is fairly straightforward, and works simply.
First of all, it is important to note that SmartyPig is not a bank. SmartyPig accounts are held through BBVA Compass (As of Aug 1st, 2010 SmartyPig account will move from West Bank to BBVA Compass, the 15th largest bank in the US). They are FDIC insured for up to $250,000 (drops to $100,000 on January 1, 2014 unless things change). You can set up as many goals as you want for yourself and your family. In order to start at SmartyPig, you need the same items that you would need to open a regular savings account:
Do you want to make money with your blog? You work your rear off writing great articles and designing your site. Would you love to be able to earn some income for your work? With the right steps you can build up a site that can supplement your salary, pay off your car, pay your mortgage, or perhaps even one day become a full-time career.
But where to start?
[Here is a review of TurboTax 2010 online tax preparation software] Below is the 2009 version.
Back when I started working and had to file taxes I would go to the library to pick up the necessary forms. I’d set aside an afternoon to go through the 1040’s and see what I needed. Then I’d spend the rest of the time getting my head around the forms and carefully filling out what was needed. My taxes weren’t complex and there was no online filing back then (did I just date myself a bit?). It still made my head spin a bit but that’s what I had to do. A few years later I discovered TurboTax. It was an expense to use at the time, but it was well worth not having to go through all of the forms figuring out what to fill out where.