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Capital One Quicksilver Cash Rewards Card Review – Unlimited Cash Back and More

Hey, did you know there is a brand new credit card that can get you a lot of cash back?

It’s the Capital One Quicksilver® card.  They’re offering a welcome bonus of $100 right now, too.

Here are the basics of what you get with this card:

  • Unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
  • One-time $100 BONUS (once you spend $500 in the first three months)
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees like all other Capital One cards
  • No Annual Fee
  • No rotating bonus categories, no sign-ups required, no limit on the cash back earned and no expiration date for rewards

That’s a pretty good start but let’s look a little deeper at the Capital One Quicksilver now…

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Fourth (4th) of July Deals, Freebies, and Discounts 2013

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For the last several years, companies have generously offered freebies as a way to get new customers in the door (and perhaps spend more money with the business offering the freebie).  A wise consumer may choose to take advantage of the freebie and not necessarily buy more.

If you are looking for some frugal fun on the days leading up to the 4th and on the 4th itself, check out some of these 4th of July freebies and deals:

Restaurant Freebies and Deals

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Have a great 4th of July and enjoy these great deals!

Most people don’t spend the Fourth of July inside a restaurant, so several restaurants have offered some good deals to entice you to visit them.

Here are some of the best deals:

  • It’s BOGO (that’s buy one, get one free) smoothies at Jamba Juice through July 7th. Use this Jamba Juice coupon.
  • Spaghetti Warehouse is offering $5 off any two entrees.  Head over to this Spaghetti Warehouse Facebook page and Like them for the coupon.
  • Boston Market is offering 50% off any of their Family Meals on the 4th of July with this coupon.  This is a great way to get the cook of the family out of the kitchen so he or she can enjoy Independence Day.
  • Head over to Outback Steakhouse and say “Let Freedom Bloom!” and get a free Bloomin’ Onion.

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DOMA Goes Down: What Does it Mean for Same-Sex Finances?

Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denies federal recognition to same-sex couples is unconstitutional.

Due to the ruling, there are a few things that same-sex couples need to consider as they plan their finances in a post-DOMA world.

First: What the Ruling Doesn’t Do

It’s important to note that the ruling doesn’t force all states to recognize same-sex marriages.  In fact, some rather thorny issues are being raised by the ruling, which essentially says the federal government has to recognize as marriage what a state sees as marriage.  So far, only 13 states plus the District of Columbia recognize same-sex unions.  Here’s a list of the states that currently allow same-sex marriage.

If you live in a state where same-sex marriage is recognized, and you are legally married there, there is no problem.

Things get a little dicey if you are married in a state that recognizes same-sex unions and you live in a state that doesn’t recognize such marriages.  If you are married in New York, where same-sex marriage is legal, but move to Utah, where your marriage isn’t recognized, what happens?

That’s something that hasn’t been worked out yet.
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College Savings or Retirement Savings – Which Should I Save For First?

There is a deep, deep instinct within parents to care for their children. Every parent I’ve ever known wants their children to have it better than they did.

Often this means Mom and Dad sacrifice for their children.  These sacrifices can be small such as not ordering dessert when eating out or driving the old beat up (paid off) car one more year before buying something manufactured in the last 5 years.

Other times the sacrifices made by parents can be financially devastating.

The desire to provide for children is so strong that choices are made that can make things worse than they need to be.

The classic question of saving for your children’s college funds or for your retirement falls right in line with this idea.  Is it a terrible idea to set aside your retirement needs to save some extra dollars for the college fund?  Or can you justify putting off retirement savings to make sure there is enough money to pay the college bills?

Deciding Whether to Save for College or Retirement

Here are 6 factors to consider when making the decision of whether to save for college education costs or your retirement.

1. Why Not Do Both?

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Walmart Life Insurance Policies – Should You Buy Yours There?

Imagine the unimaginable–you’ve died. 

In the prime of your life, years before you thought you would, you’ve died.  You’ve likely left behind a spouse and children.  Of course, they will grieve your loss terribly, but soon after you pass on they’ll be confronted by a harsh reality of life without your financial contribution.

How will your spouse survive and meet the bills?  Will she have money to send the kids to college?

Unfortunately, financial considerations crop up soon after someone dies when the funeral needs to be planned.

Life goes on.

If you’re the primary breadwinner, life goes on for your family with much less money, unless you had life insurance in place.

Unfortunately, 30% of Americans have no life insurance.  “Of the 35 million American households without life insurance, 11 million include children under 18″ (MSN).  While dying in your prime is unlikely, it happens every day.  My dad died when he was just 38, and my parents were woefully underinsured with life insurance.  My mom has struggled financially since he died over 25 years ago.

Why Don’t More Americans Get Life Insurance?

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Stocks Drop 2% This Week and Links

The US stock markets dropped about 2% this week.

Is it time to abandon ship on stocks?

Maybe!  Or maybe not.  How can you tell?

It all comes down to your asset allocation and investment plan.  You shouldn’t make significant investing moves just because the stock market goes up or down.  Your shifting of assets should only occur inside your investment plan’s rules rather than because of an emotional decision.

Not sure how to handle your money or investments? Here are some articles to help out:

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Fixed Or Adjustable Rate Mortgage – Does An ARM Ever Make Sense?

Adjustable rate mortgages or ARMs are a different kind of mortgage than the standard 15 year or 30 year loans available at your local credit union.

ARMs have a lot of negative stigmas attached to them, but are there situations where using an adjustable rate mortgage is a wise financial move?

Pros and Cons to Having an Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Before you jump onto the adjustable rate mortgage train, consider the following:

What is an Adjustable Rate Mortgage?

Most of the mortgages now available post-financial crisis are less risky investments for the lenders.

Gone are the days of getting a mortgage without income documentation.  The most common loans are 30-year fixed loans and 15-year fixed loans.  Fixed rate loans give stability to the payment for the borrower.  Your mortgage is $800 today, $800 tomorrow, and $800 10 years from now.  The stability in the payment makes it a lot easier to plan for your financial needs for years to come.
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