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Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard – Review: 40k Bonus Miles, 2x Rewards, and More

When you use a credit card wisely it's a great tool to have in your pocket.  But it's even better when you can earn some nice, juicy rewards that can help you travel! That's what the Barclaycard Arrival PlusTM World Elite MasterCard® does. Stick around and I'll show you why the Arrival Plus World Elite is aching to be part of your credit card tool set.  You'll also see what's it's a great … [Read More...]

Personal Finance

When does it make sense to automate your finances?

When Does It Make Sense to Automate My Finances and How Do I Get Started?

Automating your finances is one way of simplifying your financial life. When your automate your finances you use your bank, credit card, or service provider’s website to set up automatic transactions on your behalf.  You can automate paying your utility bills, paying your credit card, investing your retirement funds, and many other tasks. Finance automation […]

Reasons We Can't Stick to Our Budget

7 Reasons We Have Trouble Sticking to Our Budget

Every month, I diligently write out our budget and track how we spend our money.  Most months we stay close to our target budget.  However, there are some months, especially the winter months when we have a number of expenses due at once, where we struggle to make ends meet. I’m sure you’ve experienced this […]


Consider this when opening a brokerage account

The Best Online Discount Brokerages for Cheap Trades – Investing Doesn’t Need to Be Expensive

Do you recall the days when you needed to call up a stock broker in order to make a stock trade? And you needed to make the trade in a “round lot” (you had to buy 100 shares)?  Did I just date myself?  Thanks to the internet that’s no longer the case and it’s easy […]

fee free investing with Loyal3

Loyal3 Review – Is Fee Free Investing for Real? Maybe

How do you pick a brokerage firm? Is it based on a funny commercial or the latest print ad you saw?  (I hope you take your retirement more seriously than this!) Or it is based on a careful analysis of costs, investment options, and overall value? Here’s the deal: Not all brokerage accounts are the […]

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Moving to one income to take care of the kids.

Moving to One Income So A Spouse Can Take Care of the Kids – Your Guide

While 60 years ago, one parent staying home to care for the children was the norm, today, having both parents work is the norm.  According to Pew Research, “Roughly 60% of two-parent households with children under age 18 have two working parents.”  Many families have one parent stay home until all the kids are in […]

Set up Google Calendar for bill pay

Use Google Calendar To Pay Your Bills On Time

Have you ever realized you had a bill sitting around that was due today? Or worse, yesterday? If you are lucky you can pay the bill online but that’s not always an option (I’ve found that some companies have a cut-off time). There was a time when I had a lot of credit card debt.  […]

Save money with a DIY self reliance mindset.

Do This: Save Money With a DIY Self-Reliance Mindset

Although I live outside Chicago, our winters  in recent years have been decidedly mild.  For example, in the 2012-2013 winter, by January 31st, we had only received 3.5 inches of snow TOTAL.  This year, winter was back with a vengeance.  By January 31st, 2014, we had received 48.5 inches total of snow for the winter. Add […]


Discover it® Chrome Review – A Good On-The-Road Travel Card, and Still Good to the Consumer

A while back Discover decided to re-brand their cards. They essentially started from scratch to create credit cards that were fair for the consumer. The Discover it® series of cards was born. They recently tinkered around with their cards again and have released some new additions to the “it” family: Discover it® Chrome.  These new […]

Your guide on how to stop living paycheck to paycheck

Your 4 Step Guide on How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

For more than a decade, wages, in real terms, have been pretty much stagnant. Even as productivity has increased among the middle class, wages have failed to improve to match.  So, even though the recession has been over for more than five years, many Americans still feel the pinch. Recent research suggests that more than 25 […]


Capital One 360 Financial Independence Days Sale 2014

Head on over to to grab some savings and wave the flag of financial freedom. Capital One 360 Financial Independence Days Sale – 2014

Your guide to student credit cards

Your Guide to College Student Credit Cards and the Best Cards Out There

Should a college student get a credit card?  That’s certainly a heated question. One the one hand, it’s terribly easy for a young adult to get themselves into credit card debt they may regret years after they graduate. Students loans are bad enough without other debt looming over you. On the other hand, a credit […]

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