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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card | Review – Free Flight and More

Do you fly with Southwest Airlines?  Would you like a free flight and many other benefits as well (like earning points towards flights, points you can use for international travel, and not paying for your bags to fly, and more)?

Of course you would!

See how the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Plus Credit Card can work for you in this review.

Let’s take a look at what the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Plus credit card offers:

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How Age Affects Your Car Insurance Rate and What You Can Do About it

When car insurance companies look at your risk profile, they take a number of factors into account. From your driving record, to your coverage amounts, to your credit score, an insurance company wants to get an idea of how likely it is that they will have to pay out on a claim on your behalf.

One of the factors that insurance companies look at when setting premium amounts is your age.

If you want to save money on your insurance premiums, it helps to understand how age affects what you pay.  There might not be a lot you can do about it, since you can’t change your age, but you can compensate for your age.

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Will Your Investments Cover 30 Years of Retirement?

Imagine working 40 years to fund a retirement that will last for 30; does it sound impossible?  Not if you live in a perfect world—but this isn’t, so that’s why we’ll be talking about whether your investments cover 30 years of retirement here.

A 30 year retirement is becoming the reality for more people all the time. It happens when people retire at 62 or even 65, and then live into their 90s.  This is happening for more people than ever and by all indications it will be even more common in the future.

Even if you don’t think you’ll live into your 90s, prudence dictates that you be prepared anyway. Healthier living and stunning medical advances are causing people to live far longer than they ever expected and the possibility that you’ll be one of them is increasing steadily.

Will you be ready for it financially?
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Don’t Let Your Purchases Fall Prey to Your Emotions

Many U.S. citizens would prefer to pay full price rather than negotiate.  Sometimes it is because they feel uncomfortable negotiating and other times it is because they have become emotionally attached to the thing they want to purchase and don’t want to try to negotiate for fear of losing it.

Psychologists recognize the power of emotional attachment and suggest that if you do want to negotiate for an item, do not hold it or touch it because it shows you are already emotionally attached to the item and “own” it in your mind, which lowers your negotiating power.

While many of us aren’t privy to private negotiations, a barrage of television shows allow us to watch others negotiate—successfully and unsuccessfully.  If you have ever watched TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, you may be surprised, as I often am, to see a woman go into the bridal shop with a firm budget of say, $4,000.  Perhaps a friend suggests she tries on a beautiful dress, and she does.  She falls in love with the dress and sees herself walking down the aisle in it.  It is HER dress.
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Say Goodbye to Paper Bonds, Say Hello to Electronic Bonds

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You know those paper bonds that you got from Grandma and Grandpa as a kid?  Well kiss those goodbye!  Yup, as in non-existent.  It looks like the Treasury is being forced to make some serious cut backs and one of those cutbacks is physical United States savings bonds.  The Bureau of the Public Debt made this announcement on July 12, 2011.

The official date for a 100% phasing out of paper treasury bonds is slated for January 1, 2012 according to Treasury Direct.  Their goal is to save the US tax payer 70 million dollars over the course of five years with this new procedure.
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Find the Money to Pay Down Debt

Many of us, when looking at the debt we have, feel despair: How is it possible to pay down so much debt? When my husband and I were first married, I had credit card debt, and it didn’t take long for him to get into the spirit of using credit cards, since we were poor students without jobs.

A couple years later, we were staring at the bills and wondering how we ended up with so much credit card debt.  We had income by then, but it wasn’t much.  We were already so careful about our spending!  How could we cut back even more? How could we find the money to pay down debt?

The cold, hard truth, of course, was that we really weren’t being careful with our spending.  I had an “ah-ha” moment when I read a book my mother gave me, Debt Free on Any Income.  The book suggested that studies show that the average household wastes between 10% and 15% of its monthly income.  After taking another, more honest, look at our finances, it became clear that there was still plenty of room in our budget.

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What are Credit Unions and Why are They Good for You?

With Bank of America in the news for its new debit card fee, and other big banks adding fees left and right, and with free checking beginning to disappear from major financial institutions, consumers are looking for other options. Credit unions are once again receiving attention as those disgruntled with big banks turn to smaller, community financial institutions. But what are credit unions and why re they good for you?

What is a Credit Union?

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