What’s the Best Airline Credit Card for New York City Travelers?

What’s the Best Airline Credit Card for New York City Travelers?

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What’s the Best Airline Credit Card for New York City Travelers?
You fly out of New York City or the surrounding area. You’re thinking about getting a branded airline credit card. But which one is right for you? If the answer were simple, we’d give it right here and be done with it. But choosing one “best” credit card in NYC is like picking the best... Sam Kemmis is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: skemmis@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @samsambutdif. The article What’s the Best Airline Credit Card for New York City Travelers? originally appeared on NerdWallet.
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How to become the best advisor

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How to become the best advisor
The post How to become the best advisor appeared first on ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. [...]
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What’s the Best Use of Your Tax Refund? 8 Smart Ideas

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What’s the Best Use of Your Tax Refund? 8 Smart Ideas
Getting a sizable tax refund can seem like winning the lottery. All at once, you’re a few thousand dollars richer. It can be tempting to blow that cash without thinking, but you’re wiser than that. You know that your tax refund isn’t free money — it’s your money. If you’re unsure of the best use of your tax refund, remember that it’s a portion of the hard-earned cash you worked for throughout the year and consider these eight smart ways to put that money to good use. 1. Build Up Your Emergency Fund Saving cash aside for emergencies gives you peace of mind that you can financially weather a crisis. Unfortunately, many Americans have much less than the recommended amount for an emergency fund. If you have less than three-to-six-months worth of living expenses, funnel some of your tax refund to your emergency fund. Pro Tip Keep your emergency fund savings in a liquid, no-risk account that’s easy to access when you need it. Earn interest with a high-yield savings account or money market account. 2. Pay Down Debt Relieve yourself of some of the pressure weighing down on you from debt. If you’re a fan of the snowball method of debt repayment, put your refund toward one or two of your smaller debt balances. Once they’re paid off, work on your next largest debt.  If you’re more of a debt avalanche fan, use your tax refund to pay down a larger balance that has the highest interest rate. Even if you don’t pay it off completely, reducing the balance means you’ll pay less in interest. 3. Contribute More to Your Retirement Funds Hopefully you’re already contributing to a 401(k) plan or individual retirement account (IRA), but are you maxing out your contributions? The 2020 401(k) contribution limits are $19,500 for individuals younger than 50 or $26,000 for those 50 and up. This year, you can contribute up to $6,000 in an IRA if you’re younger than 50 or up to $7,000 if you’re 50 or older. The more you add to your retirement accounts, the greater your money can potentially grow. Even if you can’t afford to increase the percentage of your paycheck that goes to retirement each month, you can use your tax refund to make a one-time, lump-sum contribution. 4. Save for a Big Bill Think about what big expenses you have coming up on the horizon that you haven’t budgeted for — like your auto insurance premiums or getting braces for your teen. If your monthly income can’t support such an expense in addition to all your regular bills and obligations, using your tax refund is a smart choice in lieu of dipping into your emergency fund or turning to credit cards. FROM THE BUDGETING FORUM Changing my eating habits is changing my finances 1/8/20 @ 2:56 PM Family Budgeting Strategy for Youth 2/10/20 @ 4:42 PM K Pay all bills on one day or spread throughout the month?? 2/6/20 @ 5:59 AM See more in Budgeting or ask a money question 5. Fill Out Your Sinking Funds You’re probably juggling multiple savings goals. Maybe you’re trying to stack cash for a cross-country move while saving for a wedding. Or you’re saving to welcome a new baby into the family while putting money aside for your older kid’s birthday party and concurrently saving for a down payment on a minivan. Each sinking fund — which is just a personal finance term for a pool of money you add to over time to break up a large expense — could probably use an influx of cash. Distribute a portion of your refund money to each savings goal — or funnel it all toward your most pressing need. 6. Invest in Yourself Sometimes it takes money to make money. Is there a certification program you can take or a piece of tech equipment you need to enhance your career and help you get a better-paying position?  Or perhaps you have a business idea you’ve been wanting to get off the ground but just needed some initial capital. Invest your tax money in something that’ll help you generate more income. 7. Save for Your Kids’ College Education College is a big-ticket expense for most parents. Even with scholarships and financial aid, families can expect to have significant out-of-pocket costs. Get in the habit of putting your tax refund toward saving for college to help offset your child’s looming tuition bill. A 529 college savings plan is a common option to store your funds. Pro Tip If your kid is still in diapers, it may seem more practical to put your extra money toward more immediate expenses, like the cost of daycare. There’s always time to save for college later. 8. Make Home Improvements Home upgrades can be expensive, but they can also increase the value of your home when it’s time to sell. If your roof is due for replacement, you’ve got major appliances that are decades old or you simply want to give your kitchen a facelift, tap into your tax refund to take care of those home improvement projects. Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Why the Ducks Unlimited Card Is 2020’s Best Gas Card

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Why the Ducks Unlimited Card Is 2020’s Best Gas Card
Maybe you think NerdWallet’s choice of the Ducks Unlimited Rewards Platinum Edition® Visa® Card as our award winner for 2020’s best gas credit card was for the birds. Allow us to explain ourselves. With no memorable catchphrases, no Super Bowl ads or celebrity spokespeople and no big-name financial institution behind it (it’s issued by First Bankcard, a... Robin Saks Frankel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rfrankel@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @robinsaks. The article Why the Ducks Unlimited Card Is 2020’s Best Gas Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Bernar de la Hera: “Working in ONEtoONE brings you more professional freedom”

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Bernar de la Hera: “Working in ONEtoONE brings you more professional freedom”
The post Bernar de la Hera: “Working in ONEtoONE brings you more professional freedom” appeared first on ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. [...]
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3 Great Credit Cards for Economy Flyers

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3 Great Credit Cards for Economy Flyers
While traveling in premium class sounds amazing, it might not be the most realistic option for individuals or families. Premium class fares can be quite expensive, and the cost for economy fares is much more affordable — making cash back or flexible currency a great option for booking your travels. If you are an economy... Dustin Waller is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 3 Great Credit Cards for Economy Flyers originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Most Workers Don’t Know This Retirement Tax Credit Exists

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Most Workers Don’t Know This Retirement Tax Credit Exists
Tax season is now underway. But as in years past, millions of taxpayers are probably still missing out on the chance to slash their tax bill by as much as $4,000 simply because they overlook a little-known federal tax credit. It’s called the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, aka the Saver’s Credit. If you’re eligible for it, this credit is worth as much as 10% to 50% [...]
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Jobs With Tips: Here’s How to Find the Best Paying Ones

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Jobs With Tips: Here’s How to Find the Best Paying Ones
Whether you’re looking for full-time income or part-time work, you might want to consider jobs that offer the chance to earn tips.  The minimum wage for tipped positions is $2.13 per hour in more than 17 states. Seven states require that employers pay tipped employees the full state minimum wage before tips. The remaining states require employers to pay tipped employees a minimum cash wage above $2.13 an hour. But more relevant than your local minimum wage is the fact that you can consistently make good money from tips. Not all tipped jobs are lucrative, though, so how do you choose the right job and earn the most tips? Find the Best Jobs for Tips Tipping is expected and common in many jobs, but clearly some will be better than others for total pay. Here’s a partial list of traditionally tipped positions:  Waiter Casino dealer Taxi driver Pizza delivery driver Cruise steward Bartender Room service waiter Golf caddy Busboy Tour guide Hotel room cleaner Ski instructor Naturally, you’ll enjoy and be more qualified for some jobs over others. Use these preferences to help narrow down that list.  Then, look for the positions where you’ll make the most money. If cleaning hotel rooms and waiting tables are both still on your list, go for the restaurant job.  Remember that to earn the most money, you should seek out employment where tips and base wages are above average. Increase Your Base Rate Many employers pay a base rate of minimum wage. If you’re interested in moving, you could go to a state that has a higher minimum wage for tipped employees.  For example, the minimum wage in Idaho is just $3.35 per hour, while next door in Washington it’s $12.00 per hour and in Oregon it’s  $10.75 per hour. Of course, even in a state with a $2.13 minimum wage, some employers will pay a higher base rate. Ask about the pay before applying. Tips are usually what matter most, but making an extra $5 or $6 per hour on your base rate can help a lot. Work at Expensive Venues One of the most important factors affecting tips, especially in the food and beverage industry, is the size of the average bill. Customers tip according to the bill amount more than anything else.  The average tip in U.S. restaurants is now 18.1%, according to a 2018 Zagat survey. So, as a waiter, if you serve a dozen $40 tables in an evening, you’ll average nearly $87 in tips, but if the bills are $90, you’ll take in more than $195. This is true for other tipped positions as well. Ask any bartender who has worked in both a dive bar and a high-end pub. Work for pricy places when possible.  Work in Busy Locations Even a restaurant with expensive meals might not be a great place to work if you wait on just three tables per shift. Serving twice as many customers usually means you earn twice as much in tips. Look for busy businesses. Pick the Right Employer Once you decide what kind of job you want, pick which state you’ll work in, and identify some expensive, busy places, it’s time to investigate specific employers. Start by asking about the base rate, as mentioned.  Tip income varies widely by employer, even those with similar businesses and price levels. One employer might let you keep all of your tips, while another makes employees share them. For example, I once worked at a pizza place where it was policy to split large tips (over $5) with all employees. And it’s common for wait staff to “tip out” busboys and hosts with 10% or more of what they take in. For large employers, you can often find the relevant pay information on Glassdoor. Otherwise, get friendly with employees of prospective employers so you can ask about their wages. Also check with your friends and family members who happen to work as waiters, casino dealers, bartenders and so on.  Ask how tips are handled and how much they usually amount to. Listen carefully to employees, but don’t place much importance on stories about one-time tips or memorable shifts. In fact, ask about the worst days. You might get lucky and discover a job where the worst tip days are still pretty good. You want an average, and most employees don’t bother to calculate that accurately. But if you ask for examples from ordinary shifts and bad shifts, you can put together a relatively safe guesstimate of the tips you’ll make at a given job. Then you can calculate what you’ll make with the base rate included. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM I have a question about those cash game apps from Google Play store? 1/14/20 @ 8:16 PM Selling My Things 1/2/20 @ 8:12 AM I am working part time any suggestions 1/9/20 @ 1:40 PM Being a Match Maker. 1/7/20 @ 12:33 AM See more in Make Money or ask a money question   What If You Lack Experience? If you lack experience, you won’t qualify for the best positions and may not get hired at the best places. In that case use a longer-term strategy. For example, caddy at a slow golf course as a resume builder so you can get hired at a better place.  Use a position as a busboy as a temporary stop on the way to being promoted to waiting tables. Take a job in a restaurant kitchen only if your employer says you can join the wait staff as soon as you prove yourself. There are always opportunities to build your resume or places where you can quickly advance. For example, many bars won’t hire an inexperienced bartender, but will hire you as a bar-back.  Once you have a job where you make good tips, you can move on to part two of your plan: Implementing strategies for making even more tips. Steve Gillman is the author of “101 Weird Ways to Make Money” and creator of EveryWayToMakeMoney.com. He’s been a repo-man, walking stick carver, search engine evaluator, house flipper, tram driver, process server, mock juror, and roulette croupier, but of more than 100 ways he has made money, writing is his favorite (so far). This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Best Travel Credit Cards to Pay Cell Phone Bills

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Best Travel Credit Cards to Pay Cell Phone Bills
Cell phones have transitioned from a luxury to a necessity in today’s busy world. We spend a lot of money to have our cell phones by our side: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average person spends $1,188 per year on their cell phone bill. And the bill is much higher for a... Lee Huffman is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Best Travel Credit Cards to Pay Cell Phone Bills originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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The 5 Best Things to Buy in January — and 4 to Wait on

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The 5 Best Things to Buy in January — and 4 to Wait on
This post comes from Elizabeth Harper of partner site DealNews.com. Plenty of stores will ring in the new year with great sales. But if you’re wondering what to buy in January, you should know that not everything will be a bargain this month, so you’ll want to shop smart to get the best prices. Following is our take on the things you should buy — and shouldn’t buy — during the... [...]
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If You Live in Maine, Here’s an Easy Way to Get a Free $25 Amazon Gift Card

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If You Live in Maine, Here’s an Easy Way to Get a Free $25 Amazon Gift Card
Who couldn’t use an Amazon gift card? I mean, seriously, you can get everything on there.  Get this: A company called Arcadia Power is handing out a free $25 Amazon gift card when you try out its free service. (It’ll help relieve some of your guilt about that lamp you decided you needed.) How to Get a Free $25 Amazon Gift Card in 2 Minutes (Seriously!) Energy-saving company Arcadia Power wants to help Maine residents use cleaner energy and save money on their electric bills. All you have to do is connect your utility account, and Arcadia will tell you if it can lower your electric bill. Financial services worker Rebecca Rindler signed up for Arcadia Power. She didn’t think much of it then, but about three months later, she got an email from Arcadia that it found her a better deal. “Basically, I did nothing,” she says. She estimates she saved $120 on her electric bill in a year. Even better? Right now, when you activate your free account, Arcadia Power will send you a free $25 Amazon gift card. Hello, Wish List.   This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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6 Things You May Not Know About Red Roof’s Rewards Program

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6 Things You May Not Know About Red Roof’s Rewards Program
Red Roof recently rebranded its RediCard loyalty program. The Red Roof brand includes Red Roof Inn, Red Roof Plus, The Red Collection and HomeTowne Studios by Red Roof. Here are six things you may not know about Red Roof’s new rewards program. 1. It’s called RediRewards RediCard, the previous loyalty program for hotels in the... Amanda Johnson is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 6 Things You May Not Know About Red Roof’s Rewards Program originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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5 Different Types of Airport Lounges You Can Access With an AmEx Platinum Card

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5 Different Types of Airport Lounges You Can Access With an AmEx Platinum Card
One of the benefits of many of the premium American Express credit cards have is lounge access at airports throughout the world. There are actually five different types of airport lounges that you can access with your The Platinum Card® from American Express or The Business Platinum® Card from American Express. In this article, we’ll... Dan Miller is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 5 Different Types of Airport Lounges You Can Access With an AmEx Platinum Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Traveling Abroad? Take 2 Credit Cards — Here’s How to Choose Them

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Traveling Abroad? Take 2 Credit Cards — Here’s How to Choose Them
International trips involve careful planning, but while you’re packing your suitcase and making a list of must-try restaurants, don’t forget one important detail: how you’ll pay for stuff once you arrive. Plotting out what to pack in your wallet can spare you some serious travel nightmares. Our advice: Pack two cards and grab some cash... Sara Rathner is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: srathner@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @sarakrathner. The article Traveling Abroad? Take 2 Credit Cards — Here’s How to Choose Them originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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8 Stores Offering Gift Card Freebies Right Now

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8 Stores Offering Gift Card Freebies Right Now
Several retailers — and tons of restaurants — are offering free bonus cash to spend with them when you buy gift cards this holiday season. Following is a list of the stores that are offering holiday gift card promotions this month. It's not the usual blah, blah, blah. Click here to sign up for our free newsletter. The offer: [...]
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3 Major Medicare Costs Will Jump in January

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3 Major Medicare Costs Will Jump in January
Health care already accounts for more than 10% of spending by senior households, on average. And 2020 brings more bad news for the pocketbooks of seniors on Original Medicare. Several premiums and deductibles for folks on the traditional, government-managed type of Medicare will increase in the new year, the federal government recently announced. What’s more, these increases for 2020 will be... [...]
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The 6 Best High-Interest Checking Accounts for Letting Your Money Grow

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The 6 Best High-Interest Checking Accounts for Letting Your Money Grow
You’ve probably always thought that if you want to earn interest on your money, you move it to a savings account. Your checking account is just for paying bills and the like, right? Not anymore.  With the rise of online-only banks that don’t have the overhead of brick-and-mortar locations, the competition for your checking dollars has gotten fierce. One of the big benefits of this battle is that many banks are now offering interest-yielding checking accounts. And while you may not rake in giant interest rates, you can definitely earn a little something on that money — and why wouldn’t you? Here are our top six high-interest checking accounts that could help your money grow. How We Picked the 6 Best Checking Accounts That Pay Interest Our methodology for this list is pretty simple: According to the FDIC, the average interest rate for interest-bearing checking accounts is currently 0.05%. We’re looking for checking accounts that beat that average. Beyond the interest rate, we looked at what else the account brings to the table. We gave preference to those accounts that don’t have maintenance fees or high minimum balances and that offer ATM fee reimbursement.  The 6 Best High-Interest Checking Accounts Without further adieu, here are the six best high-interest checking accounts where you can use your money and make a little money at the same time. 1. SoFi  One of the highest interest rates we’ve found for an online checking account is from SoFi Money. That checking account earns you 1.6% APY, or annual percentage yield, which is percent in interest (including compound interest) you’ll earn on your money in a year. Frankly, that’s practically unheard of. That’s more than 32 times higher than the average interest-bearing checking account. Heck, it’s better than the rate on a lot of savings accounts. SoFi Money takes a number of steps to make the transition to online banking easy: ATMs: With automatic reimbursement of ATM fees, you can use just about any ATM anywhere for free. Checks: If you occasionally need a physical check — to pay your landlord or whatever — you can get checks from SoFi for free. Website: SoFi’s website and mobile apps have detailed FAQs, and they make it simple and easy for you to find any information you want. 2. NDKC Personal Checking The NBKC Personal Checking Account offers 1.01% interest on all balances and has no minimum balance requirement. That’s a pretty sweet deal at 20 times the national average. It also features $0 overdraft and non-sufficient funds charges, so if you tend to overextend your money, you won’t get dinged.  Do you use ATMs? NBKC Personal Checking also offers up to $12 monthly to refund those pesky ATM fees. This account has a minimum opening deposit of $5, but you’d probably deposit at least that much anyway.  3. Memory Bank You may not have heard of Memory Bank. Or maybe you did and you just forgot. (Get it?) Anyhoo, Memory Bank’s EarnMore Checking Account is another great option for a high-interest checking account with 0.90% APY.  Memory Bank is a great choice for those of us who like the perks of online banking, but also want to know that we can get personal service when we need it. They offer live support by phone, email, or online chat. That can be a great benefit when you just need to ask a quick question, but don’t want to get stuck on an automated phone system for an hour.  4. Capital One 360 The real beauty of the Capital One 360 Checking Account is the pure ease of its online banking setup. Both the website and the app are remarkably intuitive. Plus, you won’t have any minimum balance or fees to deal with.  The base APY right now for the Capital One 360 is 0.2%, which is a respectable four times the national average. However, if you manage to save up a little, you’ll earn even more. Balances from $50,000 to $100,000 earn 0.5%. Balances above $100,000 earn 0.75%.  FROM THE BANKING FORUM This week in... The Penny Hoarder Community 11/8/19 @ 9:28 AM Happy November! 11/1/19 @ 1:47 PM Fed cut rates again! Anyone taking advantage? 10/30/19 @ 3:01 PM Social security Representative Payee bank account 9/26/19 @ 1:16 PM L See more in Banking or ask a money question 5. Charles Schwab OK, when you think Charles Schwab, you probably don’t think about checking accounts. That could change. Its High Yield Investor Checking is a free account that earns 0.15% APY on your balance.  It also features unlimited ATM fee rebates worldwide. That’s pretty cool if you travel a lot.  This account has no minimum balance, no minimum opening deposit and no maintenance fees.  There is one catch: You need to have a Schwab One brokerage account linked to your checking to avoid maintenance fees. It may not be for everybody, but if you already invest, why not take advantage of it?  6. Ally Interest Checking Account As the name suggests, you’ll earn interest with the Ally Interest Checking Account. For balances under $15,000, you’ll earn 0.1%, which isn’t all that remarkable.  But, if you tend to have $15,000 or more on hand, you can earn 0.5%. While 0.5% may not seem like much, that’s 10 times the national average for checking accounts that pay interest.  Ally’s Interest Checking really makes its mark with the other perks. The account has: No maintenance fees. No minimum balance requirement. No minimum opening deposit. Easy online access. Another nice perk is that Ally will reimburse you for up to $10 worth of ATM fees charged by other banks per statement cycle.  How to Choose a High-Interest Checking Account If you’re thinking about moving to a high-interest checking account, take a few things into consideration. Look for accounts that won’t negate those interest earnings by charging you fees. However, if you will carry a high balance, it may be worth paying a small fee to get a better interest rate. Do the math. Keep an eye on minimum balance requirements. We focused on accounts that don’t require a minimum balance, but if you know that you’ll consistently have at least $1,000 in your account at all times, you may want to shop around a bit more. There may be a great deal out there. Look at the requirements. Maybe you don’t use your debit card that much or you don’t want to have direct deposit. Choose an account that fits with the way you like to use your account. Keep ATMs in mind if you use them. It’s 2019, and you shouldn’t have to pay those fees. There are too many banks that are willing to cover those for you. The app. If you do a lot of banking on your phone, make sure the bank you choose has a solid banking app. Once you find the checking account that checks all the right boxes for you and how you like to use your account, sign up and start earning money on your money already.  Tyler Omoth is a freelance writer covering topics from personal finance to career advice and even lawn care. His work has been featured on TopResume.com, Writersweekly.com and more. He is also the author of over 70 educational books for children and a proud parent of twin toddlers. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stor [...]
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This Week in Fintech

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This Week in Fintech
This weekly summary from our 5 experts, brings you insights based on their experience as investors, entrepreneurs & executives. Ilias Hatzis started his first company, an internet search engine, during the dot-com era & now focusses on crypto. Efi Pylarinou worked for top tier Wall Street firms and is now a top global Fintech influencer. Jessica […] The post This Week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Is Lack of Trust a First Order Function in Narrowing the Insurance Protection Gap?

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Is Lack of Trust a First Order Function in Narrowing the Insurance Protection Gap?
image The Geneva Association released an ambitious discussion of trust and its effect on insurance transactions, particularly in the perspective of well-known ‘protection gaps’ that are pervasive across many lines of insurance within mature economies.  Is, as Jad Ariss, Association Managing Director notes in the publication’s foreword, a “lack of trust fundamentally impeding insurance demand,” […] The post Is Lack of Trust a First Order Function in Narrowing the Insurance Protection Gap? appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Should You Trust the Official Medicare Website?

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Should You Trust the Official Medicare Website?
If you haven’t yet chosen a Medicare plan for 2020 — the deadline is this Saturday, Dec. 7 — beware of putting too much faith in the program’s official website. If you have chosen a 2020 plan already, beware of assuming the plan details you received from the official Medicare website are accurate. The information you find at Medicare.gov may be wrong... [...]
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All the Best Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals Still Available!

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All the Best Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals Still Available!
Make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best Cyber Monday and Black Friday Deals with this round-up! This year has had a CRAZY amount of Cyber Monday Deals and Black Friday Deals, so we thought we’d round them all up in one post for you! Crystal’s Top 10 Picks: Get a year of Hulu at just $1.99 per month! Chromebook Cyber Monday Deals | Acer Chromebook for $124.99 shipped, plus more! Denise Albright 2020-2021 Planner Bundle for just $19.95 + shipping! Get over 50% off one of my favorite sweaters for Cyber Monday!! Oral-B Genius Pro 8000 Electronic Power Rechargeable Battery Electric Toothbrush for just $89.94 shipped (Originally $250)! Old Navy: Sherpa Pullovers for the Family only $10 today! *HOT* The Children’s Place: Fleece Pullovers and Pants just $4.99 shipped! Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker only $49.99 shipped! DaySpring Hand-Thrown Mugs for just $2.80 each! *HOT* TaoTronics Essential Oils Diffuser for just $6.99!! Cyber Monday Deals Still Available: Get 50% off ALL of my courses! Hypoallergenic Shredded Memory Foam Pillows for just $14.99 each, shipped! Amazon FreeTime Unlimited | 3 Months for just $0.99! {$29 Savings!!) Shark Vacuum Cyber Monday Deals *HOT* 61-Piece 3D Magnetic Building Tile Play Set only $19.49 (Reg. $100!) MUK LUKS Anais Moccasin Slippers only $12.99 shipped! Target: 40% Off Bedding and Bath! T-Rex & Triceratops Dinosaur Bump & Go Toy Cars (Set of 4) only $14.99 shipped! Ring Video Doorbell with Echo Dot 3rd Generation only $79.99 shipped (Reg. $150!) *HOT* Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card with $20 Gift Card Purchase {Limited Quantity!} Carter’s: 7-Pack Baby Bodysuits only $10 shipped! 50% off Hydro Flask Bottles at REI! Carter’s: Toddler & Girl’s Leggings only $5 shipped! Cricut Explore Air 2 only $179.99 shipped, plus more! Dreamworks Holiday Collection DVD for just $6.99! HOT Deals on Marvel Action Figures! HOT Discounts on Play-Doh Sets, Playskool Toys, My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop, and Baby Alive Dolls! *HOT* HUGE Savings on Monopoly and Hasbro Games! HOT Cyber Monday Deals on LEGO, Lincoln Logs, Tegu Blocks, K’Nex, Playmobil, and Tinkertoys!! *HOT* Up to 50% off Nerf Toys! Keurig K-Mini Single Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker for just $42.49 shipped (Reg. $90)! Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones for just $139 shipped!! Dinosaur Racetrack for just $16.99 shipped! Men’s Croft & Barrow Festive Microfleece Sleep Pants only $3.99! Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High & Low Top Sneakers only $25 shipped! Black Friday Deals Still Available: Holiday Doormats and Accent Rugs as low as $3.99! Dick’s Sporting Goods: 25% off Hydro Flask Bottles and Tumblers! Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Kit for just $260.99 shipped (Reg. $750)! Robotic Vacuum Black Friday Deals Apple Macbook Air for just $649.99 shipped (Reg. $999)!! Gift an Amazon Prime membership at 10% off! Women’s Sweaters only $7.99! Muk Luks Women’s Bootie Slippers for just $7.99 shipped! Elmer’s Rainbow Slime Starter Kit only $4.99! LEGO Classic Creative Fun Box for just $20! Dick’s Sporting Goods: Extra 25% off YETI Tumblers, Coolers and Mugs! *HOT* Sam’s Club Membership Deal | $50 in Savings! Echo Show 5 for just $49.99 shipped! Echo Dot 3rd Generation for just $22! HOT Deals on Dinosaur Toys!!! Matching Family Pajamas 60% Off! Get two holiday graphic shirts as low as $14.98 each, shipped! Women’s Boots only $19.99 at JCPenney! Royal Luxe White Goose Feather & Down Comforter (Any Size) for just $50.99 shipped!! *HOT* Pura Vida Bracelets Black Friday Sale | 50% Off Plus Free Shipping! LEGO Minifigures Series 19 Building Kit only $2.99! Nike Men’s Running Shoes only $29.99 shipped (Reg. $60!) Mega Bloks Building Basics Let’s Get Learning 150-Piece Set only $12.97! ABCmouse Deal: Annual subscription for just $3.75 per month! American Explorer Hardside Luggage for just $39.99 (Reg. $180)! *HOT* Roku Streaming Stick+ only $29! Kindle Black Friday Deals | Lowest Prices on Record! *HOT* Adventure Academy Annual Subscription for just $3.75 per month! Starbucks Black Friday Deal: Free Coffee & Tea in January with Tumbler Purchase Amazon Fire TV Cube for just $89.99 shipped! Black Friday Deals on Sony and Beats Headphones at Target! Fire Tablet Black Friday Deals | Lowest Prices on Record! *HOT* ReadingIQ Deal: Annual subscription for just $2.49 per month! {Silas loves this app!} *HOT* Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for just $19.99! Step2 Modern Cook Kitchen Set for just $34.99! KiwiCo Promo Code: Get a box for just $7.98 shipped! We hope you grabbed some great deals over the past week! Also, be sure to sign up for our Hot Deals newsletter and join our Deal Seekers Facebook group so that you don’t miss out on any of the hottest, time-sensitive deals as soon as they go live throughout the rest of the holiday season! [...]
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It’s Cyber Monday: Here Are the Best Deals at Amazon

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It’s Cyber Monday: Here Are the Best Deals at Amazon
Not to worry if you missed out on any deals on Black Friday. Cyber Monday — today — brings plenty of second chances. In fact, on Amazon, you will find many discounts that are at least as steep as they were on Black Friday — as well as deals that weren’t even available on Black Friday. Just take a look at the hundreds of deals on Amazon’s Cyber Monday site. Or... [...]
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6 Underrated Reasons to Get the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card

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6 Underrated Reasons to Get the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card
At first glance, the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card might not seem especially enticing, because it’s been a rough year for the Marriott Bonvoy program. Marriott has devalued the program, reduced status benefits, gone to a variable award chart and struggled with disruptive IT issues all year. Given all that, why would you want to... Caroline Lupini is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 6 Underrated Reasons to Get the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Innovate from the customer backwards- but caveat innovator!

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Innovate from the customer backwards- but caveat innovator!
image The insurance industry is in large part past the hysteria of disruption, innovation and entrants solving the issues of the insurance world, and is moving into the stage of implementation, collaboration and iteration. Startups that have gained traction are now broadening their markets, and in some cases, their offerings. And, the industry is recognizing […] The post Innovate from the customer backwards- but caveat innovator! appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Transparency, Transparency, Transparency in portfolio performance

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Transparency, Transparency, Transparency in portfolio performance
Four years ago, I started preaching about Transparency in wealth management. In the Global Transparency movement in Portfolio Performance from the Daily Fintech archives in October 2015, I asked for `…  a world in which Barron’s top advisor annual rankings take into account performance. Believe it or not, right now these rankings don’t include performance […] The post Transparency, Transparency, Transparency in portfolio performance appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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The Best Perks of the United Explorer Credit Card

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The Best Perks of the United Explorer Credit Card
The United℠ Explorer Card is a great card for travelers who want to get the most out of their United excursions. The card is simple, yet packs a punch. If your preferred airline is United, it could be well worth applying for the United℠ Explorer Card. Here are the best perks the card has to... Chris O'Shea is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article The Best Perks of the United Explorer Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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The aeronautic industry in 2019

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The aeronautic industry in 2019
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Comparing Travel Insurance Options: Airline or Credit Card?

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Comparing Travel Insurance Options: Airline or Credit Card?
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the various travel insurance options, from coverage offered by rewards credit cards to the kind you can purchase separately. But that doesn’t mean you should go into your next trip sans travel insurance. You just need to pick the best option for you. In this post, we’ll compare the... Rachel Morgan Cautero is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Comparing Travel Insurance Options: Airline or Credit Card? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award

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Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award
A 3yr old Corporate Social Responsibility – CSR – initiative that took a life of its own, has resulted in a 2019 UN Global Climate Action Award for Alipay AntForest App. A great example of gamification and network effects on an ecosystem like Alibaba. At launch, it was one of the many charity projects that […] The post Gamification via a Fintech ecosystem wins a UN Global Climate Action Award appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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This Week in Fintech

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This Week in Fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO of Daily […] The post This Week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Who wants a FREE $5 Amazon gift card??

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Who wants a FREE $5 Amazon gift card??
This is a super easy way to earn a quick $5 gift card for your holiday spending! Trying to stretch your holiday budget? I’ve got a way for you to easily earn a $5 Amazon gift card in just minutes — completely free! If you are planning to do any errands or shopping in the near future, don’t miss this! Here’s how to earn your free $5 gift card: 1. Sign up for Shopkick through this link, use code MOM5 during the registration process. 2. Go to one store listed in the app within 7 days. (Some of the stores listed: Kroger, CVS, Walmart, Target, Publix, Dollar General, Aldi, Sprouts, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sam’s Club, and more!). 3. When you’re at the store, open up your app and click on the store and then scans. Scan one product listed in the app. 4. That’s it! You don’t have to purchase anything. Just use the code MOM5 when signing up and then scan one item in-store. 5. Because you used the code above, you’ll get 1250 bonus “kicks” instantly added to your account. You can trade these in for a $5 Amazon gift card! (Or any other gift card!) Want to Earn Even More Points? Want to earn more points? Make sure to have the Shopkick app open when you walk in the store (you’ll earn kicks for this) and then scan all the other items listed in the app that you can earn points for. For instance, right now, I can earn 24o kicks just for scanning products in the app at Kroger, or 335 kicks for scanning products in the app at Publix, or 75 for scanning products at Aldi. I don’t have to buy anything at the stores. All I have to do is open up the app when I’m in the store and scan the specific item and I’ll earn the kicks. Best of all, I can do this every single time I go shopping — and it’s FREE points to use toward FREE gift cards! Find Out More About Shopkick Read more about how Shopkick works and how to earn more points with Shopkick here. Also, check out my post on 7 Easy Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards for other ways to earn free Amazon gift cards. Psst! Getting ready for the holiday season? Be sure to check out our Holiday Shopping Survival Guide! And don’t forget to sign up for our Hot Deals Newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the hottest Black Friday and holiday deals! [...]
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Most Valuable Perks of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card

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Most Valuable Perks of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card
There are a few key perks that can make having a Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card worth it.. Access to the Companion Fare When you have an Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card, the Companion Fare is definitely one of your most valuable benefits. With a Companion Fare, you can get a significant discount... Reyna Gobel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Most Valuable Perks of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Are You Getting the Best Deal on Amazon? Here’s an Automatic Way to Check

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Are You Getting the Best Deal on Amazon? Here’s an Automatic Way to Check
If you shop on Amazon — and who doesn’t? — we’ve found an incredibly easy way you can automatically save yourself money. It’s called Wikibuy, and it’s available as a browser extension or as an app. Once you click a button to install it, it instantly becomes your own personal heat-seeking missile for savings. That’s why 3.9 million shoppers are using it, and that’s why it’s highly rated in the Chrome Web Store. What is Wikibuy? We Use it to Find The Best Deals When you shop around on Amazon, Wikibuy pops up and becomes an automatic price-comparison tool. If you’re checking out a product like, say, a wireless speaker, Wikibuy searches thousands of other sellers, including Walmart and eBay, looking for a better price. It takes into account shipping, sales tax and availability, including size and color. It also tries coupon codes. If you like what you see, click the “Continue to Wikibuy” button that shows up automatically on Amazon, and place your order. Wikibuy even predicts when your order will be delivered. It Works Even if You’re Not Shopping on Amazon Let’s say you’re not shopping on Amazon. Instead you’re shopping online on a different site, like Best Buy or Target. When it’s time to check out, Wikibuy automatically searches online for any coupons or promo codes or discounts that it can apply to your order. It compiles data it collects from its millions of Wikibuy users. If a promo code worked for another Wikibuy user who bought a product before you, Wikibuy copies that code to save you money. Honestly, This is One of The Easiest Ways to Save If you’re not accustomed to browser plug-ins, then don’t let the term scare you away. It’s easy to download the thing, and it just automatically runs on top of your browser when you’re shopping. Simple. Wikibuy is available on the browsers Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Firefox. It’s also available as an iPhone app. Wikibuy gets good reviews from users, mainly because it’s free, simple and automatic. The browser extension has a 5-star rating from 3.9 million users in the Google Play store. One final thing: You can also earn Wikibuy credits while you shop. You use those credits for gift cards. That’s just one more feature. Wikibuy’s main draw is the automatic savings. After a simple free install, see how it works for you. Mike Brassfield (mike@thepennyhoarder.com) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He’s turning into an Amazon guy. Wikibuy compensates us when you install Wikibuy using the links we provided. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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The Most Valuable Perks of the Bank of America Premium Rewards Card

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The Most Valuable Perks of the Bank of America Premium Rewards Card
The Bank of America® Premium Rewards® Visa® credit card stands out from other Bank of America® cards in that it comes with a $95 annual fee — which isn’t necessarily the best reason to stand out. But don’t let the fee automatically turn you off. The card also has a slew of perks and benefits that may... Chris O'Shea is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article The Most Valuable Perks of the Bank of America Premium Rewards Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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ChexSystems: Like a Credit Score for Your Banking Habits

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ChexSystems: Like a Credit Score for Your Banking Habits
You’re probably well aware of the existence (and importance) of credit scores, even if you couldn’t cite your own off the top of your head. But did you know there’s a similar consumer reporting system for your banking habits? It’s called ChexSystems — and just like your credit report, your ChexSystems report could have serious effects on your future financial endeavors. Here’s what you need to know about this often-overlooked reporting agency and how it could impact your money. What is ChexSystems? ChexSystems is a consumer reporting agency that collects banking-related information, such as account inquiries, misuse, fraudulent activity and unpaid fees. In short, it’s a lot like a credit score for your bank account — and just as lenders often pull your credit report before deciding whether or not to offer you a loan or line of credit, some banks will request a ChexSystem report before allowing you to open a checking account. However, unlike your FICO score (the three-digit credit score consumers tend to be most familiar with), the negative information on your ChexSystem report is generally removed after five years as opposed to seven.  That’s a good thing, because without a bank account it’s difficult, if not impossible, to pay certain bills, especially in the all-digital-everything age of automated electronic payments.  A bank account also keeps your money more secure than it is in your piggy bank, and certain accounts even pay interest. In short, you probably want a checking account — and if your ChexSystems report doesn’t pull up clean, it could be more difficult to open one. What Shows Up on a ChexSystems Report? So what kind of activities are reported by ChexSystems? Well, just as your credit report does, your ChexSystems report will list a variety of personal identifying information, including your name, address(es) and Social Security number. But the majority of the report will focus on your banking history — particularly any history you’re eager to forget, including: Negative balances, such as existing unpaid overdrafts or involuntarily closed accounts Unpaid banking fees  Fraudulent or suspicious activity, including identity theft Account inquiries and applications Public records, such as bankruptcies or judgments  Just like the major credit bureaus, ChexSystems is governed by the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which means you’re entitled to one free copy of your ChexSystems report every calendar year. You also have a right to a ChexSystems report if a bank uses its information to deny your application for a checking account. You can learn more about pulling your free annual report here, and you can also see a sample report if you’re curious to know what it might look like. If you find an error on your ChexSystems report, you can (and should) report it immediately. You can do so easily online by filling out the ChexSystems online dispute form, or by mail or fax.  Most ChexSystems investigations are completed within 30 days of filing a dispute. What to Do If You Have a Negative ChexSystems Report If your ChexSystems status is keeping you from opening a checking account, the good news is you have options.  Some financial institutions offer “second chance” bank accounts for those with negative histories, though they do sometimes come with additional fees. These are more common with online-only banks, like Chime, but some major nationwide banks offer similar options. For example, Wells Fargo’s Opportunity Checking account is available in 39 states and Washington DC, and offers some attainable ways to avoid its $10 monthly service fee.  You may also be able to use a prepaid debit card to settle bills that are tough to pay in cash, like utilities. Although some prepaid cards come with monthly fees, you can often get them waived with recurring direct deposits. Whether your ChexSystems report is clean as a whistle or could use some TLC, the first step is to educate yourself. If you’ve never heard of this consumer agency, go ahead and request your free report today. In this case, knowledge really is power — the power to open a checking account that could help you better manage your money. Jamie Cattanach’s work has been featured at Fodor’s, Yahoo, SELF, The Huffington Post, The Motley Fool and other outlets. Learn more at www.jamiecattanach.com. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO of Daily […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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7 Reasons to Get the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card

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7 Reasons to Get the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card
The Wells Fargo Propel American Express® card isn’t for everyone. This low-frills, low-cost AmEx card has little to offer travelers who are loyal to a specific airline or hotel chain and it has even less appeal for users seeking luxury perks like elite status or upgrades. But a host of unique features make this highly... June Casagrande is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 7 Reasons to Get the Wells Fargo Propel American Express Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO of Daily […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Southwest to Get Rid of Senior Fares. What’s the Impact?

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Southwest to Get Rid of Senior Fares. What’s the Impact?
You’ve heard of senior discounts at cafes or for entrance fees at the museum, but what about airfare? If you’re a member of AARP, you can get up to $200 off some British Airways itineraries. If you’re 65 or older, you can potentially take advantage of senior discounts at three major U.S. carriers: Delta, United... Caroline Lupini is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Southwest to Get Rid of Senior Fares. What’s the Impact? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Australia’s Trade Ledger Chalks Up Another European Win

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Australia’s Trade Ledger Chalks Up Another European Win
Jessica Ellerm is a thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zuper, a neowealth disruptor in Australia. Aussie trade finance startup Trade Ledger is one of a handful of Aussie fintechs chalking up success after success offshore, especially in Europe. Last year the company won Barclay’s […] The post Australia’s Trade Ledger Chalks Up Another European Win appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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This Week in Fintech

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This Week in Fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO and Editor […] The post This Week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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630 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad?

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630 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad?
A 630 credit score is considered a fair credit score. Your credit score determines whether you will qualify for products like credit cards and loans, and what interest rate you will be charged by a lender. The share of Americans who had scores between 600 and 649 was 9% in 2019, according to credit scoring company FICO. Here’s how a... Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ajayakumar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ajbombay. The article 630 Credit Score: Is It Good or Bad? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Capital One Hikes Potential Bonus on Spark Business Cards (Limited Time)

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Capital One Hikes Potential Bonus on Spark Business Cards (Limited Time)
For a limited time, Capital One is offering big spenders extra-large sign-up bonuses worth a grand total of $2,000 each on two of its most rewarding small-business credit cards. The new bonuses are: Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business: Earn a $500 cash bonus when you spend $5,000 in the first 3 months and earn... Gregory Karp is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: gkarp@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @spendingsmart. The article Capital One Hikes Potential Bonus on Spark Business Cards (Limited Time) originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Rent a Car Without a Credit Card: Use This Trick to Avoid a Big Deposit

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Rent a Car Without a Credit Card: Use This Trick to Avoid a Big Deposit
You may know this frustration: One Christmas, I scraped together money for a flight home and budgeted enough to cover the $80 to rent a car for the weekend. But because I was paying with a debit card, I was charged a $350 deposit. To make that deposit, the company put a hold on my debit card. That meant for the duration of the rental, $350 of my money was unavailable.  Worse, I had to wait about a week and a half after the trip to see the refund available in my bank account. I’m not sure about you, but I don’t usually have the luxury to just give up $350 for a couple weeks! Renting a car is particularly difficult, because the amount of the deposit can be so high compared to the cost of rental. That’s if you’re allowed to pay with a debit card at all. These authorizations are understandable from a business’s point of view: It needs some assurance that it won’t lose money if you cause damage or fail to pay what you owe. When you pay with a credit card, the credit card company ensures you’ll make the payment, and you’re responsible for paying the credit card company. When you pay with a debit card, a business runs the risk that you could take off or cause damage that costs more than what’s available in your bank account.  But most of us are good, honest people. It’s frustrating to face barriers put in place to protect businesses against dishonest jerks. Thankfully, I’ve found a way around the dreaded debit-card authorization. How to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card Instead of handing over my bank debit card to cover the deposit for a rental car, I use my PayPal debit card. With this trick, the deposit never leaves my account. First, you have to have a PayPal Business MasterCard debit card. If you don’t already have one, here’s how to get it: 1. Create a PayPal Account If you don’t already have an account, go to PayPal.com to sign up for free. 2. Upgrade to a Premier or Business Account Set this up when you open your account, or upgrade your existing account to Premier or Business. Be sure to read through the differences between these accounts to know which is best for you. Upgrading to either is free, and they both come with features not available to a personal account. Basically, if you’ll use PayPal for online business or freelance work, upgrade to a Business account. For personal use with the additional features, Premier should have you covered.  3. Apply for a PayPal Business MasterCard Debit Card Plan well in advance if you want to use your debit card for a particular trip! If you’re new to PayPal, you’ll want to apply for the Business MasterCard at least three months in advance.  Even if you’ve had a PayPal account for a while, give yourself at least a month. Note: This is NOT the same as a PayPal Prepaid MasterCard, which is also a physical card you can get from PayPal. The Prepaid card is loaded like a gift card, while the Business debit card works like your bank debit or ATM card. Even outside of this hack, I love having a PayPal debit card because: I can pull cash from my PayPal account at an ATM or use it like any other debit card. That means I can make in-real-life purchases with money I make online. I get instant access to my PayPal funds, which used to take three to four days to transfer to my bank account. I get 1% cash back for every debit purchase that doesn’t require a PIN. 3. Set Up a Backup Funding Source Select a backup funding source for your Business debit card. This is a different process from selecting a backup funding source for your PayPal account, so make sure you attach it specifically to the card. Your backup funding source will be either your checking account or another debit card (or both).  When you pay for something using your PayPal debit card, any funds in your PayPal account are used first. The backup will cover the purchase if the amount exceeds your PayPal balance. Warning: Your backup will cover a purchase that exceeds your PayPal balance, whether or not you have the funds in the backup account. Watch the balance on both accounts to avoid an overdraft fee. Renting a Car With a Debit Card When you travel, use your PayPal debit card to cover your rental car deposit. Here’s how it works: 1. Deposit $1 Into Your PayPal Account A few days before you travel, deposit a small amount into your PayPal account. I always stick with just $1. Depending on your bank, a deposit could take a few days to hit your PayPal account. Mine usually takes two or three days.  If you need it more quickly, you can coordinate with a friend or family member to transfer money directly from another PayPal account, which happens almost instantly. Make sure you keep the balance low. If you already have a higher balance in your PayPal account, withdraw most of it into your bank account. Any available funds in your PayPal account will be held for the deposit, so the less available when the card is swiped, the better. 2. Look for a Hold on the Available Balance When rental car company swipes your card, the deposit will take your available $1. The authorization will be valid, because the charge sees your backup funding and reads that as sufficient funds for the charge, regardless of your checking account’s balance.  But your checking account will not be charged, because the transaction will not be completed.  You can also subsequently receive payments or otherwise deposit money to your PayPal account and have access to it. That won’t be tied up in the hold. 3. Return the Car and Remove the Hold When you return the rental car, you’ll pay the rental fee. You can charge it to the PayPal card on file (and, subsequently, to your backup funding source), or if it’s allowed, pay with a different card or cash.  When you return the car, the hold is removed from your card, and you’ll never be out the money from the deposit. Note that if you rack up any charges beyond the car rental fee, like for smoking in the car or damaging it, your PayPal card and/or backup funding source will be charged. I don’t recommend charging a deposit to your PayPal that’s greater than the balance in your checking account. You’ll risk overdrafting if the charge for the deposit goes through for any reason. Where to Rent a Car Without a Credit Card Renting a car is a tricky process for the, uh, credit-impaired. It’s a big responsibility! Some companies simply don’t allow you to rent without a credit card in your name. Practically no one will rent to you for cash or check anymore.  But many companies do allow you to rent a car with a debit card — with a few additional caveats. Most rental car companies will run a credit check, and many will require additional identification, for renting with a debit card (versus a credit card). Check with your rental car company to ensure you show up with all the required information. You’ll always be required to show a valid driver’s license and your charge card to rent a car. Additional I.D. required for car rental with a debit card might include: A return airline ticket or itinerary U.S. passport or military I.D Current vehicle insurance card A copy of your phone or utility bill or bank statement from within 60 days As of this writing, these companies allow you to rent a car with a debit card: Dollar Thrifty Alamo (return ticket or itinerary required; no credit check at some locations) Avis  Budget  Hertz For most companies, you must be at least 25 years old to rent a car with a debit card. But Dollar allows drivers under 25 to rent with a debit card. FROM THE SAVE MONEY FORUM Teaching Your Kids to Save: I am a Bit Confused (HELP) 10/10/19 @ 12:24 PM Traveling All 50 States On a Budget 10/9/19 @ [...]
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Is My Credit Frozen? What to Do If You’re Not Sure

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Is My Credit Frozen? What to Do If You’re Not Sure
For years, applying for credit has been a cinch, with approvals happening almost instantly. But now, if you’ve heeded expert advice and frozen your credit, there’s a new step: unfreeze your credit. If you apply for a loan or a credit card, forgetting your credit is frozen, your application likely won’t be approved. That’s because... Bev O'Shea is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: boshea@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @BeverlyOShea. The article Is My Credit Frozen? What to Do If You’re Not Sure originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Every day we bring you fresh insights about Fintech from an elite group of Authors who are just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors on the frontlines of the global Fintech & Crypto revolution. Once a week Daily Fintech’s Editor summarises these posts so that busy people can get a peek at what […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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5 Things to Know About the Key Cashback Credit Card

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5 Things to Know About the Key Cashback Credit Card
The Key Cashback credit card, issued by KeyBank, has an annual fee of $0 and features an appealing 2% cash back on every purchase, an ongoing flat rate that’s hard to beat. But there are some catches for that high rate: You will earn it only under certain conditions, and if those conditions aren’t met, you’ll... Kimberly Palmer is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: kpalmer@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @kimberlypalmer. The article 5 Things to Know About the Key Cashback Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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500 Credit Score: Good or Bad?

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500 Credit Score: Good or Bad?
A 500 credit score is considered bad credit. Your credit score determines whether you qualify for financial products, like credit cards and car loans, and what interest rate you might pay. In 2019, 4% of Americans had a score lower than 500, according to credit scoring company FICO. Here’s how a 500 credit score can affect your... Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ajayakumar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ajbombay. The article 500 Credit Score: Good or Bad? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card

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5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card
Small-business owners who want a new credit card and who are continually flying out of Atlanta, Boston, Cincinnati or other strongholds of Delta Air Lines might shortlist the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card. Learn More It offers airport lounge access, progress toward elite status and other perks. The card is scheduled to get better —... Gregory Karp is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: gkarp@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @spendingsmart. The article 5 Things to Know About the Delta Reserve for Business Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Every day we bring you fresh insights about Fintech from an elite group of Authors who are just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors on the frontlines of the global Fintech & Crypto revolution. Once a week Daily Fintech’s Editor summarises these posts so that busy people can get a peek at what […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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5 Shrewd Secrets from Women Who’ve Fixed Credit, Paid Debt and Made Fortunes

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5 Shrewd Secrets from Women Who’ve Fixed Credit, Paid Debt and Made Fortunes
Looking for some advice when it comes to managing your money? We have stories from a former Merrill Lynch executive, a mom of nine who overcame a job layoff and a college grad who was able to pay off $100,000 worth of debt — then start her own business. They share their tips and secrets for financial success. You can even start using some of their strategies right now. Secret No. 1: Women Should Invest Differently Than Men Traditional investing companies have never really considered the fact that women statistically get paid less, yet live longer. That’s why Sallie Krawcheck, the former head of Merrill Lynch designed an investing company for women called Ellevest. With Ellevest, you can start investing with as little as $1. Plus, when you sign up through The Penny Hoarder, you’ll get a $25 bonus in your Ellevest account.* When you sign up, Ellevest will build an investing plan just for you and your financial goals. It considers gender pay differences, any potential career breaks and overall lifespan. Even better? It invests your money in women-owned businesses. Thanks to Krawcheck, we can invest exactly for our needs and feel more confident in our financial future. Secret No. 2: Be an Advocate For Yourself (and Your Credit Score) It’s easy to pass your credit score off as some silly three-digit number — that’s what most of us did throughout our early twenties anyways. But what happens when you want to buy a car? Or a house? That seemingly arbitrary number starts to play a huge role in your life. And here’s the unfortunate fact: You can do everything right, but if your credit report has an error (one in five reports do), it could be holding you back — for no good reason. That’s why it’s important to keep an eye on things. Thankfully, a free website called Credit Sesame will give you your credit score for free and help you detect any errors on your report. If you find any, it will even help you dispute them. Salome Buitureria, a working mom in Louisiana, found a major error on her report — a supposed unpaid medical bill that had definitely been covered by Medicaid. Using Credit Sesame, Buitureria fixed the mistake and took additional steps to raise her credit score from 524 to nearly 700.**  Now? She’s focused on buying a home. It only takes about 90 seconds to sign up with Credit Sesame. Secret No. 3: You’re Not Stuck With Your Credit Card Debt Wanna know something? Even if you have loads of credit card debt right now, that doesn’t mean you’ll have it forever. Heck, that doesn’t even mean you’ll have it tomorrow. What? We’re serious. One of our favorite first steps in escaping credit card debt is to refinance it with a personal loan. It might sound counterintuitive — like you’re just moving your debt from your credit cards to a loan — but the truth is, this could lower your monthly payment, save you tons of money in interest over time, and allow you to pay off your debt faster.. If you’re not sure where to start looking, use a website called Fiona. It’ll match you with a low-interest loan (rates start at 3.84%). You can then use that loan to wipe out your credit card debt. Then you’re left with just one bill to pay every month. Pro Tip When shopping personal loans, look for interest rates lower than your credit cards’ and manageable monthly payments. Oh, and don’t take out more than need to pay off your credit cards. Fiona won’t make you stand in line or call a bank. And if you’re worried you won’t qualify, it’s free to check online. It takes just two minutes, and it could save you thousands of dollars. We chatted with one San Francisco resident who struggled to keep up with her credit card debt. She faced a minimum monthly payment of $274 plus $154 in monthly interest plus a $99 annual credit card fee. She said it felt like she was on a treadmill. She decided to refinance with a personal loan, which spared her from what would’ve been $14,000 in interest over time. Secret No. 4: You Can Leave Your Kids $1 Million for $5/Month If you have kids, you’ve probably worried about what’ll happen to them if something were to happen to you… For single mom Rebekah Pearsall, this was difficult to consider. “Since my son doesn’t have a biological father in his life, I wanted to make sure he was secure if something were to ever happen to me,” she said. That’s when she started looking into life insurance. Before you start thinking you don’t have the time or money for that, look into policies through a company called Bestow. It offers $1 million policies starting at only $5 a month. Your application shouldn’t take more than about five minutes. You can change or cancel your plan at any time. Plus, the security of knowing your family is taken care of is priceless. Pearsall had seen firsthand the benefits of life insurance; her childhood friend lost his dad and life insurance helped his family make it through that time financially. It takes only a few minutes to get a free quote. Secret No. 5: You Don’t Have to Have an MBA to Start a Business If you dream of starting a business, don’t let the fact that you don’t have a business degree from an Ivy League school hold you back. (Yeah, imposter syndrome is the worst.) We’ve talked to plenty of women who’ve successfully started businesses on their own. Here’s a story that really resonates with our frugal hearts: The Budget Mom. After graduating college, Kumiko Love had $100,000 worth of debt — student loans, credit cards and medical bills. All that good stuff. Still, she had trouble sticking to a budget. So she gave up. Then she started studying the psychology behind money and that gave her a renewed hope: She started viewing her situation through a positive lens. She combined several budgeting tactics and started logging her process through her blog, The Budget Mom. And guess what? Love is now debt free and she recently quit her full-time job to focus on her seven-figure business, The Budget Mom. *The Ellevest The Penny Hoarder promotional offer is valid for the first 1,000 new clients of Ellevest who enter through this designated landing page. Clients who enroll and fund their non-retirement account will receive $25 added to their highest priority goal in their Ellevest account. Clients who enroll and fund their retirement account will receive a $25 Amazon gift card which can be redeemed by visiting www.amazon.com. Please review Amazon.com Gift Card Terms and Conditions prior to redemption. Ellevest is not responsible for lost Amazon Gift Cards. Ellevest’s processing time for depositing $25 into a client’s Ellevest account or delivery of a $25 Amazon gift card may be up to 60 days. **Credit Sesame does not guarantee any of these results, and some may even see a decrease in their credit score. Any score improvement is the result of many factors, including paying bills on time, keeping credit balances low, avoiding unnecessary inquiries, appropriate financial planning and developing better credit habits. Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Venture Capital in Europe peaks, China falls as investors shun IPOs

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Venture Capital in Europe peaks, China falls as investors shun IPOs
KPMG released their pulse report on global venture capital trends for Q3 2019 yesterday. There were some key highlights from the report worth discussing about. The most pleasantly surprising trend is the increase in VC investments in Europe. Despite Brexit and Germany moving towards a recession, venture and scale up investments in Europe hit a […] The post Venture Capital in Europe peaks, China falls as investors shun IPOs appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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The new wisdom in credit ratings for SMEs

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The new wisdom in credit ratings for SMEs
Jessica Ellerm is a thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zuper, a neowealth disruptor in Australia. Back in 1968, Dr Edward Altman was responsible for a major innovation in the field of credit risk analysis for corporate businesses – the Altman Z-score. While it transformed […] The post The new wisdom in credit ratings for SMEs appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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The Complex Post-Trade world of Securities and its API transformation

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The Complex Post-Trade world of Securities and its API transformation
Internal communication and client communication in Securities Services remains a nightmare. This sector is actually a great example of batch processing, lack of cross border interoperability and standardization. In July, BCG consulting and SWIFT published a white paper, looking at APIs in the Security Services industry. Adoption is low but awareness amongst asset managers grew […] The post The Complex Post-Trade world of Securities and its API transformation appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt Faster

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How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt Faster
According to NerdWallet, the average credit card debt for the American Family is nearly $16,000.  That is a considerable amount, and the monthly financial burdens can quickly become overwhelming You may feel as if there is no light at the end of the tunnel as you see no end in site.  How in the world ... Read More about How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt Faster The post How To Pay Off Credit Card Debt Faster appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Every day we bring you fresh insights about Fintech from an elite group of Authors who are just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors on the frontlines of the global Fintech & Crypto revolution. Once a week, Daily Fintech’s Editor summarises these posts so that busy people can get a peek at what […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Consulting Firms’ appetite for digital marketing and ad agencies increases M&A activity level in the industry.

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Consulting Firms’ appetite for digital marketing and ad agencies increases M&A activity level in the industry.
The post Consulting Firms’ appetite for digital marketing and ad agencies increases M&A activity level in the industry. appeared first on ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. [...]
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Limited Time Offer: Hyatt Cardholders Can Earn a $50 Statement Credit

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Limited Time Offer: Hyatt Cardholders Can Earn a $50 Statement Credit
Hyatt credit card holders already have impressive points earning power when they stay at Hyatt properties. Now for a limited time, they can earn a $50 statement credit, too, by spending at least $300 with Hyatt Place or Hyatt House. Like many hotel promotions, this one requires World of Hyatt members to register before they... Meghan Coyle is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mcoyle@nerdwallet.com. The article Limited Time Offer: Hyatt Cardholders Can Earn a $50 Statement Credit originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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What Walmart’s Switch to Capital One Means for Your Credit

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What Walmart’s Switch to Capital One Means for Your Credit
On Oct. 11, 2019, Walmart’s massive credit card portfolio is due to transition from Synchrony to Capital One. And for existing Walmart cardholders, this major switch raises a big question: Will changing issuers affect my credit? The short answer: Probably not, because of credit reporting conventions that issuers follow. “A transition of account ownership does not... Claire Tsosie is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: claire@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ideclaire7. The article What Walmart’s Switch to Capital One Means for Your Credit originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Every day we bring you fresh insights about Fintech from an elite group of experts who are just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs and investors on the frontlines of the global Fintech & Crypto revolution. Once a week Daily Fintech’s Editor summarises these posts so that busy people can get a peek at what […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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How to Maximize Your Southwest Card Sign-up Bonus

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How to Maximize Your Southwest Card Sign-up Bonus
The sign-up bonus on all three co-branded personal Southwest credit cards just increased. If you’ve been looking to give your Rapid Rewards account a boost, this is a great time to apply for one of these cards. Once you do, you’ll want to maximize not only the sign-up bonus, but also the various features associated... Ariana Arghandewal is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article How to Maximize Your Southwest Card Sign-up Bonus originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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This City Is Best All-Around for Retirees in 2019

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This City Is Best All-Around for Retirees in 2019
Chances are good that — at least once or twice, when the boss wasn’t looking — you’ve had a daydream about the right place to retire. If these musings include visions of mouse ears, you are on the right path, according to WalletHub’s 2019 ranking of the best and worst U.S. cities in which to retire. Orlando, Florida — home to Walt Disney World &#8212. [...]
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This week in Fintech

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This week in Fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO of Daily […] The post This week in Fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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Payments giants battle it out for the new breed of retail customer

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Payments giants battle it out for the new breed of retail customer
Jessica Ellerm is a thought leader specializing in Small Business and the Gig Economy and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zuper, a neowealth disruptor in Australia. Payments processor Adyen has prized eBay away from PayPal and a high profile customer from Square.  Is there a changing of the guard afoot in the global fintech […] The post Payments giants battle it out for the new breed of retail customer appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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This week in fintech

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This week in fintech
Daily Fintech brings fresh daily fintech insights from people just like you – senior executives, entrepreneurs & investors working in the fintech revolution. Our weekly summaries give you a look at what you will get by reading the whole article. Bernard Lunn is a Fintech deal-maker, investor, entrepreneur and advisor. He is CEO and Editor […] The post This week in fintech appeared first on Daily Fintech. [...]
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How This Couple Paid off $20K in Credit Card Debt — Making Less Than $70K/Year

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How This Couple Paid off $20K in Credit Card Debt — Making Less Than $70K/Year
It happened fast. In a little over a month, Wilmer and Kimberly Swerdfeger had accumulated $20,000 in credit card debt. “Everything went haywire,” Wilmer says. The 51-year-old Bakersfield, California, resident has been an emergency medical technician on a 911 ambulance for more than 10 years. Wilmer says both he and his wife, who’s a substitute teacher, are financially responsible. They earn a modest income, but they have near-perfect credit scores, and their cars are paid for in full. Heck, they don’t even like having more than $600 on their credit card. So when $20,000 in unexpected home repairs and emergency medical procedures hit all at once, Wilmer felt stressed. He went looking for a way out and found an online lender called Figure, which offered home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) of up to $150,000 with annual percentage rates (APR)  starting at 4.99%*. This could save him hundreds of dollars in interest each month and would leave him with a single manageable monthly payment — not multiple credit card bills due on different days. Plus, Wilmer could get a free quote in five minutes and apply online. It was worth a shot, right? How a HELOC Can Alleviate the Stress of Credit Card Debt If you own a home, a HELOC allows you to borrow money against its equity — that’s the money you’ve paid toward your mortgage. Use Wilmer as an example. He’s accumulated more than $200,000 in home equity over the 20 years he’s owned his home. He applied for a five-year HELOC through Figure, which granted him access to $24,000 worth of his home’s equity with an  APR of 5.75%. He could then use that $24,000 to pay off his high-interest credit card balances. With a HELOC, you can use the money for whatever you want — but that doesn’t mean you should. HELOCs (typically) come with lower interest rates than personal loans because they’re backed by your home. This is a huge perk. But that also means if you fail to pay back what you’d borrowed, you risk losing your home. Many experts suggest only opening a HELOC to consolidate and pay off high-interest credit cards (like Wilmer) or to increase the value of your home with repairs or renovations. Don’t Let Lenders Take Advantage of Your Bad Situation Before he found Figure, Wilmer contacted his bank and other lenders about opening a HELOC. But he quickly realized: “These guys were trying to take advantage of my desperation.” “A couple of banks told me I qualified for a $190,000 line of credit,” Wilmer says. “It’s taken me 20 years of hard work to build up that equity.” He didn’t need that much money, and when Wilmer told one lender that, the voice on the other end responded: “Go buy a new wardrobe! Take a vacation!” It’s taken me 20 years of hard work to build up that equity. That enraged Wilmer. He knew that was the last thing anyone should do with borrowed money. Other banks offered a HELOC with a draw period of nine years, meaning he’d have more chance to spend. It was unnecessary; Wilmer just wanted to pay off his debt as soon as possible. A Line of Credit Could Save You Hundreds Each Month Right when he reached peak frustration, he learned about Figure. It offered home equity lines of credit for up to $150,000, with APRs starting at 4.99%. But because he hadn’t heard of the company before, Wilmer had questions. He picked up the phone and called Figure… several times. Everyone he spoke with was friendly, helpful and patient; no one was pushy. Wilmer even asked about the history of the company. Skepticism now aside, Wilmer got a free quote from Figure, then applied for a HELOC from his phone. He got approved for a five-year line of credit for with an APR of 5.75%. It was way better than any previous offer he’d received. Whereas his bank told him he’d have to wait three weeks for approval and to receive his funds, Figure directly deposited the money he requested into his account the next day. And, unlike some lenders might have, Figure didn’t surprise him with fees. He paid an origination fee (typical), but he wasn’t charged an application fee and doesn’t face monthly maintenance fees. Moving on From Unexpected Credit Card Debt  Once Wilmer was approved for his line of credit, he says, “It was like, ‘Wam bam bam,’ and everything was paid off. Now I just owe Figure. It took a lot of stress off.” He’s no longer worried about making payments toward his wife’s emergency eye surgery. Or paying off that air conditioning system — his old one went kaput the day his wife came home from surgery, and California summers are hot. And he went ahead and paid off a lingering $4,000 he still owed on roof repairs. It took a lot of stress off. Now he’s left with two easy-to-manage monthly payments: His mortgage and his Figure payment. He’s even throwing some extra money toward his line of credit so he can pay it off early — Figure has no early repayment penalty. It only takes five minutes to check your rate with Figure. If you like what you see and your application is approved, Figure will initiate funding within five days*. Then it’s goodbye to high interest rates and credit card debt.   *Terms and conditions apply. Visit figure.com for further information. Figure Lending LLC is an equal opportunity lender. NMLS #1717824 Carson Kohler (carson@thepennyhoarder.com) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Making the Most of the Uber Visa Credit Card

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Making the Most of the Uber Visa Credit Card
For serious foodies, the Uber Visa Card packs plenty of features, minus the surge pricing: The card’s annual fee is $0. To get the best performance possible from the card, here’s what to keep in mind. » MORE: Full review of the Uber Visa Card Scoop up the sign-up bonus Learn More The Uber Visa Card features the following welcome offer... Robin Saks Frankel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rfrankel@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @robinsaks. The article Making the Most of the Uber Visa Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Is the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card Right for Me?

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Is the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card Right for Me?
Deciding whether the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card is right for you is simple means asking yourself a few key questions. Here are the aspects you should weigh to understand whether this card will be a smart addition to your wallet. Is the sign-up bonus appealing to me? Will I earn it? Here’s the... Reyna Gobel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Is the Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card Right for Me? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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When Can I Retire If I Was Born in 1960?

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When Can I Retire If I Was Born in 1960?
If you were born in 1960 or later, your full retirement age is 67 for Social Security. For most people born in 1960, the retirement window starts in 2022, when they can begin taking Social Security benefits early, or as late as 2030, when benefits hit their peak. Of course, if your finances permit, you... Liz Weston is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @lizweston. The article When Can I Retire If I Was Born in 1960? originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score

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7 Surprising Things That Damage Your Credit Score
The next time you check your credit score, you might discover it has taken a tumble because of a seemingly small mishap on your part. This happened to me once because I misplaced a bill for a whopping $12.70. My nonpayment ended up being reported to credit bureaus, also known as credit-reporting agencies. The result was an 80-point decrease in my credit score and several months of regret. [...]
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The 9 Best Things to Buy in September — and What Will Be Hit by Tariffs

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The 9 Best Things to Buy in September — and What Will Be Hit by Tariffs
This post comes from Julie Ramhold of partner site DealNews.com. September can be an excellent month to shop, thanks to a plethora of Labor Day, summer clearance and back-to-school sales. But not everything in stores will be worth parting with your hard-earned cash. Check out our guide below to learn what to buy in September, and what you might want to skip for now. Labor Day marks the unofficial... [...]
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2 Programs for Homebuyers With Good Credit (but Not Much Cash)

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2 Programs for Homebuyers With Good Credit (but Not Much Cash)
Dreaming of becoming a homeowner?  While it may be fun to fantasize about what color you’ll paint the living room and which shower curtain will adorn the guest bath, there’s one important consideration to take care of first.  How are you going to finance it? Many mortgages require a sizable down payment — historically up to 20% of the full purchase price of the home. Of course, 20% of a six-figure price tag is a pretty hefty bill to foot, which is part of the reason the average homebuyer is putting down far less these days.  But not every lender will let you get your foot in the door for less cash upfront… which is why we want to introduce you to two mortgage programs that may just help you reach your homeownership goals even if a large down payment isn’t in your budget. Government-controlled corporations Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both offer mortgage programs aimed specifically at candidates whose credit histories are good, but whose income might not allow them to save up a traditional down payment. Fannie Mae’s is called HomeReady, and Freddie Mac’s is called HomePossible.  Fannie Mae HomeReady and Freddie Mac HomePossible: How Do These Two Mortgage Programs Work? If you’ve got decent credit but don’t earn enough to have much wiggle room, one of these programs may be a fit. But how do they work — and what’s the difference between them? In a lot of ways, the two programs are very similar. Neither requires you to be a first-time homebuyer, and both allow you to finance up to 97% of the property value, which means your down payment can be as low as 3%, depending on your specific qualifications — and both make allowances that help you fork over even that small down payment from a variety of sources including gifts from relatives, government grants, or a second mortgage. And both have similar income requirements: You must make 80% or less of the median income in your area. Both programs allow non-occupant co-borrowers to help you apply for the loan, which can be helpful for those trying to help a family member relocate or buy their first home.  But as much as they share in common, there are some important differences between HomeReady and Home Possible that could help you decide which of the two to apply for. Fannie Mae HomeReady HomeReady is available to borrowers with a credit score of 620 or greater, though those with a score over 680 may get better rates.  If you have someone living with you who pays you rent, or a “boarder,” their income qualifies in determining your eligibility, as does the income of a non-resident co-borrower, which can be helpful if your earnings are low enough to endanger your approval. To qualify for Fannie Mae HomeReady, at least one borrower must complete the Framework online homeowner education program, which costs $75. According to the FAQ, your lender may provide a credit against closing costs to make up for this fee, but it’s not guaranteed. Of course, in the grand scheme of things, $75 is a pretty small price to pay for a financial product that could help you save money in the long run. Freddie Mac Home Possible Although Freddie Mac doesn’t publish its minimum credit score requirements, it does match Fannie Mae’s 3% down payment for the most qualified borrowers. However, only borrower income is counted when determining eligibility, so you can’t get a boost from the earnings of your co-borrower or spouse. (You may still be able to count your boarder or renter’s income, however.) Furthermore, the occupying borrower may own another residential property — even a financed one. And you can skip the homebuyer education requirement if at least one borrower on the loan application is not a first-time home buyer. If you are a first-time buyer and you need to meet homebuyer education courses, you can meet this requirement in a wider variety of ways: homebuyer education provided by HUD-approved counseling agencies housing finance agencies (HFAs) community development financial institutions (CDFIs) mortgage insurance companies or other programs that meet National Industry Standards for Homeownership and Counseling. There’s also an option for a free online homebuyer training offered through Freddie Mac itself called CreditSmart  – Steps to Homeownership.  FROM THE HOME BUYING FORUM 401k Loan 7/29/19 @ 10:35 AM B Knowledge Is Important When Buying A Home 7/22/19 @ 9:18 AM Can I buy a home with student loan debt? 6/12/19 @ 11:20 AM Fund my home 6/12/19 @ 1:11 PM C See more in Home Buying or ask a money question What About FHA Loans? There’s an alternative to Fannie Mae’s HomeReady and Freddie Mac’s Home Possible mortgages that you’ve probably already heard of: FHA loans.  In many ways an FHA loan is similar to the above-mentioned programs: You don’t have to be a first-time buyer, and you can score a down payment of as low as 3.5%.  And unlike the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac products, FHA loans allow buyers with lower credit scores to qualify — though if your score is between 500-579, you’ll have to cough up a full 10%. FHA loans may also offer lower interest rates than HomeReady or Home Possible, but they often have a longer appraisal process, and unfortunately, you’ll need to pay two types of mortgage insurance: an upfront premium at closing, plus monthly premiums. Mortgage insurance can generally be cancelled through both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs once your loan balance is less than 80% of the home’s value. One thing’s for certain: Buying a house can be complicated, especially if you don’t have the cash for a large down payment on hand. It’s worth shopping around and reaching out to different lenders directly to see how they can work with you and learn more about your specific rates and terms. Then, you can get back to the fun stuff — like comparing paint swatches and running your hands over carpet samples. Home, sweet home! Jamie Cattanach’s work has been featured at Fodor’s, Yahoo, SELF, The Huffington Post, The Motley Fool and other outlets. Learn more at www.jamiecattanach.com. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus

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Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus
Order this super deal on the Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus while it is available. You can purchase this now and use it as a gift idea later in the year. You can order the Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus for only $8.39. You will be saving 51% because it is usually $16.99. Be sure that you ... Read More about Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus The post Play-Doh Cranky the Octopus appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Prefer the Night Shift? Check Out the 21 Best Jobs for Night Owls

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Prefer the Night Shift? Check Out the 21 Best Jobs for Night Owls
If you’re a night person, it can be truly tough to get up at six in the morning to report to work. So what can you do if you only fully wake up and come alive after you get home from your daytime job?  Trade it in for a new one!  21 of the Best Night Shift Jobs Here are 21 of the best night shift jobs for you night owls out there.  1. Freelance Writer While freelance writing is technically a business rather than a job, it’s an obvious one to include on this list, because you can write whenever your mind functions best. And yes, I’m writing this in the evening (just to make a point, as I’m actually more of a morning person).  How much you’ll make depends on your ability to find good clients and how efficient you are. Although I’m usually paid by the article, I aim for at least $20 per hour.   2. Air Traffic Controller This is one of the most highly paid jobs with night shifts. The median annual wage for air traffic controllers is $124,540, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You don’t even need a college degree to get these jobs, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website, although you will have to go to the FAA Academy. Unfortunately, night shifts sometimes alternate with day shifts, leaving some controllers feeling groggy, according to a 2014 PBS NewsHour article. 3. Casino Dealer When I was a blackjack dealer, I usually opted to leave early (when the traffic slowed), but many casino dealers love working after midnight. It’s quieter, and customers are more relaxed.  At most casinos, tips are pooled and added to paychecks as an hourly rate, so you don’t lose anything by working the slow late shifts. Friends who still work for my former employer say they average more than $20 per hour with tips. 4. Bartender Bartending is another job you can do well without a college degree, as long as you work in the right place and are assigned to the right shifts. Fortunately for night owls, evening shifts produce the best tips. Weekends are usually better than weekdays, so bartending can be a great part-time second job if you already work during the week. 5. Security Guard When I was a security guard, I liked working in the evenings. It was cooler (I worked in Florida), and I was allowed to spend time reading, writing and cruising the Internet.  Night security positions are often relaxing, and some allow free time for various activities that don’t interfere with the work. The downside is the pay. The BLS reports that the median annual wage for security guards is just $28,490. However, they do note that 10% of security guards make over $49,000, so watch for those better-paying gigs, or work your way up to them. 6. Firefighter  The mean annual wage for firefighters is $49,620, and a full 25% top $67,100 per year.  Perhaps the best positions are in towns where you work long shifts, staying at the station until there is a situation. Friends in these positions tell me you’re generally allowed to read, write or watch television during those long, slow nights. 7. Babysitter In recent years, babysitting has become more lucrative for adults. Since you’re an independent contractor, you can decide which hours you want to work. In other words, you can take only jobs that start in the evening, or even offer overnight babysitting for other night owls who work the late shifts at their jobs.  8. Mail Sorter It isn’t easy to get career positions at the post office, but they often hire for what they call casual positions, which are normally temporary jobs.  For example, I sorted mail seasonally for two years, working September through December each year. The work wasn’t difficult, didn’t require any previous experience, and paid about $13 per hour. The shift started at 11 p.m. and finished when the mail was sorted, which was usually between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.  These positions provide no benefits and, in my case, involved only 30 hours weekly. This isn’t a career, but a nice way to make some extra cash working at night. 9. Pizza Delivery Driver I made decent money delivering pizzas when I was younger. A friend tells me he makes about $14 per hour as a pizza delivery driver. It is all about the tips, because most places pay minimum wage, and some may pay only the tipped-employee minimum wage, which is just $2.13 per hour.  Still, being a pizza delivery driver can provide a nice side income, especially if you work only when tips are best, which is at night on the weekend. It also helps if your employer provides a vehicle or pays extra for your car expenses. I’ve worked for employers using both arrangements, and I profited from the latter by driving a cheap car that got good gas mileage. FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM Working while on SSDI 7/22/19 @ 1:21 PM B Passive Income 8/9/19 @ 1:07 PM How Can Someone Living in the Heart of Africa Make Money Online? 8/20/19 @ 1:23 PM Private tutor 8/20/19 @ 1:27 PM See more in Make Money or ask a money question Other Jobs for Night Owls  There are many positions that offer both day and night shifts, allowing you to apply only for the latter. Here are some examples: Baker Nurse Disc jockey Limo driver Merchandise stocker Night school teacher Hotel desk clerk Highway toll booth attendant Liquor store clerk Gas station attendant Movie projectionist Customer service representative Finally, many online jobs and contract work can be done at night. For example, as a search engine evaluator I often put in late hours. Other online work you can do at any time includes website testing, translating documents, proofreading and freelance editing. Steve Gillman is the author of “101 Weird Ways to Make Money” and creator of EveryWayToMakeMoney.com. Of the more than 100 ways he has personally made money, writing is his favorite (so far). This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Chase Adds Emirates Skywards as Airline Transfer Partner

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Chase Adds Emirates Skywards as Airline Transfer Partner
Chase has landed another airline as a travel transfer partner. As of Aug. 25, 2019, cardholders with eligible Chase credit cards have the option of transferring their Chase Ultimate Rewards® points into Emirates Skywards miles at a 1:1 ratio. Emirates Skywards is the loyalty program for Emirates and flydubai, two airlines based in Dubai. The addition gives... Claire Tsosie is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: claire@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ideclaire7. The article Chase Adds Emirates Skywards as Airline Transfer Partner originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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These 6 Stores Buy Used Clothes. Here’s How to Get the Best Cash Offer

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These 6 Stores Buy Used Clothes. Here’s How to Get the Best Cash Offer
Do me a favor and take a quick look in your closet. Overflowing, right? Well, there’s a solution to that problem: selling your used clothes.  It’s a win-win, and you don’t have to wait for a spring-cleaning binge to get started. In fact, you should do it seasonally to stay in vogue.  So tear a page from the Marie Kondo playbook and make one big pile of all your clothes. Yes, even your winter gear from the living room closet. Definitely the swimsuit collection. And all the baby shower clothes that you never even used, too. You may surprise yourself with the amount of clothes you have once you get them all in one place. Kondo recommends that as you sift through your stuff, you ask yourself, “Does this item spark joy?” Nope? Then sell it.  Where to Sell Used Clothes Plenty of apps and websites like Poshmark, Threadflip, Etsy and eBay allow you to sell used clothes online. But maybe you don’t have the technical know-how (or the patience) to do it yourself. Don’t fret. There are several other brick-and-mortar places to pawn off your used clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories — even baby clothes, toys and supplies — to get cash in your pocket by the end of the day. Uptown Cheapskate Want to pop some tags? Uptown Cheapskate is your place. It’s located in 21 states and is a cross between a trendy boutique and a thrift store for young adults. You can sell or trade in men’s and women’s clothes at any of its locations. Trade-ins get 25% bonus store credit.  Brands that do well at Uptown Cheapskate include Urban Outfitters, Levi’s and H&M. If you’re unsure if your clothes will fit in style-wise, visit its website for more info on trending brands and styles. Buffalo Exchange Founded back in 1974, Buffalo Exchange has remained family owned as it has expanded to 18 states and the District of Columbia. The company is a firm believer in reusing and recycling clothes to reduce waste and pollution (and save cash). Each store also partners with local charities.  Pro Tip If you don’t live near a Buffalo Exchange, the company also has a sell-by-mail program. Buffalo Exchange accepts a wide array of clothes for both men and women — vintage, athletic wear, plus sizes and more. Contrary to its name, it does not accept bison at this time. Sorry in advance. Clothes Mentor Clothes Mentor is a one-stop shop for fashionable women’s clothing sized 0 to 26 and maternity wear. It’s a hub for those who want designer brands without designer price tags. Clothes that sell well include Armani, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue, White House Black Market and others. Shoes, accessories, jewelry and handbags are also accepted. Clothes Mentor has 136 stores across 30 states and, at certain locations, offers personal shoppers who tailor outfits to suit your tastes. Plato’s Closet Ah, the ole standby, Plato’s Closet. You may not have known this was a clothing exchange store, but it’s likely that you’ve caught a glimpse of one of its more than 480 locations in North America — probably tucked between your local Chinese buffet and the grocery store. Plato’s is Winmark Corp.’s most successful clothing exchange franchise, and it’s aimed at teens and young adults. Everyday styles from Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, H&M, Nike and Obey are typically in demand.  FROM THE MAKE MONEY FORUM Extra Income 4/10/19 @ 11:01 AM B This mom needs work! 8/12/19 @ 9:14 AM L Anyone have experience doing an Air B N B? 8/11/19 @ 8:16 AM Passive Income 8/9/19 @ 9:07 AM See more in Make Money or ask a money question Plato’s Closet also buys athletic wear, shoes and accessories.  To see if your wardrobe surplus is a good fit for Plato’s, browse its website for other brands and styles that sell well. Style Encore Another solid option from Winmark Corp. is Style Encore. It’s like Plato’s sibling, only slightly older and more sophisticated. Style Encore accepts women’s clothing from brands like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach and Kate Spade. Like Clothes Mentor, Style Encore has personal stylists to help you look like a million bucks (without spending a million). It’s Winmark’s newest clothing exchange brand, so locations aren’t as comprehensive as Plato’s. Double-check the store locator to find the closest one to you. Once Upon a Child Last but not least in Winmark’s clothing resale portfolio is Once Upon a Child.  It’s no surprise that child care expenses are a budget buster, but this store can help keep costs down when it comes to baby clothes, supplies and even furniture.  In addition to children’s clothes sized preemie to youth 20, Once Upon a Child will buy used cribs, cradles, strollers, baby electronics, halloween costumes and toys. Even more good news for parents: You won’t have to look very far. Once Upon a Child has more than 380 stores across the U.S. and Canada. Local Consignment Shops If none of the above stores fit the bill, you can always try your nearest consignment shop.  These shops work a little differently than clothing exchanges, because consignment stores may not pay you until your item sells. That means it’s unlikely you’ll walk out with a pocketful of cash. It’s also difficult to predict what brands they will buy, because most local stores don’t have databases and metrics to go off of. Sales are often based on personal taste or season. But hey, anything is better than leaving unused clothes tucked away in the furthest corner of your shelf for years to come.  How to Get the Most Cash From Your Clothes Some things are guesswork when trying to sell your clothes. Stock and styles change, so it’s hard to say for sure which brand or outfit will sell. However, there are a few things you should always take into consideration, no matter the item or the store.  Following these few guidelines will ensure you get the best quote possible. Clean and Fold Your Clothes If it seems like I’m wagging my finger, it’s because I’m wagging my finger. Almost every store listed above recommends washing your clothes before taking them in. Since your payout is based on an associate’s quote after they carefully check each item, you don’t want dirt or food caked to your shirt. It’ll definitely go in the “no” pile. Pro Tip In general, to keep colors bright, you can soak your clothes in salt. Only wash them as needed — inside out and in cool water to avoid fading. Likewise, super wrinkly clothes come across as unwashed, and you don’t want to give that impression. So be sure to fold them neatly before taking them in. Use a Nice Basket or Hamper to Carry Your Clothes Quick! What do you think of when you see trash bags? Trash, right? Not clothes.  Presentation matters. The associates checking your clothes don’t want to sift through trash bags. So after you’ve washed all the clothes you want to sell, fold them and place them in a basket, hamper or box that you can take to the store.  Check for Damage or Pit Stains If you were a shopper, would you buy a shirt that had pit stains or a missing pocket? Didn’t think so. The stores work the same way. They don’t want damaged, stained or heavily faded clothing. Before you take your clothes in, examine [...]
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These Are the 20 Best Hospitals in the U.S.

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These Are the 20 Best Hospitals in the U.S.
When people think of the best medical facility in the U.S. — if not the world — one institution typically comes to mind: the Mayo Clinic. That reputation for excellence is well-deserved, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest Best Hospitals rankings. The publication says the Rochester, Minnesota-based facility is the best hospital in the nation. It's not the usual... [...]
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5 Things to Know About the Rakuten Cash Back Visa Card

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5 Things to Know About the Rakuten Cash Back Visa Card
Virtual window shoppers who use Rakuten.com — formerly known as the cash-back shopping website Ebates — could be earning even more cash back on their purchases with the Rakuten Cash Back Visa credit card. Image courtesy of Synchrony In 2019, Ebates rebranded as Rakuten, but the $0-annual-fee credit card’s rewards structure remained the same. The new name, which means... Melissa Lambarena is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mlambarena@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @LissaLambarena. The article 5 Things to Know About the Rakuten Cash Back Visa Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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FINRA Issues Regulatory Notice Reminding Members of the SEC’s Adoption of a Best Interest Standard of Conduct

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FINRA Issues Regulatory Notice Reminding Members of the SEC’s Adoption of a Best Interest Standard of Conduct
On August 7, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued Regulatory Notice 19-26, reminding members of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adoption of a “best interest” standard of conduct for broker-dealers and a relationship summary (Form CRS) delivery obligation. Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), adopted by the SEC on June 5, 2019, establishes a “best interest” standard of conduct for broker-dealers and associated persons making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities to a retail customer. Other new rules and forms were adopted that will require broker-dealers and investment advisers to provide a Form CRS to retail investors. Firms must comply with Reg BI and the Form CRS delivery obligation by June 30, 2020. In connection with the new rules, a staff committee with representatives from the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis, Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations and Office of the General Counsel was established to assist firms with planning for implementation. Firms may send any questions by email to IABDQuestions@sec.gov. In addition, FINRA will produce written and online content and hold in-person meetings and workshops to assist firms with their implementation efforts. A webpage is also available for members to obtain information about the new rules. The Notice is available here. [...]
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Credit Freezes: A Powerful (and Free) Way to Fight Identity Theft

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Credit Freezes: A Powerful (and Free) Way to Fight Identity Theft
Another day, another massive data breach.  Equifax, Capital One, Marriott … the list seems endless.  And as more of our personal information is digitized, the risk of it ending up in the wrong hands rises, leaving us increasingly vulnerable to identity theft and trashed credit. But while the scope of these data breaches can seem overwhelming (1.1 billion identities were exposed in 2016 alone), the reality is that you are not powerless. You can defend yourself, and you don’t have to go off the grid and hide out in a bunker in New Zealand. One of the most powerful ways to defend yourself is a credit freeze. Setting it up is simple, and best of all, it’s free. What’s a Credit Freeze? Credit Sesame defines a credit freeze as “a process which locks down your credit file and prevents identity thieves and cyber criminals from opening credit in your name.” Basically, access to your credit file is inaccessible to everyone except you.  Creditors, such as banks and credit card companies, ask to see credit report before opening new accounts. Since they won’t be able to see your credit history, they won’t be able to extend you a line of credit. Makes sense, right? And no, it won’t negatively affect your credit score. When Should You Freeze Your Credit? Many people freeze their credit after their identities have been stolen, which is fine. However, you’re basically in a race against the criminal. Who can get to your credit report first? Steven Weisman, a Bentley University professor and author of the fraud and identity theft blog Scamicide, suggests freezing your credit now — and always. He thinks of the tool as a “preventative medicine.” “This is the single best thing someone can do to protect themselves from being a victim of identity theft,” he says. “Even if your Social Security number was in the hands of an identity thief, you’d still be protected.” If you’d rather not put your credit on perma-freeze, then you should also consider it under the following circumstances: You’ve been the victim of a data breach. (At this point, that’s nearly all of us.) You believe you may have become a victim of identity theft. You want to protect your child’s credit. Once your credit is frozen, you will still have access to your credit report, as will current creditors and debt collectors.  Employers — both current and potential — have limited access to your credit report, as do some government agencies.  What Does a Credit Freeze Cost? Credit freezes now cost nothing, thanks to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act, which became effective in September 2018. Prior to the law’s passage, credit freezes used to cost between $5 and $15 to set up, with a second charge to unlock the freeze.  (Victims of fraud were typically exempt from paying these costs.) This is the single best thing someone can do to protect themselves from being a victim of identity theft. The law also allows you to unfreeze and refreeze your credit at any time, at no cost. How to Freeze Your Credit It will take a bit of legwork on your part. You’ll need to request a credit freeze from each of the three main credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Each bureau has a slightly different process.  1. Contact the Three Major Credit Bureaus Have information like your Social Security number, birth date and most recent addresses on hand when you make your request. You can freeze your credit by mail, by phone or online. How to Freeze Your Credit With Equifax Online: https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/ Phone: 800-685-1111 Mail: Equifax Security Freeze, P.O. Box 105788, Atlanta, GA 30348 How to Freeze Your Credit With Experian Online: https://www.experian.com/freeze/center.html Phone: 888‑397‑3742 Mail: Experian Security Freeze, P.O. Box 9554, Allen, TX 75013 How to Freeze Your Credit With TransUnion Online: https://www.transunion.com/credit-freeze Phone: 888-909-8872 Mail: TransUnion LLC, P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016 Note: All three credit bureaus say requesting a credit freeze by mail is the slowest method, and so if time is of the essence, you should consider requesting the freeze over the phone or online. If you do opt to request a credit freeze by mail, make sure to include your full name, date of birth, Social Security number, last two addresses, a clear copy of a government-issued identification card and a clear copy of a utility bill, bank statement or other form of proof of address. 2. Receive Your PIN and Keep It Safe The credit bureaus will set you up with a PIN, which will allow you to manage your credit freeze. Once you receive this number, make sure you keep it in a safe place where you can always find it. You will need to use it if you ever need to unfreeze — or “thaw” — your credit, like if you decide to apply for a mortgage or open a new credit card. 3. Manage Your Credit Freeze Your credit freeze should be active one business day after you make the request online or by phone. (The time frame for mail requests is three days.) You can manage it by logging into the bureau’s site using the credentials you established when you requested the credit freeze. If you want to make any changes via phone or mail, you’ll need to have that PIN on hand. How to Unfreeze Your Credit The time may come when you will need to unfreeze your credit — say, to apply for a credit card or shop for a loan. To do so, go to the credit bureau’s website and use the credentials you set up to request the thaw.  The freeze should be lifted within an hour, as required by federal law. (If you choose to request your credit thaw by mail, your wait time will be considerably longer — at least three business days from the receipt of the request.)  You can also request to have the freeze lifted temporarily, which is especially helpful if you are looking to rent an apartment or applying for a job, and then want to go back into lockdown. Pro Tip If you know which credit bureau your future landlord, creditor or employer will be contacting, you can save yourself some time by requesting the freeze be lifted for only that credit bureau. Pros and Cons of Credit Freezes The pros of having your credit frozen are pretty straightforward: It prevents anyone from opening new accounts in your name. It won’t affect your credit score. Best of all, it’s free. However, there are some possible pain points you should consider before requesting a credit freeze: Requesting and managing credit freezes through three credit bureaus can be a pain. You’ll need to lift the freeze if you want to apply for a new credit product. It doesn’t protect your existing accounts. FROM THE CREDIT FORUM REBUILDING CREDIT AFTER BANKRUPTCY 3/24/19 @ 1:56 PM savings account 8/5/19 @ 1:35 PM C Were you affected by the Equifax Data Breach? 7/31/19 @ 4:42 AM Effective Methods to Get The Best Credit Rating 6/27/19 @ 1:01 PM See more in Credit or ask a money question What Else Can You Do to Protect Your Credit? As we said earlier, a credit freeze can be an incredibly powerful and effective tool to protect your identity and your credit, but you shouldn’t allow it to lull you into a false sense of secur [...]
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How to Pay off Credit Card Debt When You Have No Idea Where to Start

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How to Pay off Credit Card Debt When You Have No Idea Where to Start
We know how incredibly easy it is to rack up credit card debt.  More than 40% of American households carry a credit card balance, with an average balance of more than $9,000, according to a study from the financial data website ValuePenguin.  But here’s the tricky thing about credit cards: They only benefit you when you’re building credit and receiving perks — but not when you’re paying interest. If you’re paying a lot of interest on your balances, credit card companies are making money off of you. Your cards are using you, not the other way around. With average interest rates on new credit cards north of 17%, according to CreditCards.com, paying them off is a smart move. You can do it. And it’ll be worth it. 5 Ways to Pay off Debt From Multiple Credit Cards Before you start, try to stop using your credit cards altogether until you can use them without putting yourself in financial risk. Though the specifics will vary based on your situation, we only recommend using credit cards if:  You don’t have any debt outside of a mortgage or student loans. You have an emergency fund with three to six months of expenses saved. You can pay off your balance in full every month. However you do it, make paying off your credit cards — and learning to use them responsibly — a high priority.  First, determine how much credit card debt you have. You can do this using a tool like Credit Sesame, a free credit monitoring service.  Credit Sesame will also show you how to raise your credit score. James Cooper, a motivational speaker, raised his credit score 277 points following suggestions from the site. Then choose your weapons! We’ll go over five different methods for paying off your credit card debt. 1. The Debt Avalanche Instead of looking at your debt in its entirety, we recommend approaching it bit by bit. By breaking your debt down into manageable chunks, you’ll experience quicker wins and stay motivated.  Two popular ways to break down debt repayments are the debt avalanche and debt snowball methods.  Using the debt avalanche method, you’ll order your credit card debts from the highest interest rate to the lowest. You’ll make minimum payments on all your cards, and any extra income you have will go toward the highest-interest card.  Eventually, that card will be paid off. Then, you’ll attack the debt with the next-highest interest rate, and so on, until all your cards are paid off. 2. The Debt Snowball With the debt snowball method, you’ll order your debts from the lowest balance to highest, regardless of the interest rates on the cards. You’ll make minimum payments on all your cards, and any extra income will go to the credit card with the smallest balance. Starting with the smallest balance allows you to experience wins faster than you would with the avalanche. This method is ideal for people who are motivated by quick wins, but it has a downside: Those who choose it could end up paying more interest over the long term.    Here’s an example of how each method would work if you’re paying off four credit cards of varying balances and interest rates. $654 with 0% interest $5,054 with 15% interest $2,541 with 23% interest $945 with 17% interest If you followed the avalanche method, you’d pay off card No. 3 first, followed by No. 4, No. 2 and No. 1. If you followed the snowball method, you’d pay off card No. 1 first, followed by No. 4, No. 3 and No. 2.  Let’s say you have $600 per month to put toward debt. Using the snowball and avalanche comparison calculator from Dough Roller, you can see that it would take you 18 months to pay all of your cards off using either method.  The debt avalanche method would save you $105.73 of interest in the end, but you’d pay off your first card six months earlier by going with the snowball. Choosing the right method comes down to deciding whether you’d rather get quick results or save money on interest. We encourage you to check out Dough Roller’s calculator yourself, so you can calculate what each method would cost you. 3. The Balance Transfer  If you have good to excellent credit (typically a FICO score of 670 or above) and can feasibly pay off your debt within a year, a balance-transfer credit card is a great option. Balance-transfer cards can save you money on interest charges by letting you transfer the balance of a card with a high interest rate to a card with 0% interest.  Most of these cards offer 0% interest for 12 to 18 months with no annual fee. They generally have a 2% to 5% balance-transfer fee, but you can easily find balance-transfer cards with no fee. A higher credit score will help you qualify for a card with better terms. 4. Take out a Loan  You might look at getting a loan to consolidate and refinance your debts. If you get a loan with a lower interest rate and pay off your credit cards, that lower rate could potentially save you thousands of dollars in interest.  This is a realistic way to pay off credit card debt if you currently have little or no money to put toward it. Let’s look at two options here: A personal loan or a home equity loan.  Personal Loan  Online marketplaces will allow you to prequalify for a personal loan without doing a hard inquiry of your credit, so if you want to shop around, head there first. It won’t affect your credit score.  A good resource here is Fiona, a search engine for financial services, which can help match you with the right personal loan to meet your needs. It searches the top online lenders to match you with a personalized loan offer in less than a minute. Home Equity Loan  If you own a home with equity, you have three ways to borrow money against the value of your home: a home equity loan, home equity line of credit or a cash-out refinance. With a home equity loan, the lender gives you your money all at once, and you repay it at a fixed interest rate over a set period of time. With a home equity line of credit, you’re given a limit to borrow. Within that limit, you can take as little or as much as you need whenever you want. With a cash-out refinance, you refinance your first mortgage with a mortgage that’s slightly more money than your current one, and pocket the difference. For homeowners, these options will most likely offer the lowest interest rates. But they’re also the riskiest, because your home is the collateral — something you own that your lender can take if you don’t pay off the loan.  5. Debt Settlement The world of debt collections and creditors can be confusing, intimidating and sometimes even illegal. There’s a common misconception, for example, that someone can take your house or you can go to jail for not making your payments. But credit card debt is unsecured debt, meaning no one can put you in jail or take your house if you don’t pay it. If you’re being harassed by creditors or have circumstances that make your debt repayment confusing, don’t give up before finding out your options for assistance. Debt Management Program With a debt management program, a credit counseling company will handle your consolidation in hopes of getting you better interest rates and lower fees. You’ll be assigned a counselor, who will set up a repayment and education plan for you. This program is specifically for unsecured debt, like credit cards and medical bills. A debt management program pays your creditors for you to ensure you stay current on your debt payments. Your credit score may even improve during the program. But if you miss a payment, you can be dropped, and you’ll lose all the benefits you gained. Debt management plans usually don’t reduce your debt, but they may reduce your interest rates by as much as half or extend your payment timeline to make paying your debt more manageable. Credit Card Debt Settlement If you’re in more than just a temporary season of financial instability, and you can’t see yourself affording the amount of credit card deb [...]
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5 Things to Do When You Get the Bank of America Premium Rewards Credit Card

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5 Things to Do When You Get the Bank of America Premium Rewards Credit Card
You’ve applied for the Bank of America® Premium Rewards® credit card and were accepted. Once you receive it in the mail, what should you do next? 1. Plan your next vacation over dinner Cardholders receive 2 points per $1 on travel and dining and 1.5 points per dollar on other spending. Enjoy a leisurely dinner... Amanda Johnson is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article 5 Things to Do When You Get the Bank of America Premium Rewards Credit Card originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Prime Day 2019: All of the Best Deals Still Available!!

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Prime Day 2019: All of the Best Deals Still Available!!
This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here. Worried you missed some of the best Amazon Prime Day Deals? We’ve got you covered with this list! Wow! Prime Day 2019 has been GREAT this year with all kinds of HOT deals! Seriously, the deals over the past two days have been BETTER than last year’s Black Friday and Prime Day pricing! It’s been a crazy two days of deals, so we wanted to do a quick round-up of all of the deals that are still available from Amazon Prime Day 2019! Remember: Prime Day 2019 ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET, so you have until then to snag these deals. And don’t forget most of these are while supplies last, so definitely buy something right away if you want it. Stuff has been selling out SUPER FAST! {Hint: If something sold out or went up in price that you really wanted, be sure to keep checking back. It seems that some of the items are coming in and out of stock at their discounted pricing!} Top Deals From Today: Catan Board Game for just $29.99 shipped!! Fitbit Alta HR Activity Tracker for just $49.99 shipped! Utopia Bedding King Comforter Duvet Insert only $27.99 shipped! *HOT* Brother Sewing Machine only $59.99 shipped! *HOT* Ring Alarm System 5-Piece Kit for just $119 shipped! Up to 50% off Select Children’s Books! Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker for just $17.99 shipped! HUGE Savings on Area Rugs!! Hoover Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner only $149.99 shipped, plus more! Great Prices on Ticket to Ride Board Games!! American Mini Doll and Book Sets as low as $11.18 shipped! Echo (2nd Generation) only $49.99 shipped! NIVEA Pamper Time Gift Set – 5 Piece Luxury Collection only $12.97 shipped! CHI Straightening Hairstyling Iron only $68.59 shipped! Dyson Ball Animal 2 Total Clean Upright Vacuum Cleaner only $349.99 shipped! Quaker Life Breakfast Cereal, 3 Flavor Variety Pack (4 Boxes) only $4.39 shipped! Old Navy: Jeans for the Family only $8 – $10! *HOT* Lands’ End ClassMate Medium Backpacks as low as $7.64 shipped (Reg. $40!) All-New Echo Dot Kids Edition only $44.99 shipped! Aquaphor Healing Ointment Multipack only $11.56 shipped! Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Scented Soy Candle (2 Pack) as low as $10.16 shipped! GREAT Deals on Games for the Family! Cuisinart Chef’s Classic Stainless 7-Piece Cookware Set only $49.97 shipped! CamelBak Eddy+ Water Bottle with Straw only $7.41! Top Deals From Yesterday: Get $5 Off Any $15 Books Purchase on Amazon (My Favorite Prime Day Deal!) *HOT* Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker as low as $49.99 shipped! *HOT* Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for just $14.99 shipped! *HOT* Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones only $39 shipped (Reg. $100!) Amazon Fire 7 Tablet only $24.99 shipped, plus more! HOT Prime Day Grocery Deals = Stock Up On Snacks, Oatmeal, Sparkling Water and more! Prime Day Deals on Weighted Blankets! Prime Day Deals on Air Fryers! iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum only $229 shipped! *HOT* All-New Kindle just $59.99 shipped (with $5 eBook credit!) *HOT* Kindle Paperwhite for just $84.99 shipped (with bonus $5 eBook credit!) Oral-B Pro 500 Electric Power Rechargeable Toothbrush for just $19.99 shipped! Tarte Cosmetics: Hot Steals Sale = Cosmetics just $10! *HOT* Adidas Men’s Duramo 9 Shoes only $21 shipped, plus more! Superfeet Men’s/Women’s Charcoal Insoles only $14.97 per pair, shipped! Chromebooks as low as $169.99 shipped! ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for just $169.99 shipped! Dyson V7 Animal Pro+ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner only $279.99 shipped! All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet with Kid-Proof Case just $49.99 each, shipped! Prime Day Deals on AncestryDNA and 23andMe DNA Testing Kits! Magformers XL Double Cruiser 42-Piece Set Magnetic Building Blocks only $41.98 shipped, plus more! *HOT* Echo Show for just $49.99 shipped! Echo Dot 3rd Generation for just $22 shipped! LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Building Kit for just $83.30 shipped! LOWEST Prices on LEGO Sets! Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for just $139.99 shipped! Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat only $99.99 shipped! Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush only $36.71 shipped! HUGE Savings on Board Games and Puzzles! Over 40% off Popular Melissa & Doug Toys and Puzzles! Fitbit Alta Smart Fitness Activity Tracker as low as $67.95 shipped! Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook 3, 16GB only $159 shipped! Go here to see all the Prime Day 2019 Deals! Not an Amazon Prime member? If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, now is a GREAT time to sign up for the free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime so that you can take advantage of all these Prime Day deals before it ends tonight! What was your favorite Prime Day deal? We’d love to hear in the comments! [...]
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5 Things to Know About UBS Business Credit Cards

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5 Things to Know About UBS Business Credit Cards
UBS Bank caters to wealthy individuals, institutions and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland. So naturally, when the bank launched a trio of business credit cards in June 2019, the cards all came with princely perks and swanky benefits befitting the high-end clientele most likely to bank with UBS. Not everyone will be... Robin Saks Frankel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: rfrankel@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @robinsaks. The article 5 Things to Know About UBS Business Credit Cards originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Prime Day 2019, Day One: All of the best deals so far!

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Prime Day 2019, Day One: All of the best deals so far!
Worried you missed some of the best Amazon Prime Day Deals? We’ve got you covered with this list! Wow! Prime Day 2019 is off to a great start with all kinds of HOT deals! Seriously, the deals today were BETTER than last year’s Black Friday and Prime Day pricing! It’s crazy!! The deals were flying FAST today, so we wanted to round up all the deals that are still available from Day One of Prime Day 2019! {Hint: If something sold out or went up in price that you really wanted, be sure to keep checking back. It seems that some of the items are coming in and out of stock at their discounted pricing!} And we’ll be back first thing in the morning for more Prime Day coverage for Day Two! See you then! Best Prime Day 2019 Deals From Day One: Get $5 Off Any $15 Books Purchase on Amazon (My Favorite Prime Day Deal!) *HOT* Instant Pot 6-Quart 7-in-1 Programmable Pressure Cooker as low as $49.99 shipped! *HOT* Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote for just $14.99 shipped! *HOT* Up to 40% off Apple Watches and iPads! *HOT* Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones only $39 shipped (Reg. $100!) Amazon Fire 7 Tablet only $24.99 shipped, plus more! *HOT* Vitamix 5200 Professional Blender for just $279.95 shipped! Ninja Professional Countertop Blender for just $44.99 shipped! HOT Prime Day Grocery Deals = Stock Up On Snacks, Oatmeal, Sparkling Water and more! Prime Day Deals on Weighted Blankets! Prime Day Deals on Air Fryers! iRobot Roomba 690 Robot Vacuum only $229 shipped! *HOT* All-New Kindle just $59.99 shipped (with $5 eBook credit!) *HOT* Kindle Paperwhite for just $84.99 shipped (with bonus $5 eBook credit!) Oral-B Pro 500 Electric Power Rechargeable Toothbrush for just $19.99 shipped! Tarte Cosmetics: Hot Steals Sale = Cosmetics just $10! *HOT* Adidas Men’s Duramo 9 Shoes only $21 shipped, plus more! Superfeet Men’s/Women’s Charcoal Insoles only $14.97 per pair, shipped! Chromebooks as low as $169.99 shipped! ECOVACS DEEBOT 500 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for just $169.99 shipped! *HOT* Shark Genius Hard Floor Cleaning System Pocket Steam Mop only $59.99 shipped (Reg. $120!) *HOT* YETI Hopper Flip 18 Cooler for just $209.99 shipped! Dyson V7 Animal Pro+ Cordless Vacuum Cleaner only $279.99 shipped! All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet with Kid-Proof Case just $49.99 each, shipped! Prime Day Deals on AncestryDNA and 23andMe DNA Testing Kits! Magformers XL Double Cruiser 42-Piece Set Magnetic Building Blocks only $41.98 shipped, plus more! *HOT* Echo Show for just $49.99 shipped! Echo Dot 3rd Generation for just $22 shipped! LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon Building Kit for just $83.30 shipped! LOWEST Prices on LEGO Sets! Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones for just $139.99 shipped! Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker with AmazonFresh Colombia Medium Roast K-Cup Coffee Pods (12 count) only $49.99 shipped! Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat only $99.99 shipped! Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer Hot Air Brush only $36.71 shipped! HUGE Savings on Board Games and Puzzles! Over 40% off Popular Melissa & Doug Toys and Puzzles! LifeStraw Personal Water Filter only $9.89 shipped! Fitbit Alta Smart Fitness Activity Tracker as low as $67.95 shipped! Old Navy: 50% off the Entire Site + Free Shipping!! Samsung 11.6″ Chromebook 3, 16GB only $159 shipped! 8×10 Area Rugs only $89.99 shipped at Wayfair! Walgreens Photo: Get 25 Photo Prints for just $0.01 each + Free Pickup! Go here to see all the Prime Day 2019 Deals! Not an Amazon Prime member? If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, now is a GREAT time to sign up for the free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime so that you can take advantage of all these Prime Day deals! What’s been your favorite Prime Day find so far? Let us know in the comments! [...]
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If Your Credit Score Is Under 700, Make These 3 Moves This Week

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If Your Credit Score Is Under 700, Make These 3 Moves This Week
You work hard to be a responsible credit user.  You pay your bills on time; you try to use your credit card only when you have to; and you have a few different credit accounts, all in good standing. You even know what a credit utilization ratio is and why it matters. That’s some next-level credit card management! But no matter what you do, your credit score never budges over 700.  And you are so, so frustrated by the whole dang thing. We don’t blame you. It’s hard to feel like you’re doing everything you’re supposed to, only to have an algorithm spit out a seemingly inexplicable three-digit number that brands you as “lesser than” in the eyes of the world’s financial institutions — especially when that three-digit number controls so much of your life. But don’t give up! These three moves might be the kickstart you need to get your credit score moving in the right direction — and best of all, you can do them right this week. 1. Write a “Goodwill Letter” to Your Creditors If your credit history is generally pretty good, save for a couple of missteps, then a well-executed goodwill letter may be one way to get those slip-ups removed from your report.  You’ll want to cover the following bases when writing your goodwill letter: Explain why and how long you have been a loyal customer of the creditor. Take responsibility for the mistakes that led to the blemishes on your credit history. Describe the steps you are taking to ensure they don’t happen again. Appeal to your audience’s sense of empathy. Show that you want forgiveness but also that you are determined to do better going forward. Show them you deserve this! Keep your letter concise, clear and to the point. Don’t forget to include important information, like your account number and the date and amount of the missed payment you want removed from your credit history. Once you’ve written your goodwill letter, address it using the information on the creditor’s website, cross your fingers for good luck, and drop it in the mailbox.   2. Check Your Credit Report for Errors Credit reporting agencies generally do a pretty thorough job of collecting your credit history, but that doesn’t mean they are infallible. In fact, one out of five credit reports has an error, according to a study by the Federal Trade Commission. And those errors could mean the difference between a credit score in the 600s and one in the 700s. Jamie Cattanach saw this firsthand as a victim of identity theft. She pulled her credit report and saw her score had plummeted to just below 600 after someone opened an AT&T account using her information. She got to work disputing the errors, and after writing just one letter, she was on the road to rebuilding her credit. Within a few years, her credit score was well over 700. To keep a closer eye on your credit, get your credit score and a “credit report card” for free from Credit Sesame. It breaks down exactly what’s on your credit report in layman’s terms, how it affects your score and how to address it. Because it simplifies everything, you should be able to spot any errors. For instance, if you find an “unpaid” credit card that you know you paid, or a bill in collections you know never existed, you can dispute the incorrect information and raise your credit score. The proof is in the numbers: 60% of Credit Sesame members see an increase in their credit score; 50% see at least a 10-point increase, and 20% see at least a 50-point increase after 180 days.* 3. Consolidate Your Debt With a Better Loan So now you’ve appealed to the better angels of your creditor’s nature, and you’ve gone over your credit report with a fine-tooth comb and a magnifying glass in search of errors you can dispute. Now what? Your next step is to take your high-interest debt and consolidate it into a single loan with a lower interest rate. One payment per month is way easier to keep track of than three or four, right? That means fewer chances to be late on a payment, which means fewer opportunities for your credit score to take a hit. And best of all: The lower interest rate means you’ll be spending less money on your debt in the long run. Through Upgrade, you can borrow between $1,000 and $50,000, at interest rates of 7.99% to 35.89%, depending on your credit history. What if you’ve been turned down for a loan? Wouldn’t it be helpful to have access to advice on how to improve your credit to be approved next time? And wouldn’t it be nice to have free credit monitoring thrown into the deal? Those are some of the benefits of going with Upgrade, an online lending platform.  Upgrade will throw in free credit monitoring, alerts and educational features. If your loan application through Upgrade is denied, these credit tools will still guide you to improve your credit to help you get approved in the future. Now you’ve got three tactics you can use to get your credit score right where you want it. Good luck — you’ve got this! This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Use ‘Virtual Malls’ to Rack Up Airline Points on Your Next Hotel

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Use ‘Virtual Malls’ to Rack Up Airline Points on Your Next Hotel
Savvy travelers know that if you sign up for a hotel’s rewards program you can earn points redeemable for future travel. Even savvier travelers know that if you make your booking with a co-branded credit card that partners with the hotel chain, you can earn even more points for the same stay. But not many... June Casagrande is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Use ‘Virtual Malls’ to Rack Up Airline Points on Your Next Hotel originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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The Best Summer Jobs for Teens

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The Best Summer Jobs for Teens
Looking for ideas for summer jobs for teens? I’ve compiled some of my favorite ideas to help you get your creative wheels turning! You might also be interested in 5 Work-at-Home Jobs for Beginners and Over 40 Different Income-Earning Ideas. Summer Jobs for Teens Recently, a follower asked me if I had any ideas for some good summer jobs for teens. I asked my Facebook followers for their suggestions and they did not disappoint. You can read the entire post with over 200+ comments here. I’ve picked some of what I felt like were some of the best summer jobs for teens submitted. Hopefully this list will at least give you some ideas if you’re looking for some great summer jobs for your teen (or jobs they can do year-round!) 1. Tutor Of all the suggestions submitted, this one was the top one suggested! Michelle said: “Tutor!!! Summer us great time to offer reading tutoring. There are lesson plans out there and it is a great way to make $$$.” Psst! Are you an adult who is interested in doing online tutoring? Check out the opportunity to teach online with VIPKID. 2. Teach Music Lessons Andrea says: “My friend’s teenage daughter was an accomplished piano player by the time she was in high school and gave lessons as her ‘after school job’ to young kids/beginners. She taught my daughter for over a year. She did her lessons at the children’s homes and it was perfect – she didn’t have to have a ‘studio’ of her own and none of us parents had to worry about shuttling our kids somewhere for lessons!!” By the way, this was something I did as a teen. I taught violin to a number of different students and it was such a good learning and growing experience for me! Oh and parents especially love if you’re willing to drive to their house and teach the lessons! 3. Pet Sit/Walk Dogs Geri said: “My daughters both did pet sitting in their teens. They sat for everything from boa constrictors and hissing cockroaches to dogs and cats. They even took care of goats, chickens, cows, horses and other livestock. Not a skill set every teen has, but they grew up on our farm caring for our animals.” If you love animals, you could also consider working for your local vet. Shannon said, “As a teen, I worked for my local vet clinic cleaning cages, walking dogs, washing laundry, mopping floors, etc. That turned into occasional and then part-time admin work plus assisting vets on house calls as I was just available and willing to learn. Got to interact with so many people and their pets!” 4. Referee Sports Games This is one that we’re looking into having Kathrynne possibly do. Camille said: “My kids referee soccer. They could take the class once they turned 12. It’s been a great experience for all 3 of mine. They are responsible for submitting their availability online, accepting games, and communicating with their assignor.” Andrea said: “My 14-year-old and 12-year-old referee soccer games! They don’t have time to earn as much as a regular job, but my 14-year-old bought himself his own computer after just a couple months of work last summer.” Tracy also posted and said: “My 15-year-old has been doing this for 2 years. It is pretty decent income for that age. Having thick skin to ignore the fans helps.” 5. Babysit (& clean a little, too!) Of course you knew this one had to be on the list! But take note of Melissa’s tip: “Babysitting will absolutely pay the most. If she interacts with the children, does the dishes and tidies up the house she’ll be in more demand and will earn more.” And Celena said: “I have a hard time finding sitters who do more than the bare minimum. When I babysat in college, I always got massive tips and had people calling me all the time. I never understood why until I hired my first babysitter and came home after a late night out to a super messy house, dinner dishes still in the sink, and the sitter on the couch on her phone. Argh.” I 100% agree! Go above and beyond and leave the house cleaner than you found it and you will likely have more jobs than you can take! 6. Wash Windows Danna commented: “I’m a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts in Entrepreneurship. I recently taught a merit badge clinic and one of the boys in the clinic runs a very successful business. He’s 14 and he washes windows. He started on his own house and his neighbors’ houses when he was 11. He advertises using referrals and NextDoor.com to keep jobs close to his home. At 14 he has 2 employees and makes about $400 a weekend that he works.” 7. Teach Classes Have a skill you are good at or passionate about? Consider teaching a class for younger kids! Hollie suggested this and said: “My daughter and her friend started a cooking class for kids ages 7-12. They did the class 3 times a week for 45 min to 1 hour. Kids could do a week or all 6 weeks. Each day was a different recipe/technique. All recipes were mom approved. They had a good turnout and really enjoyed themselves.” A Few Bonus Ideas Sell things you get for free: “My brother, last summer when he was 14, collected free things off of Facebook groups and Craigslist. He needed help from my mom to go collect the items, but when he got them home he cleaned them up and did his own yard sale/sold some things online. With the money he made, he was able to pay for a summer trip. He and my mom also like to do that by going to the thrift store. It’s amazing what you can find to resell. -Jaclyn” Sell photos: “Also, if she has access to a smart phone, she can take and upload her photos to an app called “foap.” People who want digital images (like for blogs or small businesses, etc.) can buy a license to use her photos she uploads. Foap splits the purchase 50/50 and generally each license is $10 so she’d earn $5 per license sold. If one photo sells 20 licenses, that’s $100 in her pocket. -Crystal” Become a Lifeguard: “My son got certified at the local YMCA and is a Life Guard. He is able to have a flexible schedule with school and the swim team. Works well for him. -Julie” What other ideas for good summer jobs for teens would you add to my list? [...]
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Give Your Kids the Gift of a Good Credit Score by Adding Them to Your Card

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Give Your Kids the Gift of a Good Credit Score by Adding Them to Your Card
Teaching your kids how to fail is one of those underrated parenting skills. By making mistakes in a controlled, safe environment, kids can learn coping skills before they incur real-world consequences. That’s particularly true when it comes to teaching kids about finance. Those lessons can have an important impact on your child’s future. A Penny Hoarder survey found that one-third of adult respondents did not grow up discussing basic personal finance topics, such as credit scores or debt. The result? For those with no early financial literacy, 40% had no savings at all, compared to 17% for the group that did discuss finances. One important lesson that you can teach your kids is how to use credit responsibly — before they get credit cards of their own.  Wondering if you should get your pride and joy a credit card? Here’s why and how to do it so they can learn how to handle credit responsibly. Should Your Kid Get a Credit Card? Although it might not seem like a priority, getting your child a credit card helps them build credit history. Pro Tip You can help protect your child’s credit score from identity theft by checking their score periodically, or at least by the time they turn 15, when the score may become more relevant. Credit history makes up 15% of your credit score, which will become important to your kids in the future if they want to finance a car, buy a house or possibly even get a job. And unlike other factors — like credit utilization or credit mix— there’s no way to improve your credit history other than with time.  But simply allowing your child to sign up for a credit card presents two problems:  They may not be ready for the responsibility of handling credit and could end up thousands of dollars in debt, thus wrecking the credit score you wanted them to build. They probably can’t qualify for a card … because they don’t have a credit history. That’s where you come in. You can cosign on your child’s credit card or even consider adding your child to your credit card to build credit. Which one should you choose? Should You Be a Cosigner or Make Your Child an Authorized User? Choosing between becoming a cosigner or making your child an authorized user starts with their age — you cannot apply for a credit card until you’re at least 18 years old, so that’s the earliest age you could be their cosigner. But becoming a cosigner on your older teen’s credit card makes you legally responsible for the debt if they miss a payment, according to Todd Christensen, an Accredited Financial Counselor and education manager with MoneyFit.org.  “The problem is, cosigners are not usually 100% involved in the billing process — they do not see, typically, the monthly bill,” he said. “So often, a cosigner will be contacted six to 12 months after a payment is missed, and then be requested to make all the back payments plus fees, and this is in the meantime hurting their credit.” Pro Tip The CARD Act of 2009 made it more difficult for people under 21 to get a credit card. However, there are plenty of cards that are marketed specifically to college students who can prove they can pay. Adding your child as an authorized user means they aren’t receiving the privileges (or reward points) of having their own card — they’re essentially just carrying your card. For most issuers, an authorized user doesn’t even get a separate credit card number. That also means your kids are depending on your credit history to build theirs. If your payment record isn’t so great or you have concerns about your ability to keep up with your credit card balance, you way want to consider the cosigner option when your kids get older. But if you’re ready to teach your kids by showing them what a responsible card holder looks like (that’s you), adding them as an authorized user is the better choice. Here’s why. Adding Your Child to Your Credit Card to Build Credit  By adding your child as an authorized user on your card, they can learn to handle a credit card in a low-risk way.  “It’s a great opportunity to build credit,” Christensen said. “It doesn’t cost [parents] anything. It doesn’t affect their credit at all.” The minimum age for adding your child to your credit card depends on your credit card company — many have no minimum age requirements at all — and some premium cards charge a fee for adding an authorized user, so check your issuer’s terms and conditions before adding your child. Pro Tip Seven years is typically the amount of time needed to establish a good credit history, so adding a very young child as an authorized user won’t do much to help their score. “I typically recommend it especially in the late teens,” Christensen advised. You can track your child’s spending instantaneously by setting up text alert messages for all credit card transactions or less frequently by checking your account activity daily. Still unsure if you can trust your kid with the plastic? You don’t actually need to tell them they’re getting the card.  “I’ve done that with my own kids,” Christensen said. “I had them as an authorized user on my wife’s and my card for several years, and they never knew it until they turned 18.” FROM THE DEBT FORUM Travel Trailer Debt 6/25/19 @ 5:31 PM Suze Orman says CAR LEASES are always a BAD financial move - do you agree? 4/18/19 @ 3:47 PM debt from a scam/fraud 6/18/19 @ 6:57 PM C credit card trouble again 6/24/19 @ 5:20 PM a See more in Debt or ask a money question Even though his daughter wasn’t aware she was building her credit history, Christensen noted that she ended up reaping the benefits of having that credit history. “When my daughter went to apply for a car loan after she moved out, one of the credit ratings had her in the 700s because she was an authorized user on our accounts,” he said. Additionally, if you’re using the card to teach your older kids about handling credit cards responsibly, by allowing them to be authorized users on your card, they can reap the benefits of building credit — and make a mistake without putting your own score in danger. Pro Tip As long as your child uses the card responsibly, don’t remove them as an authorized user until they get their own credit card and have had a few years to build that credit history. “If their credit goes south, it should not make it onto [your] credit rating,” Christensen said. “But even if it did, a simple dispute online will have it removed.” Ready to give your kids the chance to learn but aren’t sure where to start? Check out The Penny Hoarder Academy’s Credit Cards 101 course and this post on how to use a credit card as guides for teaching them about using credit in a responsible way. Tiffany Wendeln Connors is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. Read her bio and other work here, then catch her on Twitter @TiffanyWendeln. This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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Spotted: A Bigger Southwest Credit Card Bonus for In-Flight Applicants

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Spotted: A Bigger Southwest Credit Card Bonus for In-Flight Applicants
Sometimes the most lucrative sign-up bonuses aren’t available online. We spotted this sign-up bonus for the Southwest Rapid Rewards® Priority Credit Card in the wild world of in-flight reading materials. • Offer: Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first 3 months your account is open. • Seen: June 15, 2019,... Meghan Coyle is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mcoyle@nerdwallet.com. The article Spotted: A Bigger Southwest Credit Card Bonus for In-Flight Applicants originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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*HOT* Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card with $25 Gift Card Purchase

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*HOT* Free $5 Starbucks Gift Card with $25 Gift Card Purchase
Love Starbucks? Get a free $5 gift card when you purchase a $25 Starbucks gift card. Today only, you can score a free $5 Starbucks Bonus eGift Card when you purchase ANY Starbucks eGift Card worth $25 or more in the Starbucks mobile app! Just log in to the mobile app and check your inbox to find this offer. If it’s still available, you can click on the “buy now” button to get this deal. This is only available for the first 150,000. Limit of one per account. Psst! You should also check and see if you got the limit access Starbucks deal on Groupon today!! Thanks, Freebie Shark! [...]
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Alaska Airlines Credit Card Adds Discounts for Lounge Access, In-Flight Purchases

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Alaska Airlines Credit Card Adds Discounts for Lounge Access, In-Flight Purchases
Bank of America® and Alaska Airlines recently rolled out new perks for cardholders of the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card. New and existing cardholders get 20% back on Alaska Airlines in-flight purchases and a 50% discount on lounge day passes when they pay with their Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® credit card. Here’s what you... Meghan Coyle is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mcoyle@nerdwallet.com. The article Alaska Airlines Credit Card Adds Discounts for Lounge Access, In-Flight Purchases originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only

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Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only
If you’re a college student who isn’t ready to throw a graduation cap into the air just yet, take a look at the hat Chase just tossed into the ring. A few months ahead of the new semester, the issuer has launched Chase Freedom Student, a credit card designed for those still in school. As of June 9,... Melissa Lambarena is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: mlambarena@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @LissaLambarena. The article Chase Launches Student Credit Card in Branches Only originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies

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8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies
The post 8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies appeared first on ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. [...]
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Got Credit Card Debt? Paying Biweekly Could Save You Hundreds on Interest

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Got Credit Card Debt? Paying Biweekly Could Save You Hundreds on Interest
It happens every month: The credit card bill is due. You dutifully send your minimum payment on the due date — but watch the balance grow ever larger. But what if you could pay half that amount every two weeks instead of one payment every month? More payments, you say? Thanks, I’ll pass. But what if the new payment schedule could save you hundreds of dollars? Biweekly payments are a simple way to reduce your balance and the amount you pay in interest. Here’s what you need to know. How Do Biweekly Payments Work? You may have already heard of — or received offers for — biweekly payment plans for debts like your mortgage. Here’s how one works: Let’s say your monthly payment for a debt is $500. If you pay that amount each month, you’ll make 12 payments each year for a total of $6,000. If you make biweekly payments, you pay $250 every two weeks. But because there are 52 weeks in a calendar year (thanks to that wacky Gregorian), you’ll make 26 half payments or 13 full payments each year, for a total of $6,500. That reduces your principal by $500 in one year and thus reduces the amount of interest you’ll pay on the remaining balance. Depending on how much you owe and how your debt is structured, you could shave months or years off of a payment plan. An amortization schedule is a table listing regular payments for the life of a loan. Each amount includes a little more toward principal and a little less toward interest as your balance goes down. You can check out your loan’s amortization schedule and online biweekly payment calculators to see just how much you’ll save by paying off principal early. How to Decide if a Biweekly Payment Plan Is Worth It There are three questions to ask about your debt before switching to a biweekly payment plan, according to Brian Walsh, Certified Financial Planner and manager of financial planning at SoFi, a personal finance company: 1. What is the interest rate on the debt? Before you start planning out a new payment schedule, you should first know if it’s worth your effort. That starts with knowing how much interest you’re being charged on a debt. “We consider good debt as anything with an interest rate below 7% and bad debt, anything with an interest rate above 7%,” Walsh said. Rather than paying off  “good debt” early, you can often put your money to better use by investing in IRAs, 401(k)s and other accounts that offer a higher interest rate than the one you’re paying. Pro Tip Considering biweekly payments for a student loan? Current interest rates on direct federal loans for undergraduates is 5.05%, while Direct PLUS Loans for parents or graduate students is 7.6%. So if you have a mortgage charging 5% interest and an IRA earning 8%, you’ll make more money in the long term by continuing with your current monthly debt payment plan and putting that extra money toward your IRA. But if you have an auto loan charging 9% interest, you should consider a biweekly payment plan to pay down that debt faster. 2.  Are there any prepayment penalties associated with the debt? Before starting a biweekly payment plan, review loan contracts to be sure it doesn’t include a prepayment penalty. If it does, you’ll be charged extra for paying off a loan or a large portion in a single payment, which could offset any benefits you reap in interest savings. 3. Can you apply the extra payments toward principal? This question typically requires you to simply tell your lender — via phone, email or letter — that you want extra payments applied toward your principal amount, not the interest. That allows you to pay down the debt faster and avoid paying extra in interest. When it comes to meeting all three criteria, there’s typically one debt that’s a clear winner, according to Walsh. “Whenever we come across credit cards, to me, that’s a no brainer,” Walsh said. “People should be setting up biweekly and more frequent payments when it comes to a credit card.” Why You Should Set Up Biweekly Credit Card Payments If there’s ever a chance you’ll carry over a balance from month to month on your credit card, biweekly payments can save you hundreds in interest, according to Walsh. A grace period is the time between when a statement closes and the due date. The 2009 Credit Card Act requires that if a credit card company offers a grace period, it must last at least 21 days. The problem with credit card debt is that unless you pay off the full balance every month, you lose the grace period credit cards typically offer and start accruing interest on a daily basis. By making biweekly payments, you’ll not only knock out more of the balance, you’ll avoid accruing additional interest in those 14 days between payments. Why Biweekly Mortgage Payments May Not Be Worth It So credit card biweekly payments may sound all well and good, but what about knocking out most people’s biggest debt, the mortgage? Not so fast, say the experts. Using a biweekly payment plan to pay down your mortgage typically isn’t the best financial decision, according to Jason B. Ball, a certified financial planner with Ball Comprehensive Planning in West Linn, Oregon. To illustrate this, Ball offered a scenario using the example of a house purchased for $300,000 with a down payment of $50,000 and an interest rate of 4.2%:   Traditional Monthly Payment Biweekly Payment Payment Amount $1,256.97 $628.49 Total Interest Paid $182,510.84 $153,169.81 Pay-off Date 30 years 25 years, 8 months Here’s how much you can expect to save by making a biweekly payment as opposed to a traditional monthly payment: Interest: $29,341.03 Time: 4 years, 4 months “In our example, it looks to save about four years,” he wrote in an email. “It is also interesting to note that most people do not live in their home that long. The typical buyer could be expected to stay in a single-family home roughly 12 years before moving out.” Yes, you’d save on interest (although not as much if you move out before you finish paying off the mortgage), but Ball notes that at 4.2%, you could put your extra payments to better use by investing that money in higher yielding investments like a 401(k). And although it might make you feel better about not having a mortgage hanging over your head (and there are other benefits to paying off your mortgage early), there’s a good chance a paid-off house won’t help you out that much financially even if you do decide to stay there when you retire. “If you put all your money into your mortgage, you may be house rich at retirement, but you need to look at how you will turn that asset into a monthly paycheck at retirement,” Ball wrote. “Typically, pre-paying the mortgage yields a lower probability of retirement success than other options.”   FROM THE DEBT FORUM What is the best way to consolidate my credit cards into one payment 6/5/19 @ 7:03 PM My townhome is just a money pit 6/4/19 @ 4:48 PM Senior Couple drowning in debt 1/22/19 @ 9:44 AM B Great Student Loan payoff apps. 5/8/19 @ 4:44 PM See more in Debt or ask a money question Should You DIY Biweekly Payments? So you’ve weighed the pros and cons, and you’re ready to put yourself on a biweekly payment plan. Now what [...]
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10 Purchases You Should Not Put on a Credit Card

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10 Purchases You Should Not Put on a Credit Card
wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock.com Many credit cards offer a slew of incentives to consumers who use them — from cash back and other rewards to zero liability in case of fraud. But credit cards are not always your best form of payment, especially if you aren’t great with debt. In many cases, you are better off keeping the plastic tucked away. For some readers, this advice comes too late. [...]
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8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies

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8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies
The post 8 Things Private Equity Firms Look for in Companies appeared first on ONEtoONE Corporate Finance. [...]
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NerdWallet’s Best Credit Cards for Transit Spending

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NerdWallet’s Best Credit Cards for Transit Spending
More than three-quarters of Americans commute by car, but millions of people also use public transit and other shared forms of transportation to get to work. Whether it’s bus/train/cab fare, rideshares, tolls or parking, you may spend hundreds of dollars a month just getting around. Thankfully, several credit cards offer bonus rewards specifically on those costs. Even general travel cards that... Sara Rathner is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: srathner@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @sarakrathner. The article NerdWallet’s Best Credit Cards for Transit Spending originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs

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7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs
Several programs forgive or repay a portion of your pharmacy school loans if you meet the requirements, such as working in the public sector or in an underserved area for a certain amount of time. A pharmacist loan forgiveness program may be the right option if your career plans align with one of these program’s... Teddy Nykiel is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: teddy@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @teddynykiel. The article 7 Pharmacist Loan Forgiveness Programs originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Which Fitness Chain Has the Best Gym Membership for Your Budget?

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Which Fitness Chain Has the Best Gym Membership for Your Budget?
Despite years of adding “lose some weight” to my list of New Year’s resolutions, I have yet to join a gym. Not to make excuses (well, let’s be real — everyone who wants to avoid the gym is making excuses), but I’m incredibly indecisive when it comes to spending money on myself. Except when it comes to food. But getting in shape requires making a decision and a commitment to putting in the work. And it takes an investment — in time and often in money. With so many options out there, how do you pick the best gym membership for you? Our Guide to Finding the Cheapest Gym Membership Let me start by saying choosing a gym is a very personal decision. Size might be a significant factor. Location might be also important to you — maybe if you pass the gym along your normal commute, you won’t be going out of your way. Well, to help make your decision a bit easier, we compiled information from six national workout chains so you can compare availability, costs and features. Some gyms provide free trials, so be sure to take advantage of those offers before signing up for a membership. Writer’s note: Individual membership costs are published as listed online as of May 17, 2019, and they are subject to change. Rates may vary based on location and current promotions. 1. Youfit Health Clubs Where: Youfit Health Clubs has more than 100 locations in 15 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. How Much: The base membership fee is $10 a month. The premium tier (known as “Lime Card” access) costs $21.99 a month. When you sign up for the base membership, you’ll also pay for first and last month dues. Initiation fees vary depending on the membership package. What’s Included: Depending on location, these clubs include top-of-the-line equipment, free weights, group fitness sessions, express circuits, personal trainers, tanning beds and childcare. Premium members can also bring a free guest with them for every visit and can visit any YouFit location. Try It: Get a free guest pass for one-time use. 2. Planet Fitness Where: Planet Fitness has over 1,800 locations in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Canada and the Dominican Republic. How Much: Monthly dues are $10 for just one location or $19.99 to use any location. Annual fees are $39.99 and the start-up fee is $1. The $10 membership has no commitment. What’s Included: These gyms include cardio and weight-training equipment, plus fitness training programs for all members. Some locations include massage chairs and tanning services. Many locations are open 24 hours a day. Try It: Find the location nearest you. 3. Crunch Fitness Where: Crunch Fitness has more than 300 locations for its regular gyms and 30 locations for its Signature gyms (which include more classes, upgraded amenities and more). Its gyms are located in 30 states, as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and four Canadian provinces. How Much: A base membership is $9.95 a month, a Peak membership is $21.95 a month and a Peak Results membership is $24.95 a month. Enrollment fees vary from $10 to $49.99 depending on your membership level. The annual fee is $78, prorated at $6.50 a month. What’s Included: Depending on what type of membership you choose, you can take advantage of multiple perks at this gym, including a training orientation with a fitness expert, group fitness classes, online video workouts, tanning and Hydromassage. The Peak and Peak Results memberships can be used at multiple locations. Try It: Try a free one-day trial. 4. LA Fitness Where: LA Fitness has more than 675 locations in 27 states, Washington D.C. and Canada. How Much: Monthly fees start at $24.99 for single-club access or $29.99 for multiple clubs within the same state. Initiation fees are $89. What’s Included: Gyms include state-of-the-art equipment and cardio areas, group fitness classes, indoor heated pools, whirlpool spas and saunas. Some have kids’ clubs, juice bars and basketball and racquetball courts. Try It: Find your local club to request a guest pass online. 5. 24 Hour Fitness Where: 24 Hour Fitness has over 400 locations in 13 states — California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Hawaii, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. How Much: Monthly fees start at $29.99, but can vary based on location and membership level. Members pay a one-time initiation fee, which starts at $29.99, and there’s also a $49.99 annual fee. What’s Included: Gyms include studio and cycle classes. Most facilities also have an indoor lap pool and a Whirlpool. Members can take advantage of personal and group training. Get access to digital workouts you can complete at home without stepping foot in an actual gym. Parents of children ages 6 months to 11 years can drop their kids off for supervised fun time at nearly every location. Try It: Use this three-day free pass. 6. Anytime Fitness Where: Anytime Fitness has more than 4,000 locations in all 50 states and 36 countries across six continents. (That’ll likely soon change, as the chain recently announced plans to expand to Antarctica.) How Much: Membership starts at $29.99 per month, but prices vary depending on location and current promotions. According to Anytime Fitness’s spokesperson, the average membership is $40 a month. Members also pay one-time initiation and key activation fees, which vary depending on the franchise. What’s Included: Members have access to cardio machines, weights and strength training equipment, as well as classes and wellness programs. Some locations offer tanning and personal training. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Try It: You can get a free seven-day pass. Other Alternatives to Popular Chain Gyms If none of these chain gyms suit your fancy, you could always join your local YMCA or set up a home gym to get your workouts in. You could also incorporate fitness into your daily routine by trying one of these nine inexpensive gym alternatives. Running is one of the options on that list; this post on tips and tricks for finding discounted running shoes can help ease your stride. Or you could lace up those shoes and march right into the gym! Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She sympathizes with the struggle of getting in shape.  This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017. [...]
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The Lowdown on New Tools to Jump-Start Your Credit

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The Lowdown on New Tools to Jump-Start Your Credit
The rules for achieving a decent credit score haven’t changed much since credit scoring was invented: Pay all your bills on time, don’t use too much of your available credit and build a long history of responsible behavior. But credit novices and those looking to rebuild after missteps now have two new tools they can... Amrita Jayakumar is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: ajayakumar@nerdwallet.com. Twitter: @ajbombay. The article The Lowdown on New Tools to Jump-Start Your Credit originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

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21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
Diego Cervo / Shutterstock.com Dollar stores lure us in with rock-bottom prices. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but often the things they sell are good products at a tremendous discount — a real bargain. Here’s what bargain-shopping experts say are among the best buys at dollar stores. [...]
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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light
Night lights are so much fun for kids, and this one looks really awesome! You can get the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light for only $8.47. You will be saving 47% on this purchase because it is normally 14.99. This night light provides a soft red glow while projecting a Mickey Mouse ... Read More about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light The post Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Projectables LED Plug-In Night Light appeared first on Penny Pinchin' Mom. [...]
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Free Toy Story 4 Movie Ticket when you buy 3 Almond Breeze Products!

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Free Toy Story 4 Movie Ticket when you buy 3 Almond Breeze Products!
Love Blue Diamond Almond Breeze products? Buy three and get a free Toy Story 4 Movie Ticket! Through August 2nd, score a free Toy Story 4 Movie Ticket when you buy 3 Blue Diamond Almond Breeze products! Simply purchase the products in one transaction by August 2nd and then upload your receipt by September 2nd. Thanks, Freebie Shark! [...]
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These 8 Strategies Will Help You Pay Down Credit Card Debt When You Retire

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These 8 Strategies Will Help You Pay Down Credit Card Debt When You Retire
Ah, retirement. Lazy days in the hammock, bucket list trips to Europe, leisurely drives in your sports car. Wait, you’ve spent more time jettisoning ideas than planning jet-setting excursions? Despite your best savings efforts — and unexpected expenses — those idyllic retirement plans may have run into the stark reality that you didn’t end up with the nest egg you had planned on. In fact, you’re headed toward your golden years with credit card debt. Employee Benefit Research Institute.  In 1992, 53.8% of families with the head of household ages 55 or older had debt. By 2016, that number had climbed to 68%. Unfortunately, it’s a nationwide trend, as families just reaching retirement or those recently retired are more likely to have debt — and higher levels of it — than past generations, according to a study by the Without your former income, you may be starting to worry about making the growing credit card payments on a fixed income, particularly when the average Social Security monthly benefit is $1,461. Putting a dent — permanently — in credit card debt when you’re retired is possible, and we have seven ways to help pay off your debt so you can enjoy that hammock. 8 Ways to Help Pay Down Credit Card Debt in Retirement Retirement offers unique opportunities and challenges when you’re paying off debt. You may have new sources of income, like Social Security or a pension, and new expenses, like increased healthcare costs or fun stuff like travel. So here are eight post-employment strategies that can help you pay down debt. 1. Make a Budget Tackling credit card payment as you approach retirement starts by re-examining your budget. Making changes to your lifestyle and using your free time to save money is a good place to start, according to Joseph Valenti, senior policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute, in Washington, D.C. “One thing we know from studies of retirement is that people have fewer set costs typically compared to when they were working,” he said. “If they have more time, maybe they will be preparing more meals at home.” If you need help creating your budget, check out our step-by-step guide to budgeting or learn the basics in our Budgeting 101 Academy course. Once you know where you stand financially, you can start looking for ways to cut the credit card balance. 2. Negotiate With Credit Card Companies The best way to know where you stand is to look at the numbers — in this case, the interest rate on your cards. It’s easier to pay down a debt if you’re accumulating less interest on top of the original amount (learn more about compound interest in our Credit Cards 101 Academy course). Asking your credit card company for a new rate is one option, particularly if you’re ready to commit to living credit card-free going forward, Valenti said. “In some cases, even if you close that card, they will let you pay it down for little or no interest over a period of time,” Valenti said. “That’s assuming you don’t need the card again.” Pro Tip When you call the credit card company, the first person you talk to may not be able to help you, even if they think they can. Ask to speak with a manager who handles settlement arrangements. Check out this post for more tips on negotiating credit card debt. And if you’re too overwhelmed to deal with the creditors themselves, consider reaching out to a credit counselor, who can help you organize your accounts and may negotiate a lower interest rate for you. 3. Transfer Your Balance to a New Card Loyalty isn’t necessarily rewarding. If you’ve had the same card for years, transferring your balance to a new card could give you a lower interest rate than you current provider can offer. Reap the most benefits by paying down as much debt as you can during the promotional period. When you’re considering which card to go with, compare this information for all offers: Fees (typically at least $5 to $10 or 3% to 5% of the balance) Interest (look for 0%) Duration of the promotional APR (usually 12 to 18 months) Credit score requirements (generally good or excellent) Credit limits (make sure it’s more than your current balance) Here’s what else to consider before transferring a balance. 4. Cut (Former) Work-Related Expenses Still hanging on to that gym membership, even though you only signed up because it was close to your office? By reviewing your monthly, periodic and annual budgets, you may discover work-related expenses that have become so habitual you’ve forgotten about them, according to Valenti, who gave transportation, clothing and cell phone expenses as examples. Cancel subscriptions to professional associations and other automatic billings associated with work (an ink cartridge subscription, for instance) to avoid unwanted surprises at the end of the month. If you have trouble keeping up with recurring payments, try using a subscription tracking tool. And if you still enjoy hitting the gym, cut costs by asking about senior discounts — AARP has many for its members. 5. Set Up Self-Imposed Limits Before retirement, those little expenses that broke your budget one month may have been easier to cushion with your regular paycheck. And remembering them all may have been a little easier a few years ago. To help you track the expenses and avoid unwanted surprises at the end of the month, Valenti suggested setting up alerts from your bank or credit card provider. “It’s one thing to find out instantly through a text that you’ve reached a limit — even if it’s a self-imposed limit — as opposed to a statement that’s going to shock you at the end of a cycle,” Valenti said. 6. Ask for Professional (Financial) Help If you’re overwhelmed by managing your day-to-day finances or fear forgetting to pay bills and sinking further in debt, consider hiring a daily money manager. In addition to tracking bills, daily money managers can help you with balancing your checkbook, collecting tax documents, dealing with medical bills and even avoiding scams. Pro Tip Your bank must protect two months’ worth of Social Security benefits from a credit card collector’s garnishment. If your account has more than that, the bank can garnish or freeze the extra money. Depending on where you live, a daily money manager may charge $75 to $150 an hour. However, the American Association of Daily Money Managers provides a list of state agencies that provide services to low-income and disabled seniors.   7. Make Extra Money on Your Empty Nest Now that the kids have moved out (hopefully), you’re stuck with that big, empty house. One option for making money is to sell it and downsize to a smaller place, then use the profits to pay off credit card debt. But moving still requires an outlay of cash and can add additional stress as you’re adjusting to retired life. If you’re seeking something a little less drastic, think about new ways to use your house — and its contents — to earn some cash today, advises Moira Somers, a wealth psychologist based in Winnipeg, Canada, and the author of “Advice That Sticks: How to Give Financial Advice That People Will Follow.” “Look at the resources you have and say, ‘Could this turn into money somehow?’” she said. “One of the cool things about this period in our life is that there are sometimes ways we can make extra money that wouldn’t have been possible even 10 years ago — the whole AirBnb thing, for example.” If you’re looking to make some money on your extra bedrooms, check out our post about how to become an Airbnb host. And don’t forget about all those buried treasures in the attic. (Did you know that Urban Outfitters sells five-packs of random VHS tapes for $40? Yeah. That’s a thing.) One of the cool things about this period in our life is that there are sometimes ways we can make extra money that wouldn’t have been possible even 10 years ago. Somers notes ta [...]
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70% of Older Adults Don’t Know This Key Social Security Fact

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70% of Older Adults Don’t Know This Key Social Security Fact
Millions of Americans depend on Social Security as the financial foundation of their retirement. Yet, nearly 70% percent of older people cannot correctly identify the age at which they are eligible for full retirement benefits. That finding — courtesy of a recent survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute — has profound implications for how well people will live in retirement. [...]
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Capital One Adds JetBlue to Airline Transfer Partners with Limited-Time Bonus

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Capital One Adds JetBlue to Airline Transfer Partners with Limited-Time Bonus
On May 1, 2019, Capital One added JetBlue to its list of airline reward transfer partners. To celebrate, Capital One is adding a 50% bonus to point transfers made through May 31, 2019. This boosts the redeemable ratio from 2 Venture Miles for 1 TrueBlue point to 2 Venture Miles for 1.5 TrueBlue points. In... Amanda Johnson is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: travel@nerdwallet.com. The article Capital One Adds JetBlue to Airline Transfer Partners with Limited-Time Bonus originally appeared on NerdWallet. [...]
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Verizon Announces Another Dividend Hike

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Verizon Announces Another Dividend Hike
It marks the 12 consecutive year in which the large wireless operator has hiked its dividend. [...]
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HELOC: Understanding Home Equity Lines of Credit

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HELOC: Understanding Home Equity Lines of Credit
  A home equity line of credit, or HELOC, is a second mortgage that gives you access to cash based on the value of your home. You can draw from a home equity line of credit and repay all or some of it monthly, somewhat like a credit card. With a HELOC, you borrow against your... The article HELOC: Understanding Home Equity Lines of Credit originally appeared on NerdWallet.   [...]
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