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3 Mistakes I Made That Cost Me Thousands

by Darwin

This is a guest article written by Darwin, the author of the blog Darwin’s Money. Darwin is a numbers guy with an MBA. If you like this article, subscribe to the Darwin’s Money RSS feed for more. You live and you learn, right? Well, that can be expensive when you’re first setting out in the ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Sapphire℠ Preferred Card $500 Cash Back Bonus

by Luke Landes

The offer you are interested in has expired. Read our review of the current Chase Sapphire Preferred offer.

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Laid Off, 2010 Edition

by Smithee

Last Thursday I lost my job without any warning. The small web design agency I was working for lost a couple of big contracts and they decided they couldn’t afford to keep me on as their only full-time User Experience Designer. This is extremely frustrating, not only because I liked most of my co-workers and ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Online Banking Website Down

by Luke Landes

Chase’s website for online banking has been unavailable since Monday night. After opening, receiving, an activating a new Chase credit card, a process I completed this past weekend, and purchasing my first items with the card, I was looking forward to checking my activity online today. Unfortunately, the downtime has prevented me from doing so. ... Continue reading this article…

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An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles is a Waste of Money

by Luke Landes

When I graduated college, my father surprised me with a car: a very used 1987 Toyota Celica. I didn’t know much about owning a car at the time, and the Celica required quite a bit of car. For example, it required not only replacing engine oil occasionally, it required filling engine oil from time to ... Continue reading this article…

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Use American Express Membership Rewards Points on Amazon.com

by Luke Landes

I’m a fan of alternative currency; that is to say, I’m interested in how concepts like “points” and virtual currency are adapted to real transactions. In a move that makes complete sense, American Express has teamed up with Amazon.com to allow Membership Rewards points as an additional payment method. If you have an eligible American ... Continue reading this article…

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Global Bank Reform: Basel III

by Luke Landes

Until I heard of Basel III yesterday, I didn’t know there was a Basel I or a Basel II. The three Basel accords exist to give banking systems around the world a framework in which they can operate successfully, and the latest of these accords introduces new requirements for managing risk. For the most part, ... Continue reading this article…

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Podcast 73: Saving Money at College, Flexo

by Luke Landes

On today’s episode of the Consumerism Commentary Podcast, Tom Dziubek talks to Consumerism Commentary founder Flexo about his tips on saving money at college. Among the items discussed, Flexo talks about saving money while eating, how to not get ripped off buying textbooks and, naturally, the financial essentials regarding credit cards, checking and savings accounts ... Continue reading this article…

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OptionsHouse Online Discount Broker Review

by Luke Landes

If you take a look at our best online discount brokers page, you’ll notice that OptionsHouse leads the way as the cheapest broker to place a trade with online. While commission structure is a motivating factor in choosing an online discount broker, it shouldn’t be the only factor. Customer service, trading tools, fees and overall ... Continue reading this article…

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Chase Freedom MasterCard offers $100 Bonus Cash Back

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note: Thank you for your interest, however this offer is expired and is no longer available. For a limited time, Chase is offering a $100 cash back bonus for new holders of the Chase Freedom® MasterCard. All cardholders can earn $100 cash back in the form of a statement credit after spending $500 on ... Continue reading this article…

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