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Credit, Debit, Check or Cash?

by Luke Landes

Editor’s Note:  This limited-time offer has expired. According to the Federal Reserve, credit and debit payments surpassed check payments last year. Between credit and debit transactions, debits have been gaining popularity. A Reuters article states that for those with financial discipline, credit cards are the best option for every day purchases. The Citibank Dividend Platinum ... Continue reading this article…

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The New Bankruptcy Bill

by Luke Landes

There’s a new bankruptcy bill that’s up for vote in the Senate. if it passes, and it probably will, filing for bankruptcy will be harder. More specifically, fewer people will be able to file under Chapter 7, where creditors will get nothing and all debt is liquidated, and instead will be forced to file under ... Continue reading this article…

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Suze Orman: Young, Fabulous and Decidedly Not Broke

by Luke Landes

Suze Orman is appearing on PBS right now on her fifth special, Young, Fabulous, and Broke. I’ll live-blog the first hour of the program. You can catch her on WNET 13 New York or possibly your local PBS station. Show them your support. Read on and reload throughout the hour! Keep in mind my server ... Continue reading this article…

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Future Millionaires

by Luke Landes

I’ve been following CNN Money‘s Millionaires in the Making series for some time now. Deshundra Jefferson has posted a new profile online. The featured couple, Ryan and Danielle Quilling, are saving their way towards millionaire status. Danielle is 25 and Ryan 27. They have no credit card debt; the only debt they have is their ... Continue reading this article…

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Sweet Credit Card Deals

by Luke Landes

This article from MSN Money is warning the readers of those sweet-sounding credit card offers, such as 0 percent interest for the life of a transferred balance. Their tips: Clarify the deal. You may have to make a purchase every month, and if you do, your payments go towards the transferred balance first. Be suspicious of ... Continue reading this article…

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Spending Wisely

by Luke Landes

CNN profiled Holly Ordway, creator of SpendingWisely.com. Basically, she saves as much money as possible without a strict budget. She and her husband manage to live on only $30,000 of their six-figure household income. It’s easy for people with a high income to tell others how simple it is to save money and spend wisely. ... Continue reading this article…

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It Helps to Call

by Luke Landes

I noticed today that the bank where I hold my checking and one savings account, Wachovia, charged me a service fee of $15. Regular readers may remember that the discount brokerage department of the same corporation charged me a yearly fee last November, but this time the situation was different. According to their rules, I ... Continue reading this article…

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Credit Card Rates Up

by Luke Landes

Selena Maranjian from The Motley Fool writes about credit card rates going up in an article aptly titled, How to Owe $40,000 by Doing Nothing. She includes tables showing just how damaging having a 40 percent APR on your credit can be. That’s a pretty high rate, and apparently it’s a more common penalty rate for ... Continue reading this article…

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