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How to Find the Most Affordable Cell Phone Plans

by Abby Hayes

The cell phone company war bodes well for consumers, with cellular plans reaching all-time lows. Here are some of the cheapest cell phone plans we could find. Over the past few years, cell phone providers have declared an out-and-out war to win over consumers. This spells good things for the consumers, who can now take […]

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Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card Review

by Michael Pruser

In our 2018 Capital One Venture Rewards credit card review, we look at its 50,000 mile bonus and 2x rewards structure. Is it too good to be true? I use four primary credit cards to buy just about everything. One for my purchases at the grocery store. One for purchases at the pump. Another to […]

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MoviePass Review: Is it Really Unlimited Movies for One Price?

by Kevin Mercadante

MoviePass claims to offer unlimited movie tickets for one low monthly price. Is it too good to be true? We answer that question in our MoviePass review. According to the National Theater Owner’s Association, the average price of a movie theater ticket was $8.84 as of the first quarter of 2017. If you live in […]

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The New Emergency Fund: Seven Components of an Emergency Plan

by Abby Hayes

It’s important to save for a rainy day. In this guide, we give you ideas on where to put an emergency fund and how much you should save. The world of personal finance is rife with oversimplified platitudes and one-size-fits-all advice. No where is this more evidenced than in the often-repeated advice about emergency funds. […]

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A Guide to the Best Home Security Systems

by Stephanie Colestock

The security of your home and family have never been more important. In this detailed guide, we rate the best home security systems and companies. No matter how safe your neighborhood — or even your city — is, you’ve likely considered a security system for your home. But choosing the right one (that won’t cost […]

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How to Get Out of a Cell Phone Contract without Paying a Fee

by Kevin Mercadante

Being locked into a cell phone contract is no fun. Here’s how to get out of a cell phone contract without paying an early termination fee. We recently received a question that probably every reader can relate to. The writer is asking how to get out of a cell phone contract without paying a fee: […]

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Capital One Quicksilver Review – Get a $150 Bonus

by Michael Pruser

The Capital One Quicksilver card combines a $150 signup bonus with 1.5 percent cash back rewards on every purchase. Oh, and no annual fee. Here are the details. One of the most important rules of sound personal finance is using credit cards wisely. A good cash back credit card, when used for everyday purchases and paid […]

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Ally Invest Review

by Kevin Mercadante

Ally Invest offers is a low cost and very easy to use online broker. Formerly TradeKing, we cover all of its features and costs in this review. You’ve probably heard about Ally Bank. They’re perhaps the best-known online bank, offering some of the highest interest rates available on savings accounts and certificates of deposit. As […]

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Zions Bank Online Savings Account Review

by Luke Landes

In our detailed Zions Bank review, we cover its savings products, rates, and fees. We also compare it to other online banking options. As of today, Zions Bank offers one of the highest interest rates among high-interest savings accounts. But is it worthwhile to move your money there to take advantage of this interest rate? […]

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How to Apply for a Credit Card Hardship Program

by Stephanie Colestock

A credit card hardship program can help you deal with mounting credit card debt. This guide walks you through these programs, including what they are, how they work, how to apply, and their effect on your credit score. No matter how particular you are with your budget, life can always knock everything off-kilter. Illness, injury, […]

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