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Archives for October 2008

(Fraud!) The Obvious Reason Online Bank Transfers Take So Damn Long

Ever wonder why it takes so long for online banks to move your money around? Long time reader J shared a very informative article with me recently: The Holdup at Online Banks (from The Wall Street Journal). The article explains the long wait time involved with transferring money in and out of online savings accounts. […]

Start Saving Money for Holiday Expenses

If you haven’t already, consider saving up money for your expected holiday expenses.  It’s never too early to begin saving up.  The last thing you want to to is depend on a year-end bonus, or worse, credit cards, to get you by. That year-end bonus is more likely than ever not to be there.  And […]

Interview with Robin Nakamura – Senior Vice President, eBusiness with First National Bank

While I was in Omaha last month I had the pleasure of meeting First National Bank’s Senior Vice President of eBusiness, Robin Nakamura.  Since that trip I’ve been excited to get the opportunity to speak with Robin concerning the current state and future of the high-yield online savings industry. If you’ve got your money in […]

FNBO Direct and Capital One 360 Issue Letters from the President

Recently, the two FDIC insured online banks that I’m banking with, FNBO Direct and Capital One 360, published letters from their respective presidents.  Both of these banks have easily survived the current credit squeeze, and really know how to connect with their customers when it counts. FNBO Direct FNBO Direct is the online arm of […]

AnnualCreditReport.com®: Still The Best Way to Check Your Credit Report

AnnualCreditReport.com® is Not a Scam AnnualCreditReport.com® remains the only free, “no strings attached” method for checking all three of your credit reports. You can check your credit reports (EquiFax, Experian, TransUnion) with annualcreditreport.com® once a year for free. From the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov): The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires each of the […]

International Travel Tip: Making Inexpesive Phone Calls

International Travel Tip #1: Use Skype to Call Home Here’s a nice international travel tip for you.  Making phone calls while traveling internationally no longer has to be this big expense.  I recently completed my first long business trip without my wife.  I decided before I left that I needed to have something in place […]

The Trouble with Living the Frugal Lifestyle – Part 3

We’re on to part 3, the final installment of my latest series, “The Trouble with Living the Frugal Lifestyle.”  It’s all about trying to live your frugal life in the high-pressure culture of wasteful spending (even amongst your own friends and family).  In part 1 we discussed how it’s important to Keep in Mind that […]

The Trouble with Living the Frugal Lifestyle – Part 2

We’re on to part 2 of my latest series, “The Trouble with Living the Frugal Lifestyle.”  It’s all about trying to live your frugal life in the high-pressure culture of wasteful spending (even amongst your own friends and family).  In part 1 we discussed how it’s important to Keep in Mind that Frugality is YOUR […]

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