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Archives for January 2013

Citi Price Rewind: Without It, You Might Be Paying Too Much

Do you ever leave the store after making a big purchase and think, “I hope I didn’t pay too much for that”? In the past I liked to do at least an hour’s worth of research on big ticket items, often comparing several stores and looking at price trends. But the busier our lives get […]

How to Protect Yourself from Antiquated Airline Computers That Could Ruin Your Trip

In 2012, United Airlines experienced three major crashes. Fortunately, it was their computer systems that crashed, not their airplanes. Nevertheless, hundreds of flights were delayed or cancelled and tens of thousands of passengers were inconvenienced during the systems failures of August 29th, June 15th, and on November 15. But it doesn’t take a major systems […]

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card Big Bonus is BACK

Update: The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Credit Card has just relaunched with a two roundtrip flight promotion after spending $2,000 in the first three months.  However this bonus EXPIRES in less than 24 hours!  (Thursday Morning, 10:00 am ET) The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Premier Card is actually the first credit card I’ve chosen […]

The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding: New Investment Opportunities for the Average Joe

What comes to mind when you think about investing? I tend to think about my 401K, my house, early retirement, funds, and maybe the occasional stock pick. That’s my world. Pretty boring. I’m sure yours is quite similar. In the grand scheme of things boring is just fine, but what if when you thought about […]

Why Millennials are Delaying Home Ownership

We may call it the American dream, but these days, it may seem as though home ownership is more like the American fantasy for young adults. Members of the so-called Millennial generation—those born between the early 80s and the mid 90s—are facing the possibility of renting long into adulthood, despite low post-bubble mortgage rates and […]

How to Deal With the Unhealthy Stress Caused by Debt

We all know that paying down debt has positive effects on your finances. But have you ever realized that it can have positive effects on your health and overall well-being too? It’s true! Getting out of debt has intangible benefits and can help you become a happier and healthier person. Last year when I became debt […]

Use These Psychological Tricks to Spend Money Wisely

We’ve all experienced the unpleasant sensation that is buyer’s remorse. After driving off the lot in the expensive new convertible or handing over the credit card to pay for a lavish vacation, we may find ourselves wondering (or worse, agonizing) over whether this was truly a good use of our money. And the problem with […]

Has Discover Discovered It?

One of my first credit cards was a Discover Card.  I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was likely approved for the card because Discover was in the infancy of trying to grow their acceptance with merchants and users. Twenty years later things are much different. Discover is now accepted (at over 8 […]

10 Notable Online Personalities Define “What is an Entrepreneur?”

“What is an entrepreneur?” Asking that question to a bunch of people and expecting the same answer is a little like asking everyone to spell entrepreneur really fast and expecting the same answer…it’s not going to happen. Even the wikipedia page for entrepreneur contains several different definitions of the word according to different people over […]

A Simple Strategy to Get Out of Debt for Good

As the New Year rolls around, many of us are reflecting over the past 12 months and creating new goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. Without a doubt the most popular New Year’s resolutions have to do with getting a fresh start, which invariably involve either getting fit or getting out of debt. In […]

How to Buy A House with No (or Low) Money Down

Editor’s note: This article is from Brandon Turner of These guys know their real estate. Even though it appears there are ways to buy a house without putting 20% down, you guys know I would say it’s wise to put that much down so that you are shielded from market downturns, PMI, etc. The year […]

How to Make Personal Finance Stick – The Shower and the Shovel

“Why is it I always get my best ideas while shaving?” –Albert Einstein We knew what to do. Debt was bad. No debt was good. Yet, we were socking away money in a 1% money market account rather than paying off the 6% student loans or the 7% mortgage. In our minds, my wife and […]