November 25, 2013

Capital One 360: An online bank pioneer has a new name

By Maryalene LaPonsie For many people, the term “online bank” is synonymous with ING Direct. However, those looking for the company and its distinctive orange logo won’t find it anywhere online today. After being acquired by Capital One, the pioneering online bank is now known as Capital One 360. […]

Ally Bank: Recognized for the best savings accounts

By Maryalene LaPonsie Consumers not familiar with the name Ally may recognize the company’s former name, GMAC. In 2009, GMAC Bank was rebranded as Ally Bank. The entire corporation followed suit in 2010 and is now known as Ally Financial. Since its introduction, Ally Bank has emerged as a leader in online banking. […]

How to fight a price hike when your limited-time cable offer is ending

Miranda MarquitMany of us have been there: You sign up for a great deal with a cable or satellite provider, only to face a price hike at the end of six or 12 months. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with price hikes. […]

Online Shopping: Credit Card or Debit Card?

The conclusion begins this article. If you’re shopping online, it’s better to use your credit card, not your debit card, in almost all cases. For someone just beginning to focus on improving one’s finances, this seems to be the wrong conclusion. […]

Reader Mailbag: The Family Conversation

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Quality item – or just expensive? 2. Pay down by interest rate 3. Married into poverty 4. Why pay for “freemium”? 5. Frugal professional fashion 6. Coupon organizaton 7. Time to switch jobs? 8. Office cuts 9. […]

Don't Pay More! Guide to Price Matching and Cheat Sheet

All the deals and sales this time of year are awesome. Well, except for when they are overwhelming to the point of paralysis. You know what I mean. It's this track playing on repeat in my mind: "Wow, that's a good price. I wonder if it's the best price we'll see this season. […]

Win $10,000 to Pay Off Sallie Mae Student Loans

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5 Best Amazon Deals for Monday 11/25

55% Off Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler - Compact in size but big in features, Cuisinart's Griddler offers five-in-one functionality as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. 77% Off "Harry Potter" Collections and Gift Sets - Save up to 77% on select "Harry Potter" collections and gift sets, plus save up to 61% on "Harry Potter" at Amazon Instant Video. K […]

Best Money Tips: 100 Ways to Make $100 Fast

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips Roundup! Today we found some fantastic articles on ways to make $100 fast, protecting your identity for free, and talking about money with your partner. Top 5 Articles 100 Ways to Make $100 Fast — If you want to make $100 fast, sell homemade crafts or babysit. […]

5 signs you might be a credit junkie

This guest article was written by Beverly Harzog. Beverly is a nationally recognized credit card expert, consumer advocate, and author of Confessions of a Credit Junkie: Everything You Need to Know to Avoid the Mistakes I Made (Career Press, November 2013). She runs a popular credit card blog on her website, […]

25 Ways to Slow Down and Actually Appreciate the Holidays

Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. Your hair is turning gray, you can't sleep, and your ulcers are constantly flaring up. If this sound like your typical holiday pre-show, it's time to start doing things differently. (See also: Stress-Free Holiday Giving) Here are 25 ways to slow down and actually appreciate the holiday season with your family and friends. 1. […]

Millionaires Buy New Cars

Recently I read this interesting piece from Dr. Thomas Stanley, the author of The Millionaire Next Door. […]

What do you consider risk?

This hard-charging stock market — up more than 23 percent for the first ten months of 2013 — has me regularly cautioning about the riskiness of what may be inflated prices. I think it’s an important message under the circumstances, but it’s hardly the last word about financial risk. […]