My Money

June 2011


The 3 Best Gas Cards You Rarely Hear About

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Over the last several years, gas prices seem to always fall under one of two categories: "high" or "really high." In short, it’s never cheap! So when it comes to credit cards, it’s no surprise that gas rewards continue to be one of the most popular categories. I’m sure you’re familiar with most,

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5 Reasons Why Debit Cards Trump Credit Cards

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Credit cards have become a very large part of many consumers' every day lives. We forget that just a few decades ago, cash was king and credit cards were a novelty. Today's purchasers rely almost entirely on plastic for the security, the rewards, and most importantly, for the short term loan. It's ...

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How Laziness Can Cost You Money

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While some consumers are experts when it comes staying within the streamlined family budget through comparison shopping, haggling, negotiating, coupon-clipping and making necessary cuts, some of us are—ahem—a bit lazy. Here’s where we’re coming up short and what you can do about it:

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5 Smart Ways to Buy a Foreclosure

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It makes sense that prospective buyers are becoming increasingly interested in foreclosures. After all, some of these properties—which accounted for 24 percent of home sales in May, by the way—are selling at up to 50 percent less than comparable homes. Interested in digging up a bargain home?

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7 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Big

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Living in a small space is a great way to save money (and ensure you don’t accumulate too much useless stuff). Personally, I don’t mind living in small apartments at all, until it comes to the kitchen. See, I love cooking. It’s frugal and healthy, yes. But for me, it’s also so much more than that.

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When Credit Cards Cover Rental Car Insurance

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Rental car insurance, known in the business as a collision or loss damage waiver, has long been derided by travel experts as a cash cow for auto rental companies. Unlike primary vehicles, rental cars do not have to be insured, and some auto insurance policies will extend partial coverage to ...

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How to Teach Kids Financial Responsibility

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These days, everyone pays with plastic. Carrying change is inconvenient, cash is easy to misplace, and using credit (and some debit) cards can earn rewards for purchases. Because people are noticeably less money-conscious when they don’t actually have to turn over dollar bills for their purchases,

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Using Fundamental Analysis to Invest

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When it comes to investing, I'm not as experienced as some other folks. For years, I've relied on keeping things simple and going with index funds from Vanguard. Lately, I've been getting more interested and one of the most basic things about buying stocks is understanding the underlying business.

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