My Money

October 2011


The Big Business of Personal Finance Blogs

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Imagine starting a blog about money. You write about your monthly budget, saving for retirement, and how much you spent on your last car. Your friends poke fun at your blog and the hours you spend toiling over each article. But you’re having fun, so you keep at it.

Then something unexpected ...

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The Best Ways to Avoid Debit Card Fees

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The Durbin Amendment was enacted with the intention of knocking down interchange fees and easing the burden on consumers and merchants alike. Card networks are soaring through loopholes to maintain profits, banks are imposing debit card fees, and merchants are paying greater interchange fees than ...

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Alternatives to Big Banks

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Bank of America and Citibank are just the latest banks to announce new fees to help juice up their profits. While I don't begrudge them trying to replace lost interchange fee income, I understand the public's scorn over their latest move to nickel and dime their way to healthier profit statements.

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How to Get Discounts on Salon and Spa Services

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If a facial at the spa or a professional haircut always seem to be a luxury expense, you may be missing out on some great deals from local spa and salons in your area. From online-only specials to package discounts, local beauty businesses are trying to stay afloat by offering discounts of 15 to 50 ...

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The Death of Free Debit Cards and Checking Accounts?

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Two recent developments in the world of finance may be related. Last week, Bank of America announced it would begin charging customers $5 a month to use its debit card. This week, the Occupy Wall Street protest has intensified as it spreads across the country. While the protest is about a lot more ...

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Are You Throwing Away Money By Renting?

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For some people, renting—for at least awhile—is a wise financial decision. We generally buy property in hopes that we will be better off financially down the road than if we did not buy property. For some, buying real estate may put them in a more precarious position than if they remained a renter.

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