Moving Your Money to a New Bank: 5 Step Checklist

November 13, 2013

Bank fees. They’re no fun. If fees are weighing you down, it might be time to change banks. There are many fantastic options out there, including online banks and local credit unions. If you are one of those looking to move your money to a new financial institution, here are some steps you can follow: […]

How to Open a Business Bank Account

May 3, 2013

When I formed my LLC, I finally opened a business bank account. I probably should have had a separate account prior to that point, even though I was a sole proprietor, but I waited until the business felt more “official.” Opening a business bank account requires a little planning, and proper documentation, depending on the […]

Smart Places to Keep Cash

April 1, 2013

There’s nothing more liquid than cash. Having access to cash when you need it is an important part of financial planning. It’s not just about keeping cash in an emergency fund, either. You need to make sure you have access to cash even during times when you might not have immediate access to your bank […]

Dwolla Review: A PayPal Alternative?

February 21, 2013

Have you ever been ripped off by eBay or PayPal? Or simply tried to resolve an issue after using one of their services? For many the experience is a nightmare that results in account freezes, lost funds, or outright fraud that results in you shipping an item and never being paid for it. Even if […]

Discover Bank Online Savings Account Overview

November 16, 2012

Discover, the credit card and financing company, is best known for its credit card accounts and cash back programs. What you may not know is Discover also has a retail banking division that offers several options for consumers. Similar to Other Online Banks Discover Bank is an online only bank similar to other population options […]

Best Checking Accounts For College Students

July 30, 2011

The best checking accounts for college students are those with no fees, no minimum balance, online banking, and good interest rates. If you’re leaving for college soon and you don’t have a checking account opened up, you should start thinking about it now. You’ll definitely need a place to stash the little cash that you’ll […]

Popmoney – Person to Person Payments

May 18, 2011

Paying your friends and family money you owe them may have gotten easier recently.  My experience with it started when I emailed my friend John last week to ask him if he had a PayPal account so I could pay him the $20 I owed him.  He didn’t have an account with PayPal so said to […]

SmartyPig Review

December 18, 2010

SmartyPig is an online savings account that helps you save up for specific goals and can give you a form of cash bonus once you meet them.  The SmartyPig interest rate is competitive, the savings tools can be useful, and the bonus you get on gift cards from Macy’s, Travelocity, Amazon, and other retailers can help boost your savings. […]

The Best Cash Back Debit Cards

December 2, 2010

Cash back debit cards could be a good fit for you if you’d like to earn rewards on your purchases but aren’t a fan of cash back credit cards.  While earning rewards on a credit card is nice, if you carry a balance the interest charges will easily exceed any cash or points you earn. […]

PerkStreet Financial Review

November 26, 2010

What is PerkStreet Financial? PerkStreet is a relative newcomer to the online banking industry. What makes PerkStreet different from those other online banks you’re already familiar with like ING Direct and HSBC? PerkStreet only offers a checking account that utilizes a debit card and paper checks. PerkStreet does not currently offer any other banking products […]

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