Author: Michael Gardon

Best Rewards Credit Cards of 2015

Featured Cards Chase Sapphire Preferred® Chase Freedom® Apply Now Apply Now My Favorite Rewards Credit Card combo for 2015 Chase Sapphire Preferred® + Chase Freedom® 2015 marks a big year for changes to many of the best credit cards in the U.S. By October of this year, you will most likely be issued new cards …

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Best Travel Credit Card for 2015

Featured Cards Chase Sapphire Preferred® Chase Freedom® Apply Now Apply Now If you’re looking to plan an upcoming summer vacation, the best travel rewards credit cards can help you come up with some extra savings on airfare, hotels, and general travel. All of these top travel cards offer lucrative points bonuses and superb options to …

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Best Balance Transfer Credit Cards for 2015

The best balance transfer credit cards will save you money on your current credit card debt. If getting out of debt is a top priority in 2015, you’ll want to make the move to one of the cards below. How can you cure your credit card debt with another credit card? Well, the main reason …

Best Prepaid Debit Cards of 2015

While prepaid cards were once a last resort for those who couldn’t qualify for a traditional bank account, new features have moved some of the best prepaid cards into the mainstream. According to a Nilson report, prepaid cards with the top 50 U.S. Banks and credit unions accounted for $118.09 billion in spending at merchants in …

Best Travel Credit Card for 2015

If you’re looking to plan an upcoming summer vacation, the best travel rewards credit cards can help you come up with some extra savings on airfare, hotels, and general travel. All of these top travel cards offer lucrative points bonuses and superb options to earn and use points for maximum value. The best travel rewards …

How to Find the Best Savings Account in 2015

Looking for places to grow your money without much risk is difficult these days, but finding the best savings account might be a good place to start. Although your money will be safe there, the average American is hardly capitalizing getting rich on rates today. According to CNN Money, the average savings account last year …

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How Betterment Won My Retirement Account

Earlier this year, I began writing a series chronicling my decision to roll over my old 401(k) into a new IRA with an automated investment advisor such as Personal Capital, Betterment, or Wealthfront. Since my old account was worth more than $85,000 at the time, this decision wasn’t one I took lightly. In fact, I spent …

Betterment vs. Wealthfront

As I explained in previous posts, I’m on a quest to roll over my old 401(k) into the best retirement account I can find. My account currently stands at around $85,000. I socked this money away in my 20’s by living very frugally, but it’s sitting in an account at my old job where I …

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Personal Capital Review

As I explained in a few previous posts, I am on a quest to roll over my old 401(k) into a new account with better long-term benefits. I got sidetracked a bit on this series, but today I’m going to review online financial advisor Personal Capital. If there’s one thing I learned from trading the …

TurboTax Discount Code – Free Offer Promotion

Tax preparers usually need a TurboTax discount code to get a great deal on the software for tax season. However, due to a PR mix up earlier this year TurboTax has slashed prices on its Premier and Deluxe packages. As usual, you can is running a limited-time offer that could get simple filers to complete …

Chase Freedom® Review

The Chase Freedom® card is a top rewards card that offers users the opportunity to earn anywhere from 1-5% cash back on your purchases. Not only can you redeem points for statement credits (“true” cash back), you can also redeem your Ultimate Rewards points for other valuable benefits such as gift cards, products, and even …

Categories: Credit Cards

Chase Sapphire Preferred Review

When compared to other rewards credit cards of its caliber, the Chase Sapphire Preferred® card simply cannot be beat. Not only do you get 2X points on dining and travel with this card, but simply being a cardholder is enough to earn a 20% discount on travel booked through the Chase Ultimate Rewards website. Since …

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The Simple Dollar Community Guidelines

We at The Simple Dollar want to hear from you! The content on this site is meant to inform, put forth opinions, and guide people to make better financial decisions. We understand that not everyone’s financial experience is the same, and your comments and questions can add very useful perspectives or different angles on stories …

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The Best Credit Monitoring Service for 2015

Now is the time to find the best credit monitoring service so you can protect yourself from identity theft. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 18% of adults had some form of personal data stolen last year — up from 11% in 2013. The year was also marked by a number of …

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How to Find the Best Free Checking Account in 2015

The Internet has made it easy for banks to offer a free checking account to almost anyone who qualifies. Fortunately, the government mandates that a checking account can’t be marketed as “free” if the consumer could potentially be charged a maintenance or activity fee. So what does “free” actually entail? The term “free” is debatable …

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The Best Deals We Tell Our Friends About

All deals are not created equal. As a frugal community, we know there are the “daily deals” and then there are the real deals – deals that are so good, you just have to talk about. Since we view it as our duty to help save people money, we decided to get very selective with …

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Introducing Thrifty Thursdays

One of my favorite things about The Simple Dollar is all of the tips, tricks, hacks, and analysis Trent has written over the years on how to save a buck. From how to make your own beer or pizza dough to how to make your own soap or laundry detergent, each of these nuggets of wisdom offers us …

Categories: Frugality

TurboTax Refund for Deluxe Customers

Taxpayers and investors alike have expressed outrage this tax season over recent changes made by TurboTax. The company’s “Deluxe” package, a popular choice in recent years, has reduced critical features forcing some users to upgrade to a higher-priced package. TurboTax Issues $25 Refund to Deluxe Customers Now, TurboTax is responding to the screw-up by issuing a …

Wealthfront Review

As I explained in a previous post, I’m on a quest to find the best retirement plan to roll over my old 401(k). I’m going to conduct the most thorough research I can — publicly — and then put my money where my mouth is, literally rolling over my old 401(k), worth approximately $85,000, into …

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