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The Regretsy PayPal Debacle and Online Payment Alternatives

By (view all posts by brwood)
at 9:58AM Wednesday December 7, 2011
under Personal Finance

Recently (Monday?) PayPal pissed off a lot of people. You may have seen the story on Jezebel, Consumerist, or a bunch of other outlets: Regretsy collected $2 donations from thousands of users to buy toys for needy kids for Christmas via a PayPal "Donate" button. PayPal froze the account and went on to provide a very nice example of how not to treat your users. Anyway, last I heard it was being worked out--someone at PayPal issued an apology and promised a donation to the Regretsy cause.

Still for many people online it was one more nail in the coffin of PayPal. All you have to do is a little Googling to read page after page of complaints against them. So here are a handful of viable alternatives I was able to find while looking online. There are pros and cons to all of them, and most likely you will still need a PayPal account in order to pay some online sellers. But you should definitely check these out: Read More »

2011 Holiday Season: Planning for a Smooth December

By (view all posts by MoneywiseMoms)
at 7:54AM Wednesday November 30, 2011
under Personal Finance

Image by tamburix via Flickr

It's December--a month filled with joy, family, and fun. But it's also a month associated with overspending and overindulging. If you find yourself full of regret when January rolls around, use these three planning strategies to get this month under control: Read More »

Bank Transfer Day: A Roundup of Credit Union Alternatives

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 7:56AM Thursday November 3, 2011
under Personal Finance

Photo courtesy of Mark Strozier, via Flickr

Since I posted my Credit Union 101 primer a couple weeks ago, all this talk of switching from major banks to credit unions seems to have had an effect: first Bank of America backed out of its plan to charge debit card users a $5 monthly fee, then Chase and a handful of other banks followed suit. Read More »

Buy Like Buffett: Betterment Combines Online Banking with Investment Management

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 7:56AM Tuesday November 1, 2011
under Personal Finance

Betterment is the website that prides itself in offering low cost investment choices to individual investors. It's an online broker that helps to make investing easier for novices that may not know exactly what assets to invest in. The company's website does all of the work for you.

Here's how it works: Read More »

Buy Like Buffett: Tips for Successful Investment Management

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 7:53AM Tuesday October 25, 2011
under Personal Finance

Investors in the stock market have a tale of some missed investment opportunity that could have made them lots of cash. It might have been missing out on Walmart in its early days or failing to buy shares of Apple when Steve Jobs returned to the company. Everybody has regrets when it comes to investing. The important thing is to learn from the investing mistakes that you have made and not to do them again.

Let's take a look at a few things that investors can do to improve their investing experience. Read More »

Buy Like Buffett: Holiday Shopping Tips to Make the Season More Affordable

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 8:58AM Tuesday October 18, 2011
under Personal Finance

The holiday seasons are rapidly approaching as the year 2011 is nearing an end. This means making sure that you have your Christmas shopping list in order. Lots of consumers will be running to the stores in order to get their gifts for their family members and loved ones. It is always a winning proposition when you can bring a smile to someone's face and save some money in the process.

Here are a few tips that you can use to make holiday shopping easier on your wallet. Read More »

Credit Unions 101: Get Away from Increasing Debit Card and Bank Fees

By (view all posts by pmiller)
at 7:56AM Tuesday October 18, 2011
under Personal Finance

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We all heard the news late last month that Bank of America would introduce new fees to those who use their debit cards. Well, now it appears the fees-for-debit trend is spreading. In light of all this, record numbers are switching from traditional banks to local credit unions. Read More »

Support Main Street AND Save Money

By (view all posts by AgathaKulesza)
at 10:59AM Wednesday October 12, 2011
under Personal Finance

We've all heard that if we want to help change our broken financial system we need to support Main Street, NOT Wall Street.

They say we need to put our money where our mouth is by buying our goods and services from the local businesses that are the nuts and bolts of our American economy.

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Buy Like Buffett: Saving Money on the New Debit Card Fees and Other Finance Charges

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 8:56AM Tuesday October 11, 2011
under Personal Finance

Saving money today is now as important as ever. Difficult economic times call for greater financial discipline. This can be hard to do since customers are being forced to pay more for services. Even banking customers are seeing increased fees on their financial accounts as their income dwindles. Debit and credit card account holders are now in the crosshairs of financial institutions.

There are, however, some strategies that you can undertake to save money on card products. Read More »

Buy Like Buffett: Smart Shopping One Key to Better Financial Planning

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 7:56AM Tuesday October 4, 2011
under Personal Finance

This poor economy is making it difficult to get ahead financially. Most households are going to need to place an emphasis on making every single dollar last longer. The best way to do this is by becoming a smart money manager when it comes to your finances. You should do all that you can to increase your overall net worth while keeping your expenses in check.

Here are a few tips that will help you do this. Read More »

Billeater: Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About Money

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by
at 10:57AM Wednesday September 28, 2011
under Personal Finance

When it comes to teaching kids about money, parents often don't know what kinds of information to share. Money management is, after all, a complex topic that many adults feel they still haven't mastered themselves. Just because the subject is difficult, however, does not mean you should withhold information and ideas about money from your children. Keeping quiet about some financial matters can actually be more damaging to your children than opening your mouth and discussing them.

Here are three hypothetical scenarios to get you thinking about how you should handle future financial discussions with your children. Read More »

Buy Like Buffett: Getting Around Bank Fees

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mark.Riddix)
at 9:54AM Tuesday September 27, 2011
under Personal Finance

Maintenance fees are a big problem for many people since they deplete the amount of available funds in your checking account. These fees can be as low as $4 or as high as $20 a month just for the privilege of having a commercial bank account. These monthly maintenance fees can result in you having to pay hundreds of dollars a years in fees alone.

You can use a few of these tips to keep your account balance from dropping into the red. Read More »