Banking

Would you ever bank with Amazon, Facebook or Google?

March 19, 2019
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Caught this stat the other day and thought I’d get your opinion of it ;) 58% of Millennials would consider banking with Amazon, Facebook or Google if these tech giants enter the banking space HAH! Could you imagine?? As if they needed any more of our money (or time)!! But I missed the cut off of being a millennial and don’t even have a personal […]

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The World’s Best Banks According to Forbes

March 13, 2019
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Guess who landed the #1 slot on the new “World’s Best Banks” list?? Oh – it’s USAA! Heyo!!! And that’s just not my opinion as it always is, but this time that of a new survey that just dropped by Forbes after interviewing over 40,000 people around the globe. Here’s the background on it: Instead of gauging the balance sheets and P&L statements, as Forbes […]

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Hack #1308: Put yourself in situations where you can’t even spend if you wanted to!

February 11, 2019
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Had to laugh at this recent comment on our Stamp Hustling post: “It’s easier to hit a high savings rate when you’re underwater for 90-day patrols.” Haha… It came from our retired submariner friend, Nords, who RACKED UP the money while out on deployments, and yet it highlights a pretty simple – but obvious! – point: If you don’t have a way to spend your […]

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The Best Banks and Financial Products of 2019

January 14, 2019
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Morning, friends! If you’re on the hunt for a new bank or credit card or financial app right now, this post is for you. MyBankTracker.com just came out with their annual “Best of Banking Awards,” and while I don’t typically share lists like this, I’m trying to be a better blogger about it as I know y’all are always looking for good recommendations ;) Peruse […]

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Personal Finance Around The World – Round II

August 8, 2018
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I started a series a while back on what money’s like in different parts of the world, but then promptly forgot about it until this morning when I received a note about life in Australia :) You can’t base an entire country’s perception on just one financial sliver, of course, but it sure does make for some interesting reading/learning, and thus we revive the series […]

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If You Want FREE Money Coaching – Read This Post :)

April 12, 2018
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We interrupt our regularly schedule programming to bring you two pieces of news today: In case you didn’t know, it’s Financial Literacy Month! Be sure to tell all your friends so they know how cool you are!! ;) (And so they finally get your hints to start paying attention to their money – hah) Capital One is offering FREE money coaching services!! TO ANYONE WHO […]

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How Much Is In Your Checking Account Right Now?

March 26, 2018
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Got a quiz in my email this morning and thought we’d have some fun with it :) Hi Jay, We’ve used checking account balance data to develop a quiz that ranks your checking account balance relative to your peers in the US. We also tell you know how much banks are earning from you. Check it out: https://www.hibenjamin.com/blog/quiz-rank-checking-account-balance-vs-peers/ I thought your readers would find this interesting. […]

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Would a Cashless Society Really Be That Good??

January 17, 2018
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Read an interesting passage in a coin magazine recently, and it was talking about all the pitfalls of a cashless society, and how we need to be aware (and prepared) if things continue to go down that path. It’s not very shocking, considering our whole coin collecting hobby RELIES on the physical form, haha… (“Oooh look how nice and shiny that digital coin is from […]

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Do You Remember The Last Time You Were 100% Debt-Free?

December 20, 2017
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So I just came to a pretty shocking realization this morning: This is the first time in my life where I’ve been 100% completely debt-free since I was a kid (!!!). No credit card debt, no car loans, personal loans, Bank of Mom and Dad loans, no mortgages*, nada. Pretty wild to think about, and even more so considering it took 20 years to get […]

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4 Hot New Financial Apps & Services On The Scene

July 17, 2017
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I’ve been coming across a LOT of great financial apps and services lately, so thought we’d do a round up of some of my favorites here – Cliffs Notes style :) All of these apps/services below are either new-to-me, new in general, or up and coming and looking like they’re about to change up the game here… And believe me, I’m getting a greaaaaat handle […]

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Whatcha Know About Legacy Binders?

June 28, 2017
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Got a note from a reader here after an unfortunate event happened at her work, and thought it was a great way to introduce a topic many of us don’t enjoy dealing with (and rightfully so ;)). The timing was pretty impeccable too, as my father has once again asked me if I’ve filled out all the info from this book he keeps recommending to […]

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Awesome Savings Account for Emergency Funds!

April 5, 2017
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What’s up, savers! Okay, as promised last week – here’s that killer savings account I was talking about to help us hit that $1,000 mission faster :) Or if you’re just in the market for a good savings account, for that matter. It comes from Thrivent Federal Credit Union, and offers cash rewards through brightpeak financial (all lowercase on purpose, you know the trend). brightpeak […]

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9 Things I No Longer Do With My Money

March 20, 2017
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9 years ago I blogged about how people who like to “split the check” aren’t my friends anymore. I had totally forgotten about it, but the memories flooded back when I received the following comment on it just this week :) I know it’s not entirely fair. BUT COME ON, it was only 3 bucks dude. After reading your article, it seems like you are […]

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12 New Financial Companies to Watch For!

September 30, 2016
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‘Sup, players! Finally settling in from FinCon last week, and MAN what a whirlwind… Tons of great talks, food, scenery (was hosted in San Diego!), and most importantly of all – friends. It’s not every day you get to see bloggers in real life, and many of us took full advantage of it either in the halls or on the dance floors (but mainly on […]

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