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Free Credit Monitoring (the DIY Way!)

by Michael on Jan 15, 2014 · 4 comments

In the wake of the massive Target data breach, I’ve decided to throw together a free, diy credit monitoring system. Yes, Target is offering a year of free credit monitoring, but that only covers your Experian credit report, leaving Equifax and TransUnion out in the cold. And it only lasts […]

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Earlier this afternoon, I received an e-mail from Target regarding their pre-holiday data breach. It seems that the more they investigate, the worse the situation gets. At first, they thought that hackers had snatched the credit and debit card info of 40M customers. But now they’re saying that the names, […]

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Would Financial Warning Labels Help?

by Michael on Jan 6, 2014

Have you ever been to a restaurant where the menus are labeled with the calorie contents of each dish? They don’t label menus around here, but I often see it when I travel. And, though such labels may have little effect on the average diner, seeing those numbers always makes […]

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Making the Most of Your AmEx Offers

by Michael on Dec 16, 2013

About two weeks ago, my wife and I signed up to get $25 off $75 at Amazon via our American Express credit cards. That offer has since gone away, but they have a ton more. As a reminder, you can access these offers from insider your AmEx account. Just log […]

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Beware: Gift Cards are Warranty Killers

by Michael on Dec 2, 2013 · 1 comment

Earlier today, I highlighted a nice $25 off $75 deal from AmEx and Amazon. In that post, I suggested buying a $75 Amazon gift card to lock in the $25 savings before you forget. As a quick followup, I just wanted to point out a potential gotcha with gift cards […]

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This is a pretty sweet deal for those with an AmEx credit card… During the month of December, you can get $25 off $75 at Amazon.com. Based on my read of this offer, it looks like you can get the discount for a total of $75 in Amazon purchases anytime […]

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Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard Review

by Michael on Nov 22, 2013

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard. And yet… I’ve never really put together a comprehensive review of this card. Today, I’ve decided to spend a bit of time rectifying that. Before we go any further, I should note that there are two versions […]

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Small Business Saturday 2013

by Michael on Nov 22, 2013

With Thanksgiving and Black Friday just around the corner, it’s time once again to enroll your American Express credit cards in their “Small Business Saturday” promo. As a reminder, this is a promo that was launched back in 2010 as a way to reward cardholders for shopping at small businesses […]

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