CIT Bank is an online bank that offers the full suite of deposit products – Savings, eChecking, Money Market, Certificates of Deposit (term, no-penalty, and jumbo), as well as their most well-known product – Savings Builder – and its cash bonus for new accounts. It’s a no-fee bank, that offers some of the highest interest […]
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I do a ton of shopping on Amazon and we have Amazon Prime because it’s freaking awesome. One of the things that is less awesome is how often they pitch the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Credit Card. I understand why they do it because credit cards are big business and at least they’re offering […]
Thinking about opening a bank account and wondering if that bank should be Ally Bank? Ally Bank is an online bank with high-interest checking and savings accounts that will embarrass your local brick and mortar bank options. Years ago, I made Ally Bank my main online bank. I still keep a Bank of America account […]
Discover is a company that has been around for decades. Most people know about the Discover Card, first introduced in 1985 by Sears. At the time, it was novel because it had no annual fee and offered cardholders a higher than average credit limit. Back then, credit cards were special. Companies hadn’t realized how much […]
Quicken is one of the oldest personal finance software packages. Quicken’s origins go all the way back into the 1980s, when Scott Cook and Tom Proulx founded Intuit in Palo Alto, CA. As Intuit’s history tells it, they realized that personal computers would change the way people did personal accounting. Quicken was programmed in Microsoft […]
What if I told you there was a bank that combined the features of a high yield online savings account with the automatic savings of a micro-savings app? That’s Chime. If you were building a bank from the ground up, these are the features people care about. Who is Chime? Before we get ahead of […]
One of the first online bank accounts I ever opened was ING Direct. ING Direct was the online bank of ING Group, founded a Dutch multinational corporation founded in 1991 (through mergers), and their high-interest rates were the talk of the financial world. Back then, the only bank that offered high-interest rates were credit unions. […]
American Express (AMEX) is best known for its credit cards but they do much much more. Credit cards are where they started, many years ago, but now they offer bank accounts too. We know they have great perks on their credit cards, but what about their bank products? Their high yield savings account is called […]
FreeTaxUSA is a tax preparation software program that is exactly what the name implies – free. At least it is for filing your federal income tax return. Like many other free tax prep services, they do charge a fee for e-filing state income tax returns. They provide the free version of the program, but you […]
We recently returned from a long vacation to England, where we were able to stay with old college friends and enjoy “living like locals.” This included driving on the opposite side on their country tiny roads! (the narrow roadways were more challenging than driving on the left, to be honest) For our trip, we purchased […]