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Paying bills online is all part of our paperless lifestyle, where we don’t have to deal with tons of bills coming in the mail, and for the most part, it’s incredibly easy.

Almost all of our bills are paid automatically, with the only exceptions when we need to move money from our once-in-a-while fund to pay for an irregular expense.

When we moved into our new house last year, it was the first time we had gas-powered utilities (heat and hot water). In our old home, everything was electric, but now we needed to set up an account with Washington Gas, the local gas provider here in the DC suburbs.

And since that time, everything has gone wrong.

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Can Fidelity Top Vanguard’s Index Fund Dominance?

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We’ve spent plenty of time talking about index funds and why they’re the best investment option for most people, and when paired with dollar cost averaging and automated investing, you’ll be in a great position when you’re ready to retire. The first index fund was created by John Bogle of Vanguard in 1975, and since […]

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Comic Books Teaching Personal Finance Says A Lot About Our Education

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I love talking about money. And I’ve read comic books since I was a kid. So I was definitely interested when I saw the news that Visa is partnering with Marvel to produce personal finance educational comic books. The new comic, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket’s Powerful Plan,” is meant to teach kids about “saving up for […]

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Every Mobile Banking App Needs Biometric Logins

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I’ve got a bunch of mobile banking apps on my phone, and I’m starting to make them more work for me, like with daily notifications of my balance and other alerts. But there’s one thing that’s annoying about almost every single app: logging in. If you’re smart, your online banking passwords are complex, with a mix […]

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I Turned on Mobile Banking Notifications. Here’s Why I Love It.

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A few weeks back, I wrote about a report that showed that nearly 90 percent of people who use mobile banking apps use notifications from those apps. It’s something I was certainly surprised about, as it seemed like an awfully high amount. As I mentioned, I tend not to have notifications turned on for apps, since they can […]

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The Psychology of How You Spend

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How much does it really matter how you spend? Is there really a big difference between using cash, debit cards, credit cards, or smartphone payment apps? You know that we recommend using a debit card for purchasing, since it gives you all the convenience and almost all of the same security as a credit card, […]

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Bernie Madoff, Bobby Bonilla and Money Now vs. Money Later

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Every once in a while, we do hear about an athlete who’s on the right side of a financial story. Of course, since there are multiple sides to every story, there’s definitely a loser as well; in this case, it’s the New York Mets. In 2000, the New York Mets owed outfielder Bobby Bonilla a […]

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Athletes Defrauded in Ponzi Scheme; How Did It Happen?

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Another day, another story about athletes losing their money. It happens all the time, but today, it’s news that NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez (most famous for the butt-fumble) and MLB pitchers Jake Peavy and Roy Oswalt were defrauded out of $30 million by their investment advisor. According to MarketWatch: Ash Narayan, an adviser with the California […]

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Want to Live in a Cashless Country? Welcome to Sweden

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I rarely carry cash. I’ve talked about it before, but it’s basically because I rarely get cash, would prefer to pay with a way that makes it easy to track my spending, and … because I have a really small wallet. So I love the fact that Sweden is becoming the first cashless country, according to […]

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Mobile Banking Notifications Are a Big Deal – And People Use Them

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It’s not a surprise to learn that mobile banking continues to become more and more popular. That’s the news coming out of Bank of America’s 2016 Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, which “explores evolving mobile behaviors and trends among adult consumers across the country.” As smartphones continue to become more useful, and tied into our everyday connectivity, […]

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John Oliver Takes on Active Management. And it is Glorious.

Please, please watch this now. You will absolutely not regret it. John Oliver is now officially my hero. (Although I would have preferred he talk about dart-throwing monkeys rather than cats.)

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There’s No Such Thing as New Rules of Money

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Every time I see a headline proclaiming “The New Rules of Personal Finance” or “The New Rules of Money,” I shudder. It may sell magazines and generate clicks online, but anyone proclaiming to have “new rules” to managing money is full of it.

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The Mortgage Payment Trick That’s Going to Save Me $40,000

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We bought our second house last year, selling our townhouse in the process. As much as I wanted to keep the townhouse and rent it out, we needed the money for the downpayment, and we weren’t likely to clear much profit even if we were able to rent it. The new house has a whole story to […]

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