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Visa is Paying Businesses to Stop Taking Cash

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The businesses with the most incentive to produce a cashless economy are accelerating the process, and they’re not being coy about it. Visa has launched a new initiative that will pay small businesses $10,000 each for upgrading their payment technology and marketing expenses … if the businesses agree to stop accepting cash from their customers. […]

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Is There Anything More Annoying than the Chip?

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I hope you’ll let me get on my soapbox for a bit, because I have a gripe to complain about. OK – it’s not really a huge complaint – but it’s definitely one of those annoying things that I can’t be the only person who gets annoyed about. It’s the chip.

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Millennials, Money, and Social Media

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When I was writing the post about how few people have $1,000 in their savings, I was struck by an observation about millennials: that their financial situation is influenced by what they see and experience on social media. It’s not like it’s an odd correlation; keeping up with the joneses has been an expression since […]

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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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Can Coin Revolutionize Your Wallet?

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I’ve got a lot of bank accounts. They all have different purposes, so I’m not consolidating them anytime soon, but I have a lot of them. Between my credit union, my regular bank, my online savings bank, my business bank, my HSA account, and more, that means a lot of cards in my wallet. It […]

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Verizon Now Charging for Online – But Not Automatic – Payments

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Verizon has announced that they will begin charging customers a $2 fee for paying their bills online via credit card, in order to “continue to support these single bill payment options in these channels and is designed to address costs incurred by us for only those customers who choose to make single bill payments in […]

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Day 6: Get Realistic With Your Spending

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What do you spend your money on? Your mortgage/rent, food, utilities, entertainment, clothes, cell phone … what else? Do you know how much you spend on each every month? How about your irregular expenses — what are they and how much do they cost? Today is all about understanding your spending.

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Day 4: Categorize Your Spending

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If you don’t know where you are, how will you know where you’re going and how to get there? Today’s entry is all about better understanding where your money goes. How much are you spending? What are you spending it on? Is it in line with your expectations? Thanks to the financial tools we have […]

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Is It Possible to Completely Avoid Black Friday?

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Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and by the time you read this, you’ll know whether or not you bought anything. There’s a certain thrill most of us get when we buy things. But, if you’re anything like me, there’s also a high chance of buyer’s remorse (and I don’t buy […]

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Leasing a Car? Know the Downsides

For many people, car ownership is the second biggest ticket purchase that they’re likely to make (after real estate). No matter how you slice it, a car is a substantial purchase. My late grandfather was fond of pointing out that every vehicle he purchased in his lifetime cost as much as all the previous ones […]

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How to Save 70% Off Your Next Car’s MSRP

Automobiles have a unique place in American consumption and personal finance. Nothing else costs so much and depreciates so fast and we continue to buy them. As everyone knows, cars are more than transportation. For businesspeople, it is often important to have a newer car to project an image of prestige and prosperity. Others are […]

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It’s Time to Publicly Fund Physician Training

The need for health care reform and new health care policies keeps making the news almost every day. Better access to health care includes better access to the knowledge and services of physicians. That would imply the number of new health care graduates should grow as the population grows, but medical school degree data published […]

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Ask the Readers: Do You Still Write Checks?

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I wrote a check for anything. All of my spending is using debit cards with the occasional cash purchase and once-in-a-while credit card charge. All of those checks that I ordered way back when are just sitting around, yet to be used. Probably the only time I’d be […]

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