March 2009

Get Your Share of the Foreign Transaction Fee Settlement

Late last year, I received a notice from Visa informing that I was eligible to receive funds from their foreign transaction fee settlement. MasterCard and Diner’s Club were also part of the settlement. If you haven’t applied, or don’t know about it, here’s what you need to know. Foreign Transaction Fee Lawsuit Background The suit argues that Visa, MasterCard, and Diner’s Club (together with several issuing banks) colluded…
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All About Disability Insurance

I’ve mentioned a couple times that my husband is receiving disability insurance while recovering from surgery. However, I was startled to discover recently that California is one of only five states with a state-run disability program. If you don’t live in one of these states (California, Rhode Island, Hawaii, New York, New Jersey), you should pursue other options for getting this insurance. How State Disability Programs Work In states that…
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The Best Financial Advice My Dad Gave Me

The best financial advice I ever got, and frankly the vast majority of my financial advice, came from my dad. He’s a former CFO, financially successful, and a good parent. Who better to look to for advice about taxes, my retirement portfolio, saving for a house, and day-to-day money management. Most of the lessons I learned from him weren’t really spoken. Instead I learned my good financial habits…
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Looking Back at My Financial Life 10 Years Ago

I’m not a member of the Money Blog Network, but they pose interesting group writing projects from time-to-time. This month they asked bloggers to compare their finances today with how they were ten years ago. Ten years ago was an interesting period in my life, and I just happen to still have the tax records from 1998, so here goes! My Career Ten years ago I was three years out…
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Celebrity Last Sentences in the Fall at the Carnivals

Before we get into this week’s carnivals, I want to remind you that I will be hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance on Monday. Use their submissions form to submit your favorite post from the last week or so. And now on to this week’s carnivals. First, the Carnival of Personal Finance #170 hosted by The Personal Financier. In addition to my post about planning ahead for Christmas, In Debt Because I Like Nice Things…
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Three Items Women Should Spend Money On

Today’s post is for the ladies. I hate clothes shopping. I don’t love spending money. There are many things on which I’m not willing to spend much money, but there are three items that I will absolutely not be skimp on: bras, annual exams, traveling alone at night. Buy Well-Fitting Bras I know, you can go to the drugstore and get a bra in a cardboard container for…
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Never Miss a Mortgage Payment with These Tips

We had a brief moment of panic about our mortgage statement while we were unpacking. It had arrived a few days before we moved and got put with a pile of papers, but then we couldn’t find it in the pile after we moved. I unearthed the payment instructions and payment website from the loan documents, after which we found the statement. The bank offered us an array…
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