Money Lessons From Lifetime’s ‘The Client List’
Mar 15

Money Lessons From Lifetime’s ‘The Client List’

“The Client List” is back for season two! And MyBankTracker wonders, just how does a single-ish mother who works at a massage parlor for extra tips (wink, wink) manage her finances? Is there anything we can learn from Jennifer Love Hewitt’s brave yet burdened character, Riley Parks? And in turn, is there any advice we

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7 International Bank Robbers Who Lived Happily Ever After
Mar 05

7 International Bank Robbers Who Lived Happily Ever After

As much as we like to be assured that our money is sitting safely inside a bank vault, there’s something about the audacity of a bank heist that captures the imagination. Why else would there be so many successful films depicting them?

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5 Games That Teach Kids About Money
Feb 26

5 Games That Teach Kids About Money

Kids can learn a lot about managing money via their surroundings, from watching TV shows to shopping with parents. There’s a lot to be learned about handling finances from playing games as well, and children don’t necessarily have to spend hours around a Monopoly board to get educated. After all, even video game characters need

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Expense-Tracking Apps Are My New Favorite Things
Feb 21

Expense-Tracking Apps Are My New Favorite Things

When Amy first told me about the app she was using in preface to our MBT Talks for this week, I asked myself why I hadn’t thought of using an app to track my spending earlier (apart from the fact that I just switched my Blackberry for an iPhone two months ago). As someone who loves

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Your Credit Report Might Be Wrong, And That’s Not OK
Feb 14

Your Credit Report Might Be Wrong, And That’s Not OK

When was the last time you checked your credit report? We at MyBankTracker encourage consumers to take advantage of those once-a-year free credit reports from each of the three big names (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion), but it turns out that quite a few of those reports — millions, actually — contain incorrect information.

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How Safe Are Your Bank’s Safe Deposit Boxes?
Feb 07

How Safe Are Your Bank’s Safe Deposit Boxes?

Seems like there’s no safe place to store your money these days. Under your mattress? Natural disasters could wipe out your whole house. Bank accounts? Considering the new fees and bank failures popping up left and right, it’s a precarious environment. That’s why some people choose to store their valuables in banks’ safe deposit boxes,

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Most Major U.S. Retailers Won’t Charge Credit Card Checkout Fee
Jan 31

Most Major U.S. Retailers Won’t Charge Credit Card Checkout Fee

As part of a new settlement, merchants in 40 states can now charge customers a surcharge of up to 4 percent of the transaction for using a credit card. This is to allow retailers to offset the costs that credit card companies charge in processing fees, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be eager to foist

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When the ATM Ate My Debit Card In Hong Kong
Jan 24

When the ATM Ate My Debit Card In Hong Kong

During my first month studying abroad in Hong Kong three years ago, I found myself in a tight spot when my debit card was inadvertently shredded by the ATM, leaving me with just a handful of cash to make it through the next week.

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How to Prepare Your Bank Account For Working Abroad
Jan 21

How to Prepare Your Bank Account For Working Abroad

With the globalization of the world economy, taking jobs overseas has become quite common. In the midst of digging up your passport, packing and perhaps brushing up on a foreign language, it’s important to remember to prepare your bank accounts for travel as well. Even if you’re not working and are simply voyaging abroad for

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013 Holiday Bank Hours
Jan 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2013 Holiday Bank Hours

Martin Luther King Jr.’s actual birthday was this past Tuesday, but the country will celebrate this coming Monday, Jan. 21. In observance of the holiday, many banks will be closed, so make sure to check whether your bank will be open lest you find yourself shut out.

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