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Deposit Your Tax Refund at Any of These Top Online Banks
Feb 13

Deposit Your Tax Refund at Any of These Top Online Banks

If you’re looking for a place to park your tax refund, you may be able to earn a higher interest rate with an online savings account. MyBankTracker has profiled the top five online banks for savers. About 14 million tax returns have been filed already this year and nearly half have resulted in a refund.

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Are Savings Apps, Like Digit and Acorns, Better Than Savings Accounts?
Feb 11

Are Savings Apps, Like Digit and Acorns, Better Than Savings Accounts?

You know you should be saving consistently, but you just can’t seem to remember to do it. Automating your finances, meaning, you set up your funds to be moved from your checking to savings account each month, can help you save without thinking about it. Two new savings apps — Digit and Acorns — have

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Buy a House Now or You’ll be Kicking Yourself Later
Feb 10

Buy a House Now or You’ll be Kicking Yourself Later

You’ve spent years building up your savings, but don’t own a home yet? If you aren’t in the market to buy a home now, you should reconsider. Here are reasons why you’re missing out if you don’t get in on buying a home now. Reason #1: Deals like these won’t last long. Those words are

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Get the 2015 Presidents’ Day Bank Holiday Schedule, Plus Fun Banking Facts
Feb 08

Get the 2015 Presidents’ Day Bank Holiday Schedule, Plus Fun Banking Facts

It’s Presidents’ Day on Feb. 16, 2015 and if you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t even know which presidents are being honored (guess what, it’s all of them!) because you’re more concerned about enjoying the day off. But there’s an important reason you should pay attention to this holiday — your bank will most

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The Worst Bank Fees That Will Make You Cringe

The Worst Bank Fees That Will Make You Cringe

Having a bank account is essential if you need a place to securely stash your money but it comes at a cost in the form of fees both large and small. While there are some ways you can get around those annoying checking account fees, others are impossible to avoid if you need specialized services.

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Credit Card Perks That Help Save Money for Valentine’s Day
Feb 06

Credit Card Perks That Help Save Money for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and crazy love is in the air. But, please, don’t go crazy and hand over your actual credit card as your gift. I’ve already seen tweets that leave little to the imagination when it comes to gift giving, including this one: “The only card I want for Valentine’s

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Coin-Counting Machines Still Exist: Which Banks Have Them?

Coin-Counting Machines Still Exist: Which Banks Have Them?

Coin-counting machines are harder to find at banks nowadays. Those that do have them will typically not charge customers to use them. If you are not a customer, however, there’s a fee. Sure, you can go to Coinstar, which carries a very high fee to count your coins unless you cash out in the form

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When to Make a Lump Sum Mortgage Payment
Feb 05

When to Make a Lump Sum Mortgage Payment

We’ve heard from a reader who’d like some investment advice — specifically, on whether he should use a recent inheritance of $30,000 to pay down his mortgage loan. This person has a 15-year mortgage with a balance of $200,000, at a 5 fixed interest rate. If you also have a lump sum of cash to

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Want to Buy a House? Earn Mom and Dad’s Help
Feb 03

Want to Buy a House? Earn Mom and Dad’s Help

A new survey of potential millennial home buyers shows that half of them will turn to their parents for help in buying a home. The survey, which comes from Trulia, shows that millennials have a lot of debt (especially student debt) standing in their way of purchasing a home on their own, along with poor credit

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Debit Card Transaction Fees Decided By Courts and What It Means for You
Feb 02

Debit Card Transaction Fees Decided By Courts and What It Means for You

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the current rules for debit card transaction fees. Retailers filed the challenge to the Supreme Court because they thought that fees were too high. So what does this mean for you? Well, the banks say the decision is good for consumers while the retailers who filed

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