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Chase Ink Plus® Business Credit Card Review – 50K Bonus Points

By Christina Majaski

chase ink plus cardThe Chase Ink line of business cards includes the Chase Ink Cash Card - a no-annual-fee card that allows you to earn minimal rewards for business purchases – as well as the Chase Ink Bold and Plus cards, which do charge an annual fee but offer more rewards and bonuses to compensate for it.

If you like the features and benefits of the Bold – which is a charge card, not a credit card – but are not sure you can pay your balance in full every month as required, take a look at the Chase Ink Plus® Business Card, which offers the benefits of a charge card without all the limitations.

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Chase Ink Bold® Business Charge Card Review – 50K Bonus Points

By Christina Majaski

chase ink bold cardOf the business credit cards that are part of the Chase Ink family, the Bold and Plus cards offer the most benefits and reward opportunities. The biggest difference between Bold and Plus is that the Chase Ink Bold is a charge card – not a credit card. Charge cards do not impose credit limits, but they must be paid in full each month.

As a business owner, you need to consider not only which card provides the best benefits and rewards for your business, but whether a credit or charge card would suit your business needs best. This review covers the Chase Ink Bold® Business Card.

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Top 5 Options for Free Online Tax Preparation Software & Services

By Kira Botkin

tax timeWhile it certainly can be worth the money to hire a professional to prepare your taxes, you may be able to avoid paying any money at all if your personal finances aren’t too complicated. There’s no need to pay more than your fair share in taxes – and similarly, there’s no need to pay extra when preparing them.

There are many excellent tax preparation services available online, many of which charge very little, and others that charge nothing. Keep in mind that many services only file your federal taxes for free, requiring that you either complete your state forms using another method or pay a fee to have them filed along with the federal tax forms. Still, you can save a ton of money by doing taxes with the assistance of one of these programs.

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9 Money-Saving Tips From TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates” – Savvy or Risky?

By Jacqueline Curtis

extreme cheapskatesIf you’ve never seen an episode of TLC’s “Extreme Cheapskates,” here’s a quick rundown: Each episode features two self-described “cheapskates” who demonstrate their cheap ways throughout the episode. From dumpster diving, to foraging for vegetables, it seems like there’s no money-saving method too extreme for these beacons of money-saving savvy.

But here’s the thing: While the cheapskates on the show cheerfully boast about all the money they’re saving, not all of their behavior is safe. In fact, the series starts with a warning: “Don’t try this at home.”

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Chase Ink Cash® Business Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase ink cash cardThe Chase Ink line of business credit cards includes the Ink Bold, Ink Plus, Ink Cash, and Ink Classic. Each has different features, and all are ranked among the top credit cards available for businesses.

The Chase Ink Cash® Business Card offers the opportunity to earn cash back for standard business-related purchases, which, for small businesses, can be a very valuable feature.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. As a new cardholder, you earn a $200 bonus cash back reward after spending $3,000 within the first three months of opening your account. This is awarded in the form of 20,000 points, which equal $200.

Chase Ink® Classic Business Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase ink classicThe Chase Ink® Classic Business Credit Card is part of the Chase Ink family and is very similar to the Chase Ink Cash Business Card, with just a few slight differences. Whether this rewards card is right for your business depends on these differences and how they stack up against other fairly standard business credit cards that provide travel benefits.

The Chase Ink Classic is a no-annual-fee card that rewards business owners for purchases with points that can be redeemed for cash, gift cards, and merchandise.

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Chase United MileagePlus® Explorer Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase united mileageplus explorer cardThe United MileagePlus® Explorer Card is the new version of the Mileage Plus card – a result, in part, of the 2010 merger of United and Continental Airlines. The merger allowed Continental OnePass cardholders the opportunity to convert frequent flyer miles, and it currently offers a few bonuses that previous cardholders were not able to take advantage of. But did the new Explorer card include enough updates to entice members to remain part of the United MileagePlus program?

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Chase Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase southwest premier cardSouthwest Airlines offers three credit cards through Chase: the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Card, the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Plus Card, and the Chase Southwest Rapid Rewards Premier Business Card. Of the two cards available to consumers, the Premier version offers better bonuses and charges no foreign transaction fees, while the Plus version carries a lower annual fee.

Even considering the recent changes made to the Rapid Rewards program, such as offering points based on ticket price rather than number of flights purchased, the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards® Premier Credit Card provides more opportunities to earn points, likely making it a better value for frequent Southwest Airlines customers.

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Chase British Airways Visa Signature® Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase british airways cardThere is no shortage of airline credit cards that reward travelers with miles and flights. Knowing exactly which of them reward you the most for your purchases, however, is the challenge.

In choosing a rewards-based credit card, you have to consider whether you plan to pay your bill in full each month, how often you intend to use the card, and whether you’re going to earn more in rewards than you have to pay in fees. The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is one of many airline-based credit cards out there – but does it stand out from the pack?

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Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

marriott rewards premier cardIf you’re a frequent traveler seeking a credit card that offers hotel rewards rather than cash back or airline miles, you may have noticed that the options are limited. However, the Chase Marriott Rewards and Chase Marriott Rewards Premier are two cards offering some of the best benefits out there.

Although similar in many ways, the Chase Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card provides a number of perks that boost it above its counterpart, as well as many other hotel credit cards.

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Chase Marriott Rewards® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase marriott rewards cardIf you’re the type of person who rarely (or never) carries a credit card balance, then it makes perfect sense to use a rewards credit card. By paying off your balance in full every month, you can rack up rewards such as cash back or gift cards without paying a cent in interest. However, if you travel frequently, you may benefit more from credit cards that offer travel benefits, such as airline miles or hotel stays, rather than merchandise or cash back.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase sapphire preferred cardWhen choosing a travel rewards card, you need to consider your spending habits, how often you plan to use the card, whether you intend to pay the balance in full most months, and how you want to redeem the rewards you receive.

The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a popular choice for frequent travelers – but is it right for you over the regular Chase Sapphire Card and other travel cards?

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. Earn 40,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 within the first three months of opening your account. You can earn an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user to the account and make a purchase within the first three months. If redeem for travel through Ultimate Rewards, the total sign-up bonus is worth $540.

Chase Sapphire® Credit Card Review

By Christina Majaski

chase sapphire cardThe Chase Sapphire® Card provides many benefits and rewards, but they’re a bit more basic than those of the Chase Sapphire Preferred card.

However, if you are looking for a standard rewards credit card that allows you to earn points for restaurant purchases, as well as for travel purchases made through Chase’s Ultimate Rewards program, you may find the no-annual-fee Sapphire to be perfect for your needs.

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Key Features

  • Sign-up Bonus. You receive a bonus of 10,000 points after spending $500 within the first three months of opening your account.

Chase Freedom® Card Review – 5% Cash Back, 0% APR, $100 Bonus

By Christina Majaski

chase freedom visaThere are a number of reasons why the Chase Freedom® Card is commonly referred to as “the king of cash back cards.” It’s the first card to give consumers control over the rewards they earn and the spending that brings those rewards. For this reason alone, the Chase Freedom card has become not only the leader of the pack, but the trendsetter in cash back rewards credit cards.

To maintain its reputation and remain competitive, Chase strives to introduce new and better benefits for its Freedom cash back card – but is it still king?

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How to File Your Tax Return – 2014 Basics & Guide

By Kira Botkin

taxes glassesDoing your own taxes can be confusing, but it’s a life skill that all financially informed people should develop. We’ve gathered information to help you learn about tax basics, prepare for completing your return, and understand the various credits and deductions you may be entitled to.

But it’s not all over once you file. You need to know what might happen after you file and tips to prepare for next year.

Tax Basics

History of Income Taxes in America – Taxes have played an important role in the formation of the United States, and understanding their history helps us understand the tax system today and American history, in general.

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