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10 Best Hotel Rewards Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

By Christina Majaski

hotel stayThe best hotel credit cards reward purchases with free nights in hotels while also providing extra perks and annual bonuses that make choosing a particular hotel brand more comfortable. Special amenities such as free breakfasts, free room upgrades, and free Internet service – in addition to the opportunities to earn free night stays – often compensate for fees the card may charge. Considering these benefits, hotel credit cards can be worth several hundred dollars.

Of course, not all hotel credit cards are created equal. If you travel frequently, ensure that you get the best possible deal by selecting one of the very best hotel credit cards to earn the most free nights and the greatest perks.

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10 Best Gas Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

By Christina Majaski

gas pump carWhen choosing a credit card for buying gasoline, it is important to not just consider brand-specific cards, but also general credit cards that provide rewards on other purchases. By doing so, you can get the most bang for your buck. Of course, depending on your situation, a brand-specific card may be your best option – especially if you regularly purchase gas from a qualifying gas station that offers stellar rewards.

Here is a selection of the credit cards that provide the best return on your spending, both brand-specific and general rewards cards.

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11 Best Small Business Credit Cards – Reviews & Comparison

By Christina Majaski

business credit cardsIf you own a business or do freelance work, you can keep track of your expenses and earn valuable rewards with a business credit card, all while keeping any spending and earning you do separate from your personal accounts. With countless options for rewards available, the task of picking the right card for you can be a challenge.

Here is our roundup of business credit cards that offer the best rewards programs, most manageable terms, and most exciting opportunities for business owners.

Best Business Credit Cards

1. Chase Ink Plus® Business Card

50,000 Point Sign-up Bonus; 5 Points on Office Supply Purchases; 2 Points on Gas and Hotels; Airport Lounge Access

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Start 2015 Strong With Our New Year Money Challenge on Pinterest

By Money Crashers

2015 new year moneyThere is something special about this time of year that makes us introspective and pushes us to set new ambitious goals for the coming year. However, we don’t want you to set resolutions or goals that you quickly forget about or don’t know how to reach.

To that end, we’ve put together a free challenge to help you take action on those financial goals you’ve set for yourself. It’s called the Money Crashers New Year Money Challenge and it takes place on Pinterest where we’ll be pinning a helpful pin for you each day for the month of January.

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How to Get More Followers on Pinterest – 5 Crucial Tips

By Laura Williams

pinterest logoAccording to a November 2014 TechCrunch report, Pinterest is the second-fastest growing social network in terms of active users, and the fastest growing network in overall member growth – about 70 million users as of June 2014. The network’s image-focused online pin boards are highly engaging, particularly among females, which account for 80% of its member base and 94% of its pins and re-pins, according to MediaBistro.

While these user statistics are compelling, the really interesting statistics come down to business. Pinterest users buy, and they buy a lot.

According to data compiled by Digiday, Pinterest users:

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10 Best Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations on a Budget

By Brian Martucci

lake tahoeEven though I work full-time as a freelancer and can make my own hours, I find myself drawn to keeping a nine-to-five schedule, sometimes seven days a week. At the end of the day, I’m usually so tired of staring at a computer screen that browsing travel deal sites to find a cheap getaway isn’t high on my list of priorities.

It’s too bad, because I find that the best antidote to my workday blues is a little fresh air. If you love getting outside but work in a job that keeps you glued to the office, you probably know how I feel.

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10 Year-End Tax Planning Strategies to Save More Money

By Michael Lewis

determining tax deductionsDespite what Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon calls “a rotting economic carcass that’s infected with chronic diseases like loopholes and inefficiencies,” federal tax reform is unlikely to occur until after the U.S. presidential election in 2016. Deadlock between the political parties is likely to continue, especially in light of Republicans gaining control of both houses of government during the November 2014 elections.

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11 Fun New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Food, Games & Decorations

By Clara Edd

happy new yearPicture a great New Year’s Eve party at your home with all your friends: Sparkling decorations and candles all about. Your guests take hilarious photos, dance with loud, crazy noisemakers, and enjoy a selection of appetizers. When the clock strikes 12, you toast with champagne and feast on a midnight supper.

This scenario has to cost a fortune, right? Well, not necessarily. With a few money-saving tricks up your sleeve, you can host a great New Year’s party on a budget that people will be talking about for a long time to come. From food, to refreshments, to games, you can cut costs everywhere without sacrificing any of the fun! And if your New Year’s resolution is to save money, this is a great place to start.

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How to Make Decorative Push Pin or Thumbtack Art

By Laura Williams

pushpin-artI’m always looking for easy and inexpensive ways to add art to my walls, and because I tend to be a bit fickle, I’m drawn to projects that I can complete multiple times with different motifs. After seeing some cool-looking push pin art projects on Etsy that cost between $20 and $30 to buy, I decided I’d try my hand at making a few of my own for a fraction of the cost.

Luckily, the skill level is minimal – you just have to be willing to try – and the time commitment is small. It took me about 45 minutes to complete each of my projects.

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How to Get More YouTube Subscribers and Increase Video Views

By Laura Williams

youtube web browserYouTube is currently the second-largest search engine in the world, boasting more than one billion unique visitors per month and more than 100 hours of video uploaded to the site every hour. And while the sheer volume of content and visitors may make you feel like the market is saturated, limiting the reach of your own channel or content, think again. According to YouTube’s statistics, millions of people subscribe to YouTube channels every day, with daily subscription rates quadrupling year-over-year.

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6 Ways to Handle Gift Giving on a Tight Budget

By Laura Williams

gift-givingWhile it may be better to give than to receive, sometimes, giving hurts. If you’ve ever looked at your bank account just before the holidays (or right before a slew of family birthdays), you know what I’m talking about. Even the most generous of people can feel a pinch when the expense of giving ends up eating into next month’s grocery bill.

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6 Fashion Rules to Ignore to Save Money on Clothes

By Jacqueline Curtis

shoppingIt’s one thing to consider yourself fashionable, but it’s another thing to stubbornly follow so-called “fashion rules” despite a tight personal budget. Sure, “Vogue” might promise that pastels are hot this season, but you don’t need to follow every industry trend and rule to be considered fashionable.

From an industry standpoint, so-called rules are typically put in place to entice you to spend more money. After all, if it was deemed acceptable to wear white after Labor Day, you might not be as anxious to invest in darker colors come September.

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Saver’s Tax Credit – Eligibility & Benefits of Retirement Savings Contributions

By Laura Williams

tax creditSaving for retirement doesn’t always come easy, but there are significant tax benefits to low- and moderate-income families who choose to prioritize these long-term savings. The Retirement Savings Contributions Credit (otherwise known as the “Saver’s Credit”), a tax credit designed to encourage retirement savings, makes it possible for individual filers to receive up to $1,000 as a tax credit, while married couples filing jointly can receive up to $2,000.

The really good news is that the Saver’s Credit works with any other retirement-based tax incentives you already benefit from. For instance, if you can already deduct your 401k contributions from your taxes, you may still be able to use the Saver’s Credit, reducing your tax liability even further.

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How to Make Custom Wall Art Out of Reclaimed Wood

By Laura Williams

add spice kitchen wood signIf the multitude of projects on Pinterest and Etsy are any indication, reclaimed wall art is definitely a growing trend. While I appreciate the rustic feel of wood pallet signs, I’m not necessarily a huge fan of the price tag. Some pieces cost more than $100 for what amounts to nothing more than some old wood and paint.

After a recent barn renovation, I was inspired to make my own wall sign out of some of the old wood left lying around. The project was very easy and took only about a day to complete. Best of all, the end result is exactly what I was hoping for – and it cost me only a fraction of the price of purchasing a similar sign.

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How to Get More Followers on Instagram – 5 Crucial Tips

By Laura Williams

instagramIf you’re looking for the “new Facebook,” look no further than Instagram. After displaying year-over-year growth of more than 900% two years in a row – booming from a million active users to more than 100 million active users, according to a compilation of Instagram statistics by TOTEMS – Instagram was actually bought out by Facebook in 2012 for $1 billion. And then it kept growing. As of December 2014, the social network has more than 200 million active users, with 20 billion photos shared – averaging roughly 60 million photos per day. That’s a lot of sharing.

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