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FNBO Direct Review: A One Stop Shop For Banking

By David Bakke

online savings account reviewsI have reviewed quite a few banking sites in the recent past and the first thing that struck me about FNBO Direct is that it is about as close to a “one stop shop” for banking that I’ve been able to find. One of their most attractive feature is their 1.1% APR for their online savings account. While this isn’t anything drastically out of the ordinary, you need to also consider all the other great services that they have to offer.

The Basics

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Groupon Review – The Best Daily Deals In Your City

By Kira Botkin

If you’re a deal hunter, you’ll love Groupon. Each day, Groupon, which is a free service, offers a different deal on something fun to do, good food, a new experience, or something you’ve always wanted to try. It’s basically a gift certificate at a discount. Groupon has coupons available in dozens of metropolitan areas including multiple ares in some larger cities like Los Angeles or Washington, DC. It is also available in several Canadian cities and many countries outside the United States as it continues to expand and gain a huge following.

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Shoeboxed Review – Scan and Organize Your Business Receipts

By Sally Aquire

Being self-employed, I have more than a few receipts to keep track of in preparation for completing the dreaded tax return. Unfortunately, I’m not always the most organized person in the world so I was interested to come across a website called Shoeboxed, which makes it easy to keep track of your receipts. The idea behind the website is very simple: you send in your paperwork (receipts, business cards etc.) and they scan it in, enter the data and organize it for you. If you don’t have the time or inclination to do this kind of thing yourself, it’s the perfect way to ensure that you don’t miss out on anything vital.

How Much It Costs

This service is offered at various pricing options, including a bare-bones free version detailed further down below:

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WTDirect Review – Designed For Savers in Control

By David Bakke

I recently have had the opportunity to review quite a few different online banking websites. WTDirect seems to offer quite a few features and benefits that I have yet to see in my experiences. I am not saying that these benefits are strictly unique to WTDirect, but they are worth checking out as you won’t find them everywhere. Keep in mind that WTDirect was one of the first high-yield online savings accounts.

1.21% APY

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DIRECTV vs. Dish Network Review

By Mark Riddix

Have you been considering making the switch to satellite TV? The two major satellite companies are begging for your business. They are trashing each other’s reputations to win you as a customer. If you watch a DIRECTV commercial, then you will come away believing that Dish Network is a terrible value. Tune into a Dish Network commercial and you will believe that DIRECTV has horrible service. Who is really telling the truth? Which is the better value? Let’s size up both competitors and see who comes out standing:

DIRECTV vs. Dish Network

DIRECTV

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MoneyAisle Review – Lenders Bid for Your Car Auto Loans

By David Bakke

best car loan ratesI recently took the time to review the website MoneyAisle. The site is basically an auction house for auto loan companies to compete for your auto loan business. They offer quotes for new car loans, used car loans, and for people who want to refinance their loan. They even have a section for bank CDs and high-yield savings accounts. If you’re in the market for getting a car loan on a new car or pre-owned car and you can’t pay for it in cash, then take a deeper look at my review of this website.

Their Edge

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PerkStreet Financial Review – Setting Themselves Apart with Cash Back Debit Card & Rewards Checking

By David Bakke

perkstreet financial logoI recently decided to check out the website PerkStreet Financial, an online bank which offers a lot of things that you really won’t find anywhere else.

In this day and age, there are a wide variety of places that you can put your money, including a huge number of online banks. PerkStreet does a great job of setting themselves apart from most other online banking websites.

Features and Benefits

PerkStreet offers a checking account which is pretty much free. Here are the high points of what it has to offer:

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  • $25 to open the account
  • No minimum balance

Netflix vs. Blockbuster Review – Which Movie Rental Company Is Better?

By David Bakke

I recently took some time to review the website Netflix.com. I would imagine that most of you have heard of it before. Personally, I am not a huge movie watcher, but after reviewing the site, I can certainly say that if I were, that Netflix would probably be my first choice.

There’s a reason why Netflix has become so popular in a short amount of time. Its prices are great and the movie selection is even better. Their intelligent algorithms that pick movies based on your movie interests and how you rated other similar movies is very accurate and helpful. Plus, they’re coming up with new ways to instantly watch their movies all the time.

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TrustedID Review: A Proactive Identity Theft Solutions

By David Bakke

identity theft productI just finished reviewing the identity theft solutions product TrustedID. They offer practical identity theft solutions to protect individuals, families, and businesses. They also offer the industry’s most comprehensive protection regarding your personal information. What I immediately liked about TrustedID is the word “proactivity.” So many other sites out there that either claim to offer protection or claim to monitor your credit only do so in an “after the fact” sense. Meaning, they don’t do much about preventing identity theft, they can only help you once it’s already occurred. TrustedID offers more and that’s a big reason they are highly-touted and have received some great reviews. The website offers three basic products:

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Coupon Cactus Review – Online Deals & Coupons with Cash Back Shopping

By David Bakke

online coupon site reviewsI recently had the pleasure of reviewing the coupon/deals site CouponCactus.com. They offer coupons to over 3,700 stores, helping you save money every time you shop online. Additionally, they have a cash back feature which allows you to get additional savings back in cash for all purchases made through their site.

Before I begin, I just want to say that I am no stranger to online shopping. In another business endeavor of mine, I do a great deal of online shopping. There are a wealth of so-called “coupon sites” out there. I am here to tell you that Coupon Cactus seems to be head and shoulders above the rest.

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Equifax Review – Credit Monitoring and Identity Protection From A Name You Can Trust

By David Bakke

Recently, I took a good hard look at the website Equifax, which is devoted to products regarding monitoring your credit and protecting your identity. The site has some built-in credibility to it as it is one of the three main credit reporting companies, along with TransUnion and Experian. This means a lot in my opinion, because the number of websites and companies out there in this field are numerous, and some are much more trustworthy than others.

What They Offer

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OptionsHouse Review – The Discount Broker For Options Traders

By Mark Riddix

Today, we want to take a look at one of the newer players in the discount brokerage arena. You may be unfamiliar with the relatively new brokerage firm, OptionsHouse, but while the firm is one of the smaller brokers in the online stock trading business, it is one of the largest brokers in the options trading industry.

OptionsHouse was founded in 2005, and has its corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. OptionsHouse is owned and operated by Peak6 Investments L.P. and specializes in options and options trading. The site was designed to make online trading faster and more efficient for traders. OptionsHouse has been voted by Barron’s as the best brokerage house for options traders in 2009 and 2010.

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myFICO Review – Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Your Credit Score

By David Bakke

review your credit scoreI was recently able to spend a good bit of time going through the myFICO site. Here you can get your most up to date FICO score for only $15.95. But the site offers much more than just your score. They have several other “tabs” on their home page that provide you with everything from a variety of products related to monitoring and protecting your FICO score to the latest in low interest credit cards.

FICO Score Defined

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CheapOair Review – Cheap Airfare, Car Rentals, and Hotels

By David Bakke

One thing that I have recently learned regarding online shopping for airfares, car rentals, and hotel reservations, is that no longer do the “heavy-hitters” always give you the best rates. There are a lot of newer, lesser-known sites that a lot of times will have better pricing. I just finished researching the online booking website CheapOair. In addition to airfares, they offer great travel information and rates on cars, cruises, hotels and packages. 

All the Same?

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Iberia Bank Credit Cards Review – From Gold Cash Back Rewards to Platinum

By David Bakke

I’d like to consider myself a connoisseur when it comes to credit cards. Since I have learned how to use credit responsibly in my life, I have found that I have had differing needs at differing points in my life. I have also learned that more often than not, there is a credit card out there specifically tailored to those needs. It is important to do research each and every time you are looking for a new card. Many times you can find the card you need from one of the “heavy hitters” (Chase, Citi, Discover) without much research at all. Other times, you have to dig a little deeper. One thing I have learned, it’s not the size of the bank that matters or how “big” their name is. A lot of times, you can find great credit card deals from some of the smaller players.

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