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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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iPhone 4 Review: Should You Make The Upgrade?

By Erik Folgate

Ever since I got the iPhone 3G about 16 months ago, it has been a gateway drug to Apple for me. I was so in love with it, that it caused me to buy an iMac, and then a 13″ Macbook Pro. I’m officially a Mac junkie, and I’ll never go back. You can go ahead and make fun of me, but having dealt with Windows PC’s for the past 15 years of my life and constantly being frustrated with them, I’ve drank the Apple Kool-Aid. That’s why I spent an hour and a half of my life on Monday following the live blog from Engadget about the keynote speech from Steve Jobs about their newest gadget, the iPhone 4. If you’ve already got an iPhone, then you’re probably either waiting for June 15th to pre-order it or you’re or the fence about whether you should upgrade. Or maybe you’ve been rocking an old Nokia cell phone for a while, and you’re wondering what smart phone you should upgrade to. Whatever your situation is, I’m going to throw a down and dirty review of the iPhone 4 and give you my not-so-unbiased opinion about whether you should get it or not.

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LendingTree Review – Taking The Hassle Away From Loan Shopping

By Sally Aquire

As you can probably tell from the name, LendingTree deals with loans. More specifically, it acts as a convenient way for consumers to find loan options. I’ve had some personal experiences using LendingTree and want to give you some insight into the service.

Both personal and commercial loans can be taken out through the website. LendingTree doesn’t deal with loan requests directly. Instead, it gathers together your information (both personal and financial) and passes it over to member banks, who will then send you their rates from which you can compare and choose. This makes things a lot easier for you if you’re looking for a loan since you don’t have to spend a boatload of time shopping around to compare quotes.

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Quicken Deluxe 2010 Review

By Sally Aquire

The Quicken Deluxe personal finance software is designed to make it easy to budget and manage your money. In this respect, it sounds very similar to the You Need a Budget (YNAB) software, but it has some additional features that aren’t present in YNAB, such as investment tracking and tax preparation. This review focuses on the Quicken Deluxe 2010 software but you can also buy various other Quicken 2010 software, such as Quicken Premier, Quicken Home & Business and Quicken Home Inventory Manager.

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Angie’s List Review – Find Trusted Services in Your Area

By Sally Aquire

angie's list reviewHave you ever had a nightmare with a contractor, mechanic, or dentist? I’m sure we’ve all had a bad experience at some point in our lives, and it’s probably because you picked someone random, rather than from a referral. If you’re planning to spend a sizable amount of money on things like home repairs, home improvements or medical expenses, you’ll want to know that you’re not wasting your hard-earned cash.

Angie’s List was created with this in mind, and features reports and ratings from consumers who have used the service providers that they are reviewing to let others know if they should trust them. Because it’s not a free service, let’s take a more in-depth look at how it works so that you can assess whether it’s worth the expense.

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Print24 Review – Our New Money Crashers Business Cards

By Gyutae Park

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Print24. All opinions are 100% mine.

Whether you run a small business or are employed by a major company, business cards are an absolute must. They allow people you come in contact with to easily find you after the initial meeting and reach you for potential partnerships, deals, and jobs. However, it’s up to you to make a good impression and make everyone want to follow up with you in the first place. Otherwise, you can always enter into those business card drawings for free lunches at the local sandwich shop. :)

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iPad Review: Should You Buy It?

By Erik Folgate

free apple ipadAfter a ton of hype, Apple’s iPad came out two Saturdays ago, and ever since then there have been thousands of articles written about it and the analysis has been all over the place. Some people are having a hard time figuring out who it’s right for and who it’s not. Some of you are just wondering why there’s so much hype surrounding it in the first place. The reason is because it is being tabbed a tablet computing device, but it’s much different than tablets from the past. It has no traditional keyboard, it uses a mobile operating system, you can interact with it like no other computing device, and it is razor thin. I’ve been reading a lot about the iPad, and I’ve made some opinions about who it works for, so here is my list of who it might be work for and who it will not.

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Prosper Review – The Online Auction Loan Marketplace (Peer-to-Peer Lending)

By Mark Riddix

The peer-to-peer lending concept is based on individuals conducting financial transactions without a middleman. The main advantage of peer to peer lending is that costs are lower since no payments need to be made to an intermediary. This is where Prosper comes into play.

Prosper is an online auction website where individuals can engage in peer-to-peer lending. Borrowers come to Prosper seeking funds for a number of different reasons. Lenders use Prosper to earn interest by lending money to borrowers. I’ve personally made $1,000 in loans through Prosper (none of which were defaulted on) and have had an overall good experience with the site. I’ll discuss a little more of my personal experiences with the product and share some advice for you in my “Final Thoughts” section below.

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E*TRADE Review – Great Discount Broker For the Advanced Investor

By Mark Riddix

E*TRADE is probably the most well-known, major discount brokerage firm in the United States. I am sure that you are probably familiar with the Super Bowl commercial of the talking baby. Well, E*TRADE is more than just talking babies!

The company was started in 1991, and it is headquartered in New York City. The online broker has grown through acquisitions to become a major force in the financial services industry. E*TRADE Financial suffered a setback during the subprime crisis of 2007 and 2008. However, E*TRADE has rebounded nicely and been voted the top online broker by SmartMoney for the past three years.

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