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“The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke” by Suze Orman – Book Review

By Melissa Batai

suze orman money bookBefore becoming a world-renowned financial guru and television personality, Suze Orman was a broke waitress. Her story is one of success, and in recent years she has listened to the pleas of twenty- and thirty-somethings who want advice specific to them and the current economic climate. College students are graduating deep in student loan debt – and often credit card debt – and are facing an economic climate that makes it difficult to get a job right out of college.

In “The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke,” Suze Orman addresses the unique concerns of this group of individuals, and offers some advice that is contrary to what many of us may have learned.

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Capital One Venture Credit Card Review

By Jason Steele

capital one venture rewards cardThere are typically two types of rewards credit cards: cash back credit cards and travel rewards cards. If you’re a jet-setter, a travel rewards card is probably most appealing; if you’re a homebody, cash back is the way to go.

But what if you want both? While the Capital One Venture Rewards Card is marketed as a travel rewards card, savvy users will find that it’s actually a very good cash back card as well – thus making it an impressive “combo” card.

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SpringCoin Review – Create a Personalized Debt Management Plan

By David Bakke

springcoin logoAs of 2010, Americans owed almost $1 trillion on revolving lines of credit, and $68 billion of it was past due. On top of that, 13% of all Americans currently carry more than $10,000 in credit card debt.

However, everyone’s situation is a little different. If yours is not that bad, you may benefit from a simple online budgeting tool, such as Mint.com. If your debts are more significant, however, consider a service such as SpringCoin, a simple, easy-to-use debt management tool that can help streamline your finances and provide a path out of personal debt.

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UPrinting Review – Win FREE Business Cards & Postcards

By David Bakke

uprinting logoWhether you need marketing materials for an upcoming ad campaign at work, invitations for your kid’s birthday party, or even canvas prints of your favorite vacation photos, UPrinting is worth checking out.

UPrinting is an online commercial printing service that can handle the size and scope of just about any project, with prices that are competitive with other national printing companies. Best of all, you’ll know exactly how much your project will cost – including shipping – before you even get started on your order.

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ZipRecruiter Review – Job Posting Site for Employers

By David Bakke

ziprecruiter logoFor recruiters, it can seem as though there’s never enough time in the day. Combing through hundreds of resumes, posting jobs to multiple websites, conducting effective interviews, and keeping everything organized is a daunting task. However, utilizing a website like ZipRecruiter is a great way to streamline these tasks. It offers a fast and easy way to get your postings in front of millions of candidates, and you can manage all potential applicants through an online interface.

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Match.com Review – Best Online Dating Site?

By David Bakke

match.com logoIt’s been a few years since I’ve used online dating sites, and the scene has certainly changed. However, one constant is that Match.com remains a leader among sites that help you find that special someone. In fact, the site is now better than ever. By using a 72-hour free trial, I was able to dig into Match.com to see first-hand the significant improvements that have been made to the site in the past several years.

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SavvyMoney Review – Plans to Pay Off Debt Fast (DebtGoal)

By David Bakke

savvymoney logoThe biggest key to enhancing your financial profile is simple: You need to pay down and eliminate credit card and personal debt. While this can be an overwhelming task to tackle, online tools can help you achieve your goals.

One such online tool is SavvyMoney (formerly DebtGoal.com). By utilizing one of their plans, you can pay down and eliminate debt without having to increase your monthly income. There are plenty of ways you can generate more revenue, but to speed up the process of climbing out of debt, SavvyMoney is an option worth considering.

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Sittercity Review – Connecting Parents With Babysitters & Nannies

By Melissa Batai

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Sittercity using coupon code JULY30 to get 30% off a 3-month membership.

sittercity logoSittercity is to babysitters and parents what Match.com is to singles looking for love. The online service provides connections; it’s a way for babysitters to find more work, and for parents to find a good babysitter to watch their children. However, babysitters are not the only household help you can find on the site. If you are in the market for a nanny, pet sitter, senior care worker, house cleaner, or tutor, you can also find available candidates.

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“Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely – Book Review

By Emily Guy Birken

predictably irrationalTraditional economics assume that human beings are rational and will make the best choice available to them after carefully considering all of their options. Theoretically, stopping to do a cost-benefit analysis with each decision we make is the smart thing to do. Unfortunately, as behavioral economist Dan Ariely points out in his book “Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions,” human beings cannot be counted on to act rationally. In fact, our irrational behavior is so ingrained, it’s possible to predict individuals’ illogical reactions in almost any dilemma.

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Peapod Review – Online Grocery Store & Home Delivery Service

By Melissa Batai

peapod logoPerhaps you dislike grocery shopping, or you’re unable to frequently leave your home due to an injury or a new baby joining the home. Or maybe you have a schedule that is so busy you have trouble making it to the supermarket. If this is the case, you may want to start using an online grocery service such as Peapod.

My family first began using Peapod in the winter of 2008 after my second child was born. She was a sickly baby, and that winter was a cold one, so rather than taking her out to the grocery store, I utilized Peapod and enjoyed having groceries delivered right to my home. I was especially surprised by the fresh fruits and vegetables available.

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Volusion Review – All-in-One Ecommerce Web Hosting & Shopping Cart

By David Bakke

volusionFor online business owners, finding the right shopping cart software can be a difficult decision to make. Furthermore, trying to educate yourself on the wide variety of available online shopping carts can be an ineffective use of your time.

Volusion claims to offer the world’s #1 shopping cart software to accept payments from your customers and clients. It is easy to use, and comes with knowledgeable technical support to assist you along the way.

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Key Features

  • Templates. Volusion offers more than 120 free templates to choose from for your online store.

BiteHunter Review – iPhone App for Dining Deals

By Angela Colley

bitehunterAs a frugal fanatic, I’m in love with the digital age. Thanks to countless coupon and daily deal websites, I’m not limited to just the coupons and ads in the newspaper. And now that I’ve got a smartphone, I’m not limited to finding deals to solely when I’m at home. Instead, I can find deals on the go with discount apps like BiteHunter.

BiteHunter is an iPhone daily deal app for foodies. Unlike most deal sites that cover everything discount, BiteHunter sticks to restaurants and dining deals which come from several popular deal sites and apps like Groupon, LivingSocial, and Restaurant.com.

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Zillow Review – Your One-Stop Website for Real Estate

By Angela Colley

zillow logoBuying a home or renting an apartment is a big commitment, and not an easy one to make. There are many choices, and between choosing from available homes, real estate agents, and lenders, it can all become quite overwhelming.

One option to help relieve the stress and help you make wise choices is Zillow. Zillow aims to simplify the house hunting process by giving you all the information you need on one site, a task it excels at – mostly.

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ReadyForZero Review – Get Out of Debt Faster, On Your Own

By David Bakke

readyforzero logoFar too many people are under the mistaken notion that credit card debt is a simple fact of life. I was under this impression for many years until I finally decided to do something about the debt that was negatively affecting my life. It was a wise decision, as the financial doors that open to you once you commit to paying off all credit card debt are wide and plentiful.

To help you achieve this goal, there is a website called ReadyForZero, a gimmick-free, online financial program that helps you manage, reduce, and eliminate debt.

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SaveUp Review – Earn Prizes for Saving Money & Reducing Debt

By David Bakke

saveup logoAlthough you can generate some extra income by using cash back credit cards (and making sure to pay off your balance in full every month), I recently discovered a website where it actually pays to save money rather than spend it: SaveUp.

SaveUp is a free tool that links directly to your bank account. Every time you either save money or pay down debt, the site issues credits which can be used toward opportunities to win cash and other prizes. Additionally, the site features a section that offers tips and advice on all things financial.

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