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Using “Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day” by Teri Crane

By Melissa Batai

potty train your child in just one dayIf you tell experienced moms that you plan to potty train your child in one day, you may get reactions that range from a chuckle to a patronizing look that seems to say, “Now, now dear, we all wish we could have potty trained our children in one day, but that just isn’t possible.”

However, using a book, “Potty Train Your Child in Just One Day” by Teri Crane, I was able to potty train my oldest child in one day. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t. Potty training your child in one day is possible. Crane uses a two-fold approach for success.

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How to Make the Best Use of Online Reviews of Products & Services

By Lainie Petersen

checking online reviewsIf you’re planning on buying a computer, dining at a restaurant, or hiring a contractor, you’re also probably planning to check out online reviews of the various options beforehand. While this can be a great way of verifying the quality or legitimacy of a product or service, some sites (and the reviews they contain) are better and more accurate than others. It’s important to think critically about the reviews you read – don’t let your excitement about making a purchase compromise your ability to make good decisions.

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WhiteFence Review – Your Assistant for Monthly Bill Savings

By David Bakke

whitefenceOne of the best ways to save money is to reduce your monthly bills. However, researching and investigating the many different discounts and pricing plans for services such as Internet, TV, gas, and electricity can be a time-consuming project.

To save time as well as money, consider utilizing the website WhiteFence. It can help you compare service providers in your area for deals on utility and home services, and it can show you how much you may save by downgrading services or switching providers.

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Borro Review – Are Short-Term Collateral Loans Worth It?

By David Bakke

borro logoIn today’s tough economic times, getting a loan from a bank is much more difficult than it once was. And if you happen to have a less-than-stellar credit score, you may find yourself out of luck.

If you find yourself in such a situation, Borro may be able to help. The website offers short-term collateral loans against a wide array of high-end valuables. There’s no credit check involved, and you can receive money within 24 hours or less.

However, this is an extremely expensive method to get cash. If you have other options, pursue those first. But if you’re out of options, Borro is worth checking out.

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Wealthfront Review – Your Online Financial Investment Advisor

By Jason Van Steenwyk

wealthfrontWealthfront is an online financial advisory firm that provides a low-cost way for people to diversify their investments among a variety of asset classes according to the precepts of modern portfolio theory, a concept pioneered by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Harry Markowitz. Markowitz showed mathematically that by combining multiple asset classes into a single portfolio, investors could achieve better performance with less risk than a mere arithmetic analysis would suggest.

Modern portfolio theory, or MPT, has since become the guiding light for many institutional investors and individual portfolios alike.

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Lemon Squad Review – Pre-Purchase Used Car Inspections

By David Bakke

lemon squad logoAn increasing amount of people are buying cars via the Internet, sight unseen beyond digital photographs. In fact, Craigslist and eBay Motors have both experienced recent rises in auto sales. If you’re considering an out-of-state auto purchase or would like peace of mind on a local sale, consider a pre-purchase inspection. While most sellers are honest, some simply are not – and others may not even know the condition of the car they want to sell you.

If you’re concerned about the condition of a vehicle you wish to purchase, Lemon Squad may be just what you need. The company offers a variety of different inspection packages for both automobiles and RVs.

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CARCHEX Review – Extended Car Warranty & Inspection Service

By David Bakke

carchex logoWhen you consider that the biggest purchase most people make in their lives is a home, it makes perfect sense to invest extra money in a home inspection and home insurance. Despite the somewhat high cost, it is crucial to protect your investment.

Next to a home, an automobile is the second-biggest purchase you are likely to make in your life, and just like a home purchase, it’s important to make sure you get what you pay for and protect your investment. So if you’re looking for an extended warranty or a pre-purchase car inspection, consider CARCHEX.

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Chase United MileagePlus Club Card Review

By Jason Steele

Every airline credit card offers frequent flyer miles for dollars spent. What makes a travel rewards credit card stand out, however, is the number of miles offered and the non-mileage perks granted to cardholders. Extra bonus miles can add up, especially if you are among the consumers who put most of your expenses on a reward card – you may find yourself taking an extra trip or two each year.

Presently, the Chase United MileagePlus Club Card offers some of the best benefits of any airline card, including generous mileage rewards.

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“The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide” by Francine Jay – Book Review

By Kandice Bridges

joy of less bookWhen my husband and I first got married, we moved into a two-bedroom apartment packed full of wedding gifts, my law school textbooks, and too many clothes. We decided the apartment was too cramped, so we purchased a 1,400-square-foot condo. Next came our first house, with three bedrooms and 2,250 square feet.

Two kids later, we moved into a four-bedroom, 3,100-square-foot home that we quickly filled up with more stuff. We eventually decided it was too much, so we purged half of everything we owned, including the house. We downsized and moved into a 2,600-square-foot home, but within a few years were again suffocating under the weight of all of our stuff. The paper, the clothes, the books, the toys – everything. Why did we keep doing this?

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American Express Personal Savings Review – Savings Account & CDs

By David Bakke

american express personal savingsIf you have money to invest, but can’t commit to long-term investment vehicles such as a 401k plan or Roth IRA, a high-yield savings account or certificate of deposit could meet your needs. Each is a viable option if you’re seeking a conservative investment that won’t tie up your money for a long period of time.

American Express Personal Savings is one banking services company that offers both accounts, and may make sense particularly if you already have an existing Amex account, or if you’re seeking an account without a minimum deposit requirement.

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DentalPlans.com Review – Find Discount Dental Plans

By David Bakke

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for DentalPlans.com using coupon code MONEYCRASHERS to get 10% off any plan and 3 months extra free.

dentalplans.comFinding quality dental care can be a difficult task, and many people forgo trips to the dentist entirely. In fact, half of all Americans do not receive regular oral health care. However, if you are among those who avoid dental care for reasons pertaining to cost and inconvenience, DentalPlans.com may help you return to the dentist.

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Netflix vs. Hulu Plus vs. Amazon Prime Comparison

By Jacqueline Curtis

watching streaming mediaRemember back in the Dark Ages when people actually had to leave their homes to rent a movie? Before we were able to stream films and TV shows online, video rental outlets were extremely common – but so were late fees. Digital streaming media services have eliminated the risk of such fees, and have exploded in popularity. Many available services are inexpensive, simple, and extremely convenient.

Of course, though they share many common benefits and characteristics, you may still wonder what the differences are between each service. Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime all advertise a huge selection of streaming movies and shows – but which gives you the best bang for your buck?

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BillGuard Review – Protect Your Credit Cards From Fraud

By David Bakke

billguard logoWhen it comes to managing your money, verifying your credit card and debit card statements is an important part of the process. But how many of us really do this on a consistent basis? I know I don’t. Sure, I look through my statements, but if I see a charge that I don’t specifically remember, rarely do I do the research to verify it.

If you’re like me, BillGuard is worth checking out. It monitors all of your registered credit and debit cards for hidden charges, billing errors, and outright fraud. And the best part about it is that it’s 100% free.

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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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