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Online Financial Tools for Smarter Money Management

by Chris Cairns - on Oct 7th 2014 - No Comments
Smarter Money Management

They say that money can’t buy happiness, but money can buy a luxury mansion with sandy beaches, azure seas, and unobstructed views of happiness. It’s also true that it’s much more comfortable to be crying aboard your private yacht with a glass of champagne in your hand than it is to be crying on a public bus with sticky...

Create Your Own Virtual Wallet With These Android Apps

by Michael Kwan - on Jun 13th 2013 - No Comments
Get Rid of Your Wallet

We haven’t quite moved to being a completely cashless society just yet, but it’s oftentimes true that you can get by with just a credit card or a debit card. Maybe your town has one of those “tap” style metro passes like the Octopus card in Hong Kong or the upcoming Compass card in Vancouver. Even so, you’re...

iPhone Banking Apps With Photo Check Deposit

by Michael Kwan - on May 31st 2013 - No Comments
Three Payment Checks

If you can save yourself a physical trip to the bank, that sure seems like the smarter way to do your banking. And for the most part, you can do that nowadays. With online banking, you can check your balances, transfer your money between accounts, and pay all of your bills. You can even span the great divide between the real and digital...

7 iPhone Expense Tracker Apps

by Michael Kwan - on Aug 11th 2012 - 1 Comment
Pile of sales receipts

Whether you are looking to better manage your personal finances or you need to submit reports to your employer for reimbursement, having a good expense tracker app on your iPhone is a lot easier than dealing with a random shoebox full of receipts each month. All of these apps work in fundamentally the same way, so it’s really a...

MoneyTrail Online Allowance and Money Management System

by Michael Kwan - on Oct 7th 2010 - 1 Comment
Satellite Orbiting Earth

Product/Service Name MoneyTrail Brief Description MoneyTrail is a free, online allowance and money management system for kids, teens, and families. Kids can track their cash, allowance, IOUs, gift cards, and checks. And, in the process, they develop smart saving and spending skills. Parents save time by eliminating the hunt through the...

Automatic Investing: ING DIRECT ShareBuilder Versus DRIP

by Thursday Bram - on Dec 5th 2008 - No Comments
Field of Growing Money

ING DIRECT offers an automated investment service called ShareBuilder. It mimics the way Direct Purchase and Dividend Reinvestment Plans (DRIPs) work, by allowing you to invest fixed amounts of money, with a price of $4 per share. With ShareBuilder, you don’t actually purchase individual shares of stock like you would with a traditional...

Bank Of America’s Keep The Change Program – An Automatic Savings Plan That Doesn’t Work

by Thursday Bram - on Nov 28th 2008 - 1 Comment
Burning Money

Back when checks were the most common method of payment, many personal finance gurus suggested rounding up the payments you made to the nearest dollar when recording your checks in your register. Then, when you balanced your check book at the end of the month, you’d have a pleasant surprise of quite a bit of money you could transfer...

Online Money Management – Which Application Is Really The Best?

by Thursday Bram - on Nov 20th 2008 - No Comments

Money management has moved far beyond hand-written ledgers: these days, your personal finances can practically keep track of themselves through software that updates your account balances on a daily basis. You can even handle the details of managing your money online through a variety of different web applications, which you can access...

Save For Goals Automatically With SmartyPig

by Thursday Bram - on Nov 12th 2008 - No Comments
Hand Dropping Coins into White Piggy Bank

When you set up an automatic transfer into your savings account with a particular goal in mind, it can be easy to lose sight of your intentions. The money that you’re saving can get lost in the shuffle of your other savings and can get used for some purpose other than what you had intended. Beyond opening up an entirely separate...