Monthly Archives: January 2011

Totally Free Checking Accounts

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Free checking accounts are almost extinct with major banks getting rid of free checking or making you jump through hoops to earn it.  There aren’t many financial institutions left, with brick-and-mortar branches, that offer free checking, with no strings attached. So where can you stash your money for free with no minimum balance or hassle…

No More Free Checking?

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Chase bank announced it will start charging its former WAMU customers, a checking account service fee of $10, starting on February 8, 2011. The Chase Free Extra Checking account will be converted to Chase Total Checking (or Chase “Total Ripoff”). To avoid the $10 monthly service fee, you have to meet one of the following…

Your Circumstances Can Change for the Better

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(Credit: Peter Kramer, AP Photo/NBC) The one story that dominated the news last week was the story of a homeless man with a golden voice. This inspiring overnight, rags-to-riches story about Ted Williams, former felon now the most sought after voice-over talent, gives us hope that our circumstances can change for the better at any…

New Tax Laws for 2011

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The new tax law, signed by President Obama on December 17, 2010, temporarily extends the 2001 – 2003 federal income tax rate cuts, extends unemployment for 13 months, implements new payroll tax breaks, reestablishes the estate tax, and more. This is good news for most taxpayers. With this long recession, we all need tax breaks,…

Tax Day in 2011 Extended

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Good news, folks! Not only is 2011 the year for extension of tax cuts, but it’s also the year we get 3 extra days to file our taxes. Tax day has been extended to April 18 for 2011 only. Why? Emancipation Day, a holiday that celebrates the freeing of slaves in Washington D.C. falls on…