Tag Archives: finances

Mom, I’m not a bad son, I’m just on financial autopilot

Ryland Barton

One Saturday morning this past summer, my veil of financial independence momentarily fell, leaving me ashamed and confused. My mother was unable to finance a new car because she thought I — as her co-signee — hadn’t been making car payments. Since my car payments were left on auto-pilot, I couldn’t immediately dispute her assumption. Turns out, it was fraud, but I have since learned to pay more attention to my finances.

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Emily’s list: Mobile credit card payments by Square edition

Emily Crone

Back in the old days, if you worked for yourself and needed to be paid by a client, cash or checks were the only viable forms of payments. In recent decades, it has been easier self-employed people to accept credit cards, but it still involved a clunky machine that was tethered to a land line. New technology makes it very easy for individuals and small businesses to accept mobile payments and keep up with larger companies. Learn about some of this newer technology and explore my roundup of my 10 favorite posts from the personal finance blogosphere from the past week.
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Emily’s list: Walmart + AmEx = Bluebird

Emily Crone

Earlier this week, American Express and Wal-Mart announced a new prepaid debit card called Bluebird. According to the press release, “Bluebird addresses the need for an affordable, transparent way to manage everyday finances, with premium features, no minimum balance, monthly, or overdraft fees.” I’m intrigued by this partnership by two very different companies for a product that actually seems very straightforward and user-friendly.

Learn more about it and continue reading to enjoy my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week!

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Emily’s list: iPhone 5 edition

Emily Crone

The big news this week is that Apple launched its precious new baby, iPhone 5, on Wednesday. Two summers ago, I wrote about why I was dying for an iPhone 4 but resisting. Are you purchasing an iPhone 5 now, or are you going to wait like me until it costs me less than half a month’s of rent?

Read on for my list of my top 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.

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Emily’s list: No credit edition

Emily Crone

It’s no secret that having bad or poor credit makes it more difficult to be approved for credit cards, mortgages and even cell phone plans. Having bad credit can also result in higher APRs and fees on loans and insurance. But what about people who have no credit?

Keep reading to learn more about that and explore my roundup of my 10 favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.

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