Money Hacks

$20 off Visa Gift Cards at Staples

Between this Sunday, October 19th, and October 25th, you can save $20 off of $300 in Visa gift cards at Staples.

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$10 off $10 with Uber and American Express

One of the greatest service-oriented startups out there today is Uber.  I love a company that takes on an industry with lots of political might (the taxi industry), and seeks to upend an antiquated system that is no good for customers or competition.

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Saving Big with the Walmart Savings Catcher App and Amex Bluebird

Many of you may not know that Walmart has an amazing app for smartphones, the Savings Catcher, which searches local competitors for better prices on the items you've bought from Walmart, and rewards you with the difference via an e-gift card.

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Big Cash Back Bonus for Amex SimplyCash Business Card

This week, we saw the Amex SimplyCash Business Card increase its sign-up bonus to $250 after you spend $5,000 in the three months after opening the card.  There are some great benefits to holding this card in your wallet if you're a small business owner (or even if you aren't).

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2 Great Alternatives to Amazon Payments for Earning Travel Rewards Fast

Over the past few years one of the best and most effortless ways to manufacture spend for rewards on your credit card has been with Amazon Payments.  You have been able to send friends and family up to $1,000 each month at no cost.  That means it's been an easy 12,000 miles or points each year.   As of October 13, 2014, Amazon Payments will no longer allow you to send money for free.

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Free Money for Using Your Amex Card

American Express has been a very socially-savvy company over the past few years.  One of their programs, Amex Sync, is one you may not be aware of.  By linking your Amex account to your Twitter account, you can save hundreds of dollars!

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Everything You Need to Know to Survive Without a Car and Never Miss It

Keeping a car in the city can be incredibly expensive. In Chicago, we pay for insurance (which is more expensive because it's the city), city stickers that allow residents to keep a car inside the city limits, and many of us also rent parking spaces, especially if street parking is particularly difficult, or there's no other way to have your car on campus, or having to move your car for street sweeping days is a little too much of a headache. Maybe it's time to try living a car-free lifestyle.

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10 Expensive Things That Will Save You Money in the Long Run

Just because it’s the lower price, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best deal. When you’re factoring in what is and what isn’t a good deal, keep in mind what you’d be saving overall as well. Here are some examples of items that may cost more upfront but will save you money later on.

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Beginner's Guide To Miles And Points, Part 1: Where Do Miles And Points Come From?

Every year, my family and I travel across the country and around the world, flying in business class and staying luxury hotels. It's not that we're rich, we just know how to earn and redeem points and miles offered by airlines, hotels, and credit card issuers. The truth is that collecting and spending these points and miles is not that hard, anyone can do it.

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Everything You Need to Know about Gift Card Exchanges

Every year, an estimated $2.5 billion in leftover gift card credit gets unused. Instead of letting your unwanted gift cards sit in the bottom of a drawer, with the invention of gift card exchanges, you can sell them for cash or trade them for cards you’ll actually use. And as a buyer, you can get these cards for up to 35% off what you’d normally pay. Here’s how gift card exchanges work and what you need to know:

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