We've written about the benefits of Bank of America's credit cards in the past, but if you really want to maximize your relationship with Bank of America, see if you qualify for Preferred Rewards. The coveted rewards program can earn you up to 2.62% cash back, and even give the opportunity to pay less on your taxes.
I want to present you with two quick facts about renting. Maybe you already know them.
1. The global rental industry is worth about $26 billion, according to The Economist.
2. You can rent a puppy, according to several Google searches.
It's hard not to get taken in by a good department store sale. When the tag shows a 50 percent drop in price, it's only natural to feel like you need to snatch it up, but what if the tag is lying to you?
"Buy used" is probably the most popular advice given to someone looking to save money, and it's not bad advice—most of the time.
When the Chase Sapphire Reserve card premiered in August 2016, it made quite a splash. It's not everyday we see cards offering bonuses of 100,000 Ultimate Rewards points just for meeting the minimum spend requirements, so of course I signed up right away. When those 100,000 points hit my account, I was eager to use them. How? I took my fiancée on a nine-day, around-the-world adventure to the Maldives for her birthday. It was a whirlwind trip, but one of the best we've ever taken.
As the personal finance and travel editor here at Brad's Deals, I make it a point to maximize my savings when I travel. When my fiancée wanted to visit the Australian Open in Melbourne to celebrate her graduation from an MBA program, I set out to find a way to get us halfway around the world for less, without having to sacrifice on comfort. As flights from Los Angeles to Australia run more than 13 hours each way, finding ways to redeem points and miles for premium seating was a must.
We've all seen those TV shows featuring people who use 300 coupons every time they go to the grocery store. After all is said and done, they walk out with 80 bags of cat food, 25 gallons of cheap laundry detergent, 50 tubes of mint chocolate toothpaste, 12 packages of beef jerky and a case of diapers -- all for a whopping $1.24.
Chicago is an amazing place, but living here can be an expensive endeavor.