Monday, December 31, 2007

Best of 2007 at FIRE Finance!


In addition to Chase BP Visa gas credit card, Chase's Perfect Mastercard is a fine gas card that offers great savings for our gas purchases. Its a no frill simple card. Lets analyze its features.

Sign Up Link: Deal & Details

6% rebates on ALL eligible gas purchases at ANY gas station for the

Friday, December 14, 2007

High Yield Savings Accounts

ING DIRECT's High Yield Orange Savings is now offering 4.10% APY! This is a drop of 0.10% from 4.20% APY. The rates for the Electric Orange Checking Account have changed as well. The new tiers are:

$0-49,999.99 earns a 3.15% APY
$50,000.00-$99,999.99 earns a 4.65% APY
$100,000.00 or more earns a 4.80% APY


Well it is time to move our monies yet again. We did some research and found a few

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Etrade Appreciation Day - Commission FREE Trading!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspont.com).]E*TRADE FINANCIAL Corp. has recently received a $2.5 billion capital infusion from one of the world's leading investment firms. This is a clear vote of confidence, solidifying the ability to deliver the value that we have come to enjoy with Etrade's world class services.To celebrate this strategic

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Our 7 Mutual Fund Investing Mistakes!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspont.com).]We would like to share some of our mistakes committed during our early years of investing. Hopefully many of our readers would be able to avoid them by leveraging on our experiences.What is it about men on knowing directions?Okay that's for humor, no offense intended. On a serious note, without a goal, a

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

$50 Bonus from Wachovia's FREE Checking Account!

This deal has expired. Here is a $25 referral bonus from Wachovia.[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Wachovia is back with a $50 sign-up bonus for their FREE Checking account. With a Wachovia Free Checking, there's no minimum balance, no monthly service fee, and no direct deposit requirement. And, you’ll get a free Check Card with rewards for

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Thoughts.com - A FREE Platform To Share Your Thoughts!

This is a fantastic savings opportunity for college students who are looking for a great rewards card along with special incentives from the miles driven ever year.

How we wish we had a credit card of this type when we were students! As students we were usually short of funds. So whatever extra money came along our way we heartily welcomed it. Now let us see how Citibank is helping

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Quicken - Coupons, Discounts & Promotions

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Quicken is one of the premier tools used to manage finances over many domains varying from personal finance, rental properties, home inventory, medical expenses manager and many more. In case you are looking to purchase Quicken for any of your needs, here are some great promotions:Quicken Premier - Save 20%

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Old is Gold - Tips on Retirement, Frugality & Useful Services!

Zecco has enhanced its FREE Zecco Friends Program aka myZecco with a new offer. Now, whenever you refer a friend who opens and funds a Zecco Trading account, you'll earn a $75 referral bonus.


Sign Up & Start Referring Your Friends at Zecco.com

The $75 cash reward will be credited to your existing Zecco trading account in the first 10 days of the following month after your friends open

Friday, November 16, 2007

FREE IPOD Nano from View Point Bank!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]ViewPoint Bank is offering a FREE Ipod Nano when we sign up for a Beyond Free Checking Account with them. Wow! We shall be living Beyond FREE this Christmas with soundtastic portable fun on a FREE Ipod! Now lets explore the road to fun.HighlightsOnline DealBonus: A FREE Ipod NanoExpires: 31st Dec,

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nov 2007's Top 100 PF Blogs Rankings Released!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Update: Please do not be misguided by the (ranking) post's date (Sep 4, 2007). We have published Nov 2007's rankings at the same url as Sep 2007's rankings. This move will aid those who had bookmarked or linked to this post to get fresh monthly rankings at the same url. Unfortunately Blogger does not allow

FREE Land & Handsome Living Allowances!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]How often we think that there is no FREE lunch. But that is not really true! Says who? Says Uncle Sam, really we mean it.......North Dakota and Kansas are giving away free land. Alaska is offering handsome living allowances. Well if it sounds too good to be true, read on to find out for yourselves.Kansas -

Nov 07 - Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs - Ranked By Traffic!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]The LATEST RANKINGS are available HERE!November is here and with it comes a fresh set of rankings for personal finance (pf) blogs. Last month, Google updated page ranks (PR) for most sites on the web. These updates created quite a stir. A majority of pf blogs saw changes in their page ranks. Consequently,

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Review #45 - $8 Glasses, Online Recipes, Real Estate Bubble & Financial Freedom!


College costs are rising every year and we have to plan well to send our kids to good universities. In fact, the secret to having an ample college fund is to get started as early as possible.

Upromise is a popular means to save money for college. In addition to earning cash back from our purchases, we can further enhance our savings by incorporating Citibank's Upromise Mastercard which

Friday, October 26, 2007

The Quiet Millionaire - A Comprehensive Review

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Brett Wilder, a certified financial planner and author, shows us how to set a path for financial security in his new book "The Quiet Millionaire." Wilder has over forty years of professional experience as a personal and business adviser and has helped thousands of individuals become what he calls "quiet

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

High Yield MMA from Capital One Direct Banking

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Capital One Direct Banking (CODB) is offering 4.50 4.40 4.30 4.00 3.50 3.25 3.10 3.00% APY* for their product Capital One High Yield Money Market. CODB claims that their rate has been in the top 10 more often than any other bank since 1997.DealightsSign Up Link: Deal & DetailsNo fees, No minimum balanceEasily

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wild Fire Disaster Preparation - Part 1!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]The wildfires which are devastating California have already consumed hundreds of homes and burnt many thousands of acres of land. Most probably it is going to be one of the costliest natural calamities of the century. And the seven counties affected by this devastation have some of the most expensive real

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday Review #42 - Rent to be Rich, Assests & Liabilities, Spender or Saver!

Citi Diamond Rewards Card is offering a sign-up bonus of 6000 Thank You Points which can be redeemed for a $50 Gift Card from Citi's Thank You Network. Lets delve into this deal to discover the subtle nuances of Citi's Diamond Game.

Online Link: Deal & Details
Bonus: $50 Gift Card — Redeemable with 6,000 Bonus Points after First Purchase within first three

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

FREE PC Check - Test Your PC Security & Health With Zone Alarm!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]In this modern electronic world, most of us use our computers to accomplish a big chunk of our personal finance tasks. This is a great convenience provided to us by the internet. No matter where we are in the world, we can stay touch with our finances through the web. But we have to be careful about the

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Received 15000 Bonus AA Miles From Citi AAdvantage Master Card!

This April we had written about a cool deal from Citi AAdvantage Master Card offering a sign-up bonus of 15000 AA miles. We had gone ahead and signed up for this credit card to take advantage of the 15000 bonus AA miles and no annual fee waiver for the first 12 months (worth $85). On checking our account balance at AA.com we discovered that within 6 weeks of our application we have received the

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Energy Saving Tips For This Summer

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Here are some great energy saving tips (courtesy Duke Energy) for keeping our houses cool this summer without creating an extra burden on our energy and power bills.Keep your thermostat at a higher temperature in the summer. Raising the temperature just 2 degrees can reduce cooling costs by as much as 5

Saturday, June 23, 2007

$20 Coupon for Budget Car Rentals!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Citi AAdvantage credit card is offering a cool discount for Budget car rentals. This offer will make your getaway more enjoyable.HighlightsDeal LinkExpires September 30, 2007As an American Airlines Citi AAdvantage cardmember, for all rentals of three or more days: Receive $20 off & 20 bonus miles per

Friday, June 22, 2007

FREE $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Barnes and Noble is a favorite hangout for us. Sipping Starbucks coffee we spend hours pouring over their books and purchasing the ones we like. Needlessly to say we are also members at bn.com. So a BN mastercard with a $25 gift card and a 5% back at bn.com caught our eyes.Sign Up Link: Deal & DetailsRewards

Thursday, June 21, 2007

FREE Zone Alarm Internet Security Suite

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]For years we have been using Zone Alarm to protect our computers from viruses. It is one of the best available products in the computer security market. The best part is that we can now get their Professional Internet Security Suite FREE when we try one of their affiliates by through TrialPay. We frequently

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

5.05% APY 9 Month CD from First National Bank

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]First National Bank Omaha is offering a 9 month CD with a competitive 5.05% APY on your fixed dollar investment.HighlightsOffer expires June 30, 2007.Guaranteed return on your investmentOnly $500 required to openShort-term flexibilityA penalty will be assessed for early withdrawal and fees may reduce

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

$50 Signup Bonus From AAA Visa Credit Card!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]AAA along with WorldPoints is offering a Platinum Visa Credit Card which has a $50 sign-up bonus! Since this is a limited time offer and the bonus is credited after the first transaction, we felt that this is an easy way to pocket $50 in Free Money.HighlightsApplication: LinkBonus: Apply now for the AAA

Monday, June 18, 2007

Hertz Car Rental Discount Coupons - Part 2

Update: The latest discounts and coupons from Hertz can be found here.More discount coupons from Hertz Car Rentals! In April we had published a cool list of Hertz coupon codes which had saved us literally hundreds of dollars during our car rental bookings for our forth coming cross country US tour this summer. This post has become extremely popular with our audience. Inspired by its ability to

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Online Checking Accounts: Part 6: Anytime Online Checking From UnivestDirect

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Continued From:OCA-Part 5: eOne From Salem Five DirectBest wishes to all dads on the auspicious occasion of Father's Day. On this special day we continue with our series on Online Checking Accounts. Today we take the pleasure of introducing UnivestDirect's Anytime Online Checking. This product is very similar

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Zone Alarm Pro - Discount Coupon of $10!

We have been using the FREE Version of Zone Alarm and were hoping to continue to do so and hold on to our dollars as long as we could. But there were some attacks on our machines which nearly crippled our lives. Since we are netizens, these virus attacks forced us to re-evaluate our strategy of relying only on FREE Software.The need for safer and stronger protection of our home networks had made

Friday, June 15, 2007

Free Money - $100 Signup Bonus From Bank Of America

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Update: The latest $100 bonus from BOA is available here!Bank of America is offering a $100 sign-up bonus for opening a checking account with them. Lets dive in to see what are the rules of the game.HighlightsApply: Link to open an account onlineOffer Code: CH100CTA (Make sure that the Offer Code appears in

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

1000 FREE Miles from United Mileage Visa Plus!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We are members of United's Mileage Plus Visa credit card offered by Chase. There are a couple of promotions going on for collection of an EASY 1000 miles. You get 500 miles for signing up for paperless e-statements and 500 miles for e-pay. The following picture says it all and has the link to the gateway to

Monday, June 11, 2007

FREE ATMs from Citibank!

We have been customers of Citibank for years now. One thing that is really commendable about them is their superb customer service. They have really invested energy and money in building an excellent quality of personnel serving their customers all over the world with care and integrity.

Now to add to that superb customer service Citibank has introduced FREE ATMs for their worldwide

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Online Checking Accounts: Part 5: eOne From Salem Five Direct

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Continued From:OCA-Part 4: HSBC's Online Payment AccountWe have hit upon the real champion of online checking accounts with respect to APY. eOne from Salem Five Direct is the leader of the pack with a competitive APY varying from 5 to 5.30%! Sounds too good to be true but it is actually true. Here is an

Friday, June 8, 2007

Avis Car Rental Coupons Courtsey Citi AAdvantage!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Avis alongwith Citibank's AAdvantage World Master Card is offering a couple of great deals for their car rentals.Save upto 20% everytime you rentCall 1-800-331-1212 or visit avis.com/cardaaMention AWD (Avis Worldwide Discount) # K817100Free upgrade and a BONUS of 1000 American AAdvantage miles everytime you

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Brokerage Stock Trading Account Minimum Slashed to Zero by Zecco

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Among the discount stock brokerages Zecco is a new kid in the town. They entered the game last year with a big bang by introducing $0 trading fees! It is not something new. Once upon a time there was a discount brokerage named FreeTrade; it got acquired by AmeriTrade and was renamed to Izone.com. Well, since

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Expedia Offers ThankYou Points!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We are all aware of the ThankYou Points Rewards program from Citibank.Now Expedia has increased its worth by allowing shoppers booking their travel at their site to earn Thank You Points! This is awesome since we earn a lot of points using Citi's ThankYou Points and book some of our travel at Expedia. Here

Monday, June 4, 2007

Father's Day Gifts - The United Miles Way

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]This year we are planning to surprise our dads by shopping at the United Mileage Plus Mall. In the process we plan to collect as many miles as we can by using our United Visa Credit Card (Chase). This is the first time that we are using this online mall from United Airways. There are some great gifts from

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Online Checking Accounts: Part 4 - HSBC's Online Payment Account

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Continued From:OCA-Part 3: Free Net Checking From EverBankThis week's prima donna is HSBC's Online Payment Checking Account. This is a brand new product from HSBC which was introduced on 31st May, 2007. Without wasting any time, let us explore its features:APY: 2.50% - Even your spending money will be helping

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Firstrade Has Great Customer Service

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]If you need a referral to earn 5 commission free trades at firstrade, you may send an email with your FIRST and LAST NAME plus email id to firegetters@gmail.com [firegetters at gmail dot com]. We'll send you a referral.This year there was a goof up when we were making our investments in our Roth IRA accounts

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Visa Extra - 5000 Bonus Points From Wachovia!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Our cross country fund raising tour has begun. From the east coast we flew to Seattle on the west coast. The weather is fantastic and so is the place especially Mt. Rainier. So here we go, writing about personal finance from Seattle.We are great fans of our credit cards because of its cash back points and

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Our US Cross Country Fund Raising Tour!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Delightfully we annouce that we shall be taking off for our fourth cross country US tour on June 1st. For nearly 8 weeks we shall be traveling relentlessly from the west to the east coast by either road or air. Usually we cover about a dozen cities and our main goal is to raise funds for charity projects all

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Free Money - $250 In Signup Bonuses From NetBank!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]This is a superb $250 package of sign-up bonuses from Netbank. It can be broken up into three parts comprising of checking, MMA and CD bonuses. It is to be noted that Everbank has acquired Netbank so these deals can be changed at any moment without notice.HighlightsAll these bonuses are available ONLY to

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Great Low Balance Transfer Rate From FNB!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Here is some exciting news from First National Bank (FNB). For those of you who are looking for a respite from high credit card APRs, FNB is offering a low promotional 2.99% APR, good until the balance you transfer is paid in full, on new balance transfers that are made and posted to your account by June 29,

Great APY from Performance Plus Savings Account!

First National Bank Omaha has come up with a great savings product named Performance Plus Savings Account offering a 4.50% APY. Without much ado here are the highlights:
NO monthly fees
NO minimum balance
4.50% APY on your entire account balance
FDIC Insurance up to $100,000 per depositor
Instant access to funds with a free ATM card
Check writing privileges with free standard checks
Online

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Send Money On Skype With Paypal And Win!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]What is Paypal?PayPal provides us with the convenience of sending money to just about anyone with an email id! We do not need to know any other personal details of the recipient. It is great for settling small accounts with friends - for example our share of last weekend's get together.Those who shop or bid

Friday, May 25, 2007

Postage Stamps - New Rates, Discounts & Customizations!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]From May 14th USPS postage rates have changed. To increase popularity and add value, USPS has also introduced a new Star War series along with a new concept of Forever stamps! Here are the details on the new rates.Rolls of unused 39 cents stamps can be reused by adding 2 cents stamps. Since we are nearly

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Vanguard - How To Waive The $20 Service Fee On Mutual Funds?

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We have quite a few Vanguard mutual funds in our portfolio. Recently Vanguard changed its fee policy. Here are the details of the change:__________________________________________________________________"Four fees replaced by one account service feeThe following annual $10 account-related fees have been

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Free Cell Phone & $100 Free Money With Sony Ericsson W810i Phone!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]A few of our friends are graduating this year. They have put in a lot of hard work to earn their degrees. We felt that a new hot cell phone with some great bells and whistles would be an ideal gift!So we started searching for some of the best FREE cell phone deals currently available on the web. In our

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Everbank Acquires NetBank!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We received a note from Erica informing us of Everbank's acquisition of Netbank. This is big news!To quote Erica:"I wanted you and your readers to know that EverBank, one of the nation’s largest privately-held financial services firms, announced today it has reached an agreement that will increase its assets

Monday, May 21, 2007

The 101st Edition of Carnival of Personal Finance!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]

A warm welcome to all. Pull up a chair, ease yourself into it with a relaxing cup of coffee and enjoy the 101st edition of this wonderful carnival. For our new audience we share the inspiration that gave birth to this blog. Like millions of people enmeshed in the rat race of corporate America we were

Friday, May 18, 2007

FIRE Finance Is Going To Host The 101st Edition Of Carnival Of Personal Finance!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We joyfully announce that we are going to host the prestigious Carnival of Personal Finance next week i.e. on 21st May. Last week COPF celebrated its 100th edition! This is one of the biggest carnivals in the personal finance blogosphere and reaches out to a large audience. So it might be a good idea to

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Online Checking Accounts: Part 3 - EverBank's FreeNet Checking

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Continued From:OCA-Part 2: Electric Orange Checking From IngDirectThis week we focus on Everbank's FreeNet Checking Account in our series on Online Checking. For the past couple of years we have been using this product from Everbank. They are a superb bank, constantly innovating and providing a smooth as well

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

E-ZPass With Budget Car Rentals!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]We are in the midst of planning for our forthcoming cross country tour of US this summer. This is our fourth tour but our enthusiasm knows no bounds. We are actively looking forward towards it. Often we have found that on the east coast the tolls hold us up and the long lines can be quite frustrating. Since

Monday, May 14, 2007

Firstrade Lowers Options Pricing & Receives #1 Ranking!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]If you need a referral to earn 5 commission free trades at firstrade, you may send an email with your FIRST and LAST NAME plus email id to firegetters@gmail.com [firegetters at gmail dot com]. We'll send you a referral.We received a note from Firstrade informing us that options trading at Firstrade has

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Online Checking Accounts: Part 2 - Electric Orange Checking From IngDirect

Continued From:
OCA-Part 1: Freedom Checking From BOFI



In our series on Online Checking Accounts today we analyze IngDirect's Electric Orange Checking Account. We had profiled them in March 2007. But things change pretty fast in the dynamic world of finance. This gives us the liberty to take a fresh look at this great product from ING Direct.

Electric Orange is America's first all electronic

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Zazzle - Coupons And Promo Codes

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]This week we were busy ordering some customized gear for our personal needs. It involved printing of artwork on baseball caps and aprons. Since this was a big first time for us, we did a good research of the various online stores like CafePress, Zazzle, iPrint and others in their lot. To cut a long story

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Avoid Credit Card Fees And Interest Rate Increases!

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Having a high credit card bill in itself is a cause for concern. To add to it we don't want any exorbitant fees, finance charges and consequent rate increases. Given the slightest opportunity the credit card companies would be too happy to do so. We believe that with a little discipline and some simple

Carnival Round Up - May - Week #1!

. It would be helpful if you could kindly get in your entries early.Thanks to Andy for giving us an opportunity to be a host. This carnival is special

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Automatic Enrollment In 401k Retirement Plan - A Revolution?

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Editor's Note: This post was published at the Festival Of Under 30 Finances #21We were wondering whether it would be a good idea to make enrollments in the 401(k) retirement planning automatic. More so for new comers to the job force who are not so aware about personal finance and retirement planning. It is

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reports - Free Money Collection in Quarter 4 of 2006

[This post is written and copyrighted by FIRE Finance (http://firefinance.blogspot.com).]Free Money is so enticing! Here is a report of our collections for the fourth quarter of 2006. Since we were very busy professionally we could not spend too much of our time and efforts in free money collections in the last quarter of 2006. However we managed to rope in $504 with a few hours of effort put

Monday, April 9, 2007

Beware of TripRewards - Account Closed Silently

We had an account with TripRewards. Over last few years we had diligently accumulated more than 5300 points in that account through various bookings for car rentals and hotel stays. After receiving the points in our account we rested easy on the thought that they'd be good to go till they expire. Now comes the twist to the story.

This week we started planning for our two month long summer trip

Sunday, April 8, 2007