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Suze Orman’s New Prepaid Debit Card – Is it really a good thing for consumers?

It’s official.   Suze Orman is now in the game of selling financial products to consumers.    This past week she launched her new card called “The Approved Card” which is supposed to be a low cost alternative to other pre-paid debit cards in the market place.    While Suze gets on television to espouse the latest and greatest ways to make good decisions for your financial future, is a prepaid debit card something consumers need to make their financial picture better? Let me remind you some important notes about Suze Orman.  First and foremost that she isn’t a licensed financial advisor.    In fact, she hasn’t had a securities license since May of 1991.   There are tens of thousands of hard working licensed financial advisors out there trying to help clients every day.   While she spends countless numbers of hours on television trying to tell consumers to stay away from ‘high-priced’ products and avoiding paying people fees and/or commissions, it’s ironic that she ...

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3 Simple Ways To Live The Frugal Life

These past few years we have seen a high level of unemployment, countless numbers of foreclosures, and many American citizens hitting hard times.  While many people are learning how to make ends meet, there can often be a struggle with how to have fun and live frugally at the same time.   Since many people define frugally different, I think about the term frugality by using phrases such as ‘economical’, ‘avoiding waste’, and ‘careful and diligent in the use of resources’.   Being frugal is about making good business decisions rather than the popular image of being cheap.   If you are thinking about entering the frugal life, here are three ways to begin thinking the right way about smart money decisions. Don’t be the first adopter of something ‘new’ – One really easy way to blow a bunch of money is have to be the first to own a new product when it hits the market place.    A good example of this ...

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Are Layaway Plans A Good Idea?

Over the past 15 years, we have seen countless numbers of people put themselves in real financial trouble by using credit cards to charge items that they really couldn’t afford at the time they bought the merchandise.   I can remember growing up as a kid that many of the department stores offered something called a layaway plan, but I really didn’t understand it at the time.    With Wal Mart’s recent announcement of layaway plans this year, you may see this trend come back en vogue as an alternative way to purchase merchandise. Layaway is really a nifty way to obtain merchandise or products without needing to have the entire balance of money at the time of purchase.   It is really an entirely different process from credit cards in a significant way.     The main reason is you don’t get to enjoy the item when you make the down payment.   You only get to enjoy it when you actually pay off the ...

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