Heads Or Tails On The New “Coin” Card?

It’s truly amazing about how fast a new product, app, or service can go viral through social media.  If you haven’t seen the video for new ultimate single credit, debit, and rewards card called “COIN” then you should really check it out!  Here is a link to the main website: www.onlycoin.com.  With all of our wallets looking a little bit more like a George Constanza special, Only Coin attempts to use modern day technology to take multiple cards in your wallet and shrink it down into one singular swipe card.   Will the new “COIN” card come up heads or tails with consumers? Coin has a mobile app that will allow you to add, manage, and sync the cards that you use most in your life to your Coin card.   The process of adding card information to your mobile app is supposed to be very easy according to Coin.  However, as we all know, technology is never as simple at the ...

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Does paying cash matter?

I wrote a recent article about not becoming a slave to your possessions.   It made be begin to ponder the question about what kind of impact paying with cash only would make on your financial future if that was the only methodology you had to buy new things.   In the past six months, I have been testing this exercise by going through some stretches of time taking out cash only and making it the main form of buying day to day items.    I’ve always been a fan in the past of using credit cards to get frequent flier miles and floating your cash if you had the financial means to be able to pay off that bill each and every month.   However, I’ve begun to consider the real impact paying with cash has on how you think about the purchases you make.   Here are three reasons why paying cash might matter: It feels real because it is real – Credit ...

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Can Anyone Make Change For A $100?

What is going on with the math skills in America? With more and more young people using ATM cards, debit cards, and credit cards to make their purchases, I am beginning to wonder if anyone can make change of a $100 bill anymore. A few disclaimers about $100 bills in general before I tell you why I ask this important question. Number one, what’s the deal with people who work in $8.00 an hour jobs that actually check the $100 bill to see if it is counterfeit. The FBI can’t figure this out with all of their sophisticated technology, but Doris at the hot dog stand at the airport is going to figure the case out by holding the bill up in the light and swiping it with a highlighter pen?  Second, do convenience stores really not accept $100 bills or it is just that nobody there can make change for a $100 bill as well?  Just checking. So . ...

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What to Do When You’re Robbed on Vacation

Heather Godsey was 600 miles from home when her wallet was stolen in a restroom. Godsey, from Joliet, Illinois, usually travels with half her cash and one or two credit cards at her hotel—but not on this trip. “I broke my rule at the wrong time,” she says. At least she had some rules. To prepare against an unimaginable hassle, you can take precautions before, during, and after your travels. Want more travel tips? Check out these stories. • 12 Sneaky, Slimy Travel Scams • Staying in Touch, Wirelessly (International Rates Don’t Apply) • 4 Ways to Make Calls from Overseas on a Dime Before You Go Plan on traveling light—on the finances. Keep just three or four things in your wallet: cash and traveler’s checks, a driver’s license, an American Express card and another credit card, says Ted Jenkin, co-CEO/founder of Georgia-based financial-services company oXYGen Financial. Julie Sturgeon, owner of Indiana travel agency Curing Cold Feet, suggests photocopying your ...

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