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Re: Traditonal or non traditional

AverageJoe ·
I would say to go with a mutual fund or to go to your county court house to see if there are any properties that have back taxes. One can make anywhere from 6-12% on the money they pay in back taxes on someone else's property! We have done this a few times, and it was good. But one always needs to check the property's condition, ability to sell, just in case you end up with the property. More often that not, if you do, it will be of much greater value than what you paid for the back taxes.
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AverageJoe ·
As far as savings accounts, you could keep going to the high interest savings accounts. The regular savings accounts are a good tool for kids to start learning the value of money, but for adults, the higher interest rate accounts are the way to go.
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Theodora ·
Thanks for this @AverageJoe Would love to learn more about the property/back tax investment option. Any good resources you can recommend to explore this in more detail.
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AverageJoe ·
I talked to a local realtor friend of mine. I also spoke to an investor in the town I grew up in while I was visiting there. The thing one needs to remember on these is that you may not get your money back for up to two or three years. But, you still get the interest as well. If the person never pays the back taxes, you get the first right to buy the property, sometimes for the costs of the back taxes alone. It is an involved process...I don't remember if it was Robert Kyosaki (Rich Dad Poor...
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Mo Brownies ·
Thank you for the info!
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Moore Income ·
I personally have been transferring my money to higher yield savings accounts without all the fees. There are so many new services out there that give you much higher interest than local banks. They are going to have to start competing or they are going to fall behind. The fact that they give so little interest and charge fees is not appealing to me at all. I had about $120 in my local savings account and I transferred it to my checking right before Jan. because I wasn't sure if my paycheck...
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Re: Traditonal or non traditional

AverageJoe ·
I liked my return on investment on the tax lien certificates, but there was way too much involvement for me at the time, and I didn't have the time. But, many of my friends ended up making a good chunk of change in it, Im thinking of going back to it again.
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Lucy ·
@Mo Brownies - I think more and more people are moving away from store front banks to online banking. You make way more in interest and you can deposit checks or do direct deposit just as easily.
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Mo Brownies ·
I live in NY - and unforuntately, from my quick research. this isnt possible. they only sell wholesale. Also you have to be a holding company. i think westchester county may allow for the public to buy. But it does seem like alotof involvment.
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Re: Traditonal or non traditional

Mo Brownies ·
I have now considered putting my emergency fund in a online CD account for 2.90 APY. its money i shouldnt be touching and hopefully i dont- but if anything I do have credit card I can use. Ive been thinking about doing the 12 months or 24 months CD. nothing more then 2 year. Doing the calculations - if i put 10k in, thats can be $285 or $588 respectivetly. Not bad for a year or 2 years.
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FreebiePharm ·
Forgot what the topic was after all the discussion...LOL...but definitely pays to go non-traditional these days...
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Bonnie Squires ·
i think we have some thing like this in KS. I just don't no how to find the list here. I found out throw that the 1 bedroom house sold for $3000 back taxes. The person who brought it or paid the taxes has the house looking really nice now.
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Re: Traditonal or non traditional

AverageJoe ·
If I could find the right properties here, I would do so. One friend made over $345K last year in five states. That's a great return for his $45K investment
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Traditonal or non traditional

Mo Brownies ·
Hi Everyone, I am thinking about closing my traditional bank account like TD and Chase. I already have 1 online high yield interest bearing savings account and im thinking about going all in. I no longer want to see an interest of .01 cent every year? or have to keep a minimum in order to avoud fees. What do you guys think?
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Re: Worried about mobile apps for savings and banking; put my mind at ease, please

Former Member ·
From what I've read, online only banks are safe as long as they are FDIC insured. It's just like how you use the app or website for your regular bank - just without that brick-and-mortar overhead. One thing to remember though: *personal* online security is still up to you. (aka maybe don't use your banking apps when you're on the free coffee shop WiFi.) The bank will take security measures on its end so you can use the app or website safely, but you still need to practice good online habits.
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Re: Worried about mobile apps for savings and banking; put my mind at ease, please

mintjulep ·
Thank you Lisa! I know some of the on-line banks, like Ally, have been around a while, I'm wondering if there is a way to check out their performance. I assume if they advertise FDIC insured that's a first step.
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Theodora ·
@mintjulep For what it's worth, I've heard such great things about Ally from lots of credible sources. I just opened an account with them and the experience has been excellent so far. They offer paper checks as an account feature -- which I couldn't find at any of the other online banks. (I have had to work with a lot of contractors, handymen and landscapers in the past year that still only take checks.)
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Re: Worried about mobile apps for savings and banking; put my mind at ease, please

mintjulep ·
Thank you for your input about Ally, Theodora. I really want to make this move!!
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Moore Income ·
I just opened an account with Empower and will be putting some money in there shortly. FDIC insured is something you can usually count on. I personally enjoy trying out new things and am usually one of the first to test these new things. There is a always some measure of risk involved but as long as the company is reputable and isn't promoting anything that I would deem to be sketchy, I will usually at least give them a shot. As mentioned above, it really just depends on you and weather you...
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mintjulep ·
I definitely think it is worth it. I don't put all my eggs in one basket anyway, even when it comes to just a checking account, so why not get as much interest as is available. I'd love your input on the various online banks as you try them @Moore Income! You've listed some others that I've not been aware of. Thank you!
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Former Member ·
@Moore Income how do you strategize what money goes into what account, and how do you stay organized? I recently consolidated some of my cash and closed some extraneous accounts, mostly for simplicity's sake. How do you maximize your 6 checking accounts?
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Moore Income ·
@Former Member Good question. I personally am just testing most of them to see howh they work and such and I usually just start with a set amount. I have moved money between a couple due to a better interest rate but I haven't really added much to the accounts besides the initial deposits. I am starting to add more to My Haven account since they have a 2% interest rate (up to 4% if you refer people) they also allow me to connect all my other accounts to manage my money in one place. So...
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Moore Income ·
@mintjulep message me and I can share more details about each one and what the pros and cons are.
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Worried about mobile apps for savings and banking; put my mind at ease, please

mintjulep ·
I'm nervous about the solidity of some online-only banks, but there is the carrot of fabulous interest rates. I noticed the app discussed recently at Penny Hoarder, the Empower app, is FDIC insured up to $250,000. I'm interested in getting as much interest as possible on reserve cash, as anyone, but am I being overcautious here? How much confidence should we have in these online-only banks?
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Re: High-interest savings accounts

Theodora ·
I've been thinking about Ally (not quite as high of a yield) -- since it's a one stop shop. Hoping to pull the trigger soon. Anyone else have feedback on Ally?
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Vanessa ·
I've been using Ally for a couple of years and it's been great. I highly recommend it. Fantastic customer service and the website is easy to use.
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Re: High-interest savings accounts

Moore Income ·
Thanks for sharing this one. I am always on the lookout for out for high interest savings accounts. The space is getting pretty competitive so I think we will be seeing higher and higher interest accounts in the near future. I am excited about Robinhood as they just announced they will soon be launching a 3% savings account which I will most definitely be taking advantage of once it launches.
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Re: High-interest savings accounts

Adam ·
I recently opened a savings account with Ally. It had the highest APY that I saw at the time. It's been good so far. They allow for plenty of transfers per statement and partner with Zelle for immediate transfers. That being said, hearing about 2.4% and 3% APY is changing my mind lol
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Theodora ·
@Adam Maybe they will step up their game to compete! ;-)
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Adam ·
I hope so, @Theodora!
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AverageJoe ·
Ally used to carry the payments on our Nissan Sentra before my wife was rear ended and nearly killed back in December of 2015. We dealt with them for 2 1/2 years, and they were very easy to deal with. We've considered putting our money in the "high" interest savings accounts, but, like you, haven't quite pulled that trigger yet. We've got a friend who is making more by putting his money into back taxes on small properties. He's getting on average of 6-8% a year on his money compared to...
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Theodora ·
@AverageJoe Thank you for sharing your insights! So glad your wife is ok!
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Former Member ·
I switched to Marcus for my emergency savings and I have been getting emails every few weeks to tell me the interest rate is going up. I started at 1.85% and got up to 2.25% in....maybe three months? I remember the days of a 5% interest rate....sigh!
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Adam ·
Since this post, my Ally account shot up to 2.2%! I'm also seeing some bigger banks upping their game. Discover now has 2.10% APY savings account, which ain't too bad.
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Vanessa ·
How are you getting 2.4% at Ally? Mine's only 2.2% right now.
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Adam ·
No, you're right! That was a typo on my end. Ally upped their rates to 2.2%. I'll edit my other post
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Alexis Grant ·
Saw a great blog post on this recently: https://chiefmomofficer.org/20...s-of-accounts-today/
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High-interest savings accounts

Alexis Grant ·
Savings accounts interest rates seem to be improving! We moved money to this account this weekend because of its 2.4% yield: https://www.mysavingsdirect.com/ (I have no affiliation with that bank, it's just the best rate we found.) Anybody else using a high-interest savings account we could all benefit from knowing about?
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Re: Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Ann Josiah ·
I am working on it. Can share information
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Re: Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Mo Brownies ·
Hi, I just did some research for a friend who has a kid and was looking at some options. This one is interesting, there is a waiting list. but its the biggest APY ive seen yet. IntrX app - 2.91% APY TAB Bank 2.40% APY $1 minimum Online and Mobile banking Synchrony Bank 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking My Savings Direct 2.40% APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Restrictions on how deposits are made Ally 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Vio Bank 2.39 APY No...
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Re: Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Lucy ·
Thanks for the great info! These on line banks definitely beat traditional store front banks as far as interest. Appreciate the feedback!
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Mo Brownies ·
OMG I JUST FOUND THIS!! https://www.t-mobilemoney.com/en/home.html 4.00% APY under $3000 and the following requirments Have tmobile wireless account deposit $200/month sign up for tmobile perks Now with these stipulations you can max. your money. See the secenarios below. T-Mobile Money states you will make 4.00 APY if you have the fall in line within the 3 listing eligibities above. If you go over the $3,000. this means that the $3,000 will make anywhere between 2.79-4% APY and anything...
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Moore Income ·
Thanks for sharing such a comprehensive list! I did check on the DCU website and it does actually say there is a $5 minimum. Not that it makes a huge difference but just sharing what I saw. I have also used Aspiration which pays a 1% APY with no minimum or fees. I am also trying out the Haven Money savings account which pays 2% APY and up to 4% if you refer enough people.
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Best On Line Savings/Money Market Accounts

Lucy ·
Does anyone have good input on regarding on line savings/money market accounts? Love to here your feedback. Thank you!
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Re: Savings Account Apps?

Cassie ·
I have been using The Ally banking/savings app for a few months and have been quite happy. I have a checking and a savings account. The savings account currently earns 2.2% and has gone up twice since opening the account. I use the checking account to save for known upcoming expenses and the savings I am using for emergency fund. Also, there are no fees.
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Mo Brownies ·
Hi, I just did some research for a friend who has a kid and was looking at some options. This one is interesting, there is a waiting list. but its the biggest APY ive seen yet. IntrX app - 2.91% APY TAB Bank 2.40% APY $1 minimum Online and Mobile banking Synchrony Bank 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking My Savings Direct 2.40% APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Restrictions on how deposits are made Ally 2.20 APY No minimum Online and Mobile banking Vio Bank 2.39 APY No...
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Mo Brownies ·
OMG I JUST FOUND THIS!! https://www.t-mobilemoney.com/en/home.html 4.00% APY under $3000 and the following requirments Have tmobile wireless account deposit $200/month sign up for tmobile perks Now with these stipulations you can max. your money. See the secenarios below. T-Mobile Money states you will make 4.00 APY if you have the fall in line within the 3 listing eligibities above. If you go over the $3,000. this means that the $3,000 will make anywhere between 2.79-4% APY and anything...
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Savings Account Apps?

Moore Income ·
Interested to know if anyone out there is using any savings account apps to save money. I personally have been using GRAND for a while now. They charge $2 a month but as long as you save money, every week they have a drawing and every week I have won $1. They pay a 1% interest rate. It has been a great way to save money without really noticing it is not in my checking anymore. I have also used Aspiration which pays a decent amount and am trying out the Empower app. Anyone else know of any...
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Re: Online checking account for business - recommendations?

Moore Income ·
Hmm... That's a great question. Currently I know about a lot of personal online checking accounts but I haven't really looked into business accounts. It is definitely something I should be doing though as I do plan on launching a side hustle soon. I will keep my eye out and let you know what I find.
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Online checking account for business - recommendations?

Former Member ·
I have an LLC for my freelance writing/editing work, and for a few years I've had a separate checking account for those funds. I recently realized that I don't have enough cash in the account to have the monthly "maintenance" fee waived - so I'm losing $15 a month! I know my freelance business hasn't been super busy these days, but I'd certainly like to hold on to most of the money I've earned, you know? I'd love to hear about your experiences with online-only checking accounts for your side...
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