The Great (Well, 6K) Geezeo Bailout Contest

 I just got an email from Geezeo.

Geezeo wants to help the 50 million Americans between the ages of 18-44 that will make money-related New Year’s resolutions. They offer tools that help people better understand their money, set up easy-to-use budgets, and achieve their financial goals. With a commitment to helping users reach their goals, Geezeo is introducing The Great Geezeo Bailout! Between January 2, 2009 and March 31, 2009, Geezeo users can win a very grand prize: Geezeo will pay someone $6k in cash to pay off their bills!!

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Web 2 Point Dough: Mint.com, TwitPay and SXSWi

Mint has a free iPhone App that is now available for download.  You can check your bank and credit card balances and watch your investment performances. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can set your Mint.com alerts to come to your phone via SMS. Also, check out this article in the New York Times about using online personal finance sites like Mint, SmartyPig and Wesabe.

Want to send money to your Twitter friends? TwitPay is a great way to donate money quickly to your Twitter community.

BTW,  I will be attending South by Southwest Interactive in 2009. I am so happy and honored to be on a panel with Aaron Patzer of Mint.com and the founders of Smarty Pig. The panel is called, “Finance 2.0: Money Management to Save this Generation” panel at SXSW is scheduled for Monday, March 16th.

Can You Bank On The Amount “Available” According To Your Bank?

Question: Is the bank balance shown on your online banking the actual amount available?

A friend of mine ran into this problem at Bank of America. I totally feel for her and for my bookkeeping clients whose balances were not exactly what the bank says.  Even though the banks offer “real time” bank balances, it is actually not true. The problem is since transactions posted in the afternoon (i.e. deposits) usually don’t appear until the next day whereas debit card transactions at a store, restaurant are immediate no matter what time of day.  That’s why bank reconciliations are still important.

Online banking sites use the terminology “pending transactions”, “uncollected amounts” and “amount available” but what does it really mean?  As much as I love online banking and personal finance sites, you have to remember that the more frequently that you have automatic debits and credits to your bank account, the more you have to  be vigilant of what you actually spend.

15 Questions That Small Businesses Ask About Social Media

 Here’s a great blog post listing questions that small business owners will ask about social media. If you are a small business, ask these questions, and if you provide social media strategy, then be prepared to answer these questions.

clipped from directmarketingobservations.com

  • How much is it gonna cost?
  • But first tell me what exactly it is?
  • Is it like Facebook or Myspace? Because that’s all I really know.
  • Twitter? I’ve heard about it, but I’m not really sure what that is.
  • A blog? I don’t see what I blog is going to do for my business, besides, I don’t have time nor the desire to write one.
  • So you’re going to “show me” how social media is going to drive business? Ok…(proceeds to wait)
  • Who else is using it?
  • Are there any companies like mine that are using it?
  • So can you guarantee this?
  • Who’s going to do this? You? or us?
  • How long is this going to take?
  • I still don’t understand but I’ll take your word for it.
  • Can you get our website ranked higher in Google?
  • Will I make money?
  • Will I save money?
  • blog it