Don’t talk to insurance adjusters. Do get free money from banks.Posted by Donna Freedman on Sep 29, 2011 | 14 comments
I’ve got new articles up at both my day jobs, in which I counsel how to get bonus bucks from banks and how to protect yourself in the aftermath of a car accident.
“Secrets of car insurance adjusters,” my column at MSN Money, is not a primer on how to file a false whiplash claim and, contrary to some of the readers’ comments, it does not say that all adjusters are heartless crooks. It’s a column that gives basic info on how to protect yourself — i.e., how not to damage your own position inadvertently — after a vehicle accident. [Edited to add: After MSN Money changed platforms, all my old articles over there vanished. Sorry about that.]
Eventually you’ll have to talk to the other guy’s adjuster. Just do it carefully. The folks I interviewed, some of whom are in the insurance business and some of whom are former adjusters themselves, point out potential pitfalls that some of us could never imagine.
You don’t know what you don’t know. Read the piece and you’ll know at least a little more.
I made $200 in less than an hour recently — legally. A bank gave it to me, just for opening an account. Read more about this in “Get free money from banks! (But watch the fine print)” at Get Rich Slowly.
Opening an account for cash bonuses isn’t the right move for everyone. It’s important to ask questions such as “Is that totally free checking?” or “Is there a minimum balance required?” Not everyone is in the position of getting direct deposit, either. The GRS piece highlights both the pros and cons of opening accounts for bonuses.
But if this tactic would work for you, why turn down an extra $200?