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Shelter Institute: Learn How to Build Your Own House in 2 Weeks

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:41:15 +0000

While listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast with guest Mr. Money Mustache, I came across this quote from John Taylor Gatto in the comments. Apparently Gatto was not a fan of compulsory schooling and offered this instead: I want to give you a yardstick, a gold standard, by which to measure good schooling. The Shelter […]

T-Mobile vs. Verizon New Unlimited Data Plans Comparison

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:46 +0000

Competition is good. Without the popularity of the T-Mobile unlimited data plan, we wouldn’t have the reluctant, new Verizon Unlimited data plan. In turn, Verizon’s new plan features made T-Mobile improve their deal to include HD video streaming video and 10 GB of LTE tethered hotspot data. In addition, starting 2/17, T-Mobile is running a […]

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card 75,000 Point Offer Review

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 21:46:42 +0000

Limited-time offer. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, from our partner Citi, is offering a limited-time bonus increase. Here are the highlights: Earn 75,000 Hilton Honors Bonus Points after making $2,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening* Earn 6 HHonors Bonus Points for each $1 spent at any participating hotel within the […]

Understanding the Risks and Downsides of Bonds

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:00:09 +0000

To get the full return of any asset class, you’ll have to own it through the good times and the bad times. The good times are easy, but getting through the bad times requires deeper understanding and faith. You’ll usually hear this about holding stocks through their inevitable drops and crashes. But recently, many bond […]

Opinions Take Flight: Reset Your Hawaiian Miles Expiration

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:46:59 +0000

Opinions Take Flight is a consumer survey panel that gives out Hawaiian Airlines Miles instead of cash. Their current promotion is 350 HawaiianMiles for joining and completing your first survey. I usually find these survey panels too tedious to participate in regularly, but I hadn’t produced any activity on my Hawaiian miles recently (they expire […]

Personal Capital Review 2017: Automatically Track Net Worth and Portfolio Asset Allocation

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:24:30 +0000

Personal Capital is free financial website and app that links all of your accounts to track your spending, investments, and net worth. You provide your login information, and they pull in the information for you automatically so you don’t have to type in your passwords every day on 7 different websites (similar to Mint). Investment-specific […]

Barclaycard Ring MasterCard Review: 0% Intro APR For 15 Months + No Balance Transfer Fee

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 22:53:06 +0000

Here’s a new offer for those looking to pay down debt and lower their interest rates. The Barclaycard Ring™ Mastercard® has been updated with 0% introductory APR for the first 15 months on purchases and 0% introductory APR for 15 months on balance transfers made within 45 days of account opening. Importantly, this card also has […]

Most Individual Stocks Don’t Outperform Cash?

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 06:58:20 +0000

A new academic paper was recently published with a confusing yet provocative title: Do Stocks Outperform Treasury Bills?. Of course they do… right? An excerpt from the abstract: Most common stocks do not outperform Treasury Bills. Fifty eight percent of common stocks have holding period returns less than those on one-month Treasuries over their full […]

HBO Documentary: Becoming Warren Buffett

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:24:10 +0000

HBO has a new documentary film called Becoming Warren Buffett that includes a more personal look at his life, including “never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends.” I just watched it on using the HBO Now 30-day free trial. Here’s the HBO trailer: My notes: Warren Buffett does have […]

RingPlus: Free Cellular Phone Service Ending 2/11

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:32:17 +0000

February 2017 Update. Well, looks like the party is officially over. As predicted, it ended quickly and messily. Ringplus sued Sprint. Sprint announced they were kicking R+ off the Sprint network on February 11th. Both announced that R+ users will be automatically migrated over to Ting if they don’t leave on their own. The timeline […]

Becoming an Amazon #1 Bestselling Author for Under $5

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:08:44 +0000

Brent Underwood is a partner at a marketing company and was tired of shady competitors basically offering the tag of “Bestselling Author” for anywhere between $1,000 and $3,000. So he decided to tell everyone how they can do it themselves for 5 minutes and three bucks. Read the entire thing, but essentially he makes a […]

H&R Block Lowest Price Ever on Amazon: Deluxe Fed + State $18.99, Premium $26.99 (2/6 Only)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 19:34:07 +0000

Deal has expired. I recently posted a deal on H&R Block Deluxe Federal + State for $21, noting that last year’s all-time low was during a brief $19 sale on Amazon. Well, right now Amazon is having an H&R Block “Deal of the Day” sale. These products are at the lowest price ever this year: […]

Schwab Matches Mutual Fund and ETF Expense Ratios, Removes Minimums

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 03:05:05 +0000

Schwab announced some changes last week regarding their index mutual fund line-up and trade commissions. Here is the press release and a table of the updated mutual fund expenses [pdf]. Here are the highlights: Stock trades now $6.95. Beginning February 3, 2017, the company will reduce its standard online equity and ETF trade commissions from […]

Vanguard ETF and Mutual Fund Expense Ratio Changes (Updated January 2017)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 03:01:58 +0000

Updated. Vanguard recently re-calculated the expense ratios for ETF and mutual fund shares classes with an September 2016 fiscal year-end. The effective change dates were 1/26 or 1/27/2017. Here are some notable changes: Vanguard Wellesley Income Fund (Admiral shares) was decreased to 0.15%. Investor shares 0.22%. Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF (VTIP) is now 0.07%. […]

Santander Bank New Checking Account $225 Bonus

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:10:47 +0000

Santander Bank has a new promotion offer a $225 cash bonus for new deposit customers that satisfy the following conditions: Open an eligible new checking account by 3/31/17 with the promo code WINTER225. You must not have or have had a Santander deposit account in the last 12 months. Have direct deposits totaling $500 or […]

Bank of America Free Museum Tickets 2017 Dates

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 06:08:12 +0000

Bank of America is running their Museums on Us program again for 2017, which offers cardholders free admissions to 150 museums, science centers, and botanical gardens nationwide on the first full weekend of every month (Saturday and Sunday). Simply present any valid Bank of America® or Merrill Lynch® credit or debit card and photo ID […]

Ebates Brick & Mortar In-Store Cash Back Program

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:36:37 +0000

You probably know about online shopping portals that offer cash back or airline miles if you buy stuff through them. Some people even manage to earn miles by ordering things online and then picking it up in-person (to save any shipping charges). However, eBates actually has a limited In-Store Cash Back Program for traditional brick […]

Betterment Now Offers Human Advice + Flat Fee Structure

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 07:00:17 +0000

The robo-advisor evolution continues. Betterment just announced some significant changes that include the option to upgrade to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and a more simplified flat fee structure. Here are highlights from the new plans: Betterment Digital. Their original product with digital portfolio management and guidance. Now at a flat 0.25% annually (no more […]

Howark Marks Oaktree Memo: NFL Bettor’s Guide vs. Coin Flip

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:00:37 +0000

Howard Marks released another Oaktree memo earlier this month that somewhat coincides with this weekend’s Super Bowl. Inside, he revisited the New York Post NFL Bettor’s Guide, a panel of “experts” offering their opinion of winning picks for each NFL game during the season. The picks are relative to the point spread offered by the […]

ClaimDog: Simplified Unclaimed Property Search Tool

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:06:52 +0000

Here’s another website that searches public databases to collect your personal information… but instead of being scary it should work solely for your benefit! is a free service that simplifies the process of finding “unclaimed property” in your name. Just type in your first and last name along with your state(s) of residence. Unclaimed […]

Free Website Reveals Your Address History and Names of Relatives (Opt Out)

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:20:35 +0000

If you don’t like the idea of anyone being able to look up your address history and the names of all your relatives, you may want to enter your name into this website. Depending on the information it has gathered on your from public records, it may list personal information about you such as: Your […]

Ally Bank 1-Day ACH Funds Transfer Review

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:34:46 +0000

Considering all of the things that can be done instantaneously nowadays, I’m rather disappointed that it still takes 3 business days to move money between most financial institutions. NACHA has been gradually working on same-day ACH transfers – apparently credits are live (like direct deposit), but not debits. Even then, banks may treat this as […]

Generic Epipen Alternative from CVS for $110 Cash or $10 with Insurance

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:29:12 +0000

If you are like me and have to purchase multiple Epipens every year, you may like to know that CVS has a new generic Epipen alternative with a cash cost of $110 with a cost of $10 for many people with commercial health insurance. In most cases, the discount can be applied right at the […]

Bought Milk? Fresh Milk Class Action Settlement

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:09:37 +0000

If you bought any dairy products between 2003 and the present, and live (or have lived) in any one of the following states: Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin. You may be eligible for a cash settlement of […]

Andrews Federal Credit Union 84-Month Certificate at 3.01% APY

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 21:09:29 +0000

Updated 1/23/17. It appears that Andrews FCU has quietly added back this 7-year 3% APY CD on their share certificate rates page. I don’t know how long this will last. Thanks to FI35 for the tip. Please see my Andrews Federal Credit Union Application and Account Opening Review for more details on the opening process. […]