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Target Black Friday Promotions: 20% Off Coupon, 15% Off Sitewide

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:06:05 +0000

Target has announced their Black Friday and Cyber Monday week promotions. Here are the more general deals and those that can be used on everyday purchases. Wednesday 11/22. REDcard holders always get 5% off, but on Wednesday 11/22 they will also get early access to select Black Friday deals on Black Friday 11/24. If […]

Amazon Black Friday Week Deals: Extra 20% Off Warehouse, Discounts on Fire Tablets, Kindles

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:58:02 +0000

Amazon has started their Black Friday Week deals. There will be more in the future, but these are the top deals that were teased in their official press release, so they should be at their lowest prices for this week. Extra 20% off Amazon Warehouse Deals – These are open-box and returned items. It’s easiest […]

Thanksgiving Reader: The Power of Gratitude

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:47:41 +0000

It’s kind of sad when you hear the term “Black Friday Week” more often than Thanksgiving. I would like to interrupt the flow of deals to briefly connect personal finance and Thanksgiving in a different way. Seth Godin has put together something called the Thanksgiving Reader, which is a collection of quotes and stories dealing […]

Amazon Prime: Create Pet Profile, Get 20% Off Pet Food Order

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 19:43:48 +0000

Amazon Prime members can get 20% off their next pet food and treats order (up to $20) after they create their first pet profile. It’s free to create a profile and they include cats, dogs, horses, birds, fish, turtles, and more. You can also sign up for future pet-related promotions and discounts. Order must be […] Additional 10% Off Gift Cards Pre-Black Friday Sale (11/17 Only)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 20:29:36 +0000

Update: Deal has expired. New Raise members should see a pop-up for $5 off $50+ on your first order. Hopefully another deal will replace it next week. lets you buy and sell gift cards online and instantly via app, and according to them they are the largest online marketplace for gift cards. They do […]

Capital One Spark Cash for Business Credit Card $1,000 Bonus

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:00:45 +0000

Update 11/19: This offer appears to be expired. Many of the better deals don’t last very long. Here’s a special link for the Capital One Spark Cash for Business Credit Card that includes a $1,000 cash bonus once you spend $10,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening. There is a $59 annual fee […]

Starbucks App: Load $20 w/ Chase Pay, Get Gold Status + 300 Bonus Stars

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:14 +0000

Starbucks and Chase Pay have a new promotion that gets you 300 bonus stars when you load $20+ via Chase Pay on the Starbucks app. Click the link for specific instructions for iOS or Android phones. Expires November 21st, 2017. Easy to sign up and my 300 points showed up quickly. 300 stars is enough […]

CIT Bank Review: No Penalty CD 1.55%, Savings 1.35% APY, Opening/Closing Process

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:16:07 +0000

Updated with new 1.55% APY rate hike and how to move existing funds to higher rates. CIT Bank (not to be confused with Citi Bank) has become one of the larger online-only banks with a multi-year history of competitive rates. They don’t offer a checking account, so their products are mostly designed to be savings […]

ZOE XL2: Our Favorite Lightweight Double Stroller for Travel

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:52:45 +0000

If you have young children and like to travel, you likely appreciate a lightweight stroller that still retains those small-but-important features.* After trying out several different brands, our family favorite is the ZOE XL2 double stroller (see 600+ reviews, buy direct from ZOE as a third-party seller). They aren’t a big name brand and you […]

JetBlue Plus Credit Card: 60,000 Point Limited Time Offer

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:08:21 +0000

The JetBlue Plus credit card by Barclaycard has a new special offer for 60,000 bonus TrueBlue points after spending $1,000 on purchases in the first 90 days. Valid for first-time cardmembers. Expires 12/31/17. This is the double the standard offer of 30,000 bonus points and also higher than previous bump-ups to 40,000 points. Highlights: Earn […]

IKEA In-Store Discount 2017: $25 off $150 Coupon

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:29:30 +0000

Back again for this holiday season, IKEA has a printable $25 off $150 coupon [pdf] that is valid until December 24th, 2017. The coupon states that you can also show it on your phone at checkout. Valid in US stores only. Here is selected fine print: Not valid on IKEA Kitchen Event offer, IKEA services, […]

Veterans Day Discounts: 10% Off Target for Military Families Until 11/11

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:39:27 +0000

Target is offering a 10% off discount coupon for active duty military, veterans and their spouse and/or dependent children. Offer is valid for a single use at Target and through Nov 11th. A nice gesture of appreciation towards our military and their families. There are a few exclusions: *Excludes alcohol, Bose, CVS clinic & […]

Is Taking All Your Money Out of the Stock Market Ever A Good Idea?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:37:07 +0000

If you enjoy financial success stories from people with modest incomes, check out the Time Money article I Took All My Money Out of the Stock Market and It Feels Amazing. Yes, the title is a bit clickbaity, but it’s still worth a read. Rosalind Warren combined her personal savings with a modest inheritance, invested […]

Groupon: Free 60-Day Kindle Unlimited Membership w/ Finance Book List

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:42:44 +0000

Groupon is offering a Free 60-Day membership to Kindle Unlimited. You must not have had been a KU subscriber within the last 12 months. A Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscription usually costs $9.99 a month and includes free access to a special library of over 1 million eBooks, thousands of audiobook narrations, and current issues of […]

Vanguard Interactive Ad: $1 Million Is Closer Than You Think

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 20:33:36 +0000

Vanguard has a new full-page interactive ad in the NY Times online with the heading $1 Million Is Closer Than You Think. This is one of those expensive ads that I feel ambivalent about as a investor-owner of Vanguard. I’d rather they rely on word-of-mouth (like from yours truly) and focus more on the customer […]

Which Index Fund Companies Are Most Aligned With Individual Investors?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:00:36 +0000

You’ve decided that low-cost index funds are the way to go. Which index fund company do you pick? Morningstar has a new research paper titled Partnering With Passive Fund Sponsors That Have Your Back: Successful investing hinges on putting yourself in the best position to maximize favorable outcomes. Beyond selecting a fund that tracks a […]

Amazon Assistant Browser Extension: $5 off $25 Promotion (Back Again For Some)

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:50:13 +0000

Promo is back, supposedly for new customers but may work if you uninstalled it previously. I was just able to do again myself for another easy five bucks. Amazon Assistant is a browser extension for most popular web browsers. I usually don’t like these “helpers” as they slow down my computer and track my every […]

Morningstar Top 529 College Savings Plan Rankings 2017

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 00:41:44 +0000

Investment research firm Morningstar has released their annual 529 College Savings Plans Research Paper and Industry Survey. While the full survey appears restricted to paid premium members, they did release their top-rated plans for 2017. This is still useful as while there are currently over 60 different 529 plan options nationwide, the majority are mediocre […]

All-Clad VIP Factory Seconds Sale: Next One 11/6-11/8

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 01:00:35 +0000

All-Clad cookware is known to be very high quality, but also quite expensive. If you cook regularly, you can justify the high price with the fact that the stainless steel pots and pans will essentially last forever. (I would skip the non-stick stuff, even anodized won’t last forever.) is how All-Clad unloads their products […]

Tulip Fever Movie: Love and Economic Bubbles

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 23:00:56 +0000

If you’ve read enough investing books, you know about the “Dutch Tulip Mania” of the 1600s (Wikipedia) and how it was considered one of the first documented economic bubbles. At one point, 12 acres of land were exchanged for a single tulip bulb. I was catching up on my Bloomberg magazines and saw this: Finance […]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – November 2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 06:00:17 +0000

Interest rates are slowly inching upwards. Don’t let a megabank pay you 0.01% APY or less for your idle cash. Here is my monthly roundup of the best safe rates available, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. I focus on rates that are nationally available to everyone (not restricted to certain geographic areas or […]

Savings I Bonds November 2017 Update: 0.1% Fixed, 2.48% Variable Interest Rate

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 17:43:57 +0000

Update 11/1/17. The fixed rate will be 0.1% for I bonds issued from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. The variable inflation-indexed rate for this 6-month period will be 2.48% (as was predicted). The total rate on any specific bond is the sum of the fixed and variable rates. See you again in mid-April […]

Scare-Testing Your Risk Tolerance on Halloween

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 21:13:30 +0000

It’s Halloween as I finishing writing this, and soon little ghosts and ghouls will be lining up to score treats from my great-aunt. She’s lived through some amazing times. It’s really hard to predict how you will handle a scary situation until you are actually faced with it. The fear, the uncertainly, the doubt. Sometimes […]

Book Review: A History of Gold in the United States

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:00:01 +0000

Having been born after 1971, I have never lived in a time when the dollar was backed by gold. In an effort to learn more about the gold standard, I recently finished One Nation Under Gold: How One Precious Metal Has Dominated the American Imagination for Four Centuries by James Ledbetter. In other words, this […]

XKCD on Credit Card Reward Optimization

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:11:38 +0000

XKCD has some clever observations about the pursuit of credit card rewards: I definitely spend more time thinking about optimizing things than is… optimal? rational? That’s why I started a website, so I can justify it as a business pursuit! 🙂 Here’s another good one from XKCD: Don’t forget the time cost of “Arguing with […]