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Free 500 La Quinta Returns Points Promotion

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:50:18 +0000

You can earn up to 500 free La Quinta Returns points by registering for La Quinta Returns Social Rewards and then using your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media accounts: – Register and Receive 100 points – Link Your Social Handles to La Quinta and get 100 points per channel – During Registration, Follow us […]

Amazon Prints Promotional Codes: 50 Free 4×6 Photo Prints (Updated)

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:42:39 +0000

New code for 50 free prints. Amazon now does photo printing with Amazon Prints, starting at 9 cents each for 4×6 prints. Bound photobooks start at $19.99 for 8×11 with 20 pages included, then $1 for every 2 additional pages. Free standard shipping on all orders currently, with free expedited shipping on $15+ orders. Amazon’s […]

Free 1,000 Air Canada Aeroplan Miles Promotion

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 03:36:48 +0000

You could earn 1,000 free Aeroplan miles by completing this quick “Myth or Truth” quiz. It doesn’t matter whether you the questions it right or wrong. You’ll need to enter your Aeroplan number at the end. These bonus miles can be handy as Air Canada requires activity every 12 months to prevent Aeroplan miles expiration. […]

Grit, Early Retirement, and Financial Freedom

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:00:21 +0000

I joined the bandwagon and finished reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. (It’s not like I could just give up in the middle…) You’ve probably heard of this NYT bestseller. Either the book, the MacArthur fellow author, or the research discussed has been profiled in nearly every major media outlet. […]

What Cards Are In My Wallet? 2006 vs. 2016 Flashback Edition

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:05 +0000

What’s in my wallet? Besides trying to land at least $500 on new sign-ups, which cards do I end up using on a regular basis? Apparently, the last time I answered this question was in 2006, more than a decade ago?! Let’s see if I have made any improvements since then. These are the cards […]

Which Asset Classes Offer True Diversification in Bear Markets?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:06 +0000

The financial gurus are always looking for a new “alternative” asset class that both reduces the risk in your portfolio and increases returns. Longboard Funds looked at data from the past 15 years and examined what happened when you added 20% of various asset classes to a traditional 60/40 stock/bond portfolio. Below is a chart […]

Savings I Bonds November 2016 Update: 2.76% Inflation Rate

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:00:41 +0000

Savings I Bonds are a low-risk investment backed by the US Treasury that pay out a variable interest rate linked to inflation. You could own them as a short-term investment in place of bank CDs or savings accounts, or you could hold them as long-term investments in place of government, corporate, or municipal bonds. New […]

American Express 2X Rewards On Purchases at Small Businesses

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:18:27 +0000

American Express has a new promotion that offers you “2X Rewards” on your consumer or small business AmEx when you shop at a small business. Runs through the end of the year, 12/31/2016. You must register here. List of what counts as small businesses on their map here. This works with most of the various […]

BuffetGo: Reduce Food Waste and Buy a Big Box of Leftovers for $3

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:15:50 +0000

The cheap, hungry student inside me couldn’t help but mention a new site called BuffetGo. In an effort to reduce wasted food, both mom-and-pop and hotel buffet restaurants work with BuffetGo to offer a special deal. You show up at their restaurant within a 15 or 30-minute window before closing, and you can fill a […]

How To Read Market Commentary and Stay The Course

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:00:10 +0000

Every day, new articles are published telling you to buy this! Sell that! Hedge against this other thing! One of the most underrated skills in investing is the ability to stick to your plan and do nothing. Some folks argue that that solution is to never listen to any market commentary (or “noise”). Keep your […]

Navy Federal Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Credit Card: 30,000 Bonus Points, 0% APR No Balance Transfer Fee Offer

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:09:02 +0000

NavyFed Credit Union has brought back the sign-up bonus on their premium rewards credit card, the Navy Federal Visa Signature Flagship Rewards Credit Card. Taken altogether, the sign-up bonus and the low intro balance transfer rate are quite competitive. The highlights: Earn 30,000 bonus points when you spend $3,000 within the first 90 days of […]

Plastiq: Pay Tuition, Rent, or Taxes With Credit Card or Debit Card

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:33 +0000

New promo. Plastiq has a new promotional rate if you schedule at least six rent or mortgage payments with American Express (2.25%) or Mastercard (1.75%). You must schedule them by October 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. PT. Schedule 6 or more payments, and schedule them as far into the future as you’d like. -Remember to […]

iShares Core ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:35:47 +0000

Updated 10/12/16. 18 iShares Core ETFs now trade commission-free at Fidelity. Blackrock announced price cuts to 15 out of its 22 iShares Core ETFs last week. The iShares Core series is their low-cost, index ETF line-up targeted towards buy-and-hold investors. Here are the updated expense ratios, alongside the expense ratios of the closest equivalent ETF […]

Free 500 Virgin America Points for Newsletter Sign-Up

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:27:04 +0000

Get another 500 free Virgin America Elevate points when you sign up for the new Virgin America Produced e-mail newsletter. * Offer valid until October 26, 2016. Only one email address is allowed and only one set of 500 points will be awarded per Elevate account number. Bonus reward points earned in this offer do […]

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Book Review)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 06:00:32 +0000

I don’t recall how I discovered this book, but I remember being initially skeptical. I was wary that Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts would be a poorly-written eBook with a very catchy title and little else. I’m glad to report that instead, this compact book was […]

Follow-up: Georgia Tech Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science for $7,000

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:00:00 +0000

I’m always fascinated by the potential power of cheap, accessible education. Back in 2013, I wrote about how Georgia Tech planned to offer an online master’s degree in Computer Science for only $7,000. Three years later, the NY Times has a follow-up article on the program. Here are my notes in case you’re stuck behind […]

Schwab Index ETF Expense Ratios vs. Vanguard ETF Comparison (Updated 2016)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 02:33:57 +0000

Schwab also had some reactionary price cuts to some of their Schwab Index ETFs last week. Here are the updated expense ratios, alongside the expense ratios of the closest equivalent ETF from Vanguard. In cases where both Vanguard and iShares compete, Schwab is now 2 basis points cheaper than Vanguard. This is because iShares recently […]

Amazon Prime Reading: Free Consumer Reports Magazine

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:26:41 +0000

Amazon has introduced another free perk for Amazon Prime members. From the press release for Amazon Prime Reading (emphasis mine): Amazon today introduced Prime Reading, a new reading benefit for U.S. Prime members. Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more – at no additional cost. […]

More Charts: Withdrawal Rates and Portfolio Longevity

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 22:20:29 +0000

Here’s another pair of tidy charts about safe withdrawal rates, or the amount you can safely withdraw from your retirement portfolio without running out. They are taken from this Blackrock page, specifically their “one-pager” 2-page PDF. First up, this chart shows how a $1 million portfolio would have done over a 30-year period, given withdrawal […]

Platinum Delta Skymiles American Express Companion Certificate

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 03:00:57 +0000

The Delta American Express card line-up has some limited-time bonus bumps going on right now. Offer ends 11/9/16. In particular, I noticed that the Platinum Delta American Express is offering: 70,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in eligible purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. If you care about elite status, […]

Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card Limited-Time 75,000 Point Offer

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 03:16:42 +0000

Limited-time 75,000 point offer. The Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Visa Signature® Card, from our partner Citi, is their no-annual fee card featuring a new limited-time offer. Highlights: For a limited time, earn 75,000 Hilton HHonors 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 […]

Amazon Problems: Fake Product Reviews

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:58:20 +0000

Update: As of 10/3/16, Amazon has changed their policy and now prohibits reviews in exchange for discounted products. From the Amazon Blog: Our community guidelines have always prohibited compensation for reviews, with an exception – reviewers could post a review in exchange for a free or discounted product as long as they disclosed that fact. […]

Podcast Recommendation: The Distance

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:52:54 +0000

Many of the podcasts I listen to aren’t financially-related, but I’ve recently been catching up The Distance Podcast which profiles the owners of private businesses that have been around for at least 25 years. Here’s their own description: What’s the hardest thing about business? Not going out of business. The Distance features stories of private […]

Is There Really a Huge Loophole in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program?

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 01:52:03 +0000

The Brookings Institution came out with an interesting report titled The coming Public Service Loan Forgiveness bonanza. Here are the highlights of the paper: The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program limits your payments to 10% of your discretionary income. After 10 years (120 monthly payments), any remaining loan balance is forgiven (principal + interest). […]

Robinhood Gold Review: $10 a Month For Extended Trading and Interest-Free Margin

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:34 +0000

The Robinhood app became well-known for their free stock trades and sleek app-only interface. People wondered, how will they make money? Well, they just announced one way – Robinhood Gold, a premium plan starting at $10 per month with the following highlights. Extended hours trading. In addition to standard trading hours, you can start trading […]