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American Express AmEx Everyday and Amex Everyday Preferred Credit Card Review

American Express has just introduced two new rewards credit cards called the AmEx Everyday and AmEx Everyday Preferred. Note that these are NOT the same as the Blue Cash Everyday and Blue Cash Preferred cards. They are worth a look as they offer a … [Read the rest]

Frugal Mattress Shopping Tips and Our Experiences

Shopping for a new mattress bed is confusing and annoying. Sadly, that's exactly how it was designed to be. This Slate article talks about this maddening process and offers a few tips: Mattress makers intentionally hinder comparison shopping … [Read the rest]

How To Never Retire: Cash Out Your 401(k) When Leaving a Job

I mentioned Charlie Munger and his principle of inversion in a recent book review. Sometimes the best solution to a problem comes by approaching it backwards. You can learn more about it by reading the transcript from Mungers' 2007 USC Law School … [Read the rest]

Amazon Mom 3-Month Trial + 50% off Diapers

Amazon Mom is a program that has some nice perks for parents (open to anyone... mom, dad, grandparent, or caretaker). The main draw is the 20% off diapers & wipes (5% Subscribe & Save discount + 15% Amazon Mom discount) and the fast shipping. If … [Read the rest]

Do We Regret Paying Off Our Mortgage? One Year Update

It has been a year since we paid off our mortgage early. I already discussed our reasons for doing so in that post, so I won't repeat them here. I also wrote a really long post on every single facet I could think of in the Pay Off Mortgage Early … [Read the rest]

Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction Doesn’t Help Homeownership?

The mortgage interest tax deduction primarily helps the wealthy buy bigger houses rather than increase homeownership rates, according to a new study quoted by this WSJ article. The study found that such tax benefits have help increase the size of … [Read the rest]

The Up Side of Down: A Book About Failure

Failure. Or as Megan McArdle puts it - "deep, soul-crushing periods of misery following stupid mistakes that kept me awake until the small hours of the morning in a fog of anxiety and regret." Yup, I've been there. I was afraid that the new … [Read the rest]

Discover It Review: Double Cash Back Your First Year

The Discover it® card (yes, lowercase, don't ask me why.) has a current promotion that promises double cash back during the first year. This means that their 5% cash back on specific categories each quarterly will effectively get doubled to 10% … [Read the rest]

The Power of Compound Interest Shown in a Single Chart

It's not just how much you save, it's when you save that matters. The best time to start is now. This is the power of compounding returns, which this single chart will help you visualize: Susan (grey) invests $5,000 per year from age 25 … [Read the rest]

American Airlines Free Bonus Miles – Facebook Required

American Airlines has a new AAdvantage Passport Challenge where you can earn free bonus miles for various small activities: Play trivia and other games to earn up to 700 miles Share and complete social actions to earn up to 350 miles Take … [Read the rest]

LearnVest 50/30/20 Budgeting Pie Chart

LearnVest is (yet another) online financial advisor, but they are more focused on money management and life planning than nitpicking asset allocation details. Founder Alexis Von Tobel's book Financially Fearless is on my (long) reading list, and … [Read the rest]

Barron’s Best Online Broker Rankings 2014

Weekly business newspaper Barron's just released their 2014 annual broker survey rankings. Here's a snippet about their criteria (emphasis mine): Our evaluation criteria focus on the needs of wealthy, active traders. We looked at eight categories … [Read the rest]