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Hilton American Express Cards Limited-Time Offers – Up to 125,000 Hilton Points Each

Hilton Hotels has two American Express consumer cards, a no annual fee and a $95 annual fee version (with more perks of course). There is also a business card version. Right now, all of them have a limited-time increase to their welcome offer, … [Read the rest]

TIPS ETF vs. TIPS Mutual Fund vs. Series I Savings Bond: 10-Year Performance Comparison (2008-2018)

While updating my portfolio spreadsheet, I noticed that it had been 10 years since I bought my first electronic savings bond. I recently listed Reasons To Own TIPS, Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities and Reasons To Own Series I Savings Bonds. … [Read the rest]

Kids & Materialism: What Thing Were You Obsessed With in 7th Grade?

In the Atlantic article Why Kids Want Things, Dr. Marsha Richins is interviewed about her research on materialism and children. She explores why kids tend to place the most importance on owning and having things during middle school: I think of … [Read the rest]

Bonus Delta SkyMiles for Washington State Residents

Back again for the 2018-2019 season. If you are a resident of Washington state and age 18+ (as indicated by your Skymiles account), you can register at SeaHawks.com/12status and receive the following perks from Delta Airlines: 1 bonus mile for … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – September 2018

This is my monthly roundup of the best interest rates on cash, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea of how much additional interest you'd earn if you are moving money between … [Read the rest]

Lesser-Known Cheap Unlimited Cell Phone Plans Data on Every Network (2 GB from $15/Month, 5 GB from $20/Month)

Updated October 2018. Cell phone bills are getting cheaper than ever. Have you checked prices recently? All of the major networks sell wholesale minutes to MVNOs (Mobile Network Virtual Operators), which they in turn sell at a significant discount … [Read the rest]

Lesser-Known Cheap Talk & Text Only Cell Phone Plans on Every Network – From $1 a Month

Updated October 2018. Cell phone bills are getting cheaper than ever. Have you checked prices recently? All of the major networks sell wholesale minutes to MVNOs (Mobile Network Virtual Operators), which they in turn sell at a significant discount … [Read the rest]

AmEx Special Offers: 10% Off Back on Supermarkets, Cable/Internet Bills, Insurance Bills, and Department Stores

Updated. If you have any American Express card, here's a quick heads up that they have been loading up a variety of new "Amex Offers" on broad categories. These are an easy way to earn some extra cash without buying any extra stuff you don't … [Read the rest]

Warren Buffett on Reaching Stock Market Highs

Warren Buffett had his annual charity lunch today and was on CNBC for a short interview. As usual, he was asked about the current stock market situations and, as usual, he managed to sum everything up in a few folksy sentences. Here's a direct … [Read the rest]

Reasons To Own Series I Savings Bonds

Series I Savings Bonds (aka "I Bonds") are a unique investment sold directly to individuals by the US Treasury that pay out a variable interest rate linked to inflation. This post collects general reasons to own these savings bonds without going … [Read the rest]

What Happens If You Run Out of Money in Retirement?

This is not a happy post, but it's also the reality for a lot of people so I think it is a valid discussion. The Early Retirement forums had a thread recently titled What If You Run Out of Money?: I'm wondering--what would happen to someone who … [Read the rest]

Ally Invest Commission-Free ETF List Review (+ New Account Cash Bonus)

Ally Invest (formerly TradeKing) has rolled out their own commission-free ETF list to augment their $4.95 trades and no account minimums. As an existing customer, they sent a short e-mail with the following paragraph: We're excited to announce … [Read the rest]

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