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Fixed Annuities: Maximize State Guaranty Coverage Limits

A recent article by Scott Burns talked about investing in deferred fixed annuities with CD-like qualities, an example offered a 3% yield guaranteed for 5 years no surrender charges (similar to early withdrawal penalty) after 5 years. This is a … [Read the rest]

Home Depot Coupon Code: $10 off $100+ Purchase has a coupon code JUNEHD that will take $10 off any purchase of $100 or more. Expires 6/23/13. You can have the item shipped or pick up in-store. Get another 3% or so rebate via a cashback shopping portal like eBates ($5 new customer … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Bold Review: Business Card Bonus Worth $500 Cash, $625 in Airfare

The Ink Bold® Business Charge Card is a premium small business being offered by Chase, directly competing with the biz cards from American Express. If you have a small business including freelance or online eBay/Etsy sales, using a business card … [Read the rest]

$30,000 Beat-the-Benchmark Experiment Update – June 2013

Here's a condensed June 2013 update for my Beat the Market Experiment, a series of three portfolios started on November 1st, 2012: $10,000 Passive Benchmark Portfolio that would serve as both a performance benchmark and an real-world, low-cost … [Read the rest]

Free VIN Check Trick, Free Vehicle History Report

AutoCheck and CarFax are popular ways to check on a used vehicle's history before buying or selling. They aren't always 100% accurate, but can still be a useful tool and possibly worth the $30+ retail price. But AutoCheck also lets car dealers check … [Read the rest]

MMB Retirement Portfolio Update – June 2013

Here's a mid-2013 update of our retirement portfolio, including employer 401(k) plans, self-employed retirement plans, Traditional and Roth IRAs, and taxable brokerage holdings. Cash reserves (emergency fund), college savings accounts, experimental … [Read the rest]

Part-Time Track Jobs For Mainstream Professionals?

Businessweek's cover story this week is about how fathers do the work/family balancing act. The article talks about how men want to be more involved in family life as well as women but face their own unique obstacles yada yada, but this part caught … [Read the rest]

Book Review: Damn Right! Biography of Charlie Munger

I recently finished reading the biography of Charles Munger done by Janet Lowe, Damn Right! Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger, originally published in 2000. The book did a pretty good job of filling in details … [Read the rest]

Household Cashflow Diagram with Automated Savings & Bill Payments

As part of our transition to parenthood (less time) and part-time work (less income), Mrs. MMB and I have been trying to get more organized with our finances. I've eased up on my control-freak ways and we've shifted as many bills as we can to … [Read the rest]

Costco New Member Discount Certificates: Over $50 Value

Here a promotion that could save some money for people thinking of joining or re-joining Costco. First, either sign-in or join, which is one of those rewards sites where you earn points for using their search engine, reading sponsored … [Read the rest]

Low-Cost Investing: The Next Consumer Revolution?

Joe Davis and Andy Clarke of The Vanguard Blog had a thought-provoking post comparing the increasing popularity of broadly-diversified, low-cost portfolios to the historical spread of certain technologies: Much like electricity, refrigeration, and … [Read the rest]

Ugly Americans Book: Eight Rules of Carney

I've been falling behind on my book reviews. Here's an older book I found that made for good airplane reading - Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions by Ben Mezrich. The book is … [Read the rest]