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Vanguard Lowers Minimum for Index Fund Admiral Shares

Vanguard has announced that it is lowered the minimum required investment on the Admiral Shares of its index funds to $3,000, down from $10,000. Basically, if you owned the Investor Shares of one of their 38 index funds, you will own the cheaper … [Read the rest]

TopCashBack: Spend $20 at Walmart, Get $20 Cash Back (New Members) rebates you back a percentage of your purchases made through online stores like or There are many such cashback portals, but TopCashBack promises to rebate you 100% of all commissions earned. If you are going … [Read the rest]

IKEA In-Store Coupon Thanksgiving 2018: $25 off $100

IKEA has a new printable $25 off $100 coupon ] that is valid November 22–26, 2018. The coupon states that you can also show it on your phone at checkout. Valid in US stores only. The fine print: Offer valid November 22–26, 2018 (online only … [Read the rest]

WSJ Miles Activity Promo: Buy $1 Subscription, Get 1,200 American Miles

Various airline miles shopping portals are offering extra bonus miles for a $1 trial subscription to the Wall Street Journal (2 months). This is a handy deal because the miles are worth more than $1, you skip the WSJ paywall for a while, and you … [Read the rest]

Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Review: $700 Towards Any Travel + Annual Fee Waived First Year

Highest bonus ever! The Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite MasterCard® is a travel rewards card that has just increased their sign-up bonus to 70,000 points (worth $700 towards any travel), and the annual fee is also waived for the first year ($89 … [Read the rest]

The Best Baby Gear Guide: This Stuff Survived 3 Kids in 6 Years

Some close friends of ours are having their first baby at the same time that our third (and last!) kid is turning 2. That means we'll be passing along a bunch of stuff and also recommendations. Sometimes I read these buying guides and wonder if … [Read the rest]

Buy Audible Membership for $6.95, Get a Free Echo Dot ($39.99 Value) – 11/19 Only

Update: This deal appears to be expired. Amazon has a great deal today only (11/19) if you're interested in a free Echo Dot. Sign up for a discounted membership at $6.95/month, and you get can get a free Echo Dot ($39.99 value). Here's … [Read the rest]

Buy Amazon Music Membership for $0.99, Get Echo Dot For $1 ($49.99 Value)

Update: This deal appears to be expired. Amazon has a another good deal for those interested in a dirt-cheap Echo Dot. Sign up for a 3-month Amazon Music membership for $0.99, and you get can get an Echo Dot (3rd gen) for only $1 ($49.99 … [Read the rest]

Ally Bank 11-Month No Penalty CD Review: 2.25% APY for $25k+

Rates updated as of 11/20/18. Ally Bank raised the rate on their 11-month No Penalty CD. These have been an interesting new product in this rising rate environment. If you have older No-Penalty CDs, you may want to take advantage of this higher … [Read the rest]

Bonds For The Long Run? Long-Term Bonds vs. Stock Returns (1823-2013)

When it comes to news, the headline "man bites dog" will get people's attention, not "dog bites man". Similarly, a new research paper that questions the idea of "Stocks for the Long Run" will create headlines like the WSJ article Sometimes, It’s … [Read the rest]

AirBnB Free Temporary Housing for California Wildfire Evacuees

This is a reminder that AirBnB has a special disaster relief program that helps connect those in need of temporary housing with generous hosts that are willing to open their homes free of charge to evacuees or relief workers. You can open your … [Read the rest]

Real Estate Crowdfunding: Realtyshares Foreclosure Process Example 2018

Final update. I've invested in multiple real estate crowdfunding websites, including $2,000 into a single debt investment at RealtyShares. Unfortunately, this loan backed by a multifamily unit went into foreclosure and I outline what happened. … [Read the rest]