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Financial Status Bar & Goal Updates

This updated post explains my ratio-based method of tracking our financial progress towards early retirement (as shown by the status indicator on the top right of every blog page). Cash Reserves / Emergency Fund Our goal is to always have a full … [Read the rest]

Blockbuster Express Kiosk Promo Codes – Free DVD Rentals

Updated with new codes. Below is an easy way to get free promo codes good for a free $3 off coupon on DVD rentals at all Blockbuster Express kiosks. Their rental price structure has changed to $1 to $3 a day depending on how new the movie is, so … [Read the rest]

Dilbert Teaches You About Investing

The Dilbert comic often dispenses good investing advice, but sometimes it's either so spot on or so subtle that I think it's worth repeating to makes sure everyone gets the lesson behind the joke. Perils of market timing explained: … [Read the rest]

Link Digest: Paying For Status, Nutella Class Action, Social Security Planning, Being Your Own Bank, and More

The Perils of Paying for Status An article in Scientific American magazine about our desire to feel powerful and achieve social status affects our decision-making. If you're feeling insecure, you're more likely to overpay for products and/or buy … [Read the rest]

Savings I-Bonds March/April 2012 New Rate Prediction: 2.21%

New inflation numbers for March 2012 were announced on April 13th, so it's time for the usual semi-annual update and rate predictions. New Inflation Rate September 2011 CPI-U was 226.889. March 2012 CPI-U was 229.392, for a semi-annual … [Read the rest]

The Morals of Epictetus: Stoic Philosophy and Personal Finance

I'm still working my way through Poor Charlie's Almanack about the teachings of Charlie Munger. The book is very dense with broad ideas and includes references to many scientists, businesspeople, and ancient philosophers I've never heard of before. … [Read the rest]

FutureAdvisor: Free Online Portfolio Management and Asset Allocation

Another new online portfolio management tool is FutureAdvisor. I want to say they were invite-only for a while, but they appear to be wide open to new accounts now. Their basic account is free "forever", and you can add 24/7 portfolio rebalancing … [Read the rest]

Tingo: New Hotel Booking Website That Allows Price Drops

If you haven't heard, Autoslash was a website that let you book car rentals and then re-booked you whenever they could find a better price via price drops or discount codes. It worked well for me in the past. Then the major car rental companies … [Read the rest]

American Express Extended Payment Option = 5,000 Membership Rewards Bonus

The following promotion is for holders of American Express "charge" cards that have Membership Rewards Points, including the Green, Gold, and Platinum cards. (Basically, it should look like one of the cards above.) This would work perfectly for … [Read the rest]

Compare Your Budget With Americans 50 & 100 Years Ago

Last week I mentioned comparing your budget with other people around the world. This time, how about comparing your budget to someone living 50 or 100 years ago? A new article in The Atlantic dissects the information in a new government BLS … [Read the rest]

This Is What I See When I Look at Shopping Mall Directory Maps

Here's my attempt at humor that came to mind while being dragged shopping again, in the name of baby gear research. (I get really whiny when made to shop...) 500 stores, and nothing to buy. Am I the only one? … [Read the rest]

Barron’s Top Online Broker Rankings 2012

Weekly business newspaper Barron's recently released their 2012 annual broker survey rankings. A change from last year is that now the quality and availability of mobile apps for smartphones and iPads are now part of the criteria, as well as more … [Read the rest]

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