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Savings I-Bonds March 2010 CPI Update: 1.54% Variable Rate

New inflation numbers for March 2010 were announced today, so it's time for the usual semi-annual update and rate predictions. New Inflation Rate September 2009 CPI-U was 215.969. March 2010 CPI-U was 217.631, for a semi-annual increase of … [Read the rest]

Short Film: The Cheapest Man in the Room

Do you think you're cheap? Or know someone who is? Well, unless you've brought supermarket cheese samples on a date, they may not be when compared to The Cheapest Man in the Room. Ross Carter lives a normal life … for a guy on a budget. … [Read the rest]

Insurance Quiz: Can You Beat 4 out of 10 Correct?

Argh... they got me. I usually filter out PR emails, but I went ahead and took the Insurance Intelligence Quiz by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). According to them, a recent survey found Americans only answered an … [Read the rest]

NY Times Financial Tune-Up: Interactive Checklist

The NY Times has a new series called the Financial Tuneup: Take a Few Hours and Unlock Some Cash. Essentially these are all the things that you probably know you should do, but never get around to. By compiling them all into a interactive … [Read the rest]

Surviving the Great Baseball Card Bubble

From the 1630s tulip mania to the Roaring 1920s to the Dot-com Bust to Real Estate, I thought I had read about all the bubbles. But it seems that I forgot that I was right in the middle another one - the baseball card craze of the late 1980s and … [Read the rest]

How Much Did Your Tax Return Cost? U.S. Average $229

As CPAs everywhere are burning the midnight oil, the National Society of Accountants (NSA) released the results of their 2009-2010 Fee Survey of nearly 8,000 tax preparers, which showed the average tax preparation fee for an itemized Form 1040 with … [Read the rest]

Chase Sapphire Card: $100 Signup Bonus

The Chase Sapphire Card is a new rewards credit card that is offering 10,000 bonus points after your first purchase on the credit card, which can be redeemed for $100 cash. No annual fee. As a rewards card, it offers 1 point for every dollar in … [Read the rest]

Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan: Free $25 To Start

The Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Savings Plan is again offering a $25 refer-a-friend bonus if you open an account and deposit at least $25 by June 30, 2010. You can be a resident of any state, and there are no application or annual fees. Rated a … [Read the rest]

Depositing Loose Coins and Coin Jars

Like a lot of folks, I don't like carrying around change and whenever I get the chance it gets deposited into a jar on my desk. Coinstar has somehow created a publicly-traded corporation (ticker CSTR) worth over 1 billion dollars based on converting … [Read the rest]

Cell Phone Carriers: Money Back Guarantee Comparison

Sprint recently announced an improved 30 day 'money back guarantee' on new activations. You basically get virtually all fees associated with your phone returned to you, if you return your new phone within 30 days. You don't pay activation fees, … [Read the rest]

Ally Bank Certificate of Deposit Opening Process

I also opened up a couple of Ally Bank 5-year CDs earlier this week as one of the places for my emergency fund, following my previous positive analysis. It went pretty smoothly, here are the steps of the application: Step 1 select accounts - … [Read the rest]

2010 Non-Deductible Traditional IRA Contribution Made

I talked about taking some "action" in my last net worth update. We both contributed $5,000 each to a non-deductible Traditional IRA earlier this week. In doing so, I was reminded of how some folks can be intimidated by the amount of IRS fine … [Read the rest]

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