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Forever Stamps Not A Good Investment, Will Never Outpace Inflation

Postage rates will rise on Monday, May 11th. For example, a first-class stamp will become 44 cents, up from 42 cents. For some reason my Costco keeps reminding me of this, promoting the fact that they are selling a pack of 100 Forever stamps at a … [Read the rest]

The Onion: Outsourcing Your Own Job Overseas

How about some Friday afternoon humor: I love the scene with a bunch of speakerphones in an empty conference room talking to each other. With the growing popularity of virtual personal assistants from sites like GetFriday, I bet this is … [Read the rest]

How To Redeem ThankYou Points For Student Loan Checks, Mortgage Payments, or Expedia Travel Credit

Since I can now get 5x ThankYou points on restaurants and Amazon.com purchases from my Citi Forward® Card, I have been looking into the best way to maximize my redemption value. The goal is to get as close to making the 5x points equate to 5% cash … [Read the rest]

Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund: 0.09% ER, $100 To Start

Brokerage firm Schwab lowered the annual expense ratios on many of its in-house mutual funds this week. For example, the Schwab S&P 500 Index Fund (SWPPX), which used to have an expense ratio of 0.36%, now has an expense ratio of 0.09%. That's … [Read the rest]

Ohio CollegeAdvantage 529 Plan Referral Promotion Code: Free $25

This is a friendly reminder that you can still get a $25 head start to your child's college fund if you open a 529 account with the Ohio CollegeAdvantage plan and fund with $25 of your own. Not only is the free money nice, but this is actually a … [Read the rest]

2009 Berkshire Shareholder Meeting Transcript / Minutes

If you're interested in what Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger said in their famous Question & Answer session of the 2009 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, the best raw source I found was this page of the Omaha World-Herald. It's written in a "live … [Read the rest]

Free KFC Grilled Chicken Meal From Oprah

The Oprah Show is giving away coupons for a free Kentucky Grilled Chicken meal from KFC until 9:59pm CDT 5/6/09. 2 pcs Grilled Chicken, 2 sides, and a biscuit. Free lunch! The official website is UnthinkKFC.com, but you have to install some … [Read the rest]

TreasuryDirect Security: Should All Financial Websites Be Like This?

TreasuryDirect, which allows individuals to buy securities online directly from the US Treasury, has to be the least accessible financial website in the country. It takes me about 20 minutes to log in each time! Let's look at all the hoops we get … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Referral Giveway (Expired)

Do you have an Capital One 360 savings account with unused referrals? I usually have lots of $25 bonus links available, but have been falling behind again. The first 25* people who comment below tonight and leave a working e-mail (real … [Read the rest]

Monthly Financial Status / Net Worth Update (May 2009)

Credit Card Debt In the past, I have taken money from credit cards at 0% APR and placed it into high-yield savings accounts or similar safe investments that earn 4-5% interest or more, and keeping the difference as profit. I even put together a … [Read the rest]

Access Morningstar X-Ray, Portfolio Management Tools For Free

Morningstar.com has a bunch of helpful tools for managing your investment portfolio. Many of them are free, but some require you to be a member. Premium membership is not cheap at $174 a year ($115 with Fidelity account), although you do get … [Read the rest]

Become a KGB Special Agent: Text Message 411 Service

Here's another find for the Bored Money category, which are ways to earn some money on the side that aren't really high-paying on a per-hour basis, but aren't bad if you're just bored. KGB, short for Knowledge Generation Bureau, is a … [Read the rest]



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