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Am I Putting Too Much Away For Retirement?

After reading my most recent net worth update, some of you must be wondering why I'm putting so much money into retirement accounts like 401k's and IRAs, especially given my mid-term goal of buying a house in a year or so. I mean, I can't touch this … [Read the rest]

November 2006 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

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Best Business Credit Cards With 0% APR Offers

I hate it when I just plain forget to post things, which is I'm glad I did that survey ;) One of the main reasons why I brought up the fact that anyone can apply for business credit cards is that you can take out 0% APR balance transfers (see my … [Read the rest]

When Should You Redeem I Savings Bonds? A Calculator

As predicted in October, the new inflation portion of I-Bonds is 3.12% and the new fixed rate is 1.4%, for a total of 4.52%. This is still lower than what is available via Treasury Bills and online savings accounts, so those of us with older Savings … [Read the rest]

When Should You Redeem I Savings Bonds? The Details

To reduce clutter, this post has been merged with When Should You Redeem I Savings Bonds? A Calculator. You can access the calculator directly here. … [Read the rest]

My Money Worries

Here are the money thoughts that are swirling around my head these days: I need to find a job. My wife needs to find a job. We need to move. We need to find a house that we can afford. No big deal, eh? It's a very weird transitional place for … [Read the rest]

qara.info Thanksgiving Giveaway – Over $400 in Prizes!

It's a time for giving thanks, and I am very grateful for all you awesome readers of this blog. Honestly, this blog has helped me keep on track and it was really fun along the way. I started blogging in December 2004, revealing our net worth of … [Read the rest]

Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors – Book Review

Almost a perfect counterpoint to The Little Book That Beats The Market (review), this book could easily be titled The Big Book That Shows You Can't Beat The Market. It weighs nearly 5 pounds, and is almost 400 pages long. This thing is a … [Read the rest]

The Little Book That Beats The Market: Book Review

There's been a lot of buzz about The Little Book That Beats the Market, so I was excited when it finally came in from the library. Of course, at the time I was midway through Index Funds: The 12-Step Program for Active Investors, which I'll also be … [Read the rest]

Did I Just Waste $50 On Firewood?

We just bought a 1/3 cord of firewood for $50 off of Craigslist (only partially shown above), figuring we'd try out our new fireplace this winter. But then I ran across this article about how conventional fireplaces are useless: As a fire burns … [Read the rest]

How To Get A Free Month of Amazon Prime

Yep, Amazon is giving out a free trial of Amazon Prime for up to 3 months to lots of people, which includes free 2-day shipping on most items with no minimum purchase. Click here to see if you qualify. Hopefully you'll be greeted with this image: … [Read the rest]

Got a Discover Card? Get $20 Gift Card For Each $200 Spent At Select Malls

Get a free $20 Discover Gift Card instantly by spending $200 on your Discover Card at select malls from November 1 through December 31, 2006. Just take your receipts totaling $200 to the customer service desk of any of the participating malls to … [Read the rest]