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SumoLounge Omni and Otto Chair Review

I'm tired of reviewing stuffy bank products. How about some cool urban furniture instead? I was sent both a Fiery Red Omni and Otto Chair courtesy of Andrew of SumoLounge for review, and here it is! At first glance, it just seems like a bean bag … [Read the rest]

Scottrade Referral Swap List

People are still asking me for Scottrade referrals, but I'm not allowed to give them out anymore. Instead, I'm going to start a list of readers who already have accounts that are willing to give out referrals. If you are interested, … [Read the rest]

10 Wacky Ways To Eat Cheap In College

As a counterpoint to outrageously expensive meals, how about some stupid, unethical, and somewhat scary stories about how I ate on the cheap while in school? Note that I don't do any of these anymore. (Unless left alone for more than a month, then … [Read the rest]

Bank of America Offers Free Online Trades Too

Maybe new broker Zecco (my review) was right and stock trades really are a commodity now. Today, Bank of America announced that they will be offering 30 free online trades a month for customers with at least $25,000 in combined deposits. Not … [Read the rest]

Back To Basics: Track Your Spending

Pop Quiz: How much money did you spend on food last month? I've been blogging about money now for almost two years, and I've been wanting to put together a kind of distillation of all the things that I've learned. All these posts are the … [Read the rest]

October 2006 Financial Status / Net Worth Update

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Zecco Feature Review and Free Trades Details

Update: Please see my new and updated Zecco Broker Review. has revealed more details about its promise of free stock trades, and is causing a lot of talk for us investors looking for cheap trades. Details » Stock Trades - Yes, it's … [Read the rest]

My Business Credit Card of Choice (For Now)

Update: The below promotion is now expired. The New Business Gold Rewards Card® from American Express OPEN now offers 3X points on airfare, 2X points on advertising, gas, and shipping and 1X point on everything else. The annual fee for this card is … [Read the rest]

October 2006 Investment Portfolio Snapshot

Here is another snapshot of my retirement portfolio as of market close 10/7. As indicated in my previous snapshot, I simultaneously sold ~$10,000 of iShares S&P 500 Index ETF (IVV) and contributed $10,000 to my Solo 401k, which I used to buy … [Read the rest]

Scottrade Launches Limited Online Transfers via Money Direct

I don't know how long this has been out, but I just noticed in my Scottrade brokerage account that there is a new service called Money Direct that allows you to electronically deposit money from a bank account. Note that I said deposit only, because … [Read the rest]

Fat Pitch Financials Contributor’s Corner Review

As I've mentioned previously, I have been enjoying a free trial courtesy of George of Fat Pitch Financials Contributor's Corner and here is my review. Basics The main premise behind Contributor's Corner is to provide "arbitrage and special … [Read the rest]

What’s The Most Expensive Meal You’ve Ever Had?

While in Paris, my friends and I decided to have a "nice French meal". While you don't have to necessarily spend big bucks to have such a meal, we were not French, not locals, and therefore we simply dressed up and stumbled into a nearby restaurant … [Read the rest]