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FileThis App Review: Automatically Backup Your Online Statements

A few months ago on my post about Paperless vs. Paper Statements, I received this helpful comment from reader Daveraham: I like the services FileThis.com. It’s setup similar to MInt, where it stores account information, but instead of fetching … [Read the rest]

Amazon.com: Extra 25% Off Another Print Book

New code so you can get 25% off again. Good through 12/13 Midnight Pacific. Take an extra 25% off any book at Amazon.com with promo code 25OFFBOOK. Print books only, max $10 off, must by sold and shipped by Amazon.com. Valid until December 14, … [Read the rest]

My 529 Plan Asset Allocation, Part 2: Glide Path

This is a continuation of Part 1: Extension of Retirement or Standalone Portfolio? If you've chosen a standalone portfolio for your 529 plan, every provider will offer you age-based portfolio that automatically adjusts based on the age if your … [Read the rest]

My 529 Plan Asset Allocation, Part 1: Extension of Retirement or Standalone Portfolio?

I'm finally getting around to setting up 529 college savings plans for my kids. It remains my opinion that you should make sure your retirement savings are on track before worrying about college savings. The government let me borrow over $50,000 … [Read the rest]

Credit Card Industry Charts: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover

Here's a quick infographic for followers of the credit card industry. As part of the Bloomberg Businessweek article How Bad Will It Get for American Express?, there was an informative graphic comparing the number of cards, number of accepting … [Read the rest]

How To Start Your Very First Business by Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club (Book Review)

While I don't expect my kids to be the next Warren Buffett, I do plan on encouraging them to start and run their own tiny businesses someday. I've previously shared an online cartoon series called Secret Millionaires Club that teaches financial … [Read the rest]

My Dream Future Is Happening Now (Exactly 10 Years Later!)

Whoa. I just received an e-mail from my past self, scheduled to arrive exactly 10 years after December 3rd, 2005. (Courtesy of the tool FutureMe.org.) Its purpose was to remind me of this post about My Dream Future as imagined in … [Read the rest]

How To View Your Spouse’s Account Within Vanguard

My wife and I both hold IRAs at Vanguard.com, and we each have our own usernames and passwords. This used to work out fine - I would login to either one when I needed to update our portfolio-tracking spreadsheet. But after enabling two-factor … [Read the rest]

Winterizing – Sealing Up Old Windows With Plastic Shrink Film

Extended review, updated prices, added tip using painter's tape. Every year as winter arrives, search engine visitors find their way to this post about how we used to winterize the single pane, very drafty windows in the 90-year-old house we rented. … [Read the rest]

Cyber Monday 2015: Amazon, Target, Travelocity, Expedia, Quicken, and More

Here's a quick roundup of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals that I felt either had broad appeal, were finance-related, or might ideally save you money on stuff you would have bought anyway. Amazon 10% Off. A reminder to save on their … [Read the rest]

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor Book Review

I've just finished reading new book Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin. For the unaware, you can read the Wikipedia for Charles T. Munger, otherwise probably best know as the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and partner of … [Read the rest]

Square IPO, Direct Deposit Loans, and Controlling Your Cashflow

As you've probably heard, the Square IPO was completed last week. For a while, I didn't understand how a company could have a $4 billion valuation when they basically offer a simplified merchant account. They let small businesses accept credit … [Read the rest]