Kindle Unlimited Review: Personal Finance and Investing Books

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Amazon has just announced Amazon Unlimited, an eBook and audiobook subscription service that costs $9.99 a month (30-day free trial) and not included in Amazon Prime. They claim over 600,000 titles in their library, although that number is padded … [Read the rest]

Free FICO vs. non-FICO Credit Score Comparison

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Updated with new scores. There are many free credit scores are available nowadays, but how do they compare in real life? There are three major credit bureaus - TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian - which all may have slightly different information … [Read the rest]

Non-Traditional Retirement Story: 50% Savings Rate and Year-long Vacations

Rarely are people who achieve a non-traditional retirement profiled on mainstream media, and when they do it's usually with a "omigosh look at these crazy people" type of article. So I was surprised when I ran across this couple who talk casually … [Read the rest]

Manything: Turn Your Old iPhone, iPad, or iPod Into a Free Home Security Webcam

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In order to keep an eye our house on longer trips as well as monitor our dogs anytime, we bought Samsung WiFi cameras a while ago that stream directly to our phones. We decided not to go with Dropcam in order to avoid recurring monthly fees. Our … [Read the rest]

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card: $100 Statement Credit + Two Free Weekend Nights $500+ Value

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Update - This promotion is now EXPIRED. Citi has a new promo for its premium Hilton Hotels card, the Citi® Hilton HHonors™ Reserve Card. The sign-up bonus now includes a $100 statement credit in addition to 2 Free Weekend Nights (details below). Th … [Read the rest]

Pentagon Federal Credit Union Free FICO Credit Score (NextGen)

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Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) now offers a free credit score to select members. It may be offered only to members with a credit account with them (auto, checking overdraft, mortgage, etc.). I was offered the free FICO score and only have … [Read the rest]

Quizzle Review: Free Equifax Credit Score and Credit Report

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Quizzle.com is a website that offers a free credit score and your official Equifax credit report every six months. You can now monitor your credit scores from all three credit bureaus for free. It has been six months for me, so I just grabbed my … [Read the rest]

Top 10 Best Dirt Cheap Beater Car Models?

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In 2006, Jay Lamm organized the first 24 Hours of LeMons (official site, Wikipedia) in which cars picked off the street that cost under $500 (not counting safety equipment) raced each other for 24 hours straight. The name and format parodies the … [Read the rest]

Spirit Airlines Free 8,000 Miles = 80% of One-Way Flight Award or Free Magazines

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Spirit Airlines is a budget airline that charges for things like carry-ons and printing a boarding pass at check-in. They have the highest number of complaints per passenger. But they're cheap - they claim 40% lower on average. They are also … [Read the rest]

Book Review: Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business

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I believe that entrepreneurialism is, like many things, a combination of talent and learned skill. Some people will take to it naturally, but a great many more can become successful and independent business people with the proper inspiration and … [Read the rest]

Net Worth Breakdown: Saved Income vs. Investment Returns 2004-2014

I've talked about the importance of savings rate, but remember that investing that savings prudently is also part of the process. Here's a question - What percentage of your current net worth is saved income, and what is investment growth? This … [Read the rest]

Why Vanguard VNQ is the Best REIT ETF

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) offer the ability to invest in commercial real estate within the comfort of your brokerage account. ETFs in turn offer the ability to invest in a diversified basket of REITs. The Morningstar article This REIT … [Read the rest]