Open University: UK-Based, Regionally US-Accredited Online Bachelor’s Degrees

If you are interested in online college education, definitely read How Open University Works: An Insider’s Perspective by Manoel Cortes Mendez. The Open University (OU) is a public, nonprofit UK university that was founded in 1969 with a focus on … [Read the rest]

Barron’s Best Stock Brokerage Rankings 2018

Barron's has released their 2018 online broker rankings. The considerations include trading experience/technology, usability, mobile trading, range of offerings, research tools, customer service, and cost. The Barron's list always comes from the … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – May 2018

Interest rates are rising. Rate-chasing is becoming more worthwhile again. Here is my monthly roundup of the best safe rates available, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. Check out my Ultimate Rate-Chaser Calculator to get an idea … [Read the rest]

Savings I Bonds May 2018 Interest Rate: 2.22% Inflation Rate, 0.30% Fixed Rate

Update 5/1/18. The fixed rate will be 0.30% for I bonds issued from May 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. The variable inflation-indexed rate for this 6-month period will be 2.22% (as was predicted). The total rate on any specific bond is the sum … [Read the rest]

Tipping Chart: Low vs. Average vs. High Tipper Survey

Tipping. Everyone's got an opinion. The thing I hate most about tipping is the feeling of "I'm not doing this right". To better understand it, I read a book about tipping by a veteran waiter. There are now several "tipping guides", but I like … [Read the rest]

Amazon Price Hike: Gift of Prime Membership Still $99

Amazon Prime has announced the following price increases to $119 per year: Starting May 11, 2018, new members will be charged $119/year for an annual Prime membership and $59/year for an annual Prime Student membership. Starting June 16, 2018, … [Read the rest]

British Airways Visa Signature Credit Card Review – 100,000 Bonus Avios

Updated with new 100k offer. The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is a co-branded travel card (issued by Chase) that is currently offering up to 100,000 total bonus Avios if you make enough qualifying purchases as a new cardholder. … [Read the rest]

Chase Freedom Unlimited Alternative Offer: 3% Cash Back During First Year

The Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card usually offers an upfront $150 sign-up bonus along with flat 1.5% cash back on all purchases (no caps). However, it looks like they are testing out this alternative offer where instead of an upfront bonus, … [Read the rest]

MintSIM: Unlimited Talk, Text, and 2 GB LTE Data For $15/Month + Free SIM

A few readers pointed out MintSIM (aka Mint Mobile) as another T-Mobile MVNO with cheap plans. Their unique proposition is that they offer discounts if you prepay in advance for 3, 6, or 12 months. Buy in bulk, save money. Right now, they are … [Read the rest]

Betterment Review 2018: Customized Asset Allocation, Human Financial Advisors

Updated April 2018 with custom ETF allocations. Betterment is an independent hybrid digital/human advisor that will manage a diversified mix of low-cost index funds and help you decide how much you'll need to save for retirement. (By independent, … [Read the rest]

Republic Wireless Review: Free SIM Kit, Free Shipping, Free 1st Month of Service ($20 Unlimited Talk/Text + 1 GB)

Updated 2018. Republic Wireless is a T-Mobile MVNO that specializing in making phone calls seamlessly over WiFi whenever available. They have settled into the straightforward pricing below. This structure makes it best for light-to-moderate users … [Read the rest]

Audible Returning Trial Members: 2 Free AudioBooks + $10 Amazon Gift Card (Targeted)

If you've already done a free trial of and gotten some free audiobooks... Amazon might like to offer you another trial with two more free audiobooks plus a $10 Amazon gift card! This offer may be targeted and appears to be open to … [Read the rest]