New Year’s Resolutions: Nudge Yourself Towards Success

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It's now late January. According to "the internet", over 30% of people have already failed at their New Year's Resolution. Well, I say let’s have a do-over since I haven’t even got around to making mine yet. Jonathan Clements has an excellent … [Read the rest]

H&R Block Desktop Tax Software Discounts: Deluxe Federal + State $21

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If you are looking for downloadable desktop tax software that doesn't require your Social Security Number and financial details to be stored in the cloud, here's a solid deal on H&R Block Tax Software 2016. NewEgg has a 33% off H&R Block Tax … [Read the rest]

TurboTax Discounts with State Farm Bank Account (Discontinued for 2016)

Update. In case you were waiting, there will be no special TurboTax discount for State Farm bank and mutual fund customers for tax year 2016. Taken from the TurboTax FAQ. It was nice while it lasted. Thanks to Eric and Michael for the heads … [Read the rest]

The Jack Bogle Appreciation Curve

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Jack Bogle is rightfully respected and there are probably over a hundred mentions of his name on this site. His message of common sense, simple, low-cost investing continues to spread since he first opened the Vanguard 500 Index fund to the public … [Read the rest]

New Year’s Checklists: What Is Your Financial Priority List?

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Updated for 2017. You've worked hard and you have some money to put away for your future self. What should you do with your money? There is no definitive list, but each person can create their own with common components. You may also want to … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card Review: 5% Back at Amazon

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Chase and Amazon have rolled out the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Signature Card, a new credit card (not store card) available only to Amazon Prime members. I'm surprised how much mainstream press coverage this card received. Highlights: 5% … [Read the rest]

Wells Fargo $250 New Checking Account Bonus

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Wells Fargo has a $250 bonus offer for new checking account customers. You can open any consumer checking account except for Teen Checking. The prepaid Wells Fargo EasyPay® Card is not eligible. You must open the account from the special bonus … [Read the rest]

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America Merger: 10,000 Free Alaska Miles

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As Virgin America and Alaska Airlines have closed on their merger/acquisition, they are moving towards merging the two frequent flier programs. If you were a Virgin America Elevate member as of December 5, 2016 and they haven't found a matching … [Read the rest]

IRS Estimated Taxes Due Dates 2017

If you have significant self-employment or other income outside of your W-2 paycheck that is not subject to witholding (interest, rents, dividends, alimony), you may need to send the IRS some money before the usual tax-filing time. This is my … [Read the rest]

Disney Gift Card Discounts: 10%+ Off Your Disney Cruise or Vacation

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Update: If you have an American Express Business card, look in the Amex Offers section of your online account page for 20% off a single in-store Sam's Club purchase of $100+ (limit of to $250 back). You could use this offer a variety of ways, but … [Read the rest]

Southwest Companion Pass: Now May Be The Best Time To Qualify

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Southwest Airlines offers a unique feature called the Companion Pass, which lets you pick one person to fly free with you on both paid and award flights. If you either fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 110,000 Qualifying Points in a … [Read the rest]

My Hard Things + What I’m Willing to Give Up

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As a follow-up to my post on choosing your hard things, I decided to share what I came up with. Keep in my these are MY hard things. You could have the two lists completely swapped, and that would get no judgment from me. The entire point is … [Read the rest]