Pro Travel Tips: Never Ask If They Speak English

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I've been getting back into podcasts while driving, and have been catching up on the Alton Brown podcast. In the Samantha Brown episode, she shared a good tip about international travel and language barriers that I've never read in a guidebook: … [Read the rest]

Discover Card 5% Back At Lowe’s, Shell Gas, or Walgreens

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Discover It and Discover More cardholders may be able to get 5% cashback at your choice of one of the following stores: Applebee's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe's, Olive Garden, Shell, or Walgreens from now until November 30th, 2014. Subject to a cap of … [Read the rest]

Math Skills + Social Skills = Higher Earnings $$$

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Here's one for the tiger moms and overachiever parents. From a recent post on the Harvard Business Review blog: A recent paper from UCSB found that the return on being good at math has gone up over the last few decades, as has the return on … [Read the rest]

American Express Small Business Saturday 2014 – $30 Total Bonus Per Card

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Small Business Saturday details out for 2014! American Express has confirmed that they will bring back Small Business Saturday (SBS) on Saturday, November 29th - two days after Thanksgiving. The significant change this year is that now it is up … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2014

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4th quarter activation now open for all cards. Holiday shopping is the theme, but I'm buying Amazon gift cards at the end to use over the next few months. The cards below offer a hefty 5% cash back on certain categories that rotate each quarter. … [Read the rest]

Anthony Bourdain Quality of Life Quote

Good background and interview with writer/chef/professional traveler Anthony Bourdain in this Fast Company article. His TV show Parts Unknown is one of the few that I watch and the new season starts again soon. I especially enjoyed and am aligned … [Read the rest]

Charts: Average New Car Price vs. Average Student Loan Debt 1990-2014

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When I was a senior in high school, I still remember my parents offering me a new luxury car instead of tuition assistance. Although I'm pretty sure it was only a test, it did serve to remind me of the cost of tuition and not to waste it. Seeing … [Read the rest]

Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card: Two Free Weekend Nights (Which I Redeemed for $1,109 Value)

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Update: Got my two rewards certificates and redeemed for $1,000+ worth of rooms in Hawaii. Details following. I applied for this card on the same day as the US Airways 40,000 miles bonus, 7/14. Not sure about approval date but my first purchase … [Read the rest]

OBi200 Adapter + Google Voice Installation Review

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After the announcement that Obihai VoIP adapters were officially supported by Google Voice, I bought one of their discounted Obi200 adapters. I wanted to learn more about this cheap alternative to landline phone service, and also compare the … [Read the rest]

Schwab Personal Choice Retirement Account (PCRA) Review – 401k Brokerage Window

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Tax-advantaged 401k and 403b plans can help you save for retirement, but did you know that you're probably paying for all the costs of this "employee benefit"? 76% of large employers have workers pick up all the costs of 401(k) administration, … [Read the rest]

US Airways Premier World MasterCard: Limited-Time 40,000 Mile Bonus (Success!)

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Update: Successfully got my 40,000 bonus miles. Details following, as I certainly like knowing these things before applying for a card. Applied on 7/14. Approved on 7/21. First statement closed on 8/12, in which I charged $10 and also paid the … [Read the rest]

Viggle App Review: Surprise, You Can’t Make Good Money While Watching TV

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Papa John's sent me a code for a free song download the other day. It was really a way to introduce me to the Viggle, a smartphone app which allows users to "check in" when listening to songs or watching TV shows. Similar to Shazam, the app … [Read the rest]