Georgia Tech Online Master’s Degree Update: Computer Science $7,000, Data Analytics $10,000

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Maybe I'm foolish, but I remain hopeful about the potential of software leading to more affordable, accessible education. In 2014, Georgia Tech launched an Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) with the goal of offering an accredited, … [Read the rest]

1.1.1.1: Free DNS Server for Faster Internet, Better Privacy

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Every time you visit a domain like mymoneyblog.com, you use a DNS server to find its "address", specifically IP address. However, your internet service provider (ISP) may be logging every single request then selling this data to other advertisers. … [Read the rest]

Target Car Seat Trade-In Program: 20% Off Car Seats and Strollers

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In the market for a new car seat or stroller? Target is running their Car Seat Trade-in Event from Sunday, April 22 through Saturday, May 5, 2018. Simply bring in an old car seat or car seat base into a Target store and they will give you a 20% … [Read the rest]

IKEA In-Store Coupon 2018: $25 off $150

This weekend only, IKEA has a printable $25 off $150 coupon [pdf] that is valid through 4/22/18. The coupon states that you can also show it on your phone at checkout. Valid in US stores only. Here is selected fine print: Not valid on IKEA … [Read the rest]

LendingTree Chart: Mortgage Rates vs. Credit Score 2018

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Mortgage rates are rising. Home prices are still at recent highs. Yet, mortgage applications are also up, which suggests that people are worried about not being able to afford a house if they wait. Online mortgage comparison site LendingTree … [Read the rest]

Fundrise Starter Portfolio eREIT vs. Vanguard REIT ETF Review – Updated April 2018

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Updated April 2018. This post tracks my experiment comparing a Fundrise eREIT portfolio and the Vanguard REIT ETF. In Fundrise, we have a start-up that bought a concentrated basket of roughly 20 properties chosen from the private market. In … [Read the rest]

Firstrade Commission-Free ETF Program Review – Includes Vanguard, iShares Core, Schwab Index ETFs

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Online brokerage Firstrade just announced a new Commisssion-Free ETF program that includes 700+ ETFs from 40 fund families. This is a bold move as it includes both a lot of ETFs (quantity) but also the best ETFs (quality) from providers like … [Read the rest]

Southwest Companion Pass: Business Card 60k Bonus + Personal Plus 50k Bonus

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

Delta Airlines Hack: Free Credit Monitoring From All Three Bureaus for 2 Years

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In early April 2018, Delta disclosed that hackers may have compromised credit card information from ticket buyers on Delta.com between September 26 and ending October 12, 2017. However, as with many of these "cyber incidents", this may just be the … [Read the rest]

Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard Review: Cash Back Towards Travel Analysis

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Barclays has rolled out the Barclays Arrival® Premier World Elite Mastercard, a new hybrid travel/cashback rewards card with miles that can be redeemed for both cash or transferred to select mileage partners. The "miles" are now more flexible, … [Read the rest]

My Money Blog Portfolio Asset Allocation, March 2018

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Here is a First Quarter 2018 update for my primary investment portfolio. These are my real-world holdings, not a recommendation. It includes tax-deferred 401k/403b/IRAs and taxable brokerage accounts and excludes our primary home, cash reserves, … [Read the rest]

SaverLife Review: Starting Saving $20 a Month, Get Another $10 a Month Boost

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The importance of an emergency fund is often mentioned, but often the hardest thing is to get started. SaverLife.org is a program run by the nonprofit EARN to help working families by encouraging savings. Their idea here, essentially, is to … [Read the rest]