Amazon Fire Streaming Stick 50% Off with Prime

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Offer expired, now $39. Many cable TV "cord-cutters" get their TV fix using an HDTV over-the-air antenna and/or a streaming video device like the Roku, Google Chromecast, or Apple TV. Amazon has just announced their new Amazon Fire TV Stick. The … [Read the rest]

Sequence of Returns Risk During Retirement Illustration

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Businessweek has an article discussing the difficulties when trying to make a retirement nest egg last for the rest of your life. Most people just worry about the average returns of their investments. But another important concern during the … [Read the rest]

Republic Wireless: Unlimited Talk, Text, 3G Data for $25/Month, Moto E for $99

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Several updates. Republic Wireless uses WiFi coverage to place mobile phone calls and texts whenever possible, saving both you and them money. They have quickly become a popular frugal option for cell service. When WiFi is unavailable, you fall … [Read the rest]

Prosper vs. LendingClub Investor Experiment: 2 Year Update

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In November 2012, I invested $10,000 into person-to-person loans split evenly between Prosper Lending and Lending Club, looking for high returns from a new asset class. After diligently reinvesting my earned interest into new loans, I stopped my … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Income Update – October 2014

When investing, should you focus on income, or total return? I like the idea of living off dividend and interest income, but I also think it is easy for people to reach too far for yield and hurt their overall returns. But what is too far? … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Asset Allocation Update – October 2014

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Here's an update on my investment portfolio holdings for Q3 2014. This includes tax-deferred accounts like 401(k)s and taxable brokerage holdings, but excludes things like physical property and cash reserves (emergency fund). The purpose of this … [Read the rest]

Which SUV, Minivan, or Crossover Is The Most Space-Efficient?

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In the October 2014 issue of Car and Driver magazine, they have an article "Space Exploration" comparing the space-efficiency of "hatchbacked" vehicles - hatchbacks, wagons, crossovers, SUVs, vans. Their definition of space efficiency was carrying … [Read the rest]

Comparing Three Major Levers You Can Pull On Your Retirement Portfolio

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One of the most popular posts on the Vanguard blog is My one piece of investing advice by Andy Clarke. Let's start with the following baseline scenario: Investor begins working at 25, but starts saving at age 35. 12% savings rate Moderate … [Read the rest]

Coupon Code: $10 off $100 at Costco.com

You can get a one-time use coupon code for $10 off a $100+ purchase at Costco.com if you visit SavingsTooBig.com and share the deal. I'd say the easiest option is Twitter as I didn't even have to actually post the tweet to get the code (although I … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review: $500 Cash, $625 Travel, or 50,000 Rewards Points Bonus

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Chase has a new small biz credit card, called the Ink Plus® Business Card. It turns out to be very similar to the Chase Ink Bold Business card (full review), but with the important difference that the Ink Plus is a credit card where you can carry a b … [Read the rest]

Amazon Promo: Buy $50 of Household Essentials, Get $15 Gift Card

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Amazon is running a promotion where if you buy $50 of select Household & Beauty Essentials, you will get a $15 Amazon.com gift card (add it to your cart and it'll show as free upon checkout). Eligible items include Bounty paper towels, Charmin … [Read the rest]

Infographic Map: Cell Phone Taxes By State

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The nonpartisan Tax Foundation has released a new report on Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014. The average US wireless consumer pays 17% in combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees. Folks in Chicago, Baltimore, Omaha, and New … [Read the rest]