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]

PSA: Cuisinart Recalls 8 Million Food Processor Blades

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In case you missed it during the holiday rush, Cuisinart has issued a recall of over 8 million food processor blades in the US and Canada. This covers a huge chunk of their machines sold in the last 20 years, including the one in my kitchen. The … [Read the rest]

Choose Your Hard Things: You’ll Never Be Productive Enough for Everything

I was catching up on some longreads and enjoyed Why time management is ruining our lives by Oliver Burkeman of The Guardian. Here are some quick notes. Inbox Zero. I'd heard of "Inbox Zero" where you keep your e-mail inbox completely empty, but … [Read the rest]

Free Estate Planning Guide and Workbook from American Red Cross

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If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to create an estate plan for you and your loved ones, here's a good starter kit. The American Red Cross has a free Estate Planning Guide and Workbook which comes in both electronic fillable PDF form or a … [Read the rest]

Big List of Free Consumer Reports (2/2): See Your Confidential Housing, Insurance, & Employment Data

Updated and checked for 2017. Here is the second part of my big list of free consumer reports from over 50 different reporting agencies. The first part included your credit, banking, and subprime lending-related information. This part includes … [Read the rest]

Big List of Free Consumer Reports (1/2): See Your Confidential Credit, Banking, and Payday Lending Data

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Links checked and updated for 2017. Since these are available every 12 months, it is a good idea to check these near or around the same time each year. You can now request your ChexSystems report online, so I did that just to see how huge my file … [Read the rest]

What If You Invested $10,000 Every Year For the Last 10 Years? 2007-2016 Edition

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Instead of just looking at one year of returns, here's an annual exercise that helps you look at the bigger picture. You may know the 10-year historical return of the S&P 500, but most of us didn't just invest a big lump sum of money in 2007, and … [Read the rest]

Investment Returns By Asset Class, 2016 Year-End Review

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Although I am not always successful, I've been trying to pay less attention to the daily, weekly, even monthly movements of the markets. Once every few months, I will update my portfolio spreadsheet and make sure that I am investing new money … [Read the rest]