The Continued Decline of Cooking at Home

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Quartz published an article with the provocative title No one cooks anymore, noting that for the first time Americans are spending more money eating out (including bars and restaurants) than at grocery stores. The trend has been very steady for the … [Read the rest]

Ally CashBack Credit Card Review: 2% Cash Back on Gas and Groceries + 10% Relationship Bonus

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If you have an Ally Bank savings or checking account, you've likely been pitched their new Ally CashBack credit card recently. Here are the highlights: $100 bonus when you make $500 in eligible purchases during the first 3 billing … [Read the rest]

Infographic: 401(k) Plan Participation Stats

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As we pass the halfway mark of this year, it was time for my quarterly check-in on my 401(k) account. The best-case scenario for a 401(k) plan is: Company match. A little extra help from your employer is always nice. Good default … [Read the rest]

Google Fi: Simple, Pay As You Go Cell Plan With High-Speed International Data Included

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We recently returned from a family trip to Europe, and I found myself missing my data plan more than ever before. I kept thinking about the slow 2G data that T-Mobile includes in their postpaid plans and how it might power data-light apps like … [Read the rest]

UberPool vs. Public Transportation: New York City Promotion

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It's no secret that Uber wants to take over the world... or at least replace individual car ownership. Uber just announced a New York City UberPool promotion that offers unlimited rides this July and August: Two-Week Unlimited Commute Card … [Read the rest]

Infographic: The Best Paying Job In Each State, Relative To National Average

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Business Insider mined data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and compared the state average salary and the national average salary for each job occupation. The single occupation with the largest percent difference is listed in the infographic … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime Day 2016 Deals, Wal-Mart Free Shipping

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(Amazon Prime Day was July 12, 2016 and is now over. Some of the related deals below may still be live.) Last year, Amazon made up it's own Black Friday-esque holiday and called it Amazon Prime Day. It was mostly disappointing, but this year … [Read the rest]

Private College Tuition Discount Rates to Sticker Price Still Rising

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The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) recently released their 2015 Tuition Discounting Study. While the average quoted "sticker price" tuition went up again as expected, so did the "tuition discount rate". … [Read the rest]

Healthy Food Rankings Map: The Most Under-Appreciated vs. Over-Marketed Foods

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The NY Times surveyed Americans and a panel of nutrition experts about which foods they thought were good or bad for you. Everybody agreed that apples and carrots are healthy food. Everybody agreed that soda pop and cookies are unhealthy foods. … [Read the rest]

Where Should You Focus Your Energy? Earn , Save, Grow, or Preserve

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While I often talk about your savings rate as an important metric for reaching financial freedom, I also follow that up by talking about managing both parts of that formula: earning more and/or spending less. Focusing your energy on a specific task … [Read the rest]

Morningstar Target Date Fund Comparisons: Vanguard, Fidelity, T. Rowe Price

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Target Date Funds (TDFs) get their name because they adjust their portfolio holdings automatically over time based on a given target retirement date. The overall growth of TDF assets continues, especially within employer-based 401(k) and 403(b) … [Read the rest]

AmEx Special Offers: Home Depot, Sam’s Club Membership

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Updated. Two targeted offers that I have found on my account are: $45 off new Sam's Club membership. Get a 1X $45 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $45+ in a single transaction in-Club on a new Sam's Club Membership at any … [Read the rest]