Pentagon Federal Credit Union Free FICO Credit Score (NextGen)

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Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) now offers a free credit score to select members. It may be offered only to members with a credit account with them (auto, checking overdraft, mortgage, etc.). I was offered the free FICO score and only have … [Read the rest]

Quizzle Review: Free Equifax Credit Score and Credit Report

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Quizzle.com is a website that offers a free credit score and your official Equifax credit report every six months. You can now monitor your credit scores from all three credit bureaus for free. It has been six months for me, so I just grabbed my … [Read the rest]

Top 10 Best Dirt Cheap Beater Car Models?

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In 2006, Jay Lamm organized the first 24 Hours of LeMons (official site, Wikipedia) in which cars picked off the street that cost under $500 (not counting safety equipment) raced each other for 24 hours straight. The name and format parodies the … [Read the rest]

Spirit Airlines Free 8,000 Miles = 80% of One-Way Flight Award or Free Magazines

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Spirit Airlines is a budget airline that charges for things like carry-ons and printing a boarding pass at check-in. They have the highest number of complaints per passenger. But they're cheap - they claim 40% lower on average. They are also … [Read the rest]

Book Review: Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business

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I believe that entrepreneurialism is, like many things, a combination of talent and learned skill. Some people will take to it naturally, but a great many more can become successful and independent business people with the proper inspiration and … [Read the rest]

Net Worth Breakdown: Saved Income vs. Investment Returns 2004-2014

I've talked about the importance of savings rate, but remember that investing that savings prudently is also part of the process. Here's a question - What percentage of your current net worth is saved income, and what is investment growth? This … [Read the rest]

Why Vanguard VNQ is the Best REIT ETF

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) offer the ability to invest in commercial real estate within the comfort of your brokerage account. ETFs in turn offer the ability to invest in a diversified basket of REITs. The Morningstar article This REIT … [Read the rest]

ShareBuilder Promotion Codes: Free Stock Trades (Updated 2014)

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Added a new code. Here are some promotion codes for ShareBuilder, a discount brokerage now owned by the same folks behind Capital One. Real-time trades are now $6.95 and automated trades are $4. They give out codes for various promotions, and … [Read the rest]

Fandango Movie Ticket Discounts: 2-for-1 Fridays + 20% Off Gift Cards

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Only six Fridays left! Fandango has brought back their Visa Signature summer promotion from April 25th to August 8th. 2-for-1 movie tickets on Fridays! You can also get 20% off Fandango gift cards which can be used any day of the week and can be … [Read the rest]

Money is Independence.

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As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation's Declaration of Independence, I wanted to quickly share this excerpt from an article The Millennial Definition of Success by Adam Nash, CEO of Wealthfront: Increasingly, as I talk to Millennials, some … [Read the rest]

Rewards Dining Programs and Avoiding Airline Miles Expiration Policies

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As I am now a father of two in diapers and no longer an active traveler, I am again faced with the possible expiration of my frequent flier miles due to inactivity. The easiest and cheapest way for me to keep my miles alive has been to using … [Read the rest]

Do You Need International Bonds In Your Portfolio?

Bonds are supposed to provide both income and stability in your portfolio. International bonds, especially Emerging Markets bonds, are becoming more popular. But do you need them in your portfolio? Respected author/money manager William … [Read the rest]