Raise App: Buy Discounted Gift Cards, $10 off $100 Coupon Code

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Updated with $5 new user bonus, limited-time $10 off $100 coupon code. Raise has a new promo code APP10 that takes an additional $10 off $100 minimum if you use their app (links below). Valid for existing users. Now only valid for new users. … [Read the rest]

Jeremy Grantham GMO 7-Year Asset Class Forecast, Q1 2016

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I tend to ignore most market predictions, especially the short-term ones. However, I do keep up with a few longer-term forecasts which seem to offer the best combinations of historical data, logic, and common sense. I definitely don't assume they … [Read the rest]

Infographic: New York City Median Rent vs. Subway Stop

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We all know that the longer the commute from where everyone works, the lower the rent. In many cities during the housing boom, the saying went "just keep driving until you can afford something". But what if the relationship between commute time … [Read the rest]

Swappa Review: Selling Used Republic Wireless Moto E Phone

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I set up a cell phone line with Republic Wireless (RW) in October 2014 for my parents, but they eventually chose to switch over to used iPhones. This meant we had to move off of Republic Wireless and sell their Moto E phone as it wasn't compatible … [Read the rest]

American Airlines Promo: Quick, Free 700 Miles

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In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program, they are running a Miles for Milestones promotion. To get the first 350 miles and enter the 350,000 mile sweepstakes, you just need your name, e-mail, and … [Read the rest]

Navy Federal Credit Union Military Appreciation Month Promotions 2016

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Navy Federal Credit Union has solid bank and loan products, including checking accounts with ATM rebates, competitive mortgage rates, and limited-time 0% balance transfer promotions. Readers have commented on their excellent customer service and … [Read the rest]

Mortgages, Imputed Rent, and Early Retirement

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In a Quora question What do economists think about buying vs renting a house?, in addition to the previously-mentioned answer by Alex Tabarrok of Marginal Revolution, there was another well-ranked answer by Erik Brynjolfsson, professor at MIT Sloan. … [Read the rest]

Mortgage Rates at 3-Year Lows: Refinance Check Time Again?

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Mortgage rates for 30-year fixed loans are at the lowest level in three years, according to this Bloomberg article: The average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 3.58 percent, down from from 3.59 percent last week and the lowest since May … [Read the rest]

Hilton American Express Cards Limited Time Offers (100k & 75k Points)

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Hilton Hotels have co-branded relationships with both Citi and American Express. Until 5/4/16, both the Hilton HHonors Card from American Express (no annual fee) and Hilton HHonors Surpass Card from American Express ($75 annual fee) have temporarily … [Read the rest]

Berkshire Hathaway 2015 Annual Letter by Warren Buffett (Live Webcast Reminder)

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Reminder: BRK Annual Meeting Live Webcast starts Saturday, April 30th at 10am Eastern. Always wanted to attend the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting? This year, anyone can watch the Buffett and Munger Q&A session live without flying to Omaha, … [Read the rest]

Santander Bank extra20 Checking: Ending July 1st for Existing Customers

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Update April 2016. I originally wrote about this promotion in October 2013, and many readers have been getting $20 of interest every month on a relatively low balance (worked out to 16% APY on $1,500 average balance). With a 1% APY savings … [Read the rest]

Real Estate Crowdfunding Experiment #1: Patch of Land Final Update

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My first investment into real estate crowdfunding has completed. In April 2015, I invested $5,000 into a fix-and-flip loan at the site Patch of Land. There are more details in my initial update, but here's a quick recap of the loan … [Read the rest]