How To Start Your Very First Business by Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club (Book Review)


While I don't expect my kids to be the next Warren Buffett, I do plan on encouraging them to start and run their own tiny businesses someday. I've previously shared an online cartoon series called Secret Millionaires Club that teaches financial … [Read the rest]

My Dream Future Is Happening Now (Exactly 10 Years Later!)


Whoa. I just received an e-mail from my past self, scheduled to arrive exactly 10 years after December 3rd, 2005. (Courtesy of the tool Its purpose was to remind me of this post about My Dream Future as imagined in … [Read the rest]

How To View Your Spouse’s Account Within Vanguard


My wife and I both hold IRAs at, and we each have our own usernames and passwords. This used to work out fine - I would login to either one when I needed to update our portfolio-tracking spreadsheet. But after enabling two-factor … [Read the rest]

Winterizing – Sealing Up Old Windows With Plastic Shrink Film


Extended review, updated prices, added tip using painter's tape. Every year as winter arrives, search engine visitors find their way to this post about how we used to winterize the single pane, very drafty windows in the 90-year-old house we rented. … [Read the rest]

Giving Tuesday Matching Donations 2015: PayPal 1%, Discover 2%


December 1st, 2015 is Giving Tuesday. Yes, another newly-branded event after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but at least the overall message is positive. Here are a few ways to take advantage of the #GivingTuesday hype to … [Read the rest]

Cyber Monday 2015: Amazon, Target, Travelocity, Expedia, Quicken, and More

Here's a quick roundup of the Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals that I felt either had broad appeal, were finance-related, or might ideally save you money on stuff you would have bought anyway. Amazon 10% Off. A reminder to save on their … [Read the rest]

Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor Book Review


I've just finished reading new book Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin. For the unaware, you can read the Wikipedia for Charles T. Munger, otherwise probably best know as the Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway and partner of … [Read the rest]

Square IPO, Direct Deposit Loans, and Controlling Your Cashflow


As you've probably heard, the Square IPO was completed last week. For a while, I didn't understand how a company could have a $4 billion valuation when they basically offer a simplified merchant account. They let small businesses accept credit … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Savings Promo – Earn Up to a $500 Bonus

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Up to $500 Promo is back until November 30th, 2015. Capital One 360 Savings has a limited-time sign-up bonus for up to $500 for new customers, tiered depending on your opening deposit. Here's a quick recap of the features of 360 Savings … [Read the rest]

OBi200 Adapter + Google Voice Installation Review + Current Deals


Updated, new limited-time Black Friday deals for under $30. Want the features of landline phone service at a drastically reduced price? How about under $50 upfront and then $0 a month? Perhaps you want to drop your landline bill, or you already … [Read the rest]

PSA: Beware When Shredding Your Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card


Every credit card is getting a smart chip these days, which means a lot of expired cards. My shredder is rated for 12 sheets of paper at a time, and up until recently handled every credit card, CD, and DVD sent its way. But not the Chase Sapphire … [Read the rest]

Verizon ThanksGetting Promotion: 2 GB Free Data For Existing Customers


Here's some free stuff for existing Verizon Wireless customers. Visit and Verizon will give you 1 GB of free data this billing cycle, and another 1 GB your next billing cycle. Starting on Wednesday 11/25, they'll start … [Read the rest]