Vanguard Merged Brokerage Account Review: Pros and Cons

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When you open an account with Vanguard, there are two different account options. First is a mutual fund account which only holds Vanguard mutual funds. Second is a brokerage account that can hold individual stocks, ETFs, individual bonds, and … [Read the rest]

Google Photos: Unlimited Free Photo and Video Backup

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Google may already see all your search queries, have access to all your e-mails with Gmail, and now it wants to store all your photos. Why would you let them? How about unlimited space. Free. From the Google Blog: Google Photos gives you a … [Read the rest]

Ting GSM SIM Cards: Bring Your Own Phone + Referral Credit

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(Update 6/9: Limited-time offer is now ended, back to $25 referral credit.) Ting provides mobile phone service with a "pay-only-for-what-you-use" structure. Think "a la carte" instead of Golden Corral buffet. :) For the last few months, I've been … [Read the rest]

How To Cook Everything Fast, Reviewed By a Slow Cook

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As part of my ongoing effort to Cook It Yourself in 2015, I've been trying out new cookbooks. (So far I've managed to lose over 20 pounds by cooking at home and eating less of what I cook at home. ;) ) I bought How to Cook Everything Fast: A … [Read the rest]

Teaching Money Management Skills… Without Using Money

In the book The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber, there are a number of tips and tricks presented to help teach your kids to be good with money: The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the most successful ways to handle the basics: … [Read the rest]

Annual Income by College Major Ranked by Quartile and Percentile

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Here's another article about the relationship between college majors and future earnings. But this WSJ article at least looks beyond just providing the median wage and helps you visualize the spread between the 25th and 75th percentiles for each … [Read the rest]

Capital One Spark Business Credit Cards: $500 or 50,000 Miles Bonus

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Looks like the small business credit card competition is heating up. Capital One has temporarily upped the sign-up bonus on both of their small business cards: Capital One Spark® Cash for Business is offering a one-time $500 cash bonus once you … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Cash Business Card Review: $200 Cash Bonus, 5% Back Categories, No Annual Fee

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The Chase small business credit card that I have written the least about is the Ink Cash® Business Credit Card. The Ink Cash usually doesn't come with as big of a sign-up incentive as its Ink Bold and Ink Plus siblings, but is also has no annual fee … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review: 50,000 Rewards Points Bonus

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Chase's newest small biz credit card is called the Ink Plus® Business Card. It turns out to be very similar to the Chase Ink Bold Business card, but with the important difference that the Ink Plus is a credit card where you can carry a balance and t … [Read the rest]

Bogle on Mutual Funds, An Investment Classic Book Review #TBT

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Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the amount of noise coming at me through my computer screens, I read a book. When the new books on my desk don't impress, I find an old book. That is how I came to buy a used, first edition of Bogle on Mutual … [Read the rest]

Paperless vs. Paper Statements

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Pictured above is the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner. It can digitize a page every 2 seconds, and some version of it has been on my Amazon Wishlist for many years. However, I still haven't plunked down 400 bucks for it, because I don't know if … [Read the rest]

Sling TV Review + Free Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku Stick Promo (Updated)

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Updated review after 3 months of using Sling TV. Promo still live for a couple more weeks. Sling TV allows you to stream a package of major cable networks live over the internet. That means you can watch it on your smartphone, your home TV, or … [Read the rest]