Obihai Obi200: Free Monthly Home Phone Service + $29.99 Upfront Cost

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Updated with new deal at bottom. Depending on the survey, somewhere between 40% and 65% of people now live in households with no landline (cell phone only). If you still have landline phone service and are looking for a cheaper alternative, Obihai … [Read the rest]

Portion Distortion: Change Your Perspective, Eat Better, Spend Less

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I've got one month left on my $600 in weight-loss bets, and an important tool that has helped me success is portion control. This way, I can still enjoy most of my favorite foods while still losing 1-2 pounds a week. Even naughty things like … [Read the rest]

Marriott Rewards Premier Credit Card: 50,000 Bonus Points Review

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Most travel cards offer an ongoing sign-up bonus, but it's even better when you snag them during a limited-time bump-up - this time it is the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card from Chase. The last time I wrote about their  offer was a year ago. T … [Read the rest]

Home Improvement Receipts: Scan Now, Save Indefinitely

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For many people, when they sell a home they don't even consider taxes. But over time, especially if you live in a relatively expensive area, more and more people will bump up against the federal capital gains exclusions of $250,000 for individuals … [Read the rest]

Howard Marks on Assuming Less Risk and Lowering Expectations

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Observer has an interesting profile of respected investor Howard Marks, excerpted from the book The Great Minds of Investing (found via Abnormal Returns). I enjoy the writings of Howard Marks because his observations are logical and rational, and he … [Read the rest]

TopCashBack: Shopping Portal That Promises Highest Payout

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Update: There is a limited-time offer for new customers that gets you $9.90 cash back from Wal-Mart when you buy a 138 fl oz bottle of Tide liquid laundry detergent for $8.97 with free in-store pickup. Ends 7/8/15. Visit Walmart through … [Read the rest]

Snagshout: Discounted Amazon Products In Exchange For Honest Reviews

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If you're like most Amazon shoppers, you don't like buying anything unless it has a lot of positive 4 and 5 star reviews. But that makes it really hard for new brands and products to gain traction. Good ole' capitalism has created a new breed of … [Read the rest]

Current Amex Special Offers: Target, Wal-Mart, BJ’s Warehouse, iTunes (Targeted)

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Updated 7/1/15. American Express cardholders can participate in "AmEx Offers" which offer discounts to various merchants. These promotions often offer the opportunity for easy savings without changing your spending habits. Sometimes I just buy a … [Read the rest]

Global Asset Allocation Book Review: Comparing 12+ Expert Model Portfolios

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I am a regular reader of Meb Faber's online writings, and volunteered to received a free review copy of his new book Global Asset Allocation: A Survey of the World's Top Asset Allocation Strategies. It is a rather short book and would probably be … [Read the rest]

My One-Page Financial Plan: Why Is Money Important To Me?

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I've already shared two nuggets from the book The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - the importance of getting started and the true value of a human advisor. But what about the title itself? Before even reading the book, I was impatient … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2015

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3rd quarter activation for 2015 now open! The credit cards below offer a hefty 5% cash back on certain categories that rotate each quarter. It takes a little extra attention, but I also rack up over a hundred dollars in additional rewards per year … [Read the rest]

Why I Hold TIPS in My Portfolio (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities)

EconompicData has a nice, relatively brief post about the relationship between US Treasury bonds, TIPS, and inflation. I would hold either Treasuries or TIPS (or both) because they have the highest credit quality available, and that is a big part … [Read the rest]