Amazon Assistant Browser Extension: $5 off $25 Promotion


Promo is back, supposedly for new customers but may work if you uninstalled it previously. Amazon Assistant is a browser extension for most popular web browsers. I usually don't like these "helpers" as they slow down my computer and track my … [Read the rest]

Jack Bogle Full Interviews with CNN and Business Insider


If you haven't gotten a dose of Jack Bogle wisdom recently, check out this full Business Insider interview transcript and this 16-minute CNN video interview. There is a lot of ground covered between them. Here are my selected notes: S&P 500 … [Read the rest]

Southwest Companion Pass: 3 Chase Credit Cards with 60k Bonus Points Each


Updated. Southwest Airlines offers a unique feature called the Companion Pass, which lets you pick one person to fly free with you on both paid and award flights. If you either fly 100 qualifying one-way flights or earn 110,000 Qualifying Points in … [Read the rest]

Hyatt Credit Card – Two Free Nights Offer Changing to 40,000 Points on 6/29


The Hyatt Credit Card is changing their sign-up bonus on 6/29/17. For now, you can get two free night awards after spending $2,000 in the first 3 months from account opening. The free nights are valid for a standard room at any Hyatt hotel … [Read the rest]

Standard eBooks: High-Quality, Free, Public Domain eBooks


The Standard eBooks Project is a new volunteer-driven, not-for-profit project that produces carefully-formatted, open-source, and free public domain ebooks. They improve upon the work of sites like Project Gutenberg and HathiTrust in the following … [Read the rest]

Ally Bank 11-Month No Penalty CD at 1.50% APY for $25k+, 1.25% APY for $5k+


Ally Bank raised the rate on their 11-month No Penalty CD. Here are the new interest rates under their tiered structure: 1.50% APY at $25,000 minimum opening deposit 1.25% APY at $5,000 minimum deposit 1.00% APY at no minimum … [Read the rest]

Starbucks for Outlook: Send $5 Gift Card, Get $5 Gift Card Free

Mmm... caffeine. Here's a new promotion with Starbucks and Microsoft Outlook that is basically a Give 1 Get 1 Free $5 Starbucks eGfit Card. Here is the promo page and the terms and conditions page. For a limited time, when you send a $5 … [Read the rest]

Research Affiliates Custom Portfolio Expected Returns Tool


Investment advisory firm Research Affiliates has updated their interactive Asset Allocation tool, which now provides estimates of expected returns for more than 130 asset classes and model portfolios. There are two expected return models, … [Read the rest] Safe Withdrawal Rate Tool (Updated)


I just noticed that has updated their Withdrawal Rate Calculator. It has improved visualizations and as a personal finance geek I even found it fun. You can enter your specific asset allocation slices down to 1% and see … [Read the rest]

A Semi-Retirement Update, Father’s Day 2017


I've been told that my blog isn't personal enough. Father's Day seemed like an appropriate time to share how our efforts towards financial freedom have altered our day-to-day lives. Guiding principle. When I first started chasing the idea of … [Read the rest]

Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa: $20 + $20 in Amazon Credit w/ Prime


Amazon has another gadget, this time called the Amazon Dash Wand With Alexa. You talk to the Alexa voice assistant and do Alexa-type things like ask the weather or order stuff (though it doesn't play music), or you can scan physical barcodes with … [Read the rest]

CIT Bank High Yield Savings Account Bonus: 1.15% APY + $125/$250/$425


CIT Bank has a Spring Savings Account promotion that stacks a flat bonus of $125 to $425 on top of their current interest rate of 1.15% APY. Here are the bonus amounts based on the minimum average balance that you maintain over 3 full monthly … [Read the rest]