Best Interest Rates for Savings Accounts and CDs – Updated October 2015


Rates checked as of October 3rd, 2015. Our family keeps a year's worth of expenses (not income) put aside in cash reserves; it provides financial insurance with the side benefits of lower stress and less concern about stock market gyrations. In my … [Read the rest]

RingPlus: Basic, Free Cellular Phone Service – 1000/1000/1000 Talk/Text/Data


Updated with new limited-time generous plans. RingPlus is a Sprint MVNO that offers cheap cellular phone plans, starting at... $0. You can bring over an off-contract Sprint phone (check eligibility) or you can buy one from them (slightly more … [Read the rest]

Manage Your Cell Data? Disable Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9


I usually don't upgrade my iPhone to the latest OS right away, as you know there is going to be 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 and so on in the upcoming weeks. But since the Discover Apple Pay promo required it, I upgraded immediately this time. One of the new … [Read the rest]

Save Money on Pet Costs: Splitting Larger Doses of Frontline Flea Medication


Updated details for 2015, but it still works! Now that we have two dogs (three for a while), we've had to keep a closer eye on pet costs. One regular expense is flea medication, for which we have found Frontline Plus to work acceptably. If you … [Read the rest]

Case-Shiller Home Prices Index, Adjusted For Inflation 2015


Here's an update on residential real estate prices via the July 2015 update of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Included is this chart of their 20-City Composite Home Price Index, which tracks the value of residential real estate in 20 … [Read the rest]

Bill Fixers: Let Someone Else Haggle Your Cable and Phone Bills For You


I've written about haggling your cable or satellite TV bill for years, with hundreds of comments sharing both success and failures. I've certainly negotiated with a healthy share of customer service reps myself. But I don't like doing it. I do … [Read the rest]

Finametrica Risk Tolerance Assessment Review + Discounts


Spend any time researching investments, you'll eventually run across the concept of "risk tolerance". If you don't hold an investment through both the ups and downs, then you won't enjoy its average returns, either. So how can you predict your … [Read the rest]

5% Cash Back Credit Cards: Rotating Categories Update 2015


Activation for 4th quarter 2015 now open for all cards! 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 … [Read the rest]

Chase Ink Plus Business Card Review: 60,000 Rewards Points Bonus

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One of Chase's small biz credit cards 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]

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


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]

British Airways Credit Card Review – Total of 100,000 Bonus Avios!

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Updated: Version of 100k offer is back. Here's an offer that we took advantage of previously for multiple free flights both within the US or internationally. The British Airways Visa Signature® Card is offering 50,000 bonus Avios after you make $2 … [Read the rest]

Friday 9/25 Only: Amazon Prime for 30% Off, $67 a Year


Amazon has announced a promotion for over 30% off their Amazon Prime service: Celebrate Transparent winning 5 Emmy Awards with a $32 savings. On Friday, September 25, from 12:00am ET to 11:59pm PT, we are offering new members a special price of … [Read the rest]