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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)


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


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?


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


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]