Bank of America Better Balance Rewards Card Review

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A couple of readers have asked me about the BankAmericard Better Balance Rewards credit card. It definitely has a unique rewards structure (full details): Earn a $25 cash reward for each calendar quarter in which all of your monthly payments … [Read the rest]

New Phased Retirement Program Details For Federal Workers

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I'm always interested in non-traditional retirement stories, and saw that the US government just released their final regulations on Phased Retirement for federal workers. Phased retirement in general refers to transitioning from full-time to … [Read the rest]

Why Didn’t Technology Create a 4-Hour Workday?

Technology is supposed to make our lives easier over time, but what is the reality? We may not spend all day hunting and gathering anymore, but we still work similar hours to our great-grandparents. From the paper A Century of Work and Leisure … [Read the rest]

How Reliable Is The Income Stream From Dividend Stocks?

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If you're trying to achieve early retirement, that means you have less time for compound interest and more time living off your investments. As a result, many early retirement investors like to own income-oriented investments like rental properties … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Lesson #3: Home-Buying and Mortgage Advice

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Here’s another installment of what I would tell my kids about pursuing financial freedom (if they weren't still in diapers). Previous topics have included the importance of savings rate and whether to focus on earning more or spending less. This t … [Read the rest]

The Big Flavor Grill Cookbook: No Marinade, No Hassle Recipes (Book Review)

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Another thing I've been getting into this summer is grilling over 100% natural hardwood charcoal. My gateway drug was Alton Brown's Steak on Coals recipe. The smell and flavor brings me back to my childhood, even though technically that was a pile … [Read the rest]

Costco Meal Planner Service: 20 Family Dinners For $150

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I know it's still summer, but with two kids under two I've been trying to cook extra on the weekends and coast on the weekdays. This past weekend I made beef stew and pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker, and they turned out pretty good. … [Read the rest]

Amazon Local Register: 1.75% Credit Card Processing Fee

Amazon just announced Local Register, which allows small businesses to accept credit cards on their smartphone or tablet much like Square, Paypal, etc. The special thing is their initial promotional rate of 1.75% until the end of 2015 if you sign … [Read the rest]

Buy Things, Not Just Experiences: 3 Questions That Will Help You Buy The Right Stuff

You've probably heard that you should buy experiences, not things. But what about things that help you experience? Rebecca Rosen of The Atlantic shares research by psychologists Darwin A. Guevarra and Ryan T. Howell in the Journal of Consumer … [Read the rest]

Three Questions That Will Guide You Towards The Right Job

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Even though your goal may be financial freedom, the journey to get there is going to involve some sort of work career. Find the right job, mix with frugality, avoid big mistakes, and you'll be golden. But how do you find that right job? I've … [Read the rest]

Time Warner Everyday Low Price Internet Review: $14.99 a Month

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In late 2013, Time Warner Cable announced a new tier called Everyday Low Price Internet (ELP) for $14.99 a month + taxes. Speed is 2 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload. The $14.99 a month is not a sale or promotional rate, that is the retail price … [Read the rest]

Comcast Internet Essentials Review: $10/Month High Speed Internet For Low Income Families

Updated with new sign-up promo and debt-forgiveness program. Comcast recently announced that they are continuing their Internet Essentials program that provides high-speed internet service for $9.95 a month + taxes, a subsidized $150 computer, and … [Read the rest]