Verizon ThanksGetting Promotion: 2 GB Free Data For Existing Customers

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Here's some free stuff for existing Verizon Wireless customers. Visit vzw.com/thanksgetting and Verizon will give you 1 GB of free data this billing cycle, and another 1 GB your next billing cycle. Starting on Wednesday 11/25, they'll start … [Read the rest]

Chase Sapphire Preferred Card New Bonus: 50,000 Points = $625 In Travel, Plus 5,000 Points For Authorized User

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Updated with new offer, perk details. The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card is a premium rewards credit card, now with an upped sign-up bonus to new cardholders that is the best publicly-available bonus in years. Bonus highlights: Earn 50,000 bonus … [Read the rest]

Plastiq: Pay Tuition, Rent, or Taxes With Credit Card at 1.5% Fee, Debit Card at 0% Fee

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Updated, new promotion. Plastiq.com lets you pay bills and invoices with a credit or debit card, even if they don't usually accept them. The standard service fee is 2.5% for credit cards and 0% for Visa and MasterCard debit cards. However, they … [Read the rest]

Straight Talk Promotion: Unlimited Monthly Plan Cards for $22.50 a Month

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Straight Talk is a prepaid MVNO that offers the ability to buy SIM cards that you can pop into any AT&T-compatible, T-Mobile-compatible, or unlocked GSM phone. This includes many Samsung Galaxys and iPhones that you can buy refurbished or on the … [Read the rest]

Realty Mogul Review: Fractional Investment Property Ownership, Hard Money Lending

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Added bonus for new sign-ups. I've been a registered member of RealtyMogul for a while, and they recently emailed me that if I referred a friend, we'd both get a $150 Amazon gift card just for completing the registration process (i.e. zero … [Read the rest]

High-Quality Bonds Still Best Antidote to Stock Price Drops

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There is a constant search for the elusive "new" asset class that offers high returns but with low correlation to stocks. In Skating Where the Puck Was: The Correlation Game in a Flat World, William Bernstein points out that soon after one is … [Read the rest]

Charlie Munger: The First $100,000 Is The Most Difficult

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There used to be a series of ING commercials where people would carry around their "Number", which was usually over a million dollars. I think such large numbers actually discourage most savers, so what if we had an alternative goal that was both … [Read the rest]

iShares Core ETFs Expense Ratio Changes 2015

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Blackrock announced changes to its iShares Core ETFs, which are targeted towards buy-and-hold investors. 7 ETFs now have lower expense ratios (see chart below). Both iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market ETF (ITOT) and the BlackRock Total … [Read the rest]

Groupon: Starbucks $15 Gift Card for $10

It's back! Wow, haven't posted a Groupon deal in a while. I really should have shorted the stock when even I unsubscribed from their daily newsletter, but I didn't have the guts. Now I'm just mad because they deleted my account after not using it … [Read the rest]

Visa Checkout $15 Statement Credit with Chase Freedom

There was previous promo with the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, but now there is a another separate promo with the Chase Freedom. Earn a $15 statement credit after you spend $15 or more with your Chase Freedom® card using Visa Checkout. Valid for … [Read the rest]

TradeKing $200 Cash Bonus Promotion

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Promo extended. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, stock brokerage TradeKing is offering a $200 cash bonus for new accounts opened by 12/31/2015, funded with $3,000 or more within 30 days of account opening, and with at least 3 executed trades … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Income Update, November 2015

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I like the idea of living off dividend and interest income. Who doesn't? The problem is that you can't just buy stocks with the highest dividend yields and junk bonds with the highest interest rates without giving up something in return. There … [Read the rest]