Manilla Shutting Down. Online Bill Management Alternatives?


A few readers e-mailed me to let me know that bill management website announced that they will be shutting down. Surprising, as they were just mentioned in Money magazine last month! Manilla will be closing on July 1, 2014. This was a … [Read the rest]

Cheaper Diaper Delivery: Amazon Prime,, or Target Subscriptions?


With the announcement of Target Subscriptions, I wanted to run a quick price check to see how it stacks up with competitors and We're expecting another baby, so we'll be needing lots of diapers soon (cloth just didn't … [Read the rest]

Sustainable Withdrawal Rates from Merrill Lynch Wealth Management


Here's another data point in the debate about safe withdrawal rates, or how much money you can safely withdraw from an investment portfolio each year without running out of money. Merrill Lynch Private Banking recently released a whitepaper on … [Read the rest]

Too Busy To Buy Paper Towels and Soap? New Amazon, Target, and Groupon Shopping Services


Who knew that the next big thing would be toilet paper and soap? We must be running out of things to "disrupt", as everyone wants to deliver household and grocery products to your doorstep. What's next, door-to-door milk delivery? Amazon Prime … [Read the rest]

Hanscom Federal CU Thrive Review: High Interest Starter Account


(Update: As of 5/11/2014 the rate is back down to 3% APY. This is still much higher than most saving accounts and it should still be worthy of consideration.) To celebrate their 60th anniversary, Hanscom Federal Credit Union (HFCU) has increased … [Read the rest]

Savings I-Bonds May 2014 Interest Rate Update: 0.1% Fixed, 1.84% Variable


Update: The official announcement states that effective May 1st, the new fixed rate on Series I savings bonds is 0.1%. The variable inflation-indexed rate is 1.84% (as predicted), making a composite rate of 1.94% for the first six months. After … [Read the rest]

Amazon Mom: Buy $45 in Gift Cards, Get $5 Free


Amazon Mom is running a gift card promotion where if you buy $45 or more of selected gift card packs, you'll get a free $5 gift code by June 15th. Give them as gifts or use them yourself and essentially get 10% off $50 in gift cards. This offer … [Read the rest]

Flickr Photo App: 1,000 GB Storage Free + iCloud Replacement


Photo site Flickr recently updated their iPhone and Android apps. This just happened to coincide with me running out of space both on my Apple iCloud and Dropbox accounts, so I took another look at the Yahoo-owned site and found it actually fit my … [Read the rest]

Betterment Retirement Income Review – Automated Safe Withdrawal Tool


Online portfolio manager Betterment recently rolled out a new Retirement Income feature that will help you withdraw money from your nest egg. Unfortunately, even though I have a Betterment account I couldn't test it out directly as it is currently … [Read the rest]

Awesome Travel Hack That Turned Economy Seats into a Flat Bed For Two


Ever watch those commercials for Singapore or Emirates Airlines with beautiful people sleeping on luxurious beds while flying across time zones? Jason Blum, a film producer known for the Paranormal Activity franchise, figured out a way to get 'er … [Read the rest]

Citi Simplicity Card Review: 0% for 18 Months, No Late Fees, No Penalty Rates


I usually focus on rewards-earning credit cards, but I know many folks are still carrying some balances and thus more concerned about their whopping 15% interest rate rather than a relatively puny 2% back on purchases. The Citi Simplicity® Card is … [Read the rest]

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis: Book Notes and Highlights


If you've read any financial news at all over the past month, you know that Michael Lewis has a new book out called Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. I finished it over a week ago, but it's rather intimidating to write a review when everyone else … [Read the rest]