TurboTax 2014 Feature Change + Free H&R Block Offer + Free TurboTax Upgrade

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It's that time of year again, where we await our W-2 and 1099 forms and decide which tax software to use. I'm working on product-specific reviews, but for now I figured I'd summarize the drama surrounding TurboTax 2015 for those that don't follow … [Read the rest]

T-Mobile Free 7-Day Test Drive Review

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I'm nearing the end of my contract, and I've been tempted by T-Mobile's aggressive promotions like 4 lines for $100 and most recently free rollover data. But I worry about their coverage. Then I learned of the Free T-Mobile Test Drive where you can … [Read the rest]

IRS Estimated Taxes Due Dates 2015

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If you have self-employment or other income outside of your W-2 paycheck this year, you may need to send the IRS some money before the usual tax-filing time. Here are the due dates for paying quarterly estimated taxes in 2015; they are supposed to … [Read the rest]

Save Money: Bring Your Own Cable Modem & Stop Paying Crazy Rental Fees

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Updated. According to this CNN Money article, both Comcast and Time Warner are jacking up their modem rental fees again for 2015. Time Warner will now charge $8 a month, up 33% from $5.99. Comcast will now charge $10 month, up 25% from … [Read the rest]

Stat of the Day: Kindle Unlimited Author Reimbursement

Amazon's Kindle Unlimited is an eBook subscription service that lets you "borrow" an unlimited amount of books from their catalog for $9.99 a month. You won't find many personal finance and investing books from major publishers on KU, but the … [Read the rest]

Citi® Double Cash Card Review: 1.99 or 2% Cash Back Credit Card

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Our partner Citi has an all-new cash back credit card and it is actually quite compelling. With the Citi® Double Cash Card, as the name suggests you earn cash back twice: 1% unlimited cash back on every purchase you make An additional 1% … [Read the rest]

Pointshound Promo: 100 Free American Airlines Miles

PointsHound is a new hotel reservation site that lets you earn frequent flier miles and other loyalty currencies when making a hotel booking. For example, you could earn American Airlines miles by staying at a small boutique hotel. It seems … [Read the rest]

Back to Basics: Simplify and Automate Your Savings

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Let's take a step back and focus on some actionable tips to simplify and automate your savings. Think of it as knocking out your New Year's Resolution in just 10 minutes or less. New Year's resolutions fail because willpower is like a muscle. … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Income Update, Year-End 2014

When investing, should you focus on income or total return? I like the idea of living off dividend and interest income, but I also think it is easy for people to reach too far for yield and hurt their overall returns. But what is too far? … [Read the rest]

Sling by Dish: Live Internet TV with ESPN for $20 a Month

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One of the notable announcements from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show that Dish Network will stream a package of major cable networks live over the internet. Getting channels like ESPN, Food Network, and CNN without a traditional cable … [Read the rest]

Early Retirement Portfolio Asset Allocation Update, Year-End 2014

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Here's a final update on my investment portfolio holdings for 2014. This includes tax-deferred accounts like 401(k)s and taxable brokerage holdings, but excludes things like physical property and cash reserves (emergency fund). The purpose of … [Read the rest]

Acorns App Review: Automatically Invest Your Spare Change

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Updated. Acorns fee structure updated 1/1/15. Previously I wrote about WiseBanyan, which lets you invest in a basket of ETFs with no minimum opening balance. I remarked that it allowed starter investors to open a complete portfolio with as little … [Read the rest]