$15 iTunes Gift Card for $10 – Groupon (Expired)

Pretty straightforward. $10 for a $15 iTunes Code from Groupon, limited quantities available, limit one per person. If you buy iTunes music, iPhone apps, Mac apps, or even TV shows or books in the App Store, save yourself five bucks. Code arrives … [Read the rest]

TopCashBack: Shopping Portal That Promises Highest Payout + $10 Bonus

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Updated with $10 bonus for new users. When you shop online these days, it's become habit to search out a coupon or go through a shopping portal that gives a percentage back on purchases made through their links. Well, talk about a race to the … [Read the rest]

ShareBuilder Promotion Codes: Free Stock Trades (Updated 2014)

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Added another new code. Here are some promotion codes for ShareBuilder, a discount brokerage now owned by Capital One. Real-time trades are now $6.95 and automated trades are $4. They give out codes for various promotions, and like coupon codes … [Read the rest]

Baby Gear Reviews: Playards, Swings, and Baby Carriers (Part 1)

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As a father of a 2-year-old and 2-month-old, I am now an unquestionable expert on all things parenting (that's how it works, right?). Funny how parents can come off that way when in reality we live in constant fear of messing up our kids … [Read the rest]

Effect of Student Loan Debt on Homeownership Rate

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Multiple sources are suggesting that increasing student loan debt levels will have a significant impact on future housing prices because people will delay their home purchases (or put them off entirely). Although that seems like a reasonable … [Read the rest]

WiseBanyan Review: Free Portfolio Management Experiences & Screenshots

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Earlier this year I wrote about WiseBanyan.com, an online portfolio advisory service similar to Betterment and Wealthfront. WiseBanyan charges no advisory fees, no trading commissions, and have no minimum opening deposit. They will design, buy, … [Read the rest]

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]