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Buy It Nice or Buy It Twice: Kitchen Tools and Cookware (Extended Edition)

(Added some items.) When buying kitchen items, I am firmly in the "pay for quality" camp. Reader Chris sent in the following question (edited for clarity): I read in your website about cast iron pans and KitchenAid mixers. I want to buy a … [Read the rest]

US vs. International Stocks: Historical Cycles of Outperformance

One major question in portfolio construction is how to allocate between US stocks and non-US stocks. Over the last 10 years, US stocks have outperformed International stocks significantly. However, as the following chart shows, they tend to take … [Read the rest]

Howard Marks Memo on High Stock Market Prices and Risk Management

There seems to be a lot of angst about the stock market these days. It's been going up, up, up. Is it too high? Will there be a crash? Accordingly, I just caught up on the most recent Howard Marks memos - There They Go Again... Again [pdf] and … [Read the rest]

Giving Tuesday 2017: Matching Donations

Tuesday, November 28th is Giving Tuesday 2017. Black Friday, Cyber Monday... don't forget that this time of the year is also huge for charities. I've saw a stat that 40% of donations occur in the last six weeks of the year. Here are some ways you … [Read the rest]

Amazon Cyber Monday Deals Week: Kindle Unlimited, Fire Tablets, Echo Dot, Smart Plugs, Fire TV

Updated. Amazon has switched it up now to their Cyber Monday Deals Week List. Some of the Amazon device deals are still available, plus a few different Amazon offerings and lots of "flash" temporary deals. Bose QC25 Noise-Cancelling … [Read the rest]

Raise.com: Additional $10 Off Gift Cards Cyber Monday (11/27 Only)

Raise.com lets you buy and sell gift cards online and instantly via app, and according to them they are the largest online marketplace for gift cards. They offer a 1 Year Money-Back Guarantee against gift cards that don't have the promised … [Read the rest]

Stock and Bond Returns from 1926-2016: Rarely Average

The Vanguard Blog has an interesting scatter plot of annual stock and bond returns from 1926-2016. The vertical axis is bond returns (broad US bond indexes), with the blue shaded areas indicating bond returns between 3% and 7%. The horizontal … [Read the rest]

IKEA Gift Cards: Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Get Free $20 eGift Card

IKEA has a limited-time promotion where for every $100 gift card that you buy online, you will receive a bonus $20 eGift Card. There doesn't appear to be a limit. Expires on Monday night, 11/27/17 at 11:59PM EST. Selected terms and … [Read the rest]

Discount Magazines Black Friday Sale 2017

DiscountMags.com is running their Black Friday Blowout Sale through Sunday 11/26. Nice time to either get some gifts or just lock-in cheap pricing for multiple years. Here are some sample magazine prices during the sale. Consumer Reports … [Read the rest]

Target Black Friday Promotions: 20% Off Coupon, 15% Off Sitewide

Target has announced their Black Friday and Cyber Monday week promotions. Here are the more general deals and those that can be used on everyday purchases. Wednesday 11/22. REDcard holders always get 5% off, but on Wednesday 11/22 they will … [Read the rest]

Thanksgiving Reader: The Power of Gratitude

It's kind of sad when you hear the term "Black Friday Week" more often than Thanksgiving. I would like to interrupt the flow of deals to briefly connect personal finance and Thanksgiving in a different way. Seth Godin has put together something … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime: Create Pet Profile, Get 20% Off Pet Food Order

Amazon Prime members can get 20% off their next pet food and treats order (up to $20) after they create their first pet profile. It's free to create a profile and they include cats, dogs, horses, birds, fish, turtles, and more. You can also … [Read the rest]