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I-Bonds: Buying in October vs. November (Part 2)

[Continued from Part 1.] Previously I went over the return that I could expect from buying I-type Savings Bonds at the end of October. While the numbers for buying in October are pretty much set, predicting the rates for buying in November will … [Read the rest]

Some Updates

Here are some updates on previous posts - Bank of America's Keep the Change program - Signed up at my branch successfully, haven't used it yet though, keep forgetting. How To Convert Your Paper Savings Bonds to Electronic Format - Mailed in my … [Read the rest]

I-Bonds: Buying in October vs. November (Part 1)

Well, there goes another Saturday devoted to watching college football. Now back to the issue at hand - Should I buy I-Bonds now or later? I'm definitely buying some, since the higher rate, low risk, and 1-year minimum hold time matches my Mid-Term … [Read the rest]

I Bonds Basics / Primer

For those that are unfamiliar with I-Bonds or just need a refresher, please check out my old post U.S. Savings Bonds: I-Bonds and EE-Bonds - Good investment?. Keep in mind that it was written 6 months ago, so "current" and "today" means March. … [Read the rest]

Predicting The Upcoming New I-Bond Rates – Almost 7%!!

As promised last month in my How To Predict I-Bond Savings Bond Rates post, the CPI-U inflation data for September is out, and we can get busy predicting the new I-Bond rates that will be officially announced on November 1st, so we can make educated … [Read the rest]

Free PDF Printer Driver – Always Save Offer Details!

If you apply to as many offers as I do, you can't afford the ink to print all those Terms and Conditions out. But it is really critical to save the details of everything you apply for, in case you need to fight for your money later. Companies … [Read the rest]

Capital One 360 Changes Terms of $25 Bonus Promotion

In another brilliant move to lose potential customers, Capital One 360 has changed the terms of their $25 Opening Bonus to a minimum opening amount of $250. It's a bit sneaky, because they will let you to open with only $1, but you won't get the … [Read the rest]

Starting an Online Business: Choosing a Storefront / Host

Lots of good ideas on my last post, thanks! Tonight I explored my options for hosting an online shop. Not exhaustive, but here are 3 main options. 1. Host it myself. I recently upgraded my Dreamhost account to their 'Code Monster' package, which … [Read the rest]

Starting an Online Business: Brainstorming, Part 1 of ?

As I've become more adept at website stuff, I've often thought of a lot of little online home-based businesses to start. I think that it would be fun and educational to go through the hoops of getting the business licenses, organizing things, doing … [Read the rest]

Easy Bank Bonuses: Virtually Double Your Money With No Risk

Sounds like an informercial, huh? I feel that I've gotten a lot of new readers who found out about my Emigrant Direct bonus, but don't forget there are many others for those that are new to the game: Capital One 360 Bonus: $1 now $250 to open, $50 … [Read the rest]

Submissions for Carnival of Personal Finance

I'm hosting the Carnival of Personal Finance next week. To submit an article, please either use this submission form, or just e-mail me. Entries are due by 5pm ET on Sunday 10/16. Please follow the submission guidelines posted here. Look forward to … [Read the rest]

Health Savings Account Search – Pros and Cons

Still on the search for the best health insurance plan that will let me contribute to a Health Savings Account (HSA). I need to contact my State Farm agent for one more quote, and then I can start crunching some numbers. First, I wanted to write down … [Read the rest]