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Navy Federal IRA Certificate Special: 37-Month at 3.00% APY + $50 Bonus

Udpated. Navy Federal Credit Union is the nation's largest credit union, but is primary limited to those with a military relationship. However, their membership now includes veterans and family members of veterans. They just released a few new … [Read the rest]

Keep or Close Old Bank Accounts? How To Manage Multiple Bank Accounts

In 2019, I opened new accounts at the following banks and credit unions in order to earn higher interest on my cash reserves. Some of the offers are now expired, but the idea is to show you that I do accumulate new accounts every year: SoFi … [Read the rest]

Solo 401k vs. SEP IRA Contribution Limit Example For $50,000 Income

I use a Solo 401k plan because it lets you contribute the most tax-deferred money for a modest amount of self-employed income. At the end of each year, I can more clearly estimate my total income for 2019 and thus my maximum contribution limits. … [Read the rest]

Best Interest Rates on Cash – December 2019

Here's my monthly roundup of the best interest rates on cash for December 2019, roughly sorted from shortest to longest maturities. I track these rates because I keep a full 12 months of expenses as a cash cushion and also invest in longer-term CDs … [Read the rest]

Fidelity Charitable Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) Opening Process Review

It took me an extra year to get around to it, but it only took me about 15 minutes to actually open and fund my new Fidelity Charitable Donor-Advised Fund (DAF). I even donated stocks instead of just cash, but the donating appreciated securities … [Read the rest]

Target 10% Off Gift Cards Promo: Sunday, December 8th, 2019

(I apologize to e-mail subscribers who may end up seeing this one-day offer a day late. My RSS to e-mail service only publishes at a set time once per day. You may wish to subscribe to Twitter @mymoneyblog as it offers an option of immediate text … [Read the rest]

IKEA Coupon December 2019: $25 off $125 (12/13-12/15)

IKEA has a new $20 off $125 coupon that is valid for three days only: December 13-15, 2019. Valid on in-store purchases only. You must have an IKEA FAMILY number, which is their loyalty program and free to join. You can view the coupon when … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime Photos: Free $15 Amazon Credit for First-Time Users

One of the perks of Amazon Prime membership is that you get unlimited cloud storage of your photos in full resolution. Amazon Photos is currently offering targeted users a free $15 Amazon promo credit if you download the Amazon Photos app (iOS, … [Read the rest]

The Double Tax Advantage of Donating Appreciated Stocks Directly

If you own stocks in a taxable brokerage account and make charitable donations, consider donating your stocks this year instead of just writing a check. Why? Given the all-time market highs, your stocks, mutual funds, and/or ETFs probably have … [Read the rest]

This Vanguard Chart Is Why Schwab Bought TD Ameritrade

The big news while I was on vacation was that Schwab bought TD Ameritrade for $26 billion in an all-stock transaction (press release). Well, first Schwab shaved off 17% of TD Ameritrade's value by cutting their trade commissions to zero, and then … [Read the rest]

Giving Tuesday 2019: Double Your Impact With Matching Donations

Tuesday, December 3rd is Giving Tuesday 2019, an international day all about giving support through charities and nonprofits by donating money and goods or volunteering your time. In case you aren't inundated with mailings already, this time of year … [Read the rest]

Amazon Last-Minute 2019: Gift Cards, Apple iPad, MacBook, Samsung, Bose Deals + Stackable Discounts

Updated with new deals. Most recently added: Here are all of the discounted gift cards with Last-Minute Deals Samsung Galaxy Watch Active (40mm) now $149 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 W/ Enhanced Sleep Tracking Analysis, Auto Workout … [Read the rest]