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Alternative View: Keep Up With The OTHER Joneses

We've all heard the phrase "Keeping up with the Joneses". It even has its own Wikipedia page with competing origin stories. Perhaps the greatest marketing trick ever is making people equate social status with material goods. Instead of … [Read the rest]

Best Frugal Non-Stick Fry Pan / Saute Pan

I think it was Alton Brown's food show that first told me that all non-stick pans were pretty much disposable and simply weren't meant to last very long. Therefore, you should just buy the standard fry pan found at your local restaurant supply … [Read the rest]

Ally Bank Interest Checking Account Review

Updated. If you are looking for a flexible alternative to a megabank account with tiny interest but convenient ATM network, here is my review of the Ally Interest Checking Account which I use in conjunction with the Ally Online Savings Account and … [Read the rest]

Amazon Prime Day 7/15 : One-Day Sale for Prime Members

Expired: Sale is over! Amazon is holding something called "Amazon Prime Day" for their Prime members on July 15, 2015. Non-Prime members can sign up for a free 30-day trial to be eligible to participate. Here are the deals that caught my … [Read the rest]

Weight Management vs. Money Management: Taking the Long-Term View

I'm currently reading Smart People Don't Diet by Charlotte Markey. The book offers a "science-based approach" to weight management backed by academic research from scientists, doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists. Sounded good to me. The … [Read the rest]

AirHelp, Refund.Me, AirTaxBack: Get Money Back For Cancelled, Delayed, or Missed Flights

Have you been on a delayed, cancelled, or overbooked flight to/from Europe within the last within the last three years? Ever just missed a flight? You could be entitled up to $800 from the airline, or a refund of your taxes and fees. AirHelp … [Read the rest]

Portion Distortion: Change Your Perspective, Eat Better, Spend Less

I've got one month left on my $600 in weight-loss bets, and an important tool that has helped me success is portion control. This way, I can still enjoy most of my favorite foods while still losing 1-2 pounds a week. Even naughty things like … [Read the rest]

Home Improvement Receipts: Scan Now, Save Indefinitely

For many people, when they sell a home they don't even consider taxes. But over time, especially if you live in a relatively expensive area, more and more people will bump up against the federal capital gains exclusions of $250,000 for individuals … [Read the rest]

Howard Marks on Assuming Less Risk and Lowering Expectations

Observer has an interesting profile of respected investor Howard Marks, excerpted from the book The Great Minds of Investing (found via Abnormal Returns). I enjoy the writings of Howard Marks because his observations are logical and rational, and he … [Read the rest]

Snagshout: Discounted Amazon Products In Exchange For Honest Reviews

If you're like most Amazon shoppers, you don't like buying anything unless it has a lot of positive 4 and 5 star reviews. But that makes it really hard for new brands and products to gain traction. Good ole' capitalism has created a new breed of … [Read the rest]

Global Asset Allocation Book Review: Comparing 12+ Expert Model Portfolios

I am a regular reader of Meb Faber's online writings, and volunteered to received a free review copy of his new book Global Asset Allocation: A Survey of the World's Top Asset Allocation Strategies. It is a rather short book and would probably be … [Read the rest]

My One-Page Financial Plan: Why Is Money Important To Me?

I've already shared two nuggets from the book The One-Page Financial Plan by Carl Richards - the importance of getting started and the true value of a human advisor. But what about the title itself? Before even reading the book, I was impatient … [Read the rest]