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DietBet.com Update: My Weight Loss Profit Breakdown

Back in early February 2015, I wrote about and started participating in a weight loss challenge at DietBet.com. As the picture above indicates, a group of folks (strangers or friends) agree on a weight loss goal, put money into a community pot, and … [Read the rest]

The Opposite of Spoiled Book Review: Kids and Money

Here's my one-sentence review of the book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber. If you have kids and feel it is important to teach them about money, then you need to read this book. … [Read the rest]

Citi Prestige and Global Entry Application Fee Reimbursement Experience

After researching the details for my Citi Prestige Card review, I went ahead and applied for one since I felt I could get over $1,400 of value in exchange for the $450 annual fee. Part of that would come from the $100 application fee credit they … [Read the rest]

Vanguard Merged Brokerage Account Review: Pros and Cons

When you open an account with Vanguard, there are two different account options. First is a mutual fund account which only holds Vanguard mutual funds. Second is a brokerage account that can hold individual stocks, ETFs, individual bonds, and … [Read the rest]

How To Cook Everything Fast, Reviewed By a Slow Cook

As part of my ongoing effort to Cook It Yourself in 2015, I've been trying out new cookbooks. (So far I've managed to lose over 20 pounds by cooking at home and eating less of what I cook at home. ;) ) I bought How to Cook Everything Fast: A … [Read the rest]

Teaching Money Management Skills… Without Using Money

In the book The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber, there are a number of tips and tricks presented to help teach your kids to be good with money: The foundation of the book is a detailed blueprint for the most successful ways to handle the basics: … [Read the rest]

Annual Income by College Major Ranked by Quartile and Percentile

Here's another article about the relationship between college majors and future earnings. But this WSJ article at least looks beyond just providing the median wage and helps you visualize the spread between the 25th and 75th percentiles for each … [Read the rest]

Bogle on Mutual Funds, An Investment Classic Book Review #TBT

Whenever I feel overwhelmed by the amount of noise coming at me through my computer screens, I read a book. When the new books on my desk don't impress, I find an old book. That is how I came to buy a used, first edition of Bogle on Mutual … [Read the rest]

Paperless vs. Paper Statements

Pictured above is the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner. It can digitize a page every 2 seconds, and some version of it has been on my Amazon Wishlist for many years. However, I still haven't plunked down 400 bucks for it, because I don't know if … [Read the rest]

Sling TV Review + Free Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku Stick Promo (Updated)

Updated review after 3 months of using Sling TV. Promo still live for a couple more weeks. Sling TV allows you to stream a package of major cable networks live over the internet. That means you can watch it on your smartphone, your home TV, or … [Read the rest]

Charlie Munger On Leverage and Paying Your Mortgage Off Before Retirement

While reading back through various transcript notes from the 2015 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, I recalled the following quote from the Q&A session. A shareholder had asked why Berkshire had never borrowed money to buy stocks (i.e. leverage). … [Read the rest]

Montessori Chart of Age-Appropriate Chores For Kids

I'm currently reading The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money by Ron Lieber. So far, it covers a lot of topics about money and kids that even us adults don't like to talk about in public. For … [Read the rest]